Circle Surrogacy to Host Meetings in Sweden on U.S. Surrogacy Options for Local Couples and Singles

By Circle Surrogacy, PRNE
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Event marks the agency's return to Sweden, and its fifth European visit in 2011

STOCKHOLM, April 21, 2011 - Circle Surrogacy, one of the oldest surrogate parenting agencies in the
United States
, announces two informational meetings, to be held on May 20,
in Stockholm and on May 24, 2011 in Gothenburg. 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 various aspects — medical, legal, financial — of surrogate

"Many factors have reinforced the desirability of pursuing surrogacy in
the United States for Swedish 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,
and here in Sweden, 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, it is legal for
Swedish couples and individuals to go through the surrogacy process in the
United States
and return to Sweden after the birth of their children. In the
United States
, court decisions have reinforced the rights of intended parents
who have pursued surrogacy and no US appeals court has ever ruled in favor of
a woman seeking to retain custody of a child to whom she gave birth as a
surrogate mother. Swedish courts have regularly confirmed the parentage of
those who have had children through surrogacy abroad.

Weltman stated that Circle's staff regularly meets with prospective
clients for consultations in their own countries, although many still conduct
them over the phone 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 arrive home and gain full custody of their newborns.

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 states in America 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

Circle Surrogacy is the oldest American surrogate-parenting agency
serving clients worldwide. Since 1995, Circle Surrogacy has facilitated the
birth of more than 500 babies and boasts unequaled success rates in helping
clients becoming parents through egg donation and gestational surrogacy.
Circle Surrogacy provides a choice of specialized clinics at locations
throughout the United States as well as a large selection of egg donors,
timely matching with carefully screened surrogates and a variety of flexible
programs and financial options.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Patrick Ramirez, +1-617-439-9900,

Related Links

— Circle Surrogacy homepage:

— Information on the Sweden meetings:

— Information for Swedish couples pursuing surrogacy in the United


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