Gift of Life

Surrogacy 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.




The Team

Dr. F. Nicholas Shamma

Dr. F. Nicholas Shamma

Founder & CEO

Dr. F. Nicholas Shamma is the founder of Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency and one of the leading reproductive endocrinologists and infertility specialists in Michigan and Ohio. Dr. Shamma is American Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He has performed over 8,000 IVF cases and has helped several thousand couples achieve their dreams of parenthood. Dr. Shamma has over 150 publications and abstracts in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Infertility. His patients routinely comment on his caring nature that is supremely important during the emotional turmoil of infertility.
Zein Shamma

Zein Shamma

Founder & COO & Director of IP Program and Matching

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.

Beverly Schultz

Beverly Schultz

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.


“Coming into the world of becoming a gestational carrier, I did not know what to expect. Emily jumped right in and went over the processes with me. Her knowledge about the process is astonishing. Because she has been a surrogate many times, she had all the answers to any questions I had. Emily did an AMAZING job with my journey. She matched me with the absolute best couple I could have ever asked for. I absolutely adore my intended parents. I know in my heart that this family is going to be my “forever surrogate family.” I cannot thank Emily enough for helping me through this process. She never let me get discouraged from any minor setbacks and was always there to remind me that we will get through whatever happens together. Emily is such an incredible person. There are not enough words to explain how amazing she is until until you get to work with her.”
H.R. (Gestational Surrogate)

“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.”

M. N.

“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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Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency is currently offering a $2,000 bonus to any individual who refers a gestational carrier to our program who meets our screening criteria and matches with intended parents.