Circle Surrogacy Hosts Meetings and Consultations on U.S. Surrogacy Options for Swedish and Norwegian Couples and Single Individuals, May 19-24, 2012

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Visit marks the agency’s return to Sweden and its first Norwegian visit amid growing interest in surrogacy for Scandinavian intended parents

Many factors have reinforced the desirability of pursuing surrogacy in the United States for Swedish and Norwegian prospective parents.

Circle Surrogacy, one of the premiere gestational surrogacy and egg donation agencies in the United States, announces a series of informational meetings and individual consultations to be held on May 19-20 in Stockholm, on May 22 in Gothenburg, and on May 24 in Oslo. The meetings will give prospective parents an opportunity to hear expert advice about surrogate parenting options, listen to personal stories from parents, and ask questions about the medical, legal, and financial aspects of surrogate parenting.

“Many factors have reinforced the desirability of pursuing surrogacy in the United States for Swedish and Norwegian prospective parents,” says John Weltman, Circle Surrogacy’s president and a widely recognized expert in reproductive law, noting the favorable moral, legal and medical climate for surrogacy in the United States. “We are very knowledgeable of the laws in each country and in some of the most frequent destinations such as Spain, Italy, Israel, the UK, Sweden, and Norway, we partner with local organizations and lawyers to provide a complete solution for our clients before and after the birth.”

While surrogate motherhood is not allowed in Sweden or Norway, it is legal for Swedish and Norwegian intended parents to pursue surrogacy in the United States and return home after the birth of their children. In the United States, court decisions have consistently reinforced the rights of intended parents.

Weltman stated that Circle’s staff regularly meets with prospective clients for consultations in their own countries, although many still conduct them by Skype or in Boston and New York. The agency leads all intended parents through the logistical, legal and administrative processes involved from day one until they gain full custody of their newborns and arrive home.

Advances in reproductive technology, favorable laws, growing media attention and societal acceptance have contributed to rapid growth of surrogacy in the United States as a parenting alternative for infertile couples, individuals, and the gay community. While many countries worldwide still outlaw or restrict the practice, most U.S. states permit compensated surrogacy.

“There is a fundamental need for reproduction alternatives like surrogacy and egg donation;” says Weltman, “these options allow a couple who remain childless, try after try, to be able to share their love with a child of their own. And we can make that happen.”

About Circle Surrogacy

With more than 17 years of experience and well over 500 births, Circle Surrogacy is one of the oldest and largest surrogate parenting agencies in the world. Circle stands out among other agencies as a place that focuses on the long-term best interests of the child, the surrogate and the intended parent(s). We thoroughly screen our prospective parents, surrogates and egg donors to ensure that all parties share the same values and commitment. We firmly believe that an open and honest approach results in a more rewarding journey.

About John Weltman

John Weltman, president and founder, is recognized worldwide as an expert in the field of surrogacy and reproductive law, as well as gay parenting. John began his own surrogacy journey in 1991 and has two sons. He has written numerous articles in leading publications and has given lectures throughout the United States and Europe on various legal topics related to surrogacy. John holds degrees from Yale, Oxford and the University of Virginia.

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