The journey to parenthood is different for everyone. This podcast shares the stories of all those involved in modern day family building. Together, we make parenthood possible at Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation. A surrogacy and egg donation podcast for everyone!
Episode 12: Surrogacy Support For Parents and Surrogates
Today’s episode of The Family Circle is a special one, with guest host Jen Rachman, who’s a Parent Outreach Associate at Circle, a social worker, and a parent through surrogacy. She’s here to host a discussion of the types of support that can be helpful during a surrogacy journey, whether you’re an intended parent or a surrogate. Jen opens the episode by talking about the importance of having a support network when going into a surrogacy and how Circle can become part of that as a professional agency. She also emphasizes Circle’s role in connecting intended parents with a community of others going through the same process and introduces Carlos Dolan, another surrogate parent, who shares his experience of Circle’s communities.
Next, Jen welcomes her colleague Alana Gorden, Manager of Surrogate Screening and Support at Circle, who’s here to discuss the surrogate’s side of the journey. Alana explains the support Circle provides for surrogates, emphasizing that their focus is understanding what the surrogate wants from the process in order to provide the best level of support. She talks through the team assigned to each surrogate and the hands-on support they provide, as well as other support channels, including Circle’s Facebook page and mentorship program. Alana then introduces Jessi, an experienced Circle surrogate, who shares her experiences of surrogacy and how Circle has supported her through them, especially the staff and the members of the Facebook community.
The types of support Circle provides
Parent networking and community
How Circle supports surrogates
The journey from the surrogate’s point of view
The Circle Facebook community and surrogate ambassador programQuotes:
“Regardless of where you are in your research, or your steps, or your planning, utilizing the supports that are there and being able to connect with others that get it, I think, is an important aspect of this experience because a sense of community on both sides of this equation is, I think, incredibly substantial and important.”
“Everyone knows people who are going through pregnancy but going through surrogacy is different. And the fact that Circle gave us an opportunity to connect with other parents that knew or were feeling the same things as us was great.”
“How Jessie might have utilized her support could be really different than how another surrogate utilizes her support. And that’s okay. We are here to really give our surrogates the experience that she is needing and that she is looking for to make all this happen. Because at the end of the day, we want her to have the best experience possible.”
“I’ve been in other surrogacy Facebook groups before, but the communication and openness in the Circle Facebook group is unlike anything I have ever seen. So, not only having a ton of women on there to speak with and talk about. I learned so much. The surrogates really care about other women and care to be there and care to help people.”
“Some women use the Facebook page, some would prefer a one-on-one, some don’t really need us, and they know we’re here, and we will be there for them if something comes up. So, I think there’s just so many different ways that support pops up in a surrogacy journey, and that we want to do for our surrogates and to make the experience as best as possible.”
Helpful links from the episode:
Parenthood through surrogacyBecoming a surrogateConnect with the Circle team (email: email@example.com)
Episode 11: Kate - Mother Through Egg Donation
This month’s episode of The Family Circle is hosted by Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation Marketing Director, Kristin Marsoli! Kristin hosts Kate, a mother through egg donation, and they discuss everything from IVF, deciding to use an egg donor, building a relationship with a donor, and advice for anyone going through infertility struggles.
Interested in learning more about becoming a parent through egg donation? Check out the parents page on our website for more info: https://www.circlesurrogacy.com/egg-donation-process-for-intended-parents
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Episode 10: Ali Prato x InfertileAF
This month Kristin hosts Ali Prato! Ali is a journalist and mom of two, living in North Jersey. She's an infertility warrior and advocate, the founder and host of the Infertile AF podcast, and the co-founder of Fertility Rally, a community that offers 24/7 support, curated content and events for anyone going through infertility and family building through ART!
Ali and Kristin chat about Ali's podcast, InfertileAF, her own journey to parenthood, and the creation of Fertility Rally, a supportive community for those struggling with infertility. Their personal experiences with infertility weave in and out of this episode that feels more like two old friends talking than it does an interview! You won't want to miss it!
Interested in learning more about Fertility Rally? You can visit the site here: https://fertilityrally.com/ or follow them on Instagram @fertilityrally
You can listen to InfertileAF wherever you listen to podcasts and can follow along on Instagram @infertileafstories
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Episode 9: Surrogacy 101
This month Kristin and Lauren go back to the basics and hosted a Surrogacy 101 episode. This episode outlines the basics of surrogacy that you've always wanted to know.
They discuss third party reproduction acronyms, why women pursue surrogacy and egg donation, what it means to be an intended parent, and so much more. If you're new to surrogacy, this is the perfect episode for you!
In the episode we mention a number of links for those interested in learning more.
If you're looking to become a surrogate, you can find more information about requirements here: https://www.circlesurrogacy.com/surrogates/surrogate-requirements
If you're interested in learning more about egg donation, you can read about the process and experience here: https://www.circlesurrogacy.com/egg-donors
In the episode, both the Progyny and Egg Donor Panel episode of the podcasts are mentioned.
Progyny - https://thefamilycircle.buzzsprout.com/1829944/11179729-episode-7-progyny-fertility-benefits
Egg Donor Panel - https://thefamilycircle.buzzsprout.com/1829944/11373157-episode-8-experienced-egg-donor-panel
Lauren provides an overview of the most frequent surrogacy and egg donation acronyms, but we've got a much more extensive list in a blog post that you can find here: https://www.circlesurrogacy.com/blog/circle-surrogacy/surrogacy-terms-decoded-17-definitions-know/
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Episode 8: Experienced Egg Donor Panel
This month's episode of The Family Circle is a special panel episode featuring three experienced egg donors through Circle Egg Donation.
Marketing Director, Kristin Marsoli, hosts Jordan, Tia, and Liv as they discuss why they became egg donors, why they choose the type of donation they did, why they wanted to work with an agency, and they each provide some words of wisdom for women who may be interested in becoming egg donors.
Jordan, Tia, and Liv have each done multiple egg donations over the years for different intended parents. They all have one thing in common though, and that is they love to talk about egg donation. Jordan and Tia have achieved their goal of sharing egg dontation with other women by joining the team here at Circle as Egg Donation Coordinators! Liv on the other hand has been sharing her journeys through her TikTok channel and meeting women and answering their questions on her page. You can follow her @oliviaroww https://www.tiktok.com/@oliviaroww
Are you interested in becoming an egg donor? Apply today or reach out to chat with someone on our team! https://bit.ly/egg-donor-panel
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Episode 7: Progyny Fertility Benefits
In our seventh episode, Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation Director of Marketing, Kristin Marsoli, sits down with Lissa Kline, SVP, Provider and Member Services at Progyny!
They discuss the services that Progyny provides, the importance of fertility benefits, why folks choose surrogacy & egg donation, and how to address infertility with your employer.
Lissa shares about what makes Progyny special and how to reduce the costs of third party reproduction and have a higher rate of success.
Circle Surrogacy is proud to partner with Progyny and help make surrogacy and egg donation more affordable and accessible.
Interested in learning more about surrogacy and egg donation? Check out our website at https://www.circlesurrogacy.com/
Interested in learning more about Progyny and their incredible fertility benefits? Check out their website: https://progyny.com/
Incredible stories and helpful information
This podcast is not only incredibly professionally produced, but it is also so thoughtful and insightful. It is so honest and helpful, even for people brand new to the world of surrogacy. Thank you so much for sharing these stories! Beautifully done!
Honest Talk About The Most Personal Journey You’ll Ever Take
I am a parent through surrogacy and know how many people really don’t understand to process or how a woman could help another family have children. This podcast goes into real detail and gives one of the most personal accounts of the process in general. Really excellent!!