Gift of LifeSurrogacy Agency
Gift of Life is a surrogacy agency located near Toledo, Ohio. Our sole focus is surrogacy and all it entails. We provide focused support to both the carrier and intended parent in every unique situation.
Our thorough process for surrogate matching helps to ensure that the experience for both parent and surrogate is joyful and exciting. We handle all aspects of the surrogacy process, including screening, matching, ensuring medical requirements are met, as well as financing and legal compliance.
TRUSTED & PROFESSIONAL
Dr. F. Nicholas Shamma
Founder & CEO
Founder & COO
Zein Shamma is the founder and Chief Operating Officer of Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency. She has held many marketing positions in the US, Paris, and China. One of Zein’s most notable professional accomplishments was her creation of the ZOA Design company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from California State University Long Beach.
The path of Zein’s life changed in 2004, when she met her husband, Dr. Nicholas Shamma. She worked at IVF Michigan & Ohio as Executive Assistant to the CEO for 17 years and was involved in all aspects of third-party reproduction. She is the mother of four beautiful boys.
Founded by Zein and Dr. Shamma in 2019, the Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency is a natural extension of their shared belief in the positive benefits of family building and their life-long involvement in fertility. Both Zein and Dr. Shamma strive to empower those who desire assistance in the exciting and life changing journey of gestational surrogacy, including single individuals, married couples, intended parents, and same-sex couples.
Director of Surrogacy Engagement and Matching
As a mother of three children and an active gestational carrier, Emily Westerfield knows the ins and outs of surrogacy. Having carried both singletons and multiples, she is experienced in the processes, legality and array of emotions that surrogacy entails. Having helped hundreds of families (and counting) throughout their surrogacy journeys, Emily’s ability to guide her patients through the surrogacy process makes the entire experience less stressful and more successful.
Director of Nursing and Third-Party Reproduction
Beverly received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Nursing, completing her Masters of Science degree with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a nurse clinician and donor coordinator. In her role as donor coordinator, Beverly was responsible for clinic management, donor and recipient education, donor eligibility, and compliance with regulatory (FDA) requirements.
Beverly’s broad base of knowledge, love of nursing and strong commitment to individualized patient care help her facilitate the journey to parenthood through surrogacy.
“Emily was the calm to my frenzied storm. She was so patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable. I never felt I was asking too many questions or overstepping. She is an amazing resource and person.”
“Emily walked me through the entire process of surrogacy, and I felt excited for the first time in three years of battling infertility. We discussed the financial aspect of it, the communications a gestational carrier and the intended parents share along the journey, attorneys, etc. You name it, Emily knew about it. And all of this was just the tip of the iceberg because, ultimately, Emily found me my match, the most perfect surrogate, after speaking to over 50 candidates. Emily has been a constant resource to me that is completely invaluable. This is a hard journey to go on, but it really helps having someone like Emily on your side!
“In a world of endless google searches, Facebook groups and conversations with my doctor, I was lucky enough to find Emily to help guide me through the surrogacy process. As an intended parent (IP), I wanted to speak with someone who was a carrier and understand her perspective on the process, but also on finding the right match in an IP. Emily shared her experiences and knowledge and offered words of encouragement at a time when life seemed as though it was spinning out of control. Entering the world of gestational carriers and surrogates can be an intimidating process, but Emily was a constant source of support and reference for me and my family. I would highly recommend Emily to anyone considering surrogacy, either as a carrier or IP.”
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