The Surrogacy Process: Medical Screening & Contracts

This is part 5 of our ongoing series: The Surrogacy Process: Medical Screening and Legal Contracts. Congratulations! You’ve been matched and are entering the second phase of surrogacy, known as Screening and Contracts. This part of your journey is extremely important as you’ll sign your Agreements (contracts) and attend the medical screenings at the IVF […]

Surrogacy Process: The Surrogate Screening Process

As part of our series on the Phases of the Surrogacy Process, we want to help surrogate applicants understand what happens after you fill out the surrogate application.  For a  breakdown of what happens in this phase, watch our webinar: Becoming a Surrogate – The Screening Process. Circle’s Alicia Abdella, LCSW, and Dr. Susanne Haskell, Massachusetts Board Licensed […]

Surrogacy Terms Decoded: 17 Definitions to Know

Although rewarding, the surrogacy process and its associated vocabulary can be new and confusing at times. Not to worry! This blog defines and explains some of the common terms you’ll come across during your journey. Carrier/Surrogate/Surrogate Mother: We use these terms interchangeably. However, a general surrogate definition is a woman carrying a child for intended […]

Surrogate and Egg Donor Body Mass Index (BMI)

At Circle, one question that always comes up is: “Why is surrogate BMI so important?” In order to be considered for surrogacy or egg donation, applicants have to meet certain qualifications. One such requirement is the Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI is calculated using a formula that divides an individual’s weight by their height to […]

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Surrogacy or Egg Donation Agency

Whether you’re an intended parent or a prospective surrogate or egg donor, make sure you’re in good hands when you’re choosing an agency. Keep in mind that, while the decision can be daunting, a few key factors can help you make an informed choice. Remember, your final decision will affect you throughout your experience. So don’t […]

Surrogacy Laws: 4 Things Intended Parents Need To Know

Surrogacy law encompasses family law, contract law, estate planning, insurance and often immigration law. Legal experts at your surrogacy agency are charged with negotiating agreements between intended parents and surrogates and egg donors, planning for the future and the best interests of the child, making sure everyone is insured from financial risk, finalizing parental rights, and […]