EDSI helps Surrogates and Intended Parents during COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic may be putting a strain on Intended Parents and Surrogates but EDSI is here to help.

As we all navigate the new realities of the pandemic, we all are trying to adjust and actively work through new challenges. At EDSI, we consider everyone family. Our job is to make sure you have a healthy baby, but we understand that sometimes our job doesn’t end there. During these times we understand this more than ever!

What We Are Doing?

Intended Parents typically have the first few crucial moments of a baby’s life planned out so that the bonds between Parents and baby can start as soon as possible. For Parents abroad, affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions, those plans have been put on hold. As part of the EDSI family, nobody gets left behind.

In these very rare cases, we have resources to assist Parents who find themselves in these difficult circumstances. Some surrogates have volunteered to take care of their surro-babies, and in other cases we work with the Parents to find nannies or establish appointed temporary guardianship. We are making sure we that the babies are cared for and loved until they can be reunited.

Thinking of Starting Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including those who cannot conceive on their own, single parents, and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.


An Egg Donor Story: The Truth Behind Egg Donation

Curious about the egg donation process?

Watch our webinar with Dana, an experienced EDSI donor as she shares her story of what it is really like to be an Egg Donor. She explains how the process works and hear her advice for both Intended Parents and those interested in donating their eggs.

Ready to Find or Become and Egg Donor?

Are you ready to start your Egg Donor journey? Contact EDSI today to get started – we will walk you through every step of the process so that you don’t feel lost or alone.

Make your free consultation today!

To make an appointment please email us edsi@eggdonorandsurogacy.com or call us at 1.866.344.3662.

Surrogacy Options: For LGBTQ+ Parents

Anderson Cooper of CNN, is the newest known celebrity to have a child via surrogacy. During the on-air announcement he took time to thank the help and love of his surrogate mother. Many other gay celebrities over the years have turned to Gestational Surrogacy to help build their families. High profile celebrities like Elton John, Andy Cohen, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ryan Murphy have had children using the help of a surrogate mother.

Many states in the U.S. today still make it harder for parents who identify as gay compared to traditional couples or even single parents. Mr. Cooper’s public announcement raised many questions and drove the conversation about LGBTQ rights and surrogacy options to the forefront once again. 

What You Need To Know

LGBTQ Intended Parents first should know that California leads the nation with the most relaxed requirements for gay parents looking into gestational surrogacy as a way to build their families. For same sex couples, they should work with a surrogate who lives in California or will deliver the baby in state.

For those surrogate mothers that will deliver the baby in California, Intended Parents will find they have the below options.

IVF Clinics That Cater To LGBTQ Parents

Many clinics through out California understand the unique needs that gay parents may have: from assisting with finding an egg source or sperm source to guiding the conversation about how both parents can be genetically involved. 

Surrogates Comfortable With LGBTQ Parents 

We take pride in our matching process. Most surrogate mothers that we work with at EDSI have thought very deeply about their decision to become a surrogate mother. We ensure that we ask our surrogates prior to presenting them to you about their personal preferences regarding their journey. We personally match our surrogate mothers and Intended Parents to foster the best relationship possible.  

How You Are Recognized As The Legal Parent

Once your surrogate is pregnant, there are many legal matters that you may find overwhelming. However having an agency to help guide you through this process will significantly help. We are there to ensure that everything runs smoothly. In the state of California, parents are required to file legal documents to establish parentage. Your EDSI team will help with submitting the documents listed below and any others that may arise throughout your process.

Before the Delivery:  Your Pre-Birth Order (PBO)

This document is submitted to the court by our legal team on your behalf. It will state that the surrogate mother is not the legal or genetic parent of the baby she is carrying. This will ensure that when the baby is born you are declared the legal parents on the birth certificate. This is so you are allowed to make medical decisions for your newborn. 

*An original copy is also sent to the hospital prior to the delivery of your baby.

After the Delivery:  Your Baby’s Birth Certificate

Shortly after the delivery, our staff will assist you in completing the birth certificate documents so you are declared, by the state of California, as the legal parents. California is one of the few states in the country that has non-gender conforming labels on the original birth certificate. Parents are only identified as “Parent 1” or “Parent 2”.

Contact Us!

When you are interested in learning more about our surrogacy program, please visit our website www.eggdonorandsurrogacy.com/parents/ or call (866) 344-3662 to schedule your free consultation with our dedicated staff. 

New York State Now Legalizing Paid Gestational Surrogacy

After years of EDSI spearheading the fight to legalize surrogacy in New York, sponsors were delighted to hear that New York officials passed a bill that would now make commercial gestational surrogacy legal. As of February 15, 2021, residents will be able to enter into paid surrogacy contracts.

The legal aspects of surrogacy vary state by state. Surrogacy agreements are mostly recognized throughout the U.S. except for 4 states currently; New York (changing in 2021), Nebraska, Michigan, and Louisiana.


What This Means for Parents

If you are an Intended Parent considering alternative options and reside in one of these states, gestational surrogacy is still an option for you. To learn more about how our program can help you in your state, please reach out to our team and we will answer every question you have. 

New York’s decision to legalize gestational surrogacy is a step in the right direction. Parham Zar, the Director of Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute, has personally worked with New York legislatures to provide insight about how agencies like EDSI and IVF doctors can help with regulating standards and ethics to ensure that both parents and surrogates are protected. 

Mr. Zar has been advocating for third party reproductive rights for over 20 years and created EDSI to provide services to make this sometimes challenging process more enjoyable and easier to navigate. 

With gestational surrogacy, surrogate mothers have no genetic relationship to the child and only carry the baby for the parents. New York’s new paid surrogacy law will include some of the strongest protections for surrogates in the country. 

“Protecting all parties involved is very important,” however New York will require Intended Parents to pay for health and life insurance for one year after the surrogate gives birth. “Many of the other protections included in the bill follow what many other states, including California, already practice,” said Parham Zar.

California has been the leader with establishing highly ethical policies and laws for gestational surrogacy, providing the blueprint for other states to follow. “I created EDSI with the philosophy that parenthood should be widely accessible whether one is straight, gay, single, or living internationally and should be accompanied with the highest level of care and service at a reasonable cost,” said Parham Zar.

Our vision at EDSI (Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute) is a world where every person’s right to reproduction and parenthood is empowered. We want to help build a society where the conversation about infertility is compassionate and open, and where Surrogates and Egg Donors are acknowledged for their life-giving roles.

Contact Us Today!

If you are interested in learning more about our program please visit our website www.eggdonorandsurrogacy.com or call (866) 344-3662 to schedule your free consultation.

3 Ways to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza

Surrogates in Los Angeles and California take precautions to keep themselves safe and healthy throughout their pregnancies. Whether that be from taking prenatal vitamins to eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated. Los Angeles has now become one of many cities in the U.S. facing the effects of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), a respiratory disease that originated in Wuhaun, China. The virus usually presents itself with symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms of the virus may present themselves between 2-14 days after exposure.

Along with new concerns of this coronavirus, the U.S. has also seen larger numbers of cases of Influenza (Flu). Parham Zar, Director of Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute (EDSI) stated that “pregnant women should engage in usual preventive behaviors to avoid exposure such as washing hands with soap and water, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and avoiding people who are sick.”

Avoid Touching Face, Eyes, Nose, and Mouth

Our hands help spread germs quicker than any part of the body. We are typically touching all sorts of surfaces, objects and people which can pass germs from person to person and make you sick. However, it can also transfer viruses directly to areas that can increase our risks of contracting these infections. It is estimated that people can touch their faces with their hands up to 160 times in a working day, if not more. This is why it is also recommended to wash your hands with soap and water frequently throughout the day.

 Washing Hands

It is recommended that you wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds after visiting the restroom, regardless if hands appear dirty. Sometimes singing a short song or tune while washing can help ensure that you are lathering your hands in soap for the recommended length of time to ensure germs are being killed. This is one of the major ways to prevent the spread of infections and to limit exposure to a variety of infections. If you are not able to wash your hands, find yourself where you don’t not have access to soap and water, or come in contact with someone who may be sick, using an alcohol based hand sanitizer is your second best option.

Avoid People Who Are/Or Can Be Sick

We ask that all of our surrogates avoid those who are sick or those who may have some symptoms of Cold and Flu like cough, running, nose, fever, fatigue, and nausea. If you suspect that someone may be sick: do not shake hands or touch objects that person may have come in contact with recently. If you have to take care of sick family members, create a system with reminders to wash your hands frequently to limit the risk of contracting the infection.

The concerns of the coronavirus have put us on alert, but we understand that the risk is still low here in the US. People are more likely to have the flu than to contract COVID-19, so we are continuing to recommend our precautionary actions with our surrogates, like getting the flu vaccine and following health and safety tips seriously, like always. 

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s site at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

However, if you are ready to explore our Surrogate and Egg Donor programs, please contact EDSI today! We look forward to guiding you through our agency process to help you make your decision.