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Intended Parent Resources

Great Beginnings Surrogacy & Egg Donation Services (GBSEDS) relies on trusted resources from outside parties to create the best overall experience for our clients. Below you will find parent resources in the focus areas of – 

National, State and LOcal Fertility Focused Resources

Overall fertility, intended parent, surrogate, and egg donor resources.

Insurance / Finance

Resources providing insurance and financing help your journey.

Legal / Misc.

Legal resources with expertise in domestic and international assisted reproduction technology .

Disclaimer: All information above was provided to Great Beginnings Surrogacy and Egg Donation Services (GBSEDS) by the person or company listed. It has not been confirmed to be accurate by GBSEDS; thus, we assume no responsibility for the content.

National, State and Local Fertility-Focused Resources

ASRM is a multi-disciplinary organization for the advancement of the art, science, and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers. 

Path2Parenthood is an inclusive organization committed to helping people create their families of choice by providing leading-edge outreach programs and timely educational information. The scope of their work encompasses reproductive and sexual health, infertility prevention and treatment, and family-building options, including adoption and third-party solutions. They are a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in New York City. They educate, support, and advocate for all hopeful parents, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, or economic status. They serve those who have served us as members of our military. They work with those living with HIV who want to safely have genetically-linked children, educating their health care providers as well. Their unique outreach and education programs are specifically designed for these different populations to help people acquire useful knowledge and inspire powerful action. A new online experience is being created from a clean slate by one of the most brilliant digital agencies in the country. When completed this spring, it will literally guide visitors on a customized journey to having a child. In the meantime, they offer an information and Support Line (1-888-917-3777), in-person support groups & educational seminars and periodic tele coaching groups led by licensed professionals in the field of fertility.

CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is the focal point for issues related to reproductive health, maternal health, and infant health. For nearly 50 years, they have been dedicated to improving the lives of women, children, and families through research, public health monitoring, scientific assistance, and partnerships. Our activities and programs provide support to organizations, institutions, providers, and consumers across the United States and around the world.

The Pop Luck Club‘s mission is to advance the well-being of gay dads and their children. They do this through mutual support, community collaboration, and public understanding. They are a community of gay dads building families through fostering, adoption, co-parenting, and surrogacy. Through peer support and community involvement, they provide our children and the greater community with positive images of gay parenting. Founded in 1998, The Pop Luck Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the largest known group of its kind. With chapters in Los Angeles and Orange County, their membership includes 700+ gay fathers and prospective gay dads throughout Southern California. They host monthly meetings where gay dads and gay prospective dads can find support and resources. They also have regular panel discussions, such as: surrogacy, fostering & adoption; legal issues for gay dads; finances: how to plan for the future; girl stuff 101: raising our daughters.

Missing Grace Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that provides support, education and resources for families experiencing: pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility, and adoption challenges. This foundation helps families Grieve* Restore* Arise* Commemorate* Education (GRACE).

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit, charitable organization, who works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution. RESOLVE provides free support programs in communities nationwide, leads efforts to increase public education and reduce the stigma around infertility and promises to protect legal access to all family building options.

We are Progenesis and we are fully dedicated to our clients. Our genetic testing services are highly customized to meet the needs of every patient we serve. We are pioneers in screening technologies and only offer the most accurate, most advanced testing procedures. You are entrusting us with the health of your future child and we take that responsibility to heart. We are proud to provide you with in-house solutions for your genetic testing needs. We never outsource your tests as we feel you deserve the best. Progenesis offers a variety of solutions to eliminate the risk of passing specific inherited disorders to the offspring. We use proprietary technology, such as Next Generation Sequencing, that can detect almost any single mutations, deletions, insertions, and translocations. Progenesis has a dedicated scientific team that continuously adopt the latest technologies to embryo testing. Our team has optimized next generation sequencing for 24-chromosome aneuploidy screening and single gene disorders. We continue to provide microarray analysis for IVF centers that require quick turnaround time for a fresh transfer.

Family Equality is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. They offer a wide variety of resources, including family support (a virtual hub, a national network of LGBTQ+ family groups, family speak out programs, and book nook), family building (LGBTQ+ community, trans family building, and LGBTQ+ family building directory), story library, equal treatment storytelling project, outspoken voices podcast, advocacy, resource library and LGBTQ+ training for professionals.


Jennifer Johnson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently in private practice in Burbank, CA. Jennifer has over 10 years of experience providing psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families in a variety of settings. Having built her family through the aid of gestational surrogacy, Jennifer also has personal experience with the emotional impact of infertility, pregnancy loss, and third-party reproduction. Jennifer uses this knowledge and experience in her work with surrogacy and egg donation agencies when completing pre-cycle psychological evaluations. Jennifer is a native of Southern California and a graduate of Pepperdine University’sGraduate School of Education and Psychology where she received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to attending Pepperdine, she received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California.

Jennifer Johnson, LMFT


Surrogacy Financials

Financial Resources

Whillock Insurance Services and Risk Management, LLC

With all the changes in the Insurance industry recently, we understand the need to partner with a specialist in the insurance field now more than ever. Whillock has been a leader in the industry for several years partnering with agencies, fertility clinics, surrogates, intended parents, and industry leading professionals. Our staff stays current on all new medical Insurance regulations to ensure the client and all of their risks are covered adequately. We will consult with all parties and together choose the right policy for your surrogate and newborn.

International Fertility Insurance Solutions (IFIS), LLC

IFIS was created to provide insurance and financial solutions for surrogacy and egg donation journeys. Our team provides the solutions you need with unparalleled service. Our services include Maternity Health Insurance, Accidental Death/Life Insurance, Newborn Insurance, Income Replacement for Pregnancy Complications, Egg Donor & Recipient Complications Coverage, and Medical Billing Assistance.

Infertility Financing Programs

Finding infertility-specific financing programs can be difficult. RESOLVE has compiled a list of financial aid and products available to consumers to help pay for reproductive health medical treatment and medications. Please contact each company directly for full details of the product and to determine if it is right for you. RESOLVE does not endorse any of the 17 listed products and programs.

World-recognized experience.

Over 20 years as a California surrogacy and egg donor agency and hundreds of happy families later, Great Beginnings Surrogacy and Egg Donation Services’ extensive knowledge, experience and professional network offer unmatched comfort and security from start to baby. 

We are here so all parties have a memorable experience. The continuous flow of communication from our coordinators provides peace of mind everything is closely monitored and headed in the right direction.

Legal / Misc

Legal advocacy for assisted reproductive technology and other non-legal service options.

Kristen has been at the forefront of new breakthroughs in the healthcare industry since starting her legal practice. Her scholarship in the cutting-edge practice of Medical Travel has garnered the attention of the American Bar Association, which published her study on the concept as it related to healthcare proposals that at the time of the Affordable Care Act was merely a campaign proposal. From this article, her passion for medical tourism and global healthcare flourished.   

Kristen’s practice is concentrated in health law, transactions, and business and corporate law, with expertise in healthcare corporate structuring and governance, transactions and compliance, and medical malpractice.

In addition to collaborating with healthcare companies, her passion is being part of the journey in the assisted reproductive technology process of her clients worldwide. Kristen represents clients in drafting legal agreements to be executed with gestational carriers and intended parents. She also represents parties engaged in egg, sperm and embryo donations. She zealously advocates for her clients’ interests from a healthcare perspective. Her legal background in the healthcare industry makes her a force in ensuring the journey for all parties involved is as honest and positive as possible.

Global Healthcare Law Group

We named our business “The Ultrasound Experience,” because delivering high quality experiences is our primary goal when you retain our services. Here, it is all about you, your family and your first incredible encounter with your unborn child.

The Law Offices of Robert Rettenmaier, PC is a law firm located in Southern California, U.S.A.  Robert and Echo are attorneys specializing in reproductive law for family building.  We are a law firm committed to assisting global families with legal services for surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation.  We also safeguard your funds via attorney-client trust accounts.  We are a professional law firm that cares about your experience and needs. We are honored to assist you with the legal aspects of growing your family through the IVF process. 

Echo Yang is an attorney licensed to practice law in California, U.S. and P.R. China.  Echo speaks, reads and writes Mandarin and English.  Echo earned her Master’s in law degree from Yunnan University, China.  She then earned a Juris Doctor degree with Cum Laude honor from Western State College of Law in Fullerton, California.  Echo represents intended parents, surrogates, egg donors, and sperm donors. She is patient and caring. She strives to assist growing families globally. 

Robert is the owner and founder of Law Offices of Robert Rettenmaier, PC. He served in the United States Marine Corps before he started the firm.  Robert uses many of the principals he learned in the Marine Corps in his law firm.  Growing families globally is our focus. We achieve this goal by focusing on our core values which are honor, integrity, loyalty, compassion, professionalism, and good work ethic. At Law Offices of Robert Rettenmaier, PC we will create a plan to assist you in meeting your goals and you will always be treated with compassion and respect.

 A cooperative project of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the March of Dimes Foundation,

the program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and encourage healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two components-incentives and education. Stork Nest’s Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide believes pregnancy is a wondrous and miraculous experience. For each of the forty weeks of pregnancy, they have a table you can click to find information about baby’s development, the types of changes that occur within mom’s pregnant body, tidbits for dads, specific info for pregnant moms of twins or more, inspirational thoughts and suggested reading.

Stork’s Nest

James graduated from Stanford Law School and passed the California Bar in 2018 and the Oregon and Nevada Bars in 2019. He is currently licensed in all three states. Having worked in his family’s firm for the past 5 years, as a legal assistant and business development strategist, it was an absolute honor to join the legal team as an associate attorney and to continue the tradition that Mahan & Mahan has worked so hard to build for the last 40 years. Before going to law school, he spent 8 years on Active Duty in the US Navy as a Submarine Office. He thoroughly enjoyed serving his country and now looks forward to continuing to serve others in this new chapter of his life. As a father of four young children, James know the joys, challenges, and rewards of raising a family. He can’t think of a better way to dedicate his life’s work than helping fulfill that dream of parenthood for every potential parent that desires to have a family of their own.  He is excited to work with you in helping you build the family of your dreams.

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