First Birthday Celebration!

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We love sharing birth announcements with you. Every now and then, we are lucky enough to receive photos of other special moments—moments after the surrogacy journey is behind our intended parents.

The little bundle of joy pictured above recently celebrated his first birthday with his loving parents. Please join us in wishing him a very happy and healthy year ahead! We hear from his parents that he is curious and outgoing.

We are honored to share in these special moments.

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Learn more about becoming a parent with Circle Surrogacy here. We offer free consultations. We travel all over the world to meet with intended parents. You can see a full list of our upcoming events here. If we are not visiting your city soon, we also offer Skype consultations. Additionally, we offer regular consultation dates in Boston, New York, and London. To find out more, reach out to our Outreach Manager, Sarah Marino

If you are interested in becoming a surrogate to help make a family’s dreams come true, learn more here

VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child About Being Born Via Surrogate

VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child About Being Born Via Surrogate

In this video, parent through surrogacy (and adoption) and Circle Surrogacy Outreach Coordinator Brett Griffin-Young discusses how he communicates with his children about their origin stories. Brett shares how he and his husband, Matt, have made their son Sebastian’s origin story present in his life. From a map of the United States with a marker for Colorado, the state he was born in, to a photo of Sebastian’s surrogate and egg donor in his bedroom, Brett and Matt have incorporated their son’s story into his everyday life.

Brett shares how he and his husband, Matt, have made their son Sebastian’s origin story present in his life. From a map of the United States with a marker for Colorado, the state he was born in, to a photo of Sebastian’s surrogate and egg donor in his bedroom, Brett and Matt have incorporated their son’s story into his everyday life.

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Brett with his daughter Georgiana and son Sebastian.

Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child about Being Born Via Surrogate is the first in a series of videos we’ve put together for our community. We feel it’s important to educate individuals about many facets of a surrogacy journey.

On one hand, it’s wonderful that we have a staff full of passionate and educated people working to help individuals and couples fulfill their dream of having a family. When you dedicate your career to such an emotional, multi-faceted focus, it’s easy to overload people with information. So, instead of coming up with a list of topics to film, we let our community decide. We based each video on search frequency.

Expect to see a few videos published each month exploring a myriad of topics. We even have segments featuring IVF doctors explaining the medical aspects of

Background on Brett-Griffin Young

Brett has been working with Intended Parents from around the world in more than 25 countries–helping them through their surrogacy journey. He travels to various locations around the world to talk about his experience with U.S. Surrogacy. He’s enthusiasm and passion for the field of surrogacy is evident every time he speaks on the subject. You may reach out to him directly at bgriffin-young@circlesurrogacy.com.

Learn more about becoming a parent through surrogacy.

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VIDEO: From IP to Circle Surrogacy Employee, Jen Rachman Shares Her Experience

In this video, you hear about Outreach Coordinator Jen Rachman’s journey from Circle intended parent to Circle employee!

Jen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, cancer survivor, and mother through gestational surrogacy. She earned a Master of Social Work from New York University and has over a decade of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and their families.

A New York City native, Jen works on outreach and consultations with intended parents. Additionally, she provides support to potential intended parents who live in the New York metropolitan area.

You can reach out to Jen at jrachman@circlesurrogacy.com. And, follow her on Twitter at @jen_rachman. Jen tweets about surrogacy news in addition to sharing information for cancer survivors looking to learn more about becoming parents.

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If you are considering surrogacy, the best first step is to set up a free consultation with our team (which includes Jen!) to learn about each aspect of the process. To learn and sign up for consultation, click here.

Additionally, we come to New York as well as many other cities all over the world to meet with couples and share that miracles are truly possible with surrogacy. Click here to find out about upcoming events.

If we aren’t coming to your neighborhood soon, we set up Skype calls as well. To set up a Skype call, click here.

Surrogate, Parents and Baby! A Beautiful Journey

Join us in welcoming to the world Baby Jace.

With every new birth announcement emailed here at Circle, I start to wonder, “Can these photos of families be any cuter and more precious?” And every time I am answered with a resounding, “Yes, they can. Take a look at this.”

Parents Bo and Brent are wearing the most endearing t-shirts and smiles. We particularly love the photo of Bo, Brent, and Laura (Jace’s surrogate)–with Laura holding a snuggly Baby Jace.

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We think long-term and encourage building meaningful relationships that will continue to exist throughout the life of the child. Our relationship-focused approach has led to almost every surrogate agreeing to return to their couple for a second journey. Our knowledgeable attorneys and social workers understand the importance of these relationships. And as parents through surrogacy, former surrogates, and egg donors, many of our staff members have firsthand experience with the emotional journey of surrogacy.

Learn more about Circle Surrogacy and the process of becoming either a surrogate or an intended parent by reading one of our free guides.

Baby’s First Holiday Season: Thoughts from Amazing Circle Surrogates

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photo by Rebecca Lundin

For this holiday season, we reached out to amazing women and mothers who have been surrogates with us at Circle. We asked them to share their best pointers for baby’s first holiday season. We also asked them to share their family traditions with us to inspire our wonderful intended parents.

If you didn’t receive an email from us, and you would like to contribute your family traditions, we would love that. Please email me (Lauren Muscarella) at lmuscarella@circlesurrogacy.com. Share any and all tidbits you’d like. Don’t worry, I will edit the posts before clicking publish.

Our first post in this series comes from Kim. She was also nice enough to share her surrogacy story with us back in September: Read it here!

Kim said:

I would tell first-time parents to relax, not stress and take the time to just enjoy being together with their newest addition. Also, don’t buy any baby’s first holiday outfits! When my oldest was born, three other family member,s in addition to me, bought her dresses/outfits and I ended up changing her four times to get pictures in her holiday apparel! (At 17, she still has an impressive wardrobe!)

At Thanksgiving, our elf on the shelf (Fritz Von Cookienibbler) joins our family for the season to report back to Santa Claus about our status as naughty or nice. Then on Christmas Eve we watch good movies, have some snacks, play board games, and bid farewell to Fritz, as he will be leaving with Santa. Usually the day after Christmas we take our family vacation. Last year we went to the Outer Banks, North Carolina, and this year we will go to Universal Studios.

The best part of being a new parent (and an old one as well) is experiencing the magic and excitement of sharing your life/traditions/legacy with your children. My children are ages 5 to 17 and it is so fun have the time together and shower them with not only gifts but attention during the holidays. The rest of the year can be so busy and chaotic with school and extracurricular activities. It’s really great to just slow down and have time to reconnect as a family.

We want to thank Kim for sharing her advice and family traditions with us.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to share your advice for first-time parents as well as your family traditions with us, please email me (Lauren Muscarella) at lmuscarella@circlesurrogacy.com.

5 Pros of Surrogacy

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Surrogacy is an incredible process. It has the ultimate power to create a family, one of the greatest enjoyments. It’s a safe, successful, and enriching experience for both the family and the surrogate.

It’s hard to quantify the endless supply of virtues it provides. Here are just five:

1.  Surrogacy allows those who cannot have children to do just that. The most obvious benefit of surrogacy is its giving power. For various reasons, couples or individuals may not be able to have children on their own. This is a difficult problem to face as creating a family is a goal for most couples. Enter surrogacy. Whatever obstacle a couple may face on their journey to creating a family, with the help of a surrogate and/or an egg donor, anyone can have a child.

2.  Surrogacy allows many intended parents to share a genetic tie with their child. Through IVF, intended parents may contribute an egg and/or sperm to create an embryo, which is then implanted in the gestational carrier. In this way, intended parents can be biological parents.

3.  Surrogacy can lead to a lifelong relationship between the surrogate, the intended parents, and the child. Many surrogacy agencies encourage post-birth contact between the surrogate and the family. This continued relationship allows for an incredibly unique and powerful experience for everyone involved. Surrogacy fosters these beautiful connections, which can last a lifetime.

4.  Surrogacy is often a better option than other fertility treatments. Depending on the various programs, surrogacy generally costs between $100,000 and $150,000, which rivals the cost of more invasive fertility treatments. Surrogacy also has a higher success rate than other fertility treatments, and with continued improvement of IVF procedures, surrogacy is only getting more successful.

5.  Surrogacy provides a rewarding experience for both the family and the surrogate.  Surrogates choose to carry other people’s children because they value life and the power of family. Surrogacy does not only benefit the families—surrogates gain the incredible experience of providing infertile and gay parents with the gift of a lifetime: a baby.

These represent a few of the many reasons to have a child through surrogacy.

Explore our site for more information on our programs, financial resources, and LGBT surrogacy

To find out more about becoming a parent through surrogacy, or to set up a consultation with our team, visit circlesurrogacy.com/parents.

Happy Father’s Day to our Proud Dads

Happy Fathers Day

Father’s Day means something different to each of us, whether it’s a day to do something special for your old man, to give both your dads a big hug, or the day that commemorates the moment you found out you were going to be a father! Dove’s newest commercial for their #RealStrength campaign shows some real reactions with footage of men finding out that they’re going to be a dad. The message behind their campaign is that showing care takes real strength. Dads can sometimes be the tough guy for their kids, but this commercial shows the genuine expressiveness and joy that revolves around being a father and building a family.

Fathers probably have the moment they realized they were going to be a dad cemented into their memories. Maybe they were expecting it or maybe they were caught completely off guard, full of surprise, overwhelmed by happiness, and a just a little bit nervous about this next step in their life. You can see the dads in the commercial with their mouths open in disbelief, picking up their partner overjoyed, and some getting a little teary eyed.

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Surrogate Pregnancy: How to balance pregnancy and family

surrogate pregnancy with children Pregnancy. You’re no stranger to the growing bump, the late-night kicking sessions, or the bizarre food cravings. Yet many women who become surrogates do so because they love all aspects of being pregnant. And becoming pregnant to help another family grow? There’s just nothing like it.

It goes without saying that becoming pregnant while still raising young children is not an easy feat. You may find yourself looking for ways to balance your time and attention between your surrogate pregnancy and your family.

A pregnancy is a pregnancy. While many of the terms of your pregnancy are different as a surrogate, your physical pregnancy experience is not. This means you should take it slow as you did with your previous pregnancies. Just because you are not the biological mother of the child you are bringing to life, it does not mean you should expect the pregnancy to feel dramatically different in terms of physical symptoms. Granted, many parts of your surrogacy pregnancy will be different from your previous ones. Previous surrogate and current Circle employee, Jeni Denhoff, writes about what she found different between pregnancies. Take care of yourself, know when you’ve reached your limit, and take a step back, asking for help when you need it.

Talk to your children about your pregnancy. Explain that just because they won’t be getting a new sister or brother, it doesn’t mean that there’s something special going on in mommy’s tummy. This can be a sensitive subject for many women. We encourage you to explore your resources and come up with a plan to share your adventure with your children in a way that makes sense to them. Need some tips? Here’s a previous blog post we wrote about how to talk to your children about your surrogacy.

Support systems. Whether you need an hour to yourself, or you need someone to watch your little ones while you go to a doctor’s appointment, establishing a support system is essential. As a surrogate, you have the added support team in your intended parents (IPs). Depending on the nature of your relationship, the level and type of support can vary. But one thing is true across all surrogacy arrangements: your IPs are rooting for you. Another benefit of becoming a surrogate with a surrogacy agency is the support you receive. From your assigned program coordination team to the social worker managing your case, you are in good hands at Circle. Use your resources and reach out when you have questions or are looking for guidance.

Time with your kiddos. Children can get jealous and vie for mom’s attention when there’s a new baby in the room (or in this case, womb). Be sure to set aside time to spend with each of your children to reinforce just how important they are to you. Dedicate a night to each of your children. Plan activities he or she loves, and spend some quality time reminding your own children that they are your world.

You are the definition of a champion. You are providing a family with a child they might not otherwise have. Nine months of dedication means you deserve to be pampered! Don’t feel guilty asking for some time to yourself while you are pregnant. Relish in your surrogacy experience, but know that your children will be there throughout it all, holding your hand along the way and later beaming with pride knowing what you did for another family.

Interested in becoming a surrogate and helping a family grow? Learn more and begin your application today.


 

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Accepting Our Children’s Differences: A sit-down with author Craig Pomranz

Made By Raffi

Childhood is a time fraught with uncertainty and insecurity. Growing up, almost everyone, at some point, has felt like the odd man out — or felt just plain different. While some children are fortunate enough to have adults in their life who celebrate their “differences” and encourage them to let their true colors shine, others aren’t so lucky. Made By Raffi (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books), a unique new children’s book about one brave little boy who forges his own path despite peer pressure, is a must-read for all children.

While being perceived as different can be difficult for kids who just want to fit in, seeing other kids being brave, and celebrating themselves for who they are, can be a powerful tool. Craig Pomranz’s heartwarming book is one such tool for both children and their parents.

We caught up with Pomranz to ask him some questions about his newly released book, advice for parents and kids who might be struggling with feeling different, and about his own childhood experiences.

Q: What or who was your inspiration for penning Made By Raffi?
A: The book was inspired by my godson. As a little boy, he wasn’t so interested in sports or rough and tumble play. When he was about 9, he asked for knitting needles for his birthday, and I was delighted to supply. He really took to it and found it very peaceful and comforting.  At some point, I guess he was teased. He then began to ask questions about why he was different.

I was fascinated when he came up with the term “tomgirl,” because it brought into focus the huge difference between a little girl who likes traditional boys’ activities – a tomboy – and a little boy who likes traditional girls’ activities. A tomboy is admired for her toughness and independence. But “tomgirl” connotes a negative idea: a little boy who is effeminate or weak.  I thought to myself, this is huge. I can really help kids and parents by telling this story.

Raffi Books Languages (2) Q: What message do you hope to send readers?
A: I hope the book supports young boys and girls who are perceived as “different” because of their appearances or hobbies and at the same time encourages all kids to try many different kinds of activities. I also hope it provides comfort for worried parents. It is healthy for children to experiment, try on different identities, and discover themselves. They should do so openly and without fear. It is a funny, colorful book, because kids should also be able to laugh without malice—differences are fun!

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