An ethical agency
putting care first
Our years of experience building families across the US and abroad brings warmth and professionalism to each surrogate and intended parent we work with.
YOUR LIFETIME OF LOVE AWAITS
Why Choose Private Label Surrogacy™
At Private Label Surrogacy™, our reputation means everything to us and ethics and transparency play a critical role. We don’t just adhere to the best practices, we play an integral role in establishing them. Our founder, Nancy Block, is a recognized leader in surrogacy ethics among her peers and clients. She serves on the board for The Society of Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy, an organization that helps define and educate on surrogacy ethics.
It is imperative to us that both our surrogates and intended parents are held in highest regard and treated fairly at all steps. We ensure both parties have referrals to qualified legal representation, and enter in to the surrogacy agreements with clarity.
We are not just a one-dimensional company. Our team has extensive experience in several facets of the surrogacy process – fertility management, fertility nursing, gestational and postpartum nutrition, and even as surrogates ourselves.
Our founder has served as a pillar in the assisted reproductive technology field for over 30 years, starting as a fertility nurse and educator, and then founding The Center for Egg Options Illinois, a highly sought after egg donation and surrogacy agency. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of managing over 2500 matches between surrogates and US parents, international parents, and same sex parents.
We know the surrogacy journey can be emotionally and physically exhausting for both surrogates and intended parents alike. With a background in nursing and as former surrogates ourselves, our approach is one of nurturing and advocacy.
We make it our mission to go above and beyond during this process, providing extra advantages to help alleviate any stress. We view our surrogates and intended parents as family, and we are here for whatever you need.
Nancy Block, RN
PLS Founder and Director of Operations, Nancy Block, started her career as an OB/GYN and fertility nurse, and staff educator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In 2000 she founded The Center for Egg Options Illinois, a highly sought after egg donor and surrogacy matching agency. After helping build families for 15 years, she sold her company to a national agency where she stayed on to assist with business development. Though she loved this part of the business, her heart longed to work with parents and surrogates again.
A mentor to many, Nancy has built strong relationships and friendships throughout the industry. Today she sits on the Advisory Board of Parents Via Egg Donation, and on the Executive Board of the Society of Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy. In 2018, she received the Shining Star award for her lifelong commitment to the industry’s best practices.
Nancy lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family and two dogs. You can often find her cooking for friends and family.
Mark Silverberg, DDS, MD
Executive Director, Dr. Mark Silverberg, comes to PLS with over thirty years of medical experience and knowledge in a number of significant specialties. As an Anesthesiologist working in multiple operating facilities, he has reviewed countless patient records to evaluate suitability for procedures. Many of the patients he has anesthetized were having Obstetric and Gynecological procedures. The physicians he has worked with are from several locations in the US, specifically the Chicago Metropolitan area. Dr. Mark has also been requested to train new physicians as to his techniques on the safe practice of medicine in the operating room when administering anesthesia.
Dr. Mark is imaginative and a creative thinker with four patents to his name. As a result, he is able to summarize prenatal and delivery records for individuals wanting to be gestational surrogates in a succinct fashion. He supports growing families, and contributing to the happiness of all deserving parents-to-be going through third party fertility treatment.
Jan Telman Berman
Our Global Surrogacy Coordinator, Jan began her career while in a post-graduate counseling psychology program in Chicago. Her passion is educating and guiding all involved in the surrogacy process.
Jan’s 18+ year career has involved working for a Woman’s health clinic and more recently in the Egg Donor/Surrogacy arena. She has extensive experience managing cycles for national and international clients. Jan sees herself as a team player and abides by the highest standards. Her goal is to coordinate the many moving parts of the surrogacy process with the end resulting in a healthy baby.
Jan lives in the Chicago suburbs. In her free time she travels the world, takes Pilates classes and spends time with her adult children, family and friends.
Jenna, our Intended Parent & Surrogate Coordinator, joins Private Label Surrogacy with more than 15 years experience in third party reproduction. Jenna’s passion for the world of fertility blossomed while undertaking her own journey; during treatment, she was approached by her clinic to oversee their large egg donor program while also supporting surrogate patients along the way.
As mother to an amazing donor-conceived son, Jenna shares her relatable story to inspire those individuals struggling with infertility, or searching for guidance while navigating their path to parenthood. Her wealth of knowledge in recruiting donors and surrogates coupled with her years coordinating cycles for clients around the globe, help to make her an indispensable asset to our team.
Jenna resides in sunny San Diego along with her teenage son, extended family, and wonderful tribe of friends. She spends as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the Southern California lifestyle; any other spare moments are consumed by Haven’s many athletic endeavors and keep her on her toes.
C. Frankie Mata
I am a true Jersey girl, living in a California world. I proudly grew up in New Jersey and relocated to San Diego in 1999. In 2001, when I contacted a local fertility center inquiring about becoming an egg donor, I had no idea that call would change my life.
Instead of being an egg donor for that practice, I ended up becoming their new patient coordinator and the “face of their front desk”. I fell completely in love with my job and the fascinating world of fertility! I knew in my soul I was where I belonged.
I spent almost two decades working for that center, during which the practice grew from 2 to 6 physicians, built a brand new, state of the art fertility center, along with growing one of the
largest “in house” egg donor and surrogate programs. After over ten years of being the new patient coordinator, I proudly became the Patient Relations Manager. My connections to the people that came through the door from across the globe were my priority
and my passion. I know first hand the anxiety, sadness and uncertainty undergoing fertility treatments brings; becoming a
patient myself in 2015 brought a new level of understanding and empathy.
I wouldn’t be a mom, if someone else didn’t birth my son. My husband came into my life and brought the most precious little boy with him. Our son is now almost 10 and keeps us busy doing karate and playing flag football. Our home is filled with lots of love, laughter and wagging tails. We also have two Chocolate labs that we are madly in love with that run the house!
The opportunity to work with PLS filled my heart with hope. I cannot put into words the joy and gratitude I felt when I was connected with PLS! I found my missing piece. I am honored and feel privileged to bring almost two decades of experience and the highest standards of patient care to PLS.
Julie Bendix, MPH, RD, LD, CLC
Julie serves as our Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Julie counsels surrogates throughout their pregnancy to optimize their prenatal health and nutritional status and subsequently the health of the fetus. As the founder of Julie Bendix Nutrition Consulting, her areas of expertise include nutrition counseling for fertility and preconception, pregnancy and postpartum, gestational diabetes, lactation and breastfeeding, infant and child nutrition, and food allergies.
Julie earned a BS in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin, and an MPH (Masters in Public Health) from the University of Michigan. In addition to her private practice, she has worked as a public health dietitian for Heartland Alliance in Chicago, the Chicago Department of Public Health, Food & Friends in Washington D.C., and the Breastfeeding Center of Greater Washington.
Julie currently lives in the Chicago Suburbs with her husband and three young children. In her free time, Julie stays active with yoga, cycling, hiking, traveling, and cooking.