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The Family Circle: A Parenthood & Surrogacy Podcast

Welcome to the Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation Podcast! The journey to parenthood is different for everyone and we want to share those stories. This isn't your average surrogacy podcast. Our goal is to provide education on what is surrogacy, egg donation, IVF, LGBTQ+ family building, parenthood, and so much more. Start listening and learn more about modern day family building!

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Recent Episodes

The Family Circle is not just a surrogacy podcast, but a podcast about all modern day family building options. We release new episodes every month on a variety of topics. Our recent podcast episodes includes episodes released in the last 3 months.

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Episode 17: Family Building and Advocacy: Securing Rights for All Families

Welcome to a very special episode of The Family Circle featuring guest host Dean Hutchison, Circle's Vice President of Legal, and his two exceptional guests: Kate LeBlanc, Executive Director of Resolve New England, and Polly Crozier, Director of Family Advocacy at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). Together, they delve into the Massachusetts Parentage Act, a groundbreaking bill that aims to establish gender-inclusive parentage statutes and champion the rights of diverse families. Their discussion here today stands as a profound exploration of the importance of advocacy, and provides invaluable insights on how individuals can actively engage in this noble cause and drive real change for children and families.

Episode 16: Meghan's Story: Surrogacy & The Ultimate Surprise

This episode contains sensitive content about IUI, IVF and infertility. In today's episode of The Family Circle podcast, our very special guest, Meghan, shares her inspirational story of becoming a parent through surrogacy following unsuccessful experiences with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Despite the challenges she faced along the way, including the emotional turmoil of infertility, Megan persevered and found hope through surrogacy. Her journey to parenthood –made possible by an incredible surrogate who helped her realize her dreams – comes with a surprising twist when Meghan finds herself pregnant just days after finding out her surrogate had a successful embryo transfer and is pregnant! Meghan shares humorous anecdotes and personal stories, covering everything from interactions with different doctors to touching moments of being pregnant alongside her surrogate. Ultimately, Meghan’s tale, as told in today’s episode, reinforces that the journey to parenthood can be filled with challenges, that every journey is different, and sometimes you can get even more than you hoped for.

Episode 15: Kristyn Hodgdon, IVF Warrior and Co-Creator of Rescripted

Kristin (your host) speaks with Kristyn Hodgdon, who shares her experience with IVF, becoming a mother to twins, secondary infertility, and how she took her personal experience and co-created Rescripted, the #1 global media platform for fertility and reproductive health topics. Kristyn, who started her career in book publishing, found herself writing about her experience trying to get pregnant through IVF, eventually starting a blog called the Fertility Tribe. Her blog became a resource and community for others, and a few years later, she met her business partners and together they created Rescripted. Kristyn openly talks about her Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) diagnosis, being sent straight to a fertility clinic, and starting IVF. After rounds of IVF Kristyn became pregnant with twins. Kristyn and her husband wished to grow their family again, and Kristyn once again tried IVF to become pregnant. She shares her struggles with secondary infertility, a miscarriage, and the importance of mental health and taking breaks when you need them.

Featured Episodes

Nicola & Mandi - IP and Surrogate to BFFs

Kristin hosts Mandi and Nicola who share their journey from surrogate and intended mother to best friends for life! Nicola and Mandi share about their beautiful bond, why they both chose surrogacy, why they chose each other, and how they overcame obstacles to bring baby Squish into this world. They are both open, honest, and vulnerable about their journeys and what has kept them close in the five years since their journey together ended. Their story is touching, heartbreaking, funny, and everything in between.

Kate, Mother Through Egg Donation

Kristin chats with Kate, who grew her family with the help of an egg donor. In this episode, Kate tells all: her story of infertility, her decision to use an egg donor to create embryos for her to carry, what the egg donor matching process was like, and the very special relationship she has with her donor. If you've ever wondered about egg donation, what it's like making the decision to use an egg donor after you've tried to have a baby on your own or how to even begin the process, this episode is a must-listen.

All Episodes

Haven't found what you're looking for? We've moved our older episodes into our archive, but you can still listen to them here or on any platform where you listen to podcasts! Happy listening!

Archived Episodes

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