Thanks to our recent collaboration with 5th Street East, Circle is launching its first digital video on surrogacy on February 2, 2015!!!
Visit www.circlesurrogacy.com/surrogates at 6pm to be one of the first to view it. Also join us at 6:30pm for a Google Hangout on Air with panelists Jamie, experienced surrogate who is featured in the video, and Kelly Chandler, LICSW and manager of surrogate screening and matching.
During the Google Hangout on Air, Jamie will discuss her experience as a surrogate and what it was like to film. Kelly is also available to take questions from viewers pertaining to the surrogate screening and matching processes.
Circle Surrogacy is proud to announce the addition of videos to its repertoire of digital content. On February 2, 2015, 6pm, EST, we will be debuting our first-ever Surrogate Video thanks to 5th Street East! Viewers get to meet Jamie, a surrogate mother who helped intended parents start their family through surrogacy. She shares her thoughts on the entire process and lets us in to her home with her husband and beautiful children.
Circle is dedicated to informing intended parents and surrogates as much as possible about surrogacy, including the different state laws addressing the practice. Here is a brief overview on laws pertaining to surrogacy in Utah.
Circle Surrogacy recently hosted a free online information session on surrogacy options in the United States for intended parents. It provides an overview of the process of becoming a parent through surrogacy, including:
Screening and matching egg donors and surrogates,
Securing your parental rights,
In vitro fertilization, and
Personal stories and expert advice for couples and individuals, straight and gay.
Currently, intended parents cannot pursue surrogacy arrangement in Washington, D.C. But hope floats as 11 sitting members of the D.C. Council unanimously introduced a new bill last week.
The Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2015 seeks to put in place a legal framework for intended parents looking to pursue surrogacy. The bill also aims to establish a legal relationship between a surrogate-born child and his or her intended parents regardless of marital status or biological relation to the child. Further, it ensures that a surrogate and her spouse or partner do not have any parental rights to the child.
“Compared to the 50 states, District law is among the most restrictive with regard to surrogacy agreements, which is out of step with our commitment as a city to equality and family,” Councilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) said in a statement after introducing the bill. “I believe surrogacy should be an option for District residents who wish to have children.”
The bill, which would require surrogates to undergo medical and psychological screenings and intended parents to have a join consultation with a mental health professional, reflects input from various community groups, including LGBT advocacy organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Family Equality Council, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Intended parents would also be required to pay the surrogate mother all reasonable expenses related to carry the child to term. If passed, the law would also implement safeguards for the child, surrogate, and intended parents, including a “character” provision prohibiting people with felonies and misdemeanors from pursuing such arrangements.
To learn more about the surrogacy process and laws you in your state, set up a free consultation.
COLAGE, an organization that supports people with LGBTQ parents, is collecting data to create an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Guide. COLAGE describes the guide as:
“an informal publication for youth and young adults struggling with the many questions of growing up in an LGBTQ family built with the help of assisted reproductive technologies. The ART guide will be available on the COLAGE website in electronic format and will include all ART methods that LGBTQ families are using to create families. It will offer testimonials of youth and young adults in order to answer the questions and address the concerns of other ART-conceived youth. The guide will discuss how these youth and their families define the relationship they share with their donor or surrogate. It will address the struggles youth face when talking about their method of conception with their peers and having to explain their family.”
The survey can be filled out by children ages 10 and up. Younger children can fill out the questionnaire with a parent in order to translate questions into more understandable terms.
We are excited for a new year of helping couples and individuals start their families. And that means more cities to visit and new people to meet. While we are based in Boston, Circle works hard to reach intended parents in various locations of the world. Check out where we are headed in the next few months as well as our online information sessions.
Your little one is soon to arrive. You are SO excited because it seems like the waiting has been so long. However, reality is now setting in…“Do I have what I need for a newborn!?” As a mother of two (a 6-year-old boy and an 11-month-old girl), I know too well that feeling of wondering if I have everything I need to raise my babies, especially being a new parent. There are so many things on the market these days, which can be very overwhelming to someone just starting out in the world of parenthood.
I remember when my son was born and that feeling of “do I have the best and safest things on the market for my baby?” We, after all, don’t settle for anything but the best for our child(ren), right? In this parent-to-parent section, I will discuss some of my favorite items available for babies that I used for my children. I have found, for myself anyway, that the best advice comes from other parents. Again, this is based on what worked for my children…every baby is different.
Be it day one or the second trimester, pregnancy often yields a bit of discomfort. And the central point of that discomfort is usually the back. For many surrogates (and expectant mothers everywhere), finding relief can sometimes feel impossible.
If you are experiencing back pain during your surrogate pregnancy, try using ice, heat, or massage to relieve symptoms. Beyond that, check out the following methods to find relief. (As always, consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise program during pregnancy.)
1. Strengthen your back muscles from the get-go. The best place to start is at the beginning. Keeping those muscles strong and lean from the start of your pregnancy means more support and less pain. Who doesn’t want that?
The polls have closed and the results are in! BabyCenter’s annual list of the most popular baby names has hit the web. While some parents strayed from the pack with what Baby Center deems “unusual and surprising baby names,” which include: Moon; Rhythm; Yolo (someone was bound to do it); Saffron; Wolf; Denim; and Heavenleigh, there aren’t any major surprises topping the popularity charts for 2014.
Sophia and Jackson can add another notch into their belts for coming in first. Last year, both baby names came in on top, too. Sophia is familiar with the position, keeping the crown for the fifth straight year. Will she make it to six titles after 2015?
If you’re in the market for good baby name suggestions, have no fear. BabyCenter has compiled a list of the top 100 names for both genders, which you can refer back to for input. Study up! Happy choosing, and here’s to a happy and healthy 2015!