circle surrogacy family with their surrogate

Jakob and Johan, who had their daughter Ellen with us at Circle Surrogacy, are an internet sensation. To capture the pregnancy journey and birth of their daughter, they hired photographer Tammy Schmit (Little Leapling Photography). When the Kansas-based photographer posted their album to her Facebook fan page, the post received 2,600 likes, 777 shares, and 128 comments!

From there, the Huffington Post picked up their story along with the photo series. The post from September 16, 2016 is called These Sweet Birth Photos Show There’s No ‘Right Way’ To Become A Family.

The photos capture a beautiful experience.

Jakob said in the article, “I’ve sort of wanted to become a dad as far back as I can remember, but I almost gave up the dream when I realized that I was gay. Fortunately, I fell in love with Johan who didn’t only share my dream; he was determined to make it come true.”

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the news site Elite Daily released a short documentary on surrogacy, featuring a Circle surrogate and her family, a parent through our program, and Jen Rachman, Circle’s New York area representative.

Circle surrogate Jenna Mancuso and her husband talk about surrogacy as a way to give back, matching with their intended parent, and gaining a long-lasting relationship. Michael Oppedisano, Jenna’s intended father, shares his experience, his desire to build a family, and his views on how surrogacy is changing the modern family.

You can watch the video here.

Gays With Kids, a blog that aims to be a resource for gay men who are navigating or considering fatherhood, consulted with Circle's Scott Buckley for a recent article on the Costs of Gay Fatherhood.

Scott explained that, while surrogacy is expensive, it is not only for the wealthy. With some planning and the right resources, intended parents with tighter budgets can manage the process. He also noted that it is advisable to have extra funds set aside in case of unanticipated events.

Circle has introduced a number of programs to keep expenses low and make them predictable as possible. Among them are: Unlimited Matching, which allows all Circle intended parents to be matched with as many surrogates and/or egg donors as needed without paying any additional agency fees; Unlimited IVF plans, which have been developed with partner IVF clinics and allow for as many retrievals and transfers as needed for a single price; and, most recently, the Fixed Fee program, which allows intended parents to “know exactly what they will pay for agency fees, surrogate and egg donor fees, and legal work from the beginning."

Scott also noted that Circle’s partnership with Prosper Healthcare Lending gives its U.S. intended parents access to additional financing options.

Click here to read the article.

In a story on the growing trend of Chinese intended parents pursuring surrogacy in the United States, CNN Money called upon John Weltman and other experts in the field of assisted reproductive technology. 

"I've never seen anything like what I've seen with the Chinese," John said of the increase in inquiries from China. 

Read the full article here.