Ask that question 50 years ago and you’d probably get a description of the traditional nuclear family: a husband, a wife, and 2-3 children. Ask that question today, however, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a clear-cut answer.
Over the past few decades, there has been a marked change in the family structure. Americans have yet to see a time with such diversity inside the household. The atypical has become the typical. And the average family is becoming harder to define.
One of the most noted elements in the transition is the number of children born into a family. American woman are having fewer children. The nation’s current birth rate is half of what it was five decades ago. Fewer women are becoming parents and, when they do start a family, it’s later in life.
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First published by Fertility and Sterility in 2009, “Access to fertility treatments by gays, lesbians, and unmarried persons” explored whether it is unethical to deny fertility treatment to singles, unmarried straight couples, and gay and lesbian couples.
Written by the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the opinion expressed that such discrimination was not (and is not) justifiable.
The feature initially focused on four points:
- Single individuals, unmarried heterosexual couples, and gay couples are looking to become parents.
- There is no evidence that kids are harmed by being raised in a single, unmarried, or same-sex parent household.
- Data doesn’t support restricting access to ART based on the intended parent’s sexual orientation or marital status.
- Programs should treat all requests for ART equally and without regard to marital status or sexual orientation.
Continue reading “ASRM’s Updated Opinion: Fertility Treatments for Gays and Singles” »
I am back from yet another amazing trip abroad, helping to promote Circle as well as surrogacy in general to families around the globe. This was my third trip to Scandinavia in the last 12 months, and each visit gets better.
This trip was especially wonderful in that I not only got to meet with prospective and current Circle clients, but I also got to spend time with some lovely children born through our program. Nothing makes you feel the rewards of this line of work quite like spending an afternoon walking the hills of Oslo with a 10 month old and his proud father or seeing the looks on the faces and hearing the joys of parenthood from a couple with their precious 8-week-old baby.
Continue reading “Surrogacy Around the World: A recap of our trip to Sweden and Norway” »
In recent years, surrogacy has become a common form of assisted reproduction. If you’re looking to learn more about it, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s start off by defining the term.
Surrogacy is when a woman bears a child for another person or couple, becoming pregnant either through in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Gestational vs. Traditional
There are two types of surrogacy: gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, the more common practice, a surrogate becomes pregnant via in vitro fertilization and is not genetically related to the child to whom she gives birth. In a traditional surrogacy, a surrogate becomes pregnant via intrauterine insemination, uses her own eggs and has a genetic connection to the baby. While traditional surrogacy was the more common practice in years past, today the vast majority of surrogacy arrangements involve gestational surrogacy.
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We’re back in New York City in December to give intended parents an opportunity to learn about becoming parents through surrogacy.
On Friday, December 6, 2013 and Saturday, December 7, 2013, we’re holding a limited number of free private consultations for intended parents who are financially and emotionally ready to begin a surrogacy journey within 18 months.
Consultations last about two hours. We’ll cover these topics:
- The matching and screening process
- Legal considerations
- Financial planning and considerations
To request a free consultation, click here. If you have any questions, contact Bruce Hale.
Whether you’ve just signed on or are already experiencing the joys (and exhaustion!) of caring for a newborn, Circle wants you to share your experiences as an intended parent by contributing to our blog.
We’re giving you creative license to write about any part or aspect of your surrogacy or egg donation journey. In the past, some intended parents have written about the matching process, while others have offered advice for newcomers. This is your chance to shine and share your story with the Circle community.
Submitting Blog Posts
Email your blog post to email@example.com with the subject line, “Intended Parent Blog Submission.” Blogs can run from 500-700 words. Feel free to send images, as well. Your post will then be uploaded to the Circle surrogacy Blog within a week of submission.
We can’t wait to hear from each and every one of you!
-The Circle Team
While New York is a progressive state, its laws on surrogacy haven’t changed much in the last few decades. As it currently stands, pursuing surrogacy as an intended parent who lives in New York is not a problem, but working with a surrogate who lives in New York is not a good option—surrogate parenting contracts (whether compensated or altruistic) are void and unenforceable in the state’s courts. Further, compensated surrogacy is prohibited and can result in a civil penalty. Repeat offenders may face felony charges. Unlike compensated surrogacy, altruistic surrogacy (where the surrogate receives no financial compensation) is not prohibited in New York.
Intended parents who live in New York can work with a surrogate in a surrogate-friendly state without problems, but should not be matched with New York surrogates. Learn more about New York surrogacy.
Continue reading “New York and Surrogacy: Is change on the horizon?” »
The Chinese government plans to relax its policy of limiting births to one child per family, according to a decision released Friday following the government’s Central Committee conference last week.
Since the 1970s, most couples living in Chinese cities have been restricted to having only one child. Those in rural areas have been permitted to have two or more children, and in recent years some cities have allowed families to have two children if both parents are single children.
If the planned policy change carries through, however, it will be the first nationwide loosening of the one-child policy. While the details have not been released and the timing is not clear, the plan is to allow parents to have two children if either the husband or the wife is an only child.
At Circle, we’ve seen a growth in the number of Chinese intended parents interested in pursuing surrogacy in the United States in recent years. Like the intended parents from the more than 50 countries Circle’s parents call home, Chinese intended parents are turning to surrogacy as a way to build families when they are unable to have children on their own – either because of infertility or reproductive issues, or because of their sexual orientation.
We’re happy that the Chinese government plans to ease its restrictions to allow its citizens greater freedom to make their own family building decisions.
[Via New York Times]
photo credit: Caro Spark via photopin cc
Many women who are interested in becoming gestational surrogates have some reservations in applying because of some uncertainties of how a surrogacy affects the body.
Our free downloadable guide Surrogacy and Your Body: The medical side of being a surrogate provides an overview of surrogacy and takes you through the physical process of becoming a surrogate, including:
- the fertility treatment,
- embryo transfer,
- and beyond.
Download the guide here. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s no surprise that fertility treatments are costly. Couples can expect to pay an average $5,000 out of pocket for office visits, medication, and other expenses, according to a new study of people using San Diego-area clinics. For couples using in vitro fertilization (IVF), that number jumps to more than $19,000. While these findings don’t represent the U.S. as a whole, they do provide us some insight.
Continue reading “What is The Family Act?” »