Testimonials for Intended Parents who want to use a Surrogate Mother

Dear Prospective Parents,

We are writing this letter on behalf of Melissa Brisman. As a same sex couple we thought that the road to parenthood would be a bumpy one. We started our journey by talking to couples about different options, which included adoption and surrogacy. Our decision was that surrogacy would be the best route for us. We quickly started researching large agencies and was shocked by the amount of money it was estimated to cost. At a dinner party we were introduced to a husband and wife who were going through the same process. As we were sharing information we were advised to the benefits of using a private attorney for the surrogate process. Before this conversation the thought of a private attorney was never considered. We were given Melissa's phone number and our lives have never been the same.

With great excitement and anticipation we phoned Melissa Brisman for a consultation. Being a same sex couple we were nervous and didn't know how we would be received. Much to our delight the office staff was fantastic. They were very friendly and well informed; we made an appointment with Melissa the following week. The consultation with Melissa gave us great hope and put us at ease regarding the journey we were about to embark on.

We found her extremely understanding, considerate and caring of our situation. She explained to us in detail what we needed to do to complete the whole process. We were incredibly impressed with her patience and ability to answer any question we may have had. We found by using Melissa Brisman the cost was approximately half of what a conventional agency would have charged.

With the help of Melissa Brisman we quickly found a gestational carrier and all other persons involved in the process. We again were highly impressed with all of her recommendations. On the second attempt the gestational carrier became pregnant with twins. At this point Melissa had advised us that we should petition the court to have the surrogate removed from the birth certificates. Again we found everyone in Melissa's office incredibly helpful and diligent in this matter. To everyone's delight Melissa triumphed in a landmark ruling in the county were our children were born. The birth mother was omitted from the birth certificate and her office is proceeding with a second parent adoption.

We were so pleased with this experience that we have started the process again. With the help of Melissa and her staff, as well as our surrogate we are expanding our family.

Sincerely yours,
Steven, David, Claire & Lucy
Dear Prospective Parents,

I would like to share with you my personal experience with Melissa Brisman. My husband and I first contacted her after enduring several miscarriages and learning that our infertility problems would not allow me to carry a baby. We did extensive research on how to go about finding a gestational carrier and what the process would entail.

Spending endless hours reading everything I could get my hands on and surfing the Internet until all hours of the night, Melissa's name was the one thing that kept showing up. I then, called the director of a Resolve chapter and questioned her on Melissa. I initially hesitated to call her, because much of what I read geared me towards believing I had to go through an agency to find a carrier. After speaking with the director, however, my mind was made up and I called Melissa for a consultation. Within a week we had our consult, and a month later we were matched with our carrier.

The one thing I remember Melissa saying was not to jump at the first carrier profile just because we were anxious and ready to get the process started. She made it very clear that although there may be many qualified candidates, we may not "click" with all of them. She assured us that if the first few weren't "perfect" matches, the next one would be. Inevitably, we screened several profiles before being matched with our amazingly wonderful carrier. Melissa made the process from the initial consultation, to the birth of our son, Ethan, virtually problem free. Any hurdle that arose, she took care of immediately and explained everything so that we understood what was happening then and what would happen next.

Four months after Ethan's birth, we began the process all over again, with the same carrier. We now have two beautiful children born through the miracle of using a gestational carrier. If you have questions about anything please don't hesitate to call me at 908-876-4637 . Our experience with Melissa has been nothing but positive. We owe her the world.

Sincerely,
Lauren and Kurt Alexander



Each path to parenthood is unique, click here to read about Melissa Brisman’s journey featured in The Pennsylvania Gazette.
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