Surrogacy program at the Valley Center Gestational surrogacy is a process in which one woman (either the intended mother or a chosen egg donor) provides the eggs used to develop embryos, and another woman (the surrogate) undergoes the embryo transfer and carries the pregnancy. The sperm can come either from the intended father or from a sperm donor. The intended parents are intimately involved during the course of the pregnancy, are usually present at the time of birth and assume parenting responsibilities immediately following delivery.

For some patients, gestational surrogacy offers the best option for having a child. The primary indications for gestational surrogacy include:

  • Not having a uterus either from having a hysterectomy or from being born without a functional uterus
  • Significant uterine abnormalities including extensive scarring (Asherman’s Syndrome) or inoperable fibroids
  • Serious medical problems that pose too great a risk for the intended mother and/or baby
  • History of repeated unexplained implantation failures with IVF
  • History of recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Gay male couples or individuals

Surrogacy Procedure

From a procedural standpoint, the process of using a gestational surrogate is exactly the same as in an egg donor/recipient cycle, except for that the recipient in this case is the gestational surrogate.

The surrogate can be a family member, a friend or acquaintance or can be acquired through a surrogate agency (see list below). It is preferred, however, that any woman choosing to be a surrogate is under age 40 and has had a successful pregnancy in the past. Women electing to become surrogates must go through a screening process in order to determine their ultimate eligibility. A full history and physical is performed, as well as evaluation of the uterus, genetic screening and psychological evaluation. Screening bloodwork will also be performed, including STD testing on the gestational surrogate as well as any intimate partners.

Once the surrogate is chosen, an attorney specializing in reproductive law (see list below) must be consulted in order to draw up and oversee the signing of legal contracts between the intended parents and the gestational surrogate.

Surrogacy Agencies

Alternative Conceptions
Contact: Anna Lee Hicks
450 N. Roxbury
Suite #520
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
t: 310.954.1404
t: 888.554.4438
f: 310.954.1408

Center for Surrogate Parenting (CSP)
Contact: Karen Synesiou
15821 Ventura Blvd # 675
Encino, CA 91436
t: 818.788.8288
f: 818.981.8287

Family Creations
Contact: Stephanie Goldman
2254 Ventura Blvd. #203,
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
t: 818.225.1700
f: 818.225.0199

Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS)
Contacts: Lauri Berger de Brito & Kathryn Kaycoff Manos, MA
16954 Strawberry Dr.
Encino, CA 91436
t: 818.386.0800
t: 800.799.8773
f: 818.386.0660

The Surrogacy SOURCE
2151 Michelson Drive, Suite 125
Irvine, CA 92612
(877) 375-8888

Sperm Banks

California Cryobank
11915 La Grange Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
p: 866.927.9622 or 310.443.5244
f: 866.625.7336

Fairfax Cryobank
3015 Williams Drive, Suite 110
Fairfax, VA 22031
p: 800.338.8407 or 703.698.3976
f: 703.698.3933

Cryogenic Laboratories
3015 Williams Drive Suite 110
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
p: 800.466.2796 or 651.489.8000
f: 651.489.8989

Xytex Cryo International
1100 Emmett Street
Augusta Georgia 30904-5826
p: 800.277.3210
f: 706.736.9720

Sperm Bank, Inc.
12791 Newport Avenue, Suite 206
Tustin, CA 92780
p: 714.730.3060

ZyGen Laboratory
8211 Remmet Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(800) 255-7242 (U.S. and Canada Only)
(818) 251-3830
(818) 251-3831 (Fax)

NW Cryobank
508 West 6th, Suite #801
Spokane, WA 99204
t: 509.232.0132
f: 509.232.0145


Steven W. Lazarus
9841 Airport Blvd. #1200
Los Angeles, CA 90045
t: 310.258.8058

D. Durand Cook
10170 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
t: 323.655.2601
f: 323.852.0871

Thomas Cohen
22048 Sherman Way #212
Canoga Park, CA 91303
t: 818.347.2121

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