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.


Why Choose Private Label Surrogacy™

(01) Ethics

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.

(02) Experience

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.

(03) Care

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.


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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.


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Natalie Gaudio-Fricano

Natalie, Our Case Manager, comes to us as a former 3x egg donor and successful gestational surrogate.  She worked for over 5 years with another local agency and prior to that she had been working in the medical field since 2002.  Natalie’s passion for helping people build their families began in 2003 when a friend educated her on surrogacy.  At the time, Natalie had not had her own children, so she decided to look into egg donation.  She was a successful egg donor for three different families over the next few years and surrogacy was put on the back burner until she had completed her own family.  Fast forward to 2015, when her youngest was in preK and would be starting kindergarten soon, she decided to look back into becoming a surrogate.  She delivered a healthy baby for an international couple in 2016.  They have continued to remain friends, texting often.

Natalie’s professionalism, compassionate heart and personal experience in reproductive medicine, makes her a great addition to the PLS team.  Her empathy for intended parents can be felt during meetings and throughout her email correspondence.  Her past experience includes working as the Surrogate Intake Coordinator, helping potential surrogates through the approval process and then as the Intended Parent Coordinator, Egg Donation, where she helped guide potential intended parents through the egg donation process.  Her favorite part about her time as a Surrogate Intake Coordinator was when she was able to present potential surrogates to intended parents and the excitement and hope that came with that moment.

Natalie resides in Woodstock, IL along with her family.  She is an avid reader, averaging about 100 books annually.  When the weather is warm and the river waters are up, her and her family can be found kayaking; that is, when their busy soccer schedule allows for them to have a Saturday or Sunday off!

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.


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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.

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Honors & Associations for our founder Nancy Block


Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (


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Parents Via Egg Donation (