U.S. Surrogacy Consultations for Domestic Intended Parents

Circle Surrogacy is traveling to the Eastern seaboard this spring. We are holding in-person private U.S. surrogacy consultations for prospective parents interested in learning about surrogacy in the United States.

Check out our upcoming travel agenda:

  • Denver, Colorado: Private chats with an experienced parent, as well as private surrogacy consultations on April 23-25, 2015. If you’re interested in meeting with us in Denver, please click here to register.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: Private surrogacy consultations on Saturday, May 2, 2015, as well as an information session on Friday, May 1st from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at our Boston office. If you’re interested in meeting with us in Boston, please click here to register.

Circle at CancerCon!!!

OMG 2014 On April 24-26, 2015, hundreds of young adult cancer survivors, caregivers, and advocates will arrive in Denver to participate in Stupid Cancer’s CancerCon. The largest three-day event of its kind allows those affected by cancer, and their supporters, to come together with a common goal: to “empower those affected by young adult cancer by building community, improving quality of life, providing meaningful survivorship.”

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U.S. Surrogacy Consultations for European Intended Parents

Circle Surrogacy will be traveling throughout Europe this upcoming April and May. We will be holding in-person private U.S. surrogacy consultations, and offering information sessions for prospective parents interested in learning about surrogacy in the United States.

Check out our upcoming travel agenda:

Flag_of_Denmark.svg Copenhagen, Denmark: Private consultations on April 17-19, 2015, as well as an information session on Saturday, April 18th from 1830 to 2030.  If you’re interested in meeting with us in Copenhagen, please click here to register.

 

United_Kingdom_Flag London, England: Private surrogacy consultations on April 24-26, 2015, as well as an information session on Saturday, April 25th from 1830 to 2030. If you’re interested in meeting with us in London, please click here to register.

 

Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands: Private surrogacy consultations April 27-28, 2015, in Amsterdam. If you’re interested in meeting with us, please click here to register.

 

 

Flag_of_Germany Frankfurt, Germany: Private surrogacy consultations May 15-17, 2015, as well as an information session on Saturday, May 16th from 1830 to 2030.  If you’re interested in meeting with us in Frankfurt, please click here to register.

 

What is the difference between a private consultation and the information session? Our consultations are geared at those who have done their research and are ready to start their surrogacy journey within the next 12-18 months. Circle’s U.S. surrogacy consultations are more focused on the individual’s or couple’s needs and questions, whereas the information session covers a broader range of topics— they are designed for those in the early stages of discovery (gathering information). At the end there will be time dedicated to a question and answer session.

I would like to have a consultation, but I’m not available on these dates. Is there another way of meeting with your team? Yes, of course!  We’re always available for private consultations via Skype or at our Boston office. Please click here to request one today!

For a full listings of our travel schedule, please visit our events page located on our website. 

 

Save the Date: New Surrogacy Video!!

Circle Surrogacy is proud to announce the addition of videos to its repertoire of digital content. On April 2, 2015, 10am EST, we debut The History of Circle Surrogacy. Thanks to 5th Street East, viewers get to see how the agency got started through the words of founder and president, John Weltman.

Watch on April 2, 2015, 10am EST by clicking here!!!

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Throwback to 1995: A look back at the year’s top jams

You may be asking yourself, “Why 1995?” It’s because Circle Surrogacy is gearing up to celebrate the premiere of its next video: The History of Circle Surrogacy. Founded in 1995, and with nearly 1,000 babies born, Circle has grown tremendously and established some lifelong relationships with those who have been in the program. We are proud to share our story on how it all began in 1995.

But before the big reveal on April 2, 2015, we wanted to have a little fun, taking a trip down memory lane to 1995. And what better way than revisiting music’s top hits of a time when O.J. Simpson was aqcuitted, Windows 95 launched, and Selena’s early demise left millions broken-hearted? Enjoy!

And don’t forget to check back in on April 2, 2015, to watch the premiere of The History of Circle.

Surrogate Stories: From the application to delivery day

becoming a surrogate top questions by Sarah, experienced surrogate mother

Starting out, I didn’t know exactly what to expect— though I could imagine the possible effects. When I first found out I was pregnant with my daughter, it was a complete surprise, and I was initially in shock and did not know what to feel or think about being pregnant. I was only 19 after all and had no plans of getting pregnant for at least a few years. After a few days, I let that news sink in and ended up embracing the news. I remember for the majority of my pregnancy being very excited and happy. I just loved it. And from time to time, I would actually miss being pregnant (but with no desire to start over with a newborn no matter how adorable they are, lol).

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Surrogate Stories: What it’s like to work with international intended parents

international intended parents “Coucou,” my Belgium IPs and I would say to each other.

The house was calm. I remember no fussing to clean the dishes, mop the floors, or make beds, and my husband relaxing on his favorite couch snuggling up with our kiddo on that cool November Sunday morning. So why did I feel anxious, excited, and maybe disappointed at the same time? It was a feeling of hope— could they have flown all the way from Belgium to surprise me?

I was fairly easygoing about the surrogacy process. I did not have a specific preference for race, marital status, or location of my intended parents (IPs). I simply wanted to be the gift of giving. When asked how I felt about working with IPs from Belgium, I welcomed the opportunity— and to be honest, for selfish reasons. I assumed the farther they were, the less needy and nosey they would be. I say this because as a pregnant woman, often uncomfortable and moody, the last thing we need is to feel as though we are being smothered. To my surprise, I have one of the greatest international surrogacy experiences of a lifetime. I often communicated with my new family daily and Skype once or sometimes twice a week. We send silly text messages, pictures of our families, inside jokes, and simply “coucou” to let each other know we are thinking of them.

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Circle’s President Releases Statement on Dolce & Gabbana IVF Comments

dolce gabban ivf In light of the recent story on Dolce & Gabbana comments on IVF and surrogacy, Circle’s president and founder, John Weltman, speaks up and out against the cruel words that have targeted families and children created through assisted reproduction.

“I am a gay father through surrogacy and from the same era as Dolce and Gabbana. When we grew up, gay men couldn’t have children unless they married a woman.  Assisted reproduction wasn’t possible. For most gay men of my generation, accepting your sexuality meant accepting that you would never have children. Sadly, for some men of our era, the only way to accept this huge loss was to internalize the then societal perspective that children should only be had and raised by a man and a woman. As Elton John says, this is behind the times. Though Dolce and Gabbana may feel that they have missed the boat, to call children born to their peers (like Elton) “synthetic children” and the wonderful women who carry them “rented wombs” demonstrates the very right wing “fascism” of which they accuse Elton.

“Homophobia from gays is the worst. It is like anti-Semitism from Jews or racism from blacks. We all know it exists, but it sets back the cause of Civil Rights even further than prejudicial statements by the straight world. It gives the strongest support to the detractors of gay rights and fuels their homophobic campaigns. Condemning people’s choices from a segment of a population that prides, and to a certain degree defines, itself by its choices is the greatest error that any gay man can make.”

 

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– John Weltman, Circle Surrogacy Founder and President

5 Questions to Ask When Becoming a Parent through Surrogacy

becoming a parent through surrogacy People often consider pursuing an independent surrogacy and going through the process without the help of an agency. But often intended parents realize that, in the end, pursuing surrogacy without the experience and assistance of experts can be a real headache and sometimes cost more than going it alone.

A full-service agency, like Circle, has everything under one roof, including:
•A legal team that can draft and negotiate contracts. Further, they make sure you’re abiding by the correct laws and procedures of the states and/or specific countries involved, help ensure you can bring your child(ren) home without issues, and make sure your parental rights are secure.
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