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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
(9.87)
Count: 23
Not Applicable: 0

Agency experience

  Agency rating
Effective (contribution to the success of journey)
(9.87)
Count: 23
Not Applicable: 0
Responsive and supportive throughout journey
(9.91)
Count: 23
Not Applicable: 0
Surrogate screening and matching
(9.87)
Count: 23
Not Applicable: 0
Gay friendly and knowledgeable
(10.00)
Count: 23
Not Applicable: 0
Accommodation of international parents
(9.89)
Count: 18
Not Applicable: 0

Agency recommendation rate

Value Percent  
Yes 100.0%
 
Statistics
Total Responses 23
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 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) 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!
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.
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.

Fertility clinic used

Value Percent   Count
Other 42.9%
9
Fertility & Surgical Associates of California 23.8%
5
San Diego Fertility Center (SDFC) 9.5%
2
CA Fertility Partners 9.5%
2
Western Fertility Institute 4.8%
1
HRC Fertility 4.8%
1
Pacific Fertility Center - San Francisco 4.8%
1
  Totals 21
Statistics
Total Responses 21

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 4.4%
1
$90,000 - $109,000 8.7%
2
$110,000 - $129,000 39.1%
9
$130,000 - $149,000 39.1%
9
$150,000 - $169,000 4.4%
1
$170,000 - $189,000 4.4%
1
  Totals 23
Statistics
Total Responses 23
Average 127.0

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

Value Percent   Count
One 87.0%
20
Two 8.7%
2
Three 4.4%
1
  Totals 23
Statistics
Total Responses 23
Average 1.2

Length of journey from signup to birth (months)

Value Percent   Count
10-12 months 17.4%
4
13-15 months 26.1%
6
16-18 months 26.1%
6
19-21 months 8.7%
2
22-24 months 8.7%
2
34-36 months 4.4%
1
More than 3 years 8.7%
2
  Totals 23
Statistics
Total Responses 23
Average 18.7

Known / Anonymous egg donation

Value Percent   Count
Unknown 40.9%
9
Known 54.6%
12
Other 4.6%
1
  Totals 22
Statistics
Total Responses 22
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 22
Partially know her identity (first name); she may be willing to meet the children 1

Egg donation source

Value Percent   Count
Family or friend 9.1%
2
Surrogacy agency 36.4%
8
Independent Egg donation agency 27.3%
6
Fertility clinic 27.3%
6
  Totals 22
Statistics
Total Responses 22



Demographics / family makeup

Gay / straight

Value Percent   Count
LGBT 91.3%
21
Straight 8.7%
2
  Totals 23
Statistics
Total Responses 23

Countries

Value Percent   Count
United States 95.5%
21
Spain 4.6%
1
  Totals 22
Statistics
Total Responses 22