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Same Love Surrogacy - provider profile and satisfaction report

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www.samelovesurrogacy.com

Locations: West Hollywood, CA, USA
Contact: Brad Spencer OR Jay Cook
Email: brad@samelovesurrogacy.com OR jay@samelovesurrogacy.com
Phone: 310-403-2793 OR 818-618-9030


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Services:

  IVF clinic?
  Surrogacy agency?check12.png
  Egg donation?check12.png
  Law firm?


 

Year founded: 2014
Employees: 7


 


About Same Love Surrogacy:*

A full service gay owned and operated egg donor and surrogacy agency based in West Hollywood, CA. Owners Brad Spencer, Jay Cook and Danny Wong are the inspiration of Same Love Surrogacy – the personal experience of three gay dads who created their families via surrogacy and egg donation. What all this personal experience taught us is that more and more LGBTQ individuals are seeking to become parents via assisted reproductive technology, and we want to assist intending parents through their journey to parenthood will giving back to the LGBTQ community. That’s where Same Love Surrogacy comes in. The three agency owners wanted to create a surrogacy agency tailored to the unique needs of LGBTQ intended parents. We wanted our agency to offer person-to-person guidance to LGBTQ people embarking on the journey to parenthood, informed by our more than 30 years of cumulative experience with surrogacy and donor services as well as our own perspectives as LGBTQ parents and surrogate to LGBTQ parents.

* This description was provided by the service provider.

 


 


Ratings and reviews - from our Surveys

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Surrogacy agency satisfaction - overall score (out of 10)

  Agency score
Overall
(9.89)
Count: 28
Not Applicable: 0

Agency experience

  Agency rating
Effective (contribution to the success of journey)
(9.89)
Count: 28
Not Applicable: 0
Responsive and supportive throughout journey
(9.93)
Count: 28
Not Applicable: 0
Surrogate screening and matching
(9.89)
Count: 28
Not Applicable: 0
Gay friendly and knowledgeable
(10.00)
Count: 28
Not Applicable: 0
Accommodation of international parents
(9.90)
Count: 21
Not Applicable: 0

Agency recommendation rate

Value Percent  
Yes 100.0%
 
Statistics
Total Responses 28
Average 1.0

Agency reviews and comments

Response
(2016, USA parents) I worked directly with the owner of SLS, Brad who was very responsive during the entire journey with the egg donor and the surrogate, all the way up to the delivery.
(2016, USA parents) We are SLS' first client. And, a successful client at that. To be completely honest, we were initially skeptical and hesitant for obvious reasons: SLS is a new agency with no successes or experiences to speak of. But, while we contacted and compared SLS with other agencies and clinics, we decided to take the chance with SLS. First, a disclosure: some of the co-founders are friends. And, pricing is "on par" with other agencies. But, what made us go with SLS was the co-founders' backgrounds and experiences via their own journeys. Those journeys gave SLS intimate knowledge on the process and connections with good clinics, firms, and personnel. More importantly, their journeys translated into the co-founders' commitment to ensuring that our journey - our and SLS' first - would be done as best as SLS can do, from beginning to end. The journey was not without some problems. Indeed, there were miscommunications from moving parts in the process that was not SLS' fault. Nonetheless, SLS took responsibility for those issues and followed up with us, making sure we were aware of everything that went on. SLS managed our entire journey, from lining up potential donors and surrogates, to reminding us of dates and visits, to being there with us at the hospital for the births. In the end, taking that chance resulted in two beautiful babies. We have SLS to thank. What makes SLS a worthwhile agency is that it is currently the only agency in the US (that we know of) that specifically caters to the LGBT community. More importantly, SLS is committed to working with you throughout the entire process. While it has some kinks to work out - typical with any new and growing firm - SLS is simply a great agency to work with.
(2017, International parents) I am a single gay male from Italy and I am very happy I worked with Brad at SLS. I was with another agency and I was on their surrogate waiting list for over a year before my lawyer told me I should contact Brad at SLS. Within a week of signing up with SLS, I was matched with my surrogate, who delivered my son at 39 weeks. I would recommend this agency to anyone who is looking for a full service agency. I will use SLS again for my son's sibling in a couple of years.
(2017, International parents) The agency was amazing and took care of everything! My baby was born during the holidays and the owner of the agency actually let me stay at his house with my baby because it was difficult to find accommodations. They assisted with travel documents for the embassy. The agency did so much for me and made this an incredibly amazing experience!!
(2017, International parents) We are an Australian same sex couple that were initially going to do surrogacy through Canada, the Canadian agency and system was not meeting our expectations. We met Brad from Same Love Surrogacy (SLS) . The SLS team have been a dream to work with. They listened to our needs and wants and over delivered on all expectations. From day one they were there for us, Their support, communication and guidance made the journey smooth running. There were no hidden costs, everything was very detailed upfront, The hospital staff where our daughter was born iwere complimentary on how much support SLS provide to intended parents and the surrogate compared to other agencies they have dealt with. We highly recommend SLS and will be going back for future surrogacy journeys.with them.
(2017, USA parents) Could not recommend this agency any higher! Brad and his husband have twin boys and have been through this process themselves as a gay couple. They were so thoughtful, insightful, and helpful the entire process. They were also almost half the price of the other agencies with whom we had been speaking. The entire process was a fantastic success and got us our healthy baby girl. The surrogate we matched with also has become a good friend and has agreed to have our next child for us as well. LOVE LOVE LOVE this agency!
(2017, USA parents) I initially met Brad, one of the founders of Same Love Surrogacy over coffee while interviewing agencies. From that moment forward I was supported and guided through the process as if by a brother. Brad and his partner had already gone through the process of surrogacy successfully and after realizing the needs of the gay male had not been met he decided to open a company to address those needs. His agency was amazing at educating me on every step of the process and shepherding me through my journey. There was complete transparency on expenses and costs of the process and how delivery and insurance could even be handled where my surrogate resided. They coordinated everything with me and made me feel like the only client they had while I knew they had several other families not eh same journey. The opportunity to work with a new family to bring my family into existence was better and smoother than I could have imagined. I recommend Brad and Same Love Surrogacy for all parents gay and straight alike as they are personal and take a very intimidating and scary process and make it into the happy and nurturing experience that bringing a child into the world should be. While a proud parent of 3 weeks, I look forward to the day soon when my son has a sibling not he way and it will also be with the continued guidance of Brad and Same Love Surrogacy. The team that he works with of Lawyers and and Doctors is unmatched and just made a complicated journey seem natural. The legal processes that a traditional pregnancy does not have were seamless for me as well-thank you again Brad!
(2017, USA parents) We could not be happier with Same Love Surrogacy. We dealt with a shady surrogacy agency so we were a bit jaded with the process, but Same Love Surrogacy restored our faith, especially since it's owned by a gay couple who are parents. They were so responsive, respectful, and just wonderful to work with. We were happy with our surrogate, and just how Same Love Surrogacy was with us every step of the way. We unequivocally recommend Same Love Surrogacy.
(2018, International parents) I live in China and I worked with Dr Guy Ringler at CFP and with Brad at SLS. The process was very smooth and the service with CFP and SLS was good. We found our donor and surrogate from SLS and we pregnant on the first try. I would recommend SLS to all my Chinese friends.
(2018, International parents) I sincerely thank SLS for bringing my precious Lucas to my life. This is my first kid and first surrogate journey so impossible to compare SLS with other agency. However, what impressed me most is Danny Wong (owner of SLS) responded my every query very fast and professionally. He helped me through the whole journey and shared quite a lot tips and experiences of getting along with surrogate and taking care of kids etc. He knows what I need and provides exact and useful information. I've been through a lot during these 20 months, he comforted my anxiety and worries when my first embryo failed implant, when my second fetus was diagnosed as Chromosome 13 abnormal. He came to hospital to welcome the newborn, he invited me to his party. I would rate 100 stars if there are. 在找到代孕中介SLS之前,卵母中介的恶劣服务让我如鲠在喉,真没想到SLS让我真正感受到了什么是春天般的关怀。一年多来的代孕之旅,充满了不确定性,SLS的合伙人Danny热情细致地回应我的每一次询问,并提供专业的建议,即便是他不确定的问题,他也会很快帮我找到合适的人来回答和解决。他经常跟我分享代孕,带娃,生活等各方面的经验。我第一个胚胎植入不成功,我的第二个胎儿查出来13号染色体异常,他都给我安慰并出主意。他来医院和我一起迎接新生儿的出生,他邀请我参加他们的家庭聚会。如果有的话,我给打100颗星
(2018, International parents) I think he is effective, gay friendly, help us to have our own babies so quickly, I'd like to introduce my gay friends about this agency and share my journey.
(2018, International parents) My case manager and owner Jay was amazing. He always answer all my question. Jay made this a very trusting and exciting adventure for me. I am very happy his communication help me to get my twin babies with ease and no problems.
(2018, International parents) Our agency was amazing, professional and always on top of everything. They helped us every step of the way and made the experience enjoyable and as stress free as possible.
(2018, International parents) Very organized and efficient. Great communications and always helpful.
(2018, USA parents) Brad and Ashley were very comfortable and that made me at ease, yet they are also effective and on point to all details both administrative and understanding and compassionate needs.
(2018, USA parents) Brad and Same Love Surrogacy are great! He came to our house to talk to us for our first meeting. No other agencies offer that level of personal service. He's very personable and knowledgeable, partly because he and his partner recently also have been through this same journey. Throughout the journey, Brad gave us lots of suggestions and his foresight, which were extremely helpful. Overall he felt more like a friend who's been through everything you're now going through, more than an impersonal agent of a company. This company has many well qualified surrogates, mostly in California, in addition to working relationships with other great support professionals. They also offer very competitive fees. I would highly recommend Brad and SLS to anyone thinking of matching with surrogates.
(2018, USA parents) My Agency was always professional, informative and always there for me at a moments notice. I worked with one of the owner's Jay and I had his direct contact information and he was always available to me whenever I needed any assistance. I had an amazing experience and I felt that I was in the best hands from the very beginning until my journey ended at the hospital where they even had the surrogate coordinator Ashley help me while we were still in the hospital. There is no question, if I decided to have another child through surrogacy again it would for sure be with Same Love Surrogacy!!
(2018, USA parents) Our experience with Same Love Surrogacy (SLS) was as smooth as can possibly be. They held our hands the entire way and made sure that all of our questions and concerns were constantly addressed. We worked with Brad and Ashley specifically, and we couldn't have asked for a better team. As I sit and stare at my new son's beautiful face, I am quickly reminded that we couldn't have gotten here without SLS. They made our journey feel quick and painless, and they were always honest and forthcoming with us. It also helped that their rates were not as high as some of the other agencies, which is additional proof that they care about their IPs, and aren't just looking to price gouge. I recommend this agency whole heartedly, and if I could give them 11 stars, I would!
(2018, USA parents) Same Love Surrogacy is fantastic! We looked at a lot of agencies when we started this journey, and what we liked about Same Love Surrogacy is their personal attention given to each client. Some of the larger agencies treat you like a number (and are more expensive), but with Same Love Surrogacy, you deal directly with one of the owners of the company for the entire journey. You're not passed off from person to person as you progress through the journey. The owners of the company are amazing, all of which have direct, personal experiences with surrogacy. We can recommend Same Love Surrogacy enough!
(2018, USA parents) Same Love Surrogacy provides amazing service. Throughout our journey we were in touch with both the owner and our surrogate coordinator. They made sure that all of our questions were answered...they were very responsive. The amazing service continued after our children were born with follow-up calls and visits.
(2018, USA parents) Same Love Surrogacy was a joy to work with from beginning to end. Owner Brad Spencer invited us to his home to meet his own twins and partner, which was a wonderful way to begin the journey. His staff took great care of our surrogate, helping her to feel comfortable and loved through the process. We are thrilled to have a one-month old baby boy and very grateful to SLS for all their help along the way!
(2018, USA parents) We found Same Love Surrogacy through Men Having Babies after letting go of the agency we used on our previous journey, and could not have been more pleased with the change. SLS was everything our previous agency was not -- super responsive, with a robust selection of surrogate candidates at all times, super in-tune with our notoriously strict fertility doctor and his requirements for a surrogate, available to us at all times, and seriously unparalleled support for our surrogate. She adored them just as much as we did (as opposed to our previous journey, where our surrogate consistently complained to us about our previous agency). We all were very impressed with how SLS takes care of their surrogates and theiir IPs. We truly love Brad Spencer and the whole SLS crew, and will consider them family from here on out.
(2018, USA parents) We had a great experience and were very happy overall with SLS. They were very accommodating and understanding what we were looking for out of an egg donor, surrogate, and the type of journey we were looking to have. After understanding what we were looking for, they matched us appropriately to respective parties (egg donor, surrogate, fertility clinic, legal, etc.) that would meet our needs. We enjoyed working with Jay, one of the co-owners and especially enjoyed working with Ashley, who is their surrogate coordinator. Everyone at SLS is warm and friendly, which put us at ease during many stressful moments. There were a few times where we were left confused about different aspects of the process, which is expected when going through a surrogacy journey. Our confusion was easily solved by reaching out to SLS to get our questions answered. My suggestion to SLS would be to be more proactive with educating IPs and surrogates of what to expect next.
We are an Australian couple that intended to complete Surrogacy through Canada, then we met Same Love Surrogacy (SLS). Our journey from the start has been absolutely flawless. SLS has gone above and beyond for us. The hospital our baby was born in was amazed the assistance SLS has provided and walked us through the journey. There was no hidden costs, all monies discussed were true and accurate. We will be using SLS again in the future.

Fertility clinic used

Value Percent   Count
Other 34.6%
9
Fertility & Surgical Associates of California 19.2%
5
CA Fertility Partners 11.5%
3
HRC Fertility 11.5%
3
Western Fertility Institute 7.7%
2
Pacific Fertility Center - San Francisco 7.7%
2
San Diego Fertility Center (SDFC) 7.7%
2
  Totals 26
Statistics
Total Responses 26

Other clinic

CountResponse
1 Santa Monica Fertility Clinic
1 Western Fertility Clinic
2 Western Fertility Institue
5 Western Fertility Institute



Journey statistics for service provider

Overall cost of surrogacy journey

Value Percent   Count
$30,000 - $49,000 3.6%
1
$90,000 - $109,000 10.7%
3
$110,000 - $129,000 35.7%
10
$130,000 - $149,000 39.3%
11
$150,000 - $169,000 7.1%
2
$170,000 - $189,000 3.6%
1
  Totals 28
Statistics
Total Responses 28
Average 127.9

Number of IVF / IUI cycles done until journey resulted in a birth

Value Percent   Count
One 78.6%
22
Two 17.9%
5
Three 3.6%
1
  Totals 28
Statistics
Total Responses 28
Average 1.3

Length of journey from signup to birth (months)

Value Percent   Count
10-12 months 14.3%
4
13-15 months 25.0%
7
16-18 months 28.6%
8
19-21 months 14.3%
4
22-24 months 7.1%
2
34-36 months 3.6%
1
More than 3 years 7.1%
2
  Totals 28
Statistics
Total Responses 28
Average 18.5

Known / Anonymous egg donation

Value Percent   Count
Unknown 48.2%
13
Known 48.2%
13
Other 3.7%
1
  Totals 27
Statistics
Total Responses 27
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 27
Partially know her identity (first name); she may be willing to meet the children 1

Egg donation source

Value Percent   Count
Family or friend 11.1%
3
Surrogacy agency 33.3%
9
Independent Egg donation agency 33.3%
9
Fertility clinic 22.2%
6
  Totals 27
Statistics
Total Responses 27



Demographics / family makeup

Gay / straight

Value Percent   Count
LGBT 92.9%
26
Straight 7.1%
2
  Totals 28
Statistics
Total Responses 28

Countries

Value Percent   Count
United States 96.3%
26
Spain 3.7%
1
  Totals 27
Statistics
Total Responses 27