Circle Surrogacy

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Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation
IndustrySurrogacy, Third-party reproduction

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation is a US-based surrogacy and egg donation agency headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation has administered over 2,000 successful births which consisted of cases of pre-birth orders, step parents, and second parent adoptions for homosexuals/gay and heterosexual/non-gay (straight) couples or singles, having children through surrogacyand egg donation world-wide.[2]

Circle Surrogacy has provided egg donation and surrogacy services both domestically and internationally for over 20 years.[3] As one of the leading surrogacy agencies – and the most successful surrogacy agency in the country – Circle Surrogacy carries an audited success rate for intended parents having a baby at 99.3%.[4] The staff consists of surrogacy professionals who have personal experience with the surrogacy and egg donor process. Circle Surrogacy has worked with parents in over 70 countries.[5]


Circle Surrogacy was founded in 1995 in Boston Massachusetts by John Weltman. Prior to establishing the agency, Weltman and his husband grew their family through their own surrogacy journeys.[6] .

Notable milestones[edit]

  • 1992 - John passed the California bar and began doing legal work for the agency
  • 1995 - John wins a major legal malpractice case and appeal for the agency that he used for his surrogacies
  • October - 1995 first client approached John to use a surrogate.
  • From 1995 to 2010, the agency was housed at Lawson & Weitzen, the law firm at which John was a partner originally in Boson.
  • Feb 1997 - Circle Surrogacy’s first baby is born to a heterosexual couple from Massachusetts[7]
  • 1999 - Circle Surrogacy delivered its first baby born to a single gay man and first gestational surrogate baby born to heterosexual couple[8]
  • From 1995 to 2000, John Weltman operates as the facilitator for surrogacy and during this time period Circle Surrogacy began to help people find egg donors for pure egg donation.[9]
  • 2000 - Circle Surrogacy officially named. The name is derived from “The Lion King” movie, which John’s son loved at the time[10]
  • 2001 - Circle’s first egg donor surrogacy baby is born to a gay couple[11]
  • 2010 - Circle moves out of the law offices at Lawson &Weitzen and into its present home in downtown Boston
  • 2019 - Circle reaches its 2000th baby birth[13]

Programs offered by Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation (services)[edit]

Circle Surrogacy provides services for intended parents & gestational carriers from the application and prescreening process all the way through to post-birth.[9][10] As a full-service agency founded by a lawyer, Circle Surrogacy also provides legal services for clients in any of the surrogacy programs that Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation provides.[14]

Intended parents program[edit]

Option Consideration under the Intended Parents Program are as follows;

  • Gestational Surrogacy
  • Gestational Surrogacy with Egg Donation
  • Surrogates Programs

Circle Surrogacy follows the strict guidelines established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).[15] The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. It provides a forum for lay public, researchers, physicians and affiliated health workers through education, publications, and meetings.

The types of intended parents surrogate mothers help are

  1. Heterosexual couples who have struggled with infertility
  2. Intended mothers who are unable to carry a child
  3. Intended parents who have a genetic defect or health condition they don't want to pass onto the child
  4. Same sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to the baby

Surrogate applicants will also participate in a screening with a social worker, and complete psychological testing.[16]

Egg donor programs[edit]

Circle Surrogacy offers Egg Donor Program for persons who are looking to donate eggs or who need an egg donor.[17]

Industry scope historical review[edit]

Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman agrees to bear a child for another person or persons, who will become the child's parent after birth. [18][19] The surrogacy industry was originally popularized as early as 1978 after the first baby successfully conceived through an IVF transfer.[20]

In 1980, an establishment for a “compensated-surrogacy” was concluded, reporting a successful transition, outlining an agreement between the two parties (traditional surrogate and the intended parents – Elizabeth Kane) rewarding a total of $10,000 to successful carry and deliver a baby for the intended couples/parents.[21]

As technological advancements increased with progressive and improving segments, surrogacy methodologies increased. While this was popularizing, a number of agencies rose, providing surrogacy services for both females and males, regardless of what their sexual preferences or orientation were.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Alison Chandler,"With new surrogacy law, D.C. joins jurisdictions that are making it easier for gay and infertile couples to start families". 3 June 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  2. ^ Christine Ro,"The workplaces that will pay for surrogacy". 13 September 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ Sophia Yan,"Chinese are hiring surrogate moms in America". CNN. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  4. ^ Jennifer Gerson,"How Does Surrogacy Work and What Does It Cost?". 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  5. ^ Breda O'Brien,"Surrogacy splits motherhood into bits". 24 March 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  6. ^ Ashby Jones,"Putting a Price on a Human Egg". 26 July 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  7. ^ Evan Pondel,"Why Israeli gays opt for US surrogate births". 18 April 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  8. ^ Rachel Abrams,"Nepal Bans Surrogacy, Leaving Couples With Few Low-Cost Options". 2 May 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  9. ^ a b Kevin Losani,"How Surrogacy Is Redefining What It Means To Be A Mother". 5 May 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  10. ^ a b Marisa Lascala,"What Is Surrogacy? The Process, Types, and Costs, Explained by Experts". 1 May 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  11. ^ Kristin Marsoli,"Most Common Question From Gay Men About Surrogacy". 10 October 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation Announces New Regional Office in California". 28 May 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  13. ^ "We Did It! We've Reached 2,000 Babies at Circle Surrogacy!". 4 September 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  14. ^ David Dodge,"What to Know Before Your Surrogacy Journey". Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  15. ^ "New Bay Area location will help serve even more families on their journey to parenthood". 28 March 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  16. ^ Ben Tinker,"The top 10 questions about surrogacy for same-sex couples, answered". CNN. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Paid to be pregnant: American women having Chinese babies". 10 January 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  18. ^ "IVF and adoption didn't work for me, so I found a surrogate. Here's what I learned". 3 January 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  19. ^ Kristin Marsoli,"How I Beat Cancer, Showed Infertility the Door, and Became a Mom". Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  20. ^ Shalayne Pulia, "I Was a Surrogate and This Is What It's Really Like". 20 November 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  21. ^ Darlena Cunha, "The Hidden Costs of International Surrogacy". 22 December 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  22. ^ Susan Donald James, "Surrogate Mom Damages Heart After Four Babies". Retrieved 1 December 2019.