Irish Times Letter to the Editor: Surrogacy and ‘gestational carriers’


Brenda O’Brien’s Op-Ed “Surrogacy Splits Motherhood into Bits” published on March 23 addresses the surrogacy segment featured on the RTE’s Prime Time, which aired in March 2014. Dean Hutchison, Director of Legal Services at Circle Surrogacy, had the privilege to represent our agency and clarify legal issues regarding surrogacy in the United States during his debate with Ms. O’Brien.

In the below article, Dean Hutchison addresses some of O'Brien's inaccuracies as well as presents another viewpoint on what seems to be a one-sided argument.


Surrogates have been referred to as gestational carriers for the past 20 years. It is the legal term that was used by the first court to distinguish traditional surrogates, who relinquished their own genetic child, from women who were merely carrying the child of another. The term is the proper one in the US, and the only type of surrogacy that is permitted in most US states.


To read the full article, click here.


Cure Magazine "The other option: Surrogacy after cancer"


Jen Rachman, social worker at Circle Surrogacy, contributes to Cure Magazine in "The other option: Surrogacy after cancer."



The other option: Surrogacy after cancer


Jen Rachman

At age 26, I was on my own, self-sufficient, secure and independent. I was already a few years into building my career as an adolescent therapist; a job that well suited me. I had my own apartment, and was about to move in with my boyfriend of several years. I took care of myself physically and emotionally. Life was pretty perfect, until the routine trip to the gynecologist that wound up saving my life.


Baby M and the Question of Surrogate Motherhood - NY Times Retro Report


The custody battle over Baby M was the first time a court considered surrogacy. Today’s families are created in many different ways. But have we resolved the question of surrogacy? To learn more about present day surrogacy, The New York Times' Retro Report interviews John Weltman, president and founder of Circle Surrogacy.


Circle Surrogacy's Legal Director Appears On Irish National Television


Ireland’s RTÉ television network called upon Circle Surrogacy for its expertise during a live debate segment that aired on March 18, 2014. Dean Hutchison, Director of Legal Services, appeared on Prime Time, to discuss surrogacy in the United States. Public debate about surrogacy has spiked in Ireland recently, as Ireland’s Minister of Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, published proposed surrogacy legislation in January 2014. In the segment, Dean speaks about Circle’s visit to Ireland to meet with intended parents, Circle’s perspective on open relationships with surrogates and egg donors, the differences between surrogacy in the United States and elsewhere, and what motivates surrogates.

You can stream the full segment here.


French television program “Tellement Vrai” features Circle Dads

The French documentary TV program Tellement Vrai, which airs on NRJ12, featured Circle parents Bruce and David, in a special on gay parenting. The episode follows several LGBT parents in France, Belgium, and the United States. It features Bruce Hale and his husband David as they get ready for their second birth through surrogacy and welcome their newborn daughter into their home. Bruce is Outreach Manager at Circle.
You can watch the full episode here. The segment featuring Bruce and David starts at 5:45 in the video.

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Circle Surrogacy is a full service surrogate-parenting agency serving both gay and straight couples and singles. Since 1995, Circle Surrogacy has helped bring to the world nearly 400 babies, with unmatched success rates of close to 100% in clients becoming parents through egg donor surrogacy. Its dedicated staff of professionals is made up of lawyers, social workers, parents through surrogacy, surrogates and past clients. The surrogate mothers who get accepted to the program after careful screening are highly suitable and motivated to help the intended parents have children, and their spouses are also screened to assure they are fully supportive. Circle Surrogacy provides a choice of specialized clinics at locations throughout the country, a large selection of egg donors, swift matching with carefully screened surrogates, and a variety of flexible programs and financial options to suit its clients' unique family choices.