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Photo originally appeared with the Washington Post article, 'With new surrogacy law, Washington, D.C. joins jurisdictions that are making it easier for gay and infertile couples to start families'

Washington, D.C.-based parents Edward Palmieri and Christopher Schriever spoke with Washington Post reporter Michael Alison Chandler about their experience becoming parents to adorable twins (a boy and a girl) three years ago with Circle Surrogacy. The impetus for the article stems from the recent change to the Washington, D.C. law that banned surrogacy contracts for 25 years. In December of 2016, D.C. Council reversed the surrogacy ban and last April it became effective.

While matches here at Circle Surrogacy will continue to be based on the intended parents’ individual needs and preferences, the new law allows us to accept Washington, D.C.-based surrogate applicants into our program. Chandler also spoke with Kelli Rapp, who carried Christopher and Edward’s twins. 

To quote the Washington Post article, “[Kelli] said she was ‘so delighted’ when she had her own son five years ago and that she wanted to help someone else who could not have the same joy.” She said, “It was my way to say ‘Thank you’ for my son.” “Christopher said it was ‘surreal’ to share a pregnancy with someone in another state, but he said they felt very comfortable with her,” Chandler wrote.

We are delighted that Christopher, Edward, and Kelli were able to share their positive experience with the mainstream media. Since we promote the relationship-based model, it was fantastic to see an acknowledgment of the connection Christopher and Edward have with Kelli. Christopher mentioned that Kelli felt like a family member and that they all plan to see each other this summer. It’s great to see progress places like Washington, D.C. reversing their position to help infertile couples and same-sex couples experience the joy of pregnancy and parenthood. [Read the full Washington Post article here.]

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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. 

Learn more about becoming a surrogate. Surrogates are very special women. We have a waiting list of intended parents who want to match with kind and generous women like you. If you have questions about helping an IP complete their dream of becoming a parent, email us at applications@circlesurrogacy.com.

In an article about the trend of developing countries shutting their doors to intended parents seeking surrogacy options, the New York Times asked Circle’s President and Founder, John Weltman, for his insight.

“I am very much in favor of less expensive options for people, but to date there has not been a single place I’ve felt comfortable sending people to,” John told the paper. “I would caution dramatically against new and up-and-coming places like Cambodia, and Panama, because the legal framework is not secure.”

You can read the full article here.

Circle President and Founder, John Weltman, provided an opinion piece on surrogacy to Norwegian newspaper, VG. The piece was published in advance of Weltman's appearance on På bortebane, a Norwegian television show that sends politicians abroad to discuss different issues. 

"Hundreds of Norwegians have already come to the United States to build their families because they have no option to do so in their own country," Weltman notes in the article. "This should change."

Weltman acknowledges that, while it is not perfect, the United States is one of the only places in the world in which surrogacy can be done ethically and safely, with care and concern for the children, the surrogate, and the parents.

Addressing one of the common arguments against surrogacy, his article notes: "Comparing surrogacy to a business transaction may be motivated by a desire to protect. But it can also be based in prejudice and paternalism."

At the end of the day, Weltman notes, if the involvement of money is the sticking point, Norwegian political leaders should take it out of the equation for now and begin with altruistic surrogacy. 

"If you, as Norwegians, begin to permit altruistic surrogacy, you will learn that the greatest motivation for surrogates is not the financial remuneration, but the incredibly life-altering experience of helping someone else create a family. It is the greatest gift that any human being can give another. If you open your mind to this amazing experience, you will learn to respect it and the incredible women who step forward to be surrogates."

The full article (translated into Norwegian and behind a paywall) can be view here.

Last week, journalist David Weissman from York Dispatch interviewed Circle Surrogacy’s Director of Legal Services Dean Hutchison about why many parents turn to surrogacy to start their families.
 
Specifically, Weissman mentioned a local program in place at York Hospital for families having children via surrogacy. The article states. “York Hospital has been running a program to help support gestational carriers and intended parents through the process since 2007, according to Sue Dolla, the hospital’s Women and Children Services outreach coordinator.”
 
Read Hutchison's quotes and the full article here, Surrogacy on the Rise in York County, Pennsylvania.

Whether organizations can establish limits on egg donor compensation is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed in Northern California. In its coverage on the issue, the Wall Street Journal turned to Circle's Gina-Marie Madow, an attorney and a four-time egg donor. Gina-Marie shared her expertise and offered thoughts on egg donor compensation:

"I helped couples chieve their dreams, and in return they helped me go to law school, buy an apartment, pursue my dreams when I was in my 20s," she told the newspaper.

You can read the fulll article here.