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About Joy of Life Surrogacy

We believe in life, and you can believe in us.

Who We Are

Joy of Life is a compassionate surrogacy agency committed to creating life, fostering joy and nurturing dreams. We are experts in our field, with team members boasting extensive experience in the clinical, psychological and legal aspects of surrogacy. But more than that, we are a family — a community bound by the shared purpose of helping others realize the joy of parenthood. 

Our name, Joy of Life, reflects our belief in the profound happiness that the gift of life brings not just to the intended parents but to the surrogate mothers, our team and the community we’ve built. We aspire to make the surrogacy process not just successful but also a life-affirming and gratifying experience for all involved.

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Our Mission

At Joy of Life Surrogacy, we provide personalized support, guidance and education for surrogates and intended parents.

Joy of Life was born from a desire to help those struggling or unable to conceive traditionally build a path to parenthood. After years of working in the fertility field, Joy felt moved to create her own agency to honor the extraordinary gift of surrogacy and to help others build their families with dignity and respect.

In addition to our direct work, we proudly sponsor organizations like Men Having BabiesSEEDS Ethics, and Miracle Babies. This involvement highlights our dedication not just to individual journeys, but to the wider surrogacy and family-building community, reinforcing our commitment to nurturing and supporting the path to parenthood at every level.

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The Journey to Joy

In 2016, I was working with an international couple of intended parents, serving as an advisor in their surrogacy journey. They did not speak English and wanted to make sure they understood what to expect, so translation was key. We made flexible plans for travel and carefully prepared for their new arrival.

When the time for delivery was near, they made the 10-hour drive to Redding, California from L.A. Baby was born healthy and cleared to leave with them the following day. Many happy tears were shed.

Since the surrogate had delivered via C-section, her hospital stay would be days longer. She had chosen not to see the baby for fear of attachment, but all that separated us was a long hallway.

The following morning, just before sunrise, we heard a soft knock on the door. Clearly having made her way to our room without assistance, the surrogate stood there, alone.

She had changed her mind about holding the baby, she said, and asked if she could just hold him once. Her eyes scanned his face, memorizing it, and she rocked him in her arms. Nurses came and went. After many long moments, she handed him back to the family. As she turned to leave the room, her hand rose to wipe tears from her face.

At that moment, it struck me with a deep resonance that she was alone. Alone in her journey, her choices, and her recovery. Alone, walking down a hallway without a hand to hold or a reassuring voice. A day after giving the most generous gift one can offer — the gift of life.

My heart made a decision that day: no surrogate should face her journey alone. Joy of Life was founded on the strong belief that surrogacy care should encompass both sides, and no step should be taken in solitude. Together, our team forms a supportive, compassionate village where the care of surrogates and intended parents is our top priority.


Our Surrogacy Agency

Our surrogacy agency, nestled in the heart of Southern California, serves as the heart of our operation, connecting loving families nationwide with dedicated and compassionate surrogate mothers. We strive to provide holistic, comprehensive services, from meticulously matching surrogates with intended parents to legal and medical guidance throughout the surrogacy journey.

Our resources include an in-house team of professional clinical advisors with extensive experience in the field, licensed nutritionists to aid in maintaining a healthy pregnancy and psychologists to provide emotional support. We also provide access to top-tier medical facilities, legal advisors and support networks.

But beyond the tangible resources, our surrogacy agency is rich in community. Our priority is to create a warm, supportive environment where everyone feels valued, respected and part of the Joy of Life family. It’s this combination of professional expertise and heartfelt compassion that sets Joy of Life apart as a leading surrogacy agency.

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Meet Our Team

At Joy of Life, our team encompasses a rich tapestry of experiences. Among us, you’ll find former surrogates, parents who have welcomed children via surrogacy and experienced clinical coordinators who have assisted surrogate mothers and intended parents in their remarkable journeys.

With a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of the surrogacy process, our team is well-equipped to guide you with wisdom and empathy. We want to know your story — and we want you to become a part of ours.

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What makes Joy of Life unique among surrogacy agencies?

Joy of Life is uniquely committed to the comprehensive well-being of our surrogate mothers and intended parents. We extend beyond mere facilitation to offer holistic support encompassing clinical advice, nutritional counseling and psychological support. What truly sets us apart is the autonomy we give our surrogate mothers, allowing them to choose their intended parents to ensure a deeply personal connection and a meaningful surrogacy journey. Our support structure is not limited to a single coordinator — it involves an entire team and a robust community. Our commitment lasts beyond childbirth, maintaining communication and providing surrogate mothers the opportunity to support others in their journey within our community.

Where does Joy of Life operate?

Joy of Life is proud to help build families across the U.S. and internationally as long as surrogacy is not prohibited in your state. We have a strong presence in California, Oregon and Nevada but work with surrogates and families from all across the nation and beyond.

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How does Joy of Life select surrogates?

We have a thorough screening process to ensure the health and well-being of our surrogates and the babies they carry. Prospective surrogates undergo medical and psychological evaluations and must meet specific criteria such as being of a certain age, leading a healthy lifestyle and having a successful pregnancy history. Learn more about the qualifications to become a surrogate.

What support does Joy of Life offer to surrogate mothers during their journey?

Our support for surrogate mothers is extensive and multifaceted. This includes a dedicated case management team available 24/7, regular check-ins with our nutritionist and psychologist, community events, and surrogate retreats. Our goal is to make the surrogacy journey a positive and enriching experience. Learn more about surrogate compensation and benefits.

What kind of relationship can surrogates expect to have with the intended parents?

At Joy of Life, we believe in fostering a strong bond between surrogates and intended parents. Our surrogates have the unique opportunity to choose their intended parents, and we facilitate ongoing communication and relationship-building throughout the surrogacy journey.

Can surrogates work with Joy of Life more than once?

Yes, many women choose to undertake multiple surrogacy journeys with us if they are medically cleared to do so.  We love having return surrogates and enjoy supporting them through subsequent pregnancies..

Per the American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines, it’s recommended surrogates have no more than five total pregnancies and no more than three c-sections, including pregnancies/c-sections unrelated to surrogacy.

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