Gift of Life

Surrogacy Agency

Our Process

Learn about our step-by-step process from consultation through embryo transfer.


Whether you are a surrogate or intended parent, you will begin with an in-depth consultation with our staff to ensure you thoroughly understand the surrogacy process.


After the initial consultation, the intake process will begin. At Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency, we want to have a thorough understanding of why you are choosing to become a surrogate, or if you are an intended parent, what has led you to surrogacy. We review basic information about you, your spouse (if applicable) and answer any questions you may have about the process.

For both surrogate and parent, we discuss your expectations and wish list for either a potential carrier or parent to get the matching process started. Our hope is to create a perfect match to pair the right surrogate with the right intended parent(s).


During the surrogate’s medical screening, both the surrogate and her spouse (if applicable) will undergo testing that involves blood work, an ultrasound, psych evaluations, physicals, and anything else the physician feels necessary for the case. After the physician signs off, the Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency staff will discuss creating a schedule for medications and transfer with the surrogate.


Parents: We will present you with profiles of potential surrogates one at a time as they become available. We encourage you to take your time reviewing the profiles, and then let us know if you’d like to move forward with a meeting or interview. The first meeting will be in person or a video chat if location is an issue. Should both parent(s) and surrogate decide this is an ideal fit, the legal phase will begin.

Surrogates: We will notify you when any intended parents are interested in your profile, providing you with basic information about them for review. The initial meeting will take place either in person or via video call. Should you both decide this is an ideal fit, the legal process will begin.


Once a match is made, the carrier will work with Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency’s staffed counsel while intended parents will work with their own legal representation to finalize all legal agreements. The legal process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks as both parties need to approve the contracts, have them notarized, and file them with all attorneys involved.  A written statement must be sent to Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency indicating that all legal agreements have been finalized before we can move forward.

Embryo Transfer

The surrogate will finish her birth control series and move on to a heavier medication schedule. Embryo transfer takes place at a scheduled time according to the surrogate’s menstrual and medication cycle. At Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency, we take our role as a support system for both intended parents and surrogates to heart. Our job is to make this process as seamless and stress-free as possible for all parties involved.


“We would encourage anyone interested in considering surrogacy to talk with the Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency.  From the very beginning, we found Zein and her staff to be very knowledgeable and helpful with the whole process. They were easy to contact when we had questions and were helpful with all of the steps necessary from matching with our gestational carrier all the way through to the birth of our son.  They are a great agency and nice people.”

M&T, Intended Parents

“Zein and her team took time to get to know me and my family and found a wonderful surrogate who was a perfect match for us. She was there every step of the way, sharing her knowledge and experience, patiently guiding me and our surrogate through decisions, and answering my many questions. Now that we have been through the entire process and my healthy daughter has arrived, I am so happy I chose Gift of Life Surrogacy for my journey. I not only count our surrogate as a friend but Zein as well.”

J, Intended Parent

We had a great experience with GOL! While it took longer than expected to match, due to a variety of reasons, we couldn’t have found a better carrier. L was just the person we were looking for. With this being our first surrogacy journey as intended parents, there were many steps of the process we were unfamiliar with. GOL helped us every step of the way. Extra shout out to IVF Ohio for being so great and Dr. Shamma for helping us bring home our miracle. I think it’s safe to say we all had a positive experience and would recommend GOL to both potential carriers and intended parents.

S&Z, Intended Parents

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