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  • michael g. via Yelp
    September 5, 2020 at 12:00 am

    I had a bad experience and lost thousands. Now she's sold this company to Santa Monica Fertility.  Don't just read the "glowing" reviews of people who make money with this company and Mindy Berkson. Scroll down and read the scathing reviews from heartbroken people wanting desperately to be parents who were ripped off by this charlatan.

  • Diana Saayman via Facebook
    March 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

    I am a first time gestational carrier who just delivered on March 20,2020. This entire journey was nothing short of amazing, from initially reaching out to inquire about the process of becoming a GC all the way to after delivery. Mindy, Wendy and Courtney were always courteous and willing to quickly answer any questions or concerns that I had along the way. Anytime travel arrangements were needed, they were always very prompt at making those, medical bills were always paid very quickly and comp payments were always on time or early. They would go above and beyond to see how I was feeling and if I needed anything at all throughout the entire pregnancy and even after I delivered. I would love to do another journey in the future if I am able to, and I will definitely use Newborn Advantage again if given the opportunity.

  • Diana S. via Yelp
    March 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

    I am a first time gestational carrier who just delivered on March 20,2020. This entire journey was nothing short of amazing, from initially reaching out to inquire about the process of becoming a GC all the way to after delivery. Mindy, Wendy and Courtney were always courteous and willing to quickly answer any questions or concerns that I had along the way. Anytime travel arrangements were needed, they were always very prompt at making those,  medical bills were always paid very quickly and comp payments were always on time or early. They would go above and beyond to see how I was feeling and if I needed anything at all throughout the entire pregnancy and even after I delivered.  I would love to do another journey in the future if I am able to, and I will definitely use Newborn Advantage again if given the opportunity.

  • Gillian Pilone via Google
    September 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Mindy Berkson and her Newborn Advantage team were an absolute delight to work with. They made what could have been a long and difficult journey a pleasurable experience. They were understanding, patient, and kind throughout the entire process. Not only were they extremely knowledgeable and accommodating, but they were there for us every step of the way.

  • Brandon Hurtado via Google
    June 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Mindy is a true thought leader when it comes to surrogacy and being an advocate for intended parents who want a family of their own. She is so incredibly caring and guides you through the entire process step by step. I can’t think of anyone else who I’d recommend more as a surrogacy consultant.

  • Brandon H. via Yelp
    June 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Mindy and her team are absolutely incredible. She truly cares for her intended parent clients and guides you through the surrogacy process step by step, answering any questions you have along the way. She’s incredibly informative and transparent with you, which is incredibly comforting when deciding to start your family.

  • U Borzel via Google
    May 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Mindy and her team are amazing. They did everything for us and even reminded us not to forget one tiny detail. They provided us with very nice surrogates and now we are parents of a wonderful baby girl. Looking forward to even doing it again with them! Thank you, Newborn Advantage!

  • Olivia Cappel via Google
    May 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I can’t say enough good things about this agency. Mindy, Wendy, and Courtney were truly exceptional. I was a first time gestational carrier, and just completed my first journey with them. They helped make the experience so enjoyable. Everything was done in a timely manner. Doctor bills were always paid quickly, if I needed flights or hotels it was always done promptly, comp was always on time. They were always checking up on me, and asking how I was doing/feeling. I didn’t feel like I was just another client to them, they made me feel appreciated. I’m so glad I completed a journey with them and I highly recommend them. If I did this again, I absolutely wouldn’t have went with anyone else!

  • Carmen Anguiano Lacey via Facebook
    March 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Where do I start? Not only were they understanding, kind, gentle, and sympathetic, they always took the time to check on me. The whole team was great with walking me through and helping me understand the process. As a first time surrogate I was a deer with headlights. They took the time to answer all my questions and address any concerns I had. Not once did I feel overwhelmed or pressured. This has absolutely been one of the greatest experiences of my life. ❤️

  • Ryann Shure via Facebook
    February 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    We are so grateful to Newborn Advantage for finding us such a wonderful surrogate. Stephanie, our surrogate, is now considered a part of our family and we had the most incredible journey together bringing our daughter into the world. Mindy and her team were extremely supportive and available to us every step of the way. This experience was very personal and emotional, and I couldn’t imagine doing it without the support of Newborn Advantage.

  • Olivia C. via Yelp
    January 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I can’t say enough good things about this agency. Mindy, Wendy, and Courtney were truly exceptional. I was a first time gestational carrier, and just completed my first journey with them. They helped make the experience so enjoyable. Everything was done in a timely manner. Doctor bills were always paid quickly, if I needed flights or hotels it was always done promptly, comp was always on time. They were always checking up on me, and asking how I was doing/feeling. I didn’t feel like I was just another client to them, they made me feel appreciated. I’m so glad I completed a journey with them and I highly recommend them. If I did this again, I absolutely wouldn’t have went with anyone else!

  • Josh Bell via Facebook
    July 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

    My husband Adam and I have had the most wonderful experience with Mindy and the Newborn Advantage team. Mindy found us a great surrogate for our family journey, and have been there every step of the way through the rounds of IVF and supporting our surrogate with all the paperwork and arranging the escrow funding. I can honestly say we could not have had our beautiful daughter Allegra without the help of Mindy and the team, who have been there every step of the way. Very happy to discuss our review by PM. Josh

  • Henry Makansi via Google
    May 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    My wife and I have struggled with delivery and finally decided to look for surrogacy as a solution. We live in New York and decided and paid for a NJ based agency. This agency proved quite unhelpful and generally not very friendly. Last summer we tried to give it one last shot. Our doctor in NY, said that if we needed someone more hands on and with superb interpersonal skills that we choose Mindy Berkson. She had a number of a very viable GC candidates available immediately. Mindy has been a joy to work with and has proven time and time again that she is prepared to go above and beyond the basic service. Even after we were matched with a surrogate and paid her a fee, she has stayed engaged and been helpful with managing every aspect of what is a novel and daunting process for most. I can not recommend Mindy and her professional team highly enough!

  • Shai Colodner via Google
    May 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    We have used MIndy Berkson’s services years ago under the name Lotus Blossom. We had a terrible experience and ended up using another agency. We lost lots of money. My recommendation is to go elsewhere. I have no idea how with all the bad reviews she has on Yelp she is still in business.

  • Raimundo Herraiz via Google
    May 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    We would like to share with people are trying to be intended parents that the work that Newborn Advantage Surrogacy is really great.We are a couple of men from Spain who are really grateful of the work of Mindy Berkson and her team (Wendy and Courtney) have done with us.Our surrogacy process hasn’t been easy (in fact we have found to be fathers of two babies, Lucia and Ray, after three years trying it and many troubles that we had before knowing Mindy) but with the support they gave us all this time everything was ahead in the right way.In our case the most important and difficult issue was to find a good surrogate mother and Mindy and her team are very profesional at this. In a short period of time they found for us a person very special who has given us two healthy and beautiful babies. In addition to how they have engaged our escrow account, we think an strong point of them is the recruiter of surrogates. All the time they are thinking which surrogate matchs better with you and they are working with empathy and sensitivity. During our process, we have had the sensation that people who work in Newborn Advantage Surrogacy are your friends and they want the best for you.For us has been also important that Mindy and her team never team have never left us helping us until last moment. Even in the last moment that we have needed to engage an express health insurance for our baby that after birth was in NICU, they have worked at 200% with the health insurance of the boy. In this review honestly we want to express how satisfied we are with Newborn Advantage Surrogacy. Without their help our dream of being fathers hadn’t been possible.Raimundo and Juan Jose

  • Carly Vollero via Google
    May 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I would certainly give this agency more than five stars if possible. Mindy Berkson is a caring professional and she makes sure that both the intended parent(s) and the surrogate are comfortable and happy. Her network of industry providers (lawyers, doctors, insurance experts etc.) is also top notch. I highly recommend.

  • Steve Deitsch via Google
    May 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Mindy and her team at Newborn Advantage Surrogacy are a dream to work with. They are passionate, responsive, smart and results-oriented. I would highly recommend Newborn Advantage Surrogacy!

  • Jasmine H. via Yelp
    May 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I myself was a surrogate and delivered a healthy baby girl April 4th 2016.  I felt MINDY was amazing In matching me with my IP’s as I’m sure they felt the same. I had to be medically cleared with my doctor as well as complete all the testing s before I was matched. The 1st two transfers failed and I flew fro Illinois to Connecticut on those and the 3rd was successful and that time I drove with a companion as it’s a pretty long drive. I never had any issues of any kind, the communication was always instantaneous. I absolutely loved my experience from beginning to end with lotus blossom consulting and I had previously been with a different agency and had a bad experience. I’mActually looking into being a second time surrogate if it’s allowed as I’ve now had 4 c-sections. (My doctor has cleared me but fertility doctors sometimes disagree.)

  • J. S. via Yelp
    April 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Mindy is absolutely amazing! She handled everything with great empathy and educated us every step of the way. This was a very tough decision for us, but any concerns that we had were laid to rest after meeting Mindy.

  • Stale Vestersjo via Facebook
    April 17, 2018 at 12:00 am
  • Henry M. via Yelp
    March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    My wife and I have struggled with delivery and finally decided to look for surrogacy as a solution. We live in New York and decided and paid for a NJ based agency. This agency proved quite unhelpful and generally not very friendly. Last summer we tried to give it one last shot. Our doctor in NY, said that if we needed someone more hands on and with superb interpersonal skills that we choose Mindy Berkson. She had a number of a very viable GC candidates available immediately. Mindy has been a joy to work with and has proven time and time again that she is prepared to go above and beyond the basic service. Even after we were matched with a surrogate and paid her a fee, she has stayed engaged and been helpful with managing every aspect of what is a novel and daunting process for most. I can not recommend Mindy and her professional team highly enough!

  • Jay Moseley via Facebook
    February 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    We completed a successful journey with Newborn Advantage Surrogacy (formerly Lotus Blossom Consulting). As an older male couple, time was crucial to us. Mindy located a clinic in our region which was enthusiastic about working with us. She polled her surrogates and determined a number were willing to consider us. As Mindy promised, as soon as our contract was finalized, she recommended a surrogate. Her choice was an appropriate match for us and the woman delivered our child one year and four months following our first meeting with Mindy. Since we were uncertain what type relationship we wanted with our surrogate, her match is all the more noteworthy. Communication was always prompt and candid. Mindy coordinated the purchase of health insurance and term life for our surrogate. She arranged the lawyers for the Gestational Agreement arrangement and Pre-Birth and Final Court Order for the birth certificate. Our surrogate chose a hospital which had no experience with gestational surrogacy. Mindy supplied us a sample surrogacy birth plan which we filled out and supplied the hospital. I asked our surrogate several times whether she was receiving adequate emotional support from Newborn. She replied she was. Mindy responded helpfully when we had concerns. On the financial side, disbursements for health insurance and the various milestone payments to our surrogate were made promptly from the escrow account. We received an accurate accounting of the escrow account each month. We did not use Mindy to find an egg donor, but she does offer this service. We recommend Mindy for her optimistic attitude, knowledge, contacts, and problem solving abilities.

  • Raimundo Herraiz via Facebook
    January 11, 2018 at 12:00 am
  • Kathleen R. via Yelp
    January 3, 2018 at 12:00 am

    My experience with Lotus Blossom was frustrating and disappointing.  People within the fertility field speak highly of Mindy, so I felt confident that she would be a wonderful guide throughout this process.  Mindy’s lovely and gracious manner was so impressive.  In our initial conversations, Mindy allowed me to speak to her assistant who had been a surrogate and was empathic and understanding, like Mindy.  It was my impression that the network of surrogates would be similar to the caliber of her assistant.    Most of the assumptions I made in thinking Mindy would be my guide and advisor during this process were wrong.  At one point, Mindy asked me to be a reference for her and I agreed.  I did think it was a little odd that she asked me to be a reference for her when we were still in the early stages of the process, but I had agreed because I had no reason to think otherwise, at that point.  In time, Mindy’s network referrals proved to be frustrating for me, with the emphasis on frustrating. Things began to sour for me about 6 months after having signed the agreements.  Around this time, I felt Mindy’s empathy for me began to wane, and she definitely favored the surrogate.  I felt before I paid Mindy her fees, she was there for me, but around a month before the transfer, Mindy seemed to be exasperated with me and appeared to be the surrogate’s advocate.  If I knew then what I know now about using a consultant instead of an agency, I would have never taken the clinic’s referral.The final straw came when the surrogate asked Mindy if she could drive from OH to CT for the transfer with her daughters, and Mindy  said I had to give the okay.  Assuming that Mindy, the consultant, saw no issue with the drive, I agreed.  Over the phone, Before I gave my okay, I told the surrogate that the drive was very long, and the surrogate countered that she didn’t want to be away from her girls and didn’t like to fly.  At the time, I remember thinking why didn’t you discuss this with me before we signed the surrogacy agreement.  It was my impression from our initial contact that her children would not be such an issue when she had to travel; however, her children were more of an issue than she led me to believe.  On the day of the transfer, I walk into the clinic’s waiting room to meet the surrogate, her two daughters, her 14-year-old daughter’s boyfriend, and the surrogate’s friend.  So here I am trying to process this information that the surrogate drove in a car with 4 other people all night for the transfer.  Needless to say, I was really upset; however, I couldn’t say anything because I wanted everything to work out.  When I shared my thoughts with Mindy, she just said she wasn’t happy about it.  I later worked with an agency, not a consultant, who said that we insist the IPs and surrogates strictly follow the contract to ensure success and avoid any misunderstandings.  It was my impression that I was paying Mindy for this kind of guidance and advice.Also, the agency I worked with provided better service to me and the surrogate.  For example, the surrogate received monthly counseling, and the agency provided both parties with weekly updates.  The agency’s caseworker was present at the transfer and some of the follow-up appointments.  It is difficult to find people within the field to give a negative review of others within the field, unless it is a competitor.   When you are doing your research, ask the clinics if there is anyone in the field they should avoid.  Also, what services will Mindy give you compared to an agency.  After having used an agency after Mindy, a consultant, I would go with an agency because the services provided are very clear.One last thing, I have a nice keepsake memento, in addition to my canceled checks, of a photo of the surrogate and her 4 traveling companions outside the fertility clinic getting ready to get into their car to go to the hotel room for the required rest.Do your research and don’t just go with the referral.

  • Steve D. via Yelp
    November 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I have worked with Mindy Berkson and her team and find them to be caring, passionate, honest and results-oriented. I’d highly recommend them to anyone thinking about going through the Surrogacy process to add to your family.

  • Michael Gitter via Facebook
    July 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    They sneak in extra charges for things you didn’t purchase and then refuse to credit you back when you call them out on it. This place has the worst customer service in the city and it’s expensive too. Stay away from this place. It’s a ripoff.

  • Danielle M. Hawn via Facebook
    May 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Can not thank you all enough for helping me through my journey’s. You are all amazing people for what you do for all of us surrogates. I am so happy that I can work with you ladies all over again. Thank you for making being a surrogate so wonderful

  • Christina Garrett via Facebook
    May 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I’ve taken four very special journeys with Newborn Advantage Surrogacy. Every journey has been amazing! Thank you Mindy & Wendy for making our experiences as special as you are.

  • Mike B. via Yelp
    February 21, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I have known Mindy Berkson for approximately ten years. We have worked together many times. I am a leading acupuncture fertility specialist in New York City. I have relationships with many renowned and respected reproductive endocrinologists who also know and respect Mindy. I have found Mindy to be sincere, honest, and dedicated to her client base. I vouch for her professionalism and integrity without hesitation. She is excellent at what she does and she is a compassionate and good person.Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM

  • michael g. via Yelp
    February 4, 2017 at 12:00 am

    For starters, it should be a warning to any intended parent reading this, that the only 5 star reviews are from surrogates themselves, and the rest of the reviews (which are all bad), come from intended parents like me, who have had bad experiences with Lotus Blossom. Mindy Berkson’s company takes surrogates from other agencies, so she has a constant flow of women wanting to be pregnant. They act more like a broker. Offering a quick-match is a godsend to many intended parents. Unfortunately finding a woman who wants to be a surrogate doesn’t necessarily mean she’s always a qualified candidate. And it’s clear at least from my experience, the surrogate I was going to use from Mindy’s agency wasn’t properly vetted. She couldn’t find crucial medical history records, didn’t have updated tests, and red flags popped up by my doctor’s office. I began to feel that I was using an agency that didn’t do the diligent screening I was paying for. So I immediately felt uncomfortable and I got out.I am so happy I got out when I did, even if it cost me almost $10,000 to leave Lotus Blossom (she kept a chunk of my money but I did get much of it back). Since then, I found another agency through my doctor.* They had the candidate do screenings, made sure she had all of her medical records, she’s been a successful surrogate twice before, she’s in the same state (Connecticut) as my doctor, and they helped me get into Obamacare before open enrollment closed. Finding this new firm when I did, and getting quickly back on track has been such a relief. Talk about a godsend for me as an intended parent :).. Please don’t just read Yelp reviews when making a decision as important as this. But honestly I wish I had read other reivews here because I probably would never have hired Mindy.  Do your own research. Search extensively. Better Business Bureau, RipoffReport, and other sites. There are many good surrogacy companies. To me, the other reviews here  feel that they’re not one of them.  Caveat emptor.* The agency I’m now using is called Northeast Surrogacy Partnerships. They are a husband and wife team and they cost about half the price of Lotus Blossom. They even gave me $5,000 off their fee, because they knew of my bad experience and costs I had to incur with Mindy. Also, unlike Mindy who required prepayment in full before I even got to talk on the phone with a potential surrogate, this agency billed me only after I met in person with and was 100% happy with my surrogate choice. Honestly for me price wasn’t the main issue. Having a healthy baby was and remains the only issue that matters. I would have happily paid Mindy even more if she just did her job. But for me at least, she clearly didn’t.

  • Kimm F. via Yelp
    January 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I have been fortunate enough to be a successful surrogate mother for Lotus Blossom Consulting not once but twice and plan on doing a third journey with Mindy Berkson and her fabulous team. They are an amazing group of women. Who not only bend over backwards for their surrogates but their intended parents as well. I have been blessed to work them and deliver a beautiful healthy pair of twin boys on my first journey and a sweet singleton baby boy my last surrogacy to two amazing couples in Illinois.  They will forever be life long friends with myself and family. If you are looking to become a surrogate or need a surrogate’s assistance to make your family complete please reach out to Mindy and her team.

  • Shai M. via Yelp
    September 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

    MIndy,How would you defend stealing our money as well?   You took a non refundable deposit and delivered us nothing but lies.  I urge anyone to go elsewhere.  I can’t wait for the fertility business to be regulated. It would weed out these businesses.

  • Steve Parker via Google
    May 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

    We first met Mindy about 3 months ago after surviving two disappointments with a surrogacy agency over the course of 18 months. The agency, who shall remain nameless, provided only two surrogate profiles during this 18 month period, both of which were not qualified candidates. We have to admit that we were skeptical about using Mindy because she shared with us that her match time was about 2 weeks. Needless to say 2 days after engaging Lotus Blossom, We had a fabulous match with a wonderful surrogate who passed her medical clearance with flying colors. We now understand first hand why this fire ball of a woman does what she does. Mindy works quickly, efficiently and she is exceptionally responsive to phone calls and emails. She is professional, organized, compassionate and truthful. It is now three months from the time we selected a surrogate and we already have our embryo transfer date scheduled. We could not be more grateful to have Lotus Blossom Consulting on this incredible journey with us.Sarah and Steve

  • Mandy Smith via Google
    May 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

    We were referred to Lotus Blossom Consulting by our doctor. I could NOT be more pleased and grateful for Mindy and her staff. We suffered from infertility for over 5 years before finally turning to surrogacy. I could NOT have gotten through this confusing and daunting process without Mindy. She was professional, knowledgeable and helpful from start to finish. We were so blessed to welcome our son into this world in May. I highly recommend Lotus Blossom for all your infertility consulting needs.

  • Gerry A. via Yelp
    September 16, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Mindy,you are a fake, a fraud, a liar, a cheat, a scum.  You should not be in this business.  I will quote our nurse, “your surrogates were bottom of the barrel”.  You are a money grabbing fool.  You know you lie.  There is not one once of truth in you’re 8/6/2014 statement.  By the way, how come you live and work in Chicago, Illinois, but all of a sudden you list you business address in Dallas, Texas.  Very suspicious.  I looked up the address and you now operate through a “virtual office”.  Mmmmmmmmmmmm.  Trust me people, go elsewhere.  Oh I could say so much more.

  • Kristy Marie Peral via Facebook
    August 24, 2014 at 12:00 am

    great service… i have been checking in everyday and they are great with responding back thanks

  • Tracie P. via Yelp
    July 25, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am a first time gestational surrogate about to deliver my first surro baby for the most awesome IP’s ever! This has been a journey I have longed to embark on since I had my first child in 1997. I have always wanted to help someone else achieve their goals of becoming a parent and enjoy what I get to enjoy each and every day. So, when I decided it was the right time for me and my family to begin this journey, I contacted Mindy at Lotus Blossom Consulting. She has been so wonderful to work with since day one. The whole process has been quick and easy. She answed all the questions I had in becoming a surrogate and I was even matched within a couple weeks with the best couple! I couldn’t have dreamed of a better situation or outcome. Mindy, Wendy and their whole team of experts has made this whole experience better than I could have imagined. I would recommend Lotus Blossom to anyone wanting to achieve their goals of either becoming a surrogate or becoming parents!

  • George G. via Yelp
    April 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

    NEGATIVE 2280 starsOne star for every dollar that was not refunded to me. My experience with Lotus Blossom and Mindy Berkson was awful. I found her to be evasive and deceptive, and I could never recommend her or her consulting business. I warn you to select any other service or agency other than hers.  Let me summarize my experience with her.  She wasted my time for months without locating a suitable and medically cleared surrogate.  One of her biggest selling points is that she will locate a suitable candidate for you in two to four weeks. Over four months later, no candidate.  The several she presented to us were denied medical clearance.  When asked if she felt these women were good candidates, she would NOT directly answer my question and gave me round about answers. This has been a horrific experience with her. Her fee structure is the Most expensive of any I researched, and I was willing to pay more if it meant a quick turnaround time. Was I mistaken about that. Do not ever consider using her services because if your experience is half as bad as mine, you are going to be severely disappointed, get no results, and be out significant moneyI implore you to stay away from Lotus Blossom Consulting and Mindy Berkson.  I wish someone had warned me.

  • Abbie Phillips Pepple via Facebook
    January 19, 2014 at 12:00 am
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