This resource includes information about physicians, complementary care providers, surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation agencies, adoption agencies, lawyers, pharmacists and other professionals committed to assisting you.
Lisa Schuman, LCSW is a psychotherapist who has been counseling individuals, couples and groups on a variety of issues and has specialized in reproductive medicine for over a decade. Ms. Schuman helps individuals through family building processes such as IUI and IVF, ovum and sperm donation, perinatal loss, single parent issues, gay and lesbian issues, oocyte cryopreservation, surrogacy and adoption.
She leads two Drop-In Support Groups, one focused on infertility treatment concerns and the other focused on third party reproduction, for both ovum donation and sperm donation recipients. She is also founding director of Adoption Cooperative Consultants, an adoption consulting group. Ms. Schuman is a frequent speaker and consultant for seminars, symposiums and television programs.
Ms. Schuman earned her graduate degree at Yeshiva University and studied psychoanalysis at the Greenwich Institute in Manhattan. She is also a supervisor and on faculty at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a former board member and support group leader for the American Fertility Association and has been actively involved with many other infertility and adoption organizations. In addition, she is an active member of the Mental Health Professional Group for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and is Chair of the Oocyte Cryopreservation Task Force.
Liz Silverman–Platt has over four years of personal experience in the field of infertility. Following her immense struggles to have a baby, Liz took her overwhelming compassion for the Intended Parents: her desire for their protection, and her deep knowledge of the infertility process and founded Baby Steps Fertility.
Prior to Baby Steps Fertility, Liz worked in the music industry for more than 20 years. She marketed records and artists for such major labels as Warner Brother Records, Sony Music, and Lionsgate.
Through Baby Steps Fertility, Liz blends her wealth of business savvy, tenacity, and professionalism with her own personal experiences in infertility, to guide the Intended Parents through the emotional, physical and financial struggles of creating a family. You will be encouraged by Liz’s passion and strengthened by her commitment. Liz is the Intended Parents’ complete resource, from inception to conception, and for all the challenges in between.
Lori S. Meyers Esq.
Meyers & O'Hara, LLP
13527 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, California 91423
Lori S. Meyers is a California attorney with 15 years experience in third party reproductive law. Lori first researched the area of surrogacy and reproductive law for a close friend in 1995 and never left the field. She believes in maintaining close contact throughout the process of the arrangement, and works hard to build relationships with her clients so that all legal aspects are completed with confidence. Lori has built a strong reputation for creating open, trusting relationships with her clients.
Lori Meyers and Milena O'Hara of Meyers & O'Hara have experience handling hundreds of surrogacy and egg donor matters, involving a variety of genetic arrangements, agencies and medical facilities. Today’s technology has advanced to an extremely high level, with success rates higher and more encouraging than ever. Our expertise with respect to the intricate nature of in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, donor egg and sperm, and embryo adoption technologies has been relied upon by countless couples to understand their legal rights and obligation as medical procedures begin. A major factor in the success of reproductive law arrangements is a strong legal contract outlining these legal rights so that all parties can rely on each others' commitments and parental rights may be finalized well in advance of the birth of a child. It is important to us that all parties feel positive about the agreements they sign and the babies they are working hard to create. Meyers & O'Hara, LLP represents clients from all over the world involved in surrogacy, as well as egg, sperm and embryo donations. The firm drafts contracts prior to medical procedures, and finalizes parental rights in California so the Intended Parents' names are placed on the birth certificates. Meyers & O'Hara, LLP works with a variety of professionals, including agencies, counselors and doctors, to help you in your arrangement.
Lorna Timmreck, M.D.
Shady Grove Fertility
Century Plaza Building, 10630 Patuxent Parkway, Suite 305 Columbia, Maryland 21044
Dr. Timmreck received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston IVF, and Harvard Medical School where she was also a Clinical Instructor.
She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and an associate of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Louis Weckstein, M.D.
Reproductive Science Center
100 Park Place, Suite 200 San Ramon, California 94583
Dr. Weckstein received his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Michigan having been accepted into the 6 year combined pre-medical/medical program. He completed his OB Gyn residency at the University of California, Irvine. He went back to the University of California, Irvine in 1988 for training in infertility with one of the most successful IVF teams in the country at that time.
Dr. Weckstein is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Society for Reproductive Surgeons. Dr. Weckstein has particular interest and experience in all aspects of IVF, including Egg Donation and fertility in older women. He has authored more than 60 publications and abstracts in the field of infertility, and serves as a special reviewer for the infertility journal Fertility and Sterility.