Surrogate Mother, Surrogate, Gestational Carrier: Which Term is Correct?

Surrogate. Gestational carrier. Gestational surrogate. Surrogate mother. These words are used, often interchangeably, to describe a woman who carries a child for intended parents. So why do these different surrogacy terms exist? And which one is the right one to use? Let’s start by distinguishing the two types of surrogacy – traditional surrogacy and gestational […]

What’s a Doula? 4 Reasons Doulas are Beneficial to Surrogacy

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Written by Jessica Pretz, Surrogate Coordinator at Circle Surrogacy, and 4-time gestational carrier and birth doula of 12 years, who has had the unique opportunity to support gestational carriers and their intended parents. What is a doula? Women have been using doulas – from the Greek word meaning “a woman who serves” – for centuries […]

Surrogacy Requirements: Why is BMI Important?

One of our most asked surrogate questions is “why does BMI matter for becoming a surrogate?” We understand the frustration and confusion around the subject. This question has only become more prevalent in recent years, as BMI has been analyzed by many doctors, nutritionists, and scientists to gauge the accuracy of the measurement for judging health. We […]

Intended Parents and Surrogates: What is the Right Kind of Surrogate Relationship?

The short answer is, there is no “right” kind of IP and surrogate relationship.  No two journeys are the same, and there is no “right” level of communication. You will find the right relationship that works for you and your intended parents.  How do we know? We asked! We reached out to our surrogate community and asked what type of […]

Surrogacy Requirements: Why Certain Requirements are in Place

Are you interested in becoming a surrogate mother, but not sure if you meet the requirements? We always receive lots of questions about surrogate requirements – and why gestational carriers need to meet certain qualifications. Requirements are put in place to ensure the most positive outcome for both the baby and the surrogate, because we […]

State Surrogacy Laws: Become a Surrogate in Your State

Are you interested in becoming a surrogate with Circle? Surrogacy laws vary from state to state. Each state has unique rules and regulations around surrogacy and it is critical that all laws are followed when becoming a surrogate. Currently, gestational surrogacy is legal in 46 U.S. states, meaning that women can legally enter into a […]

How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid?

Surrogate compensation is usually at the top of our list of most commonly asked questions from potential surrogates. We completely understand the curiosity considering the responsibilities involved. Being a surrogate is an enormous commitment and the most wonderful gift you could give to another person. We recognize how generous being a surrogate is, and believe that you […]