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Parenthood through surrogacy and egg donation

Learn more about becoming a surrogate parent or parent through egg donation with Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation. Our detailed surrogacy process, our egg donation program, our all-inclusive surrogacy cost program and a success rate of 99.3% for intended parents bringing home a baby make us the best agency choice for parents.

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 We're your dedicated partner in your parenthood journey

We're your dedicated partner in your parenthood journey

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to be a parent, so we tailor our surrogate and egg donation programs to fit your needs as a heterosexual or LGBTQ+ individual or couple – in the United States or abroad. As the most successful surrogacy agency with a 99.3% guaranteed success rate for bringing home a baby, our surrogacy clinics and knowledgeable staff provide the space and guidance you need for a smooth and successful journey.

We're a full-service surrogacy and egg donation agency, which means we have all surrogacy and egg donation services under one roof, including journey coordination, legal and accounting support, and assistance getting you and your baby home.

Having a baby through surrogacy and egg donation can be a complicated process for intended parents. Understanding the egg donation process, how surrogacy works, how much is a surrogate mother and other surrogacy costs and the surrogacy support you'll need along the way will help intended parents feel at ease on their journey to parenthood.

What types of parents does surrogacy and egg donation help?

Surrogacy and egg donation are family-building options for all different types of intended parents. And Circle is proud to have helped so many different types of parents for over 27 years! All intended parents that Circle helps have a medical need for surrogacy and require help growing their families. We do not support social surrogacy journeys (when there is not an established medical need to grow a family).

Heterosexual individuals and couples

Heterosexual individuals and couples may choose surrogacy and egg donation for a variety of reasons, including: infertility, medical diagnosis such as cancer, or a genetic defect or health condition. Either with the intended mother’s own eggs – or donor eggs – embryos are created and transferred into a gestational surrogate.

LGBTQIA+ community

Circle Surrogacy has a long legacy of working with all types of parents. Circle’s founder, John Weltman, lawyer and gay dad of two children through surrogacy, created Circle with the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to become a parent. We work hard to uphold that mission by working with a diverse community of intended parents including individuals who are straight, gay, trans, nonbinary, single, coupled, and those living internationally in 73 different countries.

We have been working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community for over 27 years and are proud to be an ally to those in the transgender and non-binary communities. We have lawyers who are experts in surrogacy law for the LGBTQIA+ community and understand the nuances of this process for this community. We understand that while members of the trans and non-binary community may be biologically able to have a child, it may not be the safest or most suitable option, and we want to lend our support and expertise in surrogacy to help make having a child a reality. We will work to provide a comfortable and safe environment throughout your surrogacy journey.

Intended Parent Requirements for Surrogacy

A surrogacy journey is a big emotional, mental and financial commitment for intended parents. To help determine if surrogacy is the right fit, there are requirements put in place against which intended parents will be evaluated.

Intended Parents should meet these basic requirements:

  • Have a medical need for surrogacy (Circle does not support surrogacy as a lifestyle choice, also known as "social surrogacy")
    • Such as a history of cancer or infertility (diagnosed by doctor)
  • Have a strong support system in place
    • In addition to your partner (if you have one), having others in your family/friends circle who know about your journey and support you
  • Meet agency guidelines for parents
    • Includes age requirements and openness to a relationship with your surrogate

These requirements are meant to be guidelines to help you determine if you qualify for surrogacy and would be a good fit for our program.

 International parents travel with newborn baby

Surrogacy & Egg Donation for International Intended Parents

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation works with those individuals and couples wishing to become parents through surrogacy and egg donation from all over the world, from the UK to Norway, to Switzerland and Australia and everywhere in between. In fact, Circle Surrogacy has grown families in over 70 countries in the last 27 years.

We are experienced in helping intended parents who live abroad to plan for the birth of their baby in the U.S., travel for the baby's birth, and arrange for all documents needed to bring their baby safely home.

Surrogacy in the U.S. is the safest choice for international intended parents because babies born in the United States will be U.S. citizens, plus our advanced expertise in surrogacy means we adhere to the strictest guidelines for surrogate mothers and egg donors. Plus, you are guaranteed financial security when working with a U.S.-based surrogacy agency.

Finding the Right Surrogacy & Egg Donation Program

There is no one-size-fits-all surrogacy program. Circle offers programs to help as many individuals and couples as possible, with programs customized to their specific needs. Some intended parents come to us needing only a surrogate, while others require a surrogate and an egg donor. Some return for sibling journeys with the same gestational carrier. Others have a family or friend who is willing to act as their surrogate.

How to Choose a Surrogacy or Egg Donation Program

Which surrogacy or egg donation program is right for me?

Here are the different programs that Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation offers. If you are interested in learning more about any of our programs, you can fill out a short form and we will be in touch ASAP!

Gestational Surrogacy Only
In this program, intended parents require a gestational surrogate to carry their baby; they will create (or already have create) their embryos. At their IVF clinic, an embryo(s) will be transferred into the gestational surrogate's uterus for her to carry.

Gestational Surrogacy and Egg Donation
This program is for intended parents who require egg donation for gestational surrogacy to create embryos and need a gestational surrogate to carry the baby(ies) to term. Intended parents will need to match with an egg donor to provide her eggs (and sometimes, a sperm donor as well) so that embryos can be created. The embryos will then be transferred into a gestational carrier's uterus.

Egg Donation Only
If you are able to carry a baby to term, however you require a donor egg to create embryos, you may use our Egg Donation Only program. Intended parents will match with an egg donor who will have an egg retrieval, embryos will be created at the IVF clinic and transferred to the intended mother's uterus.

Dual Journey – Surrogacy Only or Surrogacy with Egg Donation
In a dual journey, intended parents will have two gestational surrogates carrying babies in staggered journeys. Intended parents wishing to have two children through surrogacy may choose this option which can be more medically advisable than a surrogate carrying twins.

Surrogacy with Your Own Surrogate
In some instances, intended parents come to us and have a family member or friend – or have found a match through surrogacy communities – who will be their gestational surrogate. Even if you bring your own surrogate (BYOS), you may still desire to have an agency manage your surrogacy journey.

Sibling Journey
A sibling journey is a second surrogacy journey with Circle to grow your family even more. Intended parents may return with their experienced carrier or be matched with a new surrogate.

We have a program that fits your needs to grow your family. Our experienced team can talk you through the different options and see which is best for you. If you're interested in a sibling journey, please email us.

We have personal experience with surrogacy and egg donation

Because many of us on the Circle Surrogacy team have gone through gestational surrogacy and egg donation ourselves, we know all about the processes and the physical and emotional impacts of each. That's why, from the moment you choose us as your partner to your trip home with your baby, we're there to support, guide and help you in any and every way we can.

In fact, about 44% of our staff has been a surrogate, intended parent or egg donor, or has grown their families through IVF or adoption. We've been in your shoes, and because of that, we're able to relate to your story and design our surrogacy programs around real-life experiences.

Surrogacy Costs: one all-inclusive cost program

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation is the leading surrogacy agency because we always put our Intended Parents’ needs first. Circle Surrogacy offers one all-inclusive cost program that provides the most financial security and protection for intended parents compared to any other surrogacy agency.

Our Journey Protection Guarantee Program provides the most security and protection for intended parents compared to any other agency or program.

Journey Protection Guarantee surrogacy costs:

Surrogacy only: $157,750
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $184,750
(both prices exclude IVF)

Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers Intended Parents:

  • An all-inclusive program that covers all Surrogate fees and expenses for unlimited transfers and any complications that may arise during your journey
  • Costs spread across 3 predictable payments to help you plan financially
  • No surprise costs or invoices, even in scenarios that require a rematch with a new Surrogate

Our Journey Protection Guarantee Program includes Circle Surrogacy's top-notch service and support from a team of professionals who are experts in the surrogacy and egg donation field. Pair that with our 99.3% success rate, and we can almost guarantee you'll go home with a baby.

Details about our Journey Protection Guarantee Program.

VIP Surrogacy Program

The VIP Surrogacy Program expands our standard offerings for intended parents who desire additional services, assistance and guidance during their journeys. This includes access to a single point of contact, as well as the flexibility to customize your surrogacy journey for the highest level of support.

Contact us to learn more about the VIP Program.

Resources for Parents

Free Webinars

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation hosts informational webinars weekly for intended parents on a variety of topics. It's easy to register and watch them from the privacy of your own home.

Webinar topics include:

  • Comparing Agencies & Costs
  • Surrogacy 101
  • International Surrogacy
  • Insurance & Legal
  • Joint webinars with IVF Clinics

All of our webinars are free.

Click here to see all upcoming webinars.

Podcast – The Family Circle

Circle Surrogacy's podcast, The Family Circle, features personal stories, professionals in the surrogacy and IVF world, and partners that work with us. It's an open and honest take on surrogacy and egg donation, what it entails, and the beautiful relationships formed between parents, surrogates and egg donors.

Podcast topics include:

  • Mom Through Egg Donation Shares Her Story
  • Surrogate and Intended Mother, Their Relationship and Journey
  • The Importance of Surrogacy Support
  • Roe v Wade and How It Affects Surrogacy
  • Surrogacy 101

Click here to see all episodes of the podcast.

How to compare surrogacy agencies

Intended parents will likely conduct quite a bit of research when they are thinking about surrogacy to grow their families. They will find there are MANY surrogacy agencies out there – large, full-service agencies such as Circle Surrogacy, and smaller, more boutique agencies.

Comparing agencies will help you see the pros and cons of each, and determine the best fit for you.

We've created a handy "Agency Questions Checklist" for intended parents to use when comparing agencies.

Common questions from parents like you.

As you consider parenthood, you may have questions along the way. Don't worry. With over 27 years of experience, we've helped parents navigate surrogacy and their journeys to parenthood, and have answered almost every question out there!

Why should I choose Circle Surrogacy?

Whether you are an intended parent, a surrogate or an egg donor, when you embark on a journey with Circle, we promise to be beside you every step of the way. We promise to educate, lead and guide you through your surrogacy and egg donation journey. We will work tirelessly to help you achieve success and fulfill your dream.

​We are a full-service agency. You will work closely with a Journey Coordination team who will guide and support you throughout your entire journey, including social work, legal and billing support. Circle is the only agency in the world to provide unparalleled program offerings for parents, such as unlimited surrogate and egg donor matching, and an unlimited IVF package. We employ an in-house legal staff who is extremely knowledgeable in reproductive and surrogacy law and insurance contracts.

At Circle, we have the highest level of dedication to building families than any other agency. We'll help you navigate the road, smooth the bumps, and cheer when we reach our destination. Every person who works at Circle is dedicated to doing everything they can to help you build your family. The Circle Staff goes above and beyond to help you achieve your dream of parenthood.

How long does the whole surrogacy process take?

​The length of the process depends on several factors. We typically tell intended parents that they should plan on a year and a half from the time they sign on with our agency until they have a child, although it can be quicker or longer depending on the legal requirements involved and the course of the IVF treatment.

What is the difference between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy?

​There are two types of surrogacy—gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. In a typical gestational surrogacy arrangement, intended parents create embryos through in vitro fertilization. One or more of these embryos is implanted in a surrogate (sometimes known as a gestational carrier), who carries the child or children to term, but has no genetic relationship to them. Gestational surrogacies makeup the vast majority of modern surrogacy arrangements.

By contrast, traditional surrogates typically become pregnant through artificial insemination, and have a genetic connection to the child or children they carry for their intended parents. At Circle, we only provide gestational surrogacy services.

Can I be a parent if I’m single?

​Of course! We work with intended parents of all backgrounds—single individuals, same-sex couples and heterosexual couples.

Must I have a medical need in order to pursue surrogacy?

In most cases, yes. Every agency sets their own guidelines and requirements for acceptance into their program, at Circle it is an agency requirement to have an identified medical need by a treating physician.

There are many definitions of a "medical need", including physical or psychological. In some cases, intended parents may require a letter from their physician outlining the need for our gestational surrogacy services.

We review each intended parents' story on a case-by-case basis, so please reach out to our Parent Intake team with any questions at: [email protected]

Can a friend or family member be my surrogate?
Yes. If you find your own surrogate, we provide various levels of support in our Surrogacy with Your Own Surrogate programs.
What are the benefits of going through an agency?
Becoming a parent through surrogacy can be a complicated process that involves a variety of steps, including matching with a surrogate and egg donor (if needed), handling legal matters, managing costs, navigating relationships, and smoothing out any bumps along the way. The right agency can help you navigate the entire journey and limit your stress and uncertainty.
How do you screen for the best surrogate candidates?
We have a 3-step screening process that all surrogates must pass before matching with intended parents. First, candidates go through a pre-screening that includes a background check and review of their health and pregnancy history. Next, candidates are screened by a highly experienced, licensed mental health professional from our team of social workers. The final step is psychological testing to determine if candidates are emotionally ready for surrogacy and will be supported at home.
What happens if a surrogate pregnancy results in twins?
Your preferences regarding the number of embryos transferred and selective reduction are taken into consideration before you are matched with a surrogate to ensure your beliefs align.
Is Circle Surrogacy LGBTQIA+ friendly?
Yes! We've helped gay and transgender individuals and couples become parents for over 25 years. We have lawyers who are experts in surrogacy law for the LGBTQIA+ community. Approximately half of the parents we have assisted are part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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