Lotus Blossom Consulting has had an unparalleled opportunity to work with many clients. Our passion to help clients facing infertility treatment is the cornerstone of our company. It is with great pride that we share a few of our most touching and deeply felt results of our efforts over the past few years.
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Considering an Infertility ConsultantThe Bible promises that when we send prayers to heaven, God sends help to Earth. Might an infertility consultant be one of the ways God sends help? Every couple’s situation is different. For some couples, Mindy’s fee might seem like another financial hurdle to clear – and therefore, a substantial negative. But for others, she might literally be a God-send. If nothing else, the sheer fact that she exists and that people like her are dedicating their time, energy and passion to helping you become a family should be profound cause for hope. Tuck that thought away for the next time you think, “this isn’t working and no one cares.” In truth, lots of us do.
It was Monday morning December 27th, 2011 when my wife Stefanie was first diagnosed with uterine cancer, not exactly the news anyone is hoping to receive 2 days after Christmas. We knew this would put our plans to start a family on hold for a little while but we certainly did not anticipate the long road we would have to travel to get there. Over the next 12 months, we would try a number of unsuccessful hormone treatments to arrive at the very sad conclusion that Stefanie would need to under go a full hysterectomy. Naturally, this was devastating to hear but we knew Stefanie's health had to be our first priority so we pushed forward. As it would turn out, they would later find cancer in one of her ovaries so we will always know that we made the best decision for our family but electing to have the surgery. At this point, we knew we needed to pursue other options.After many hours of research, Stefanie came across an organization called Fertile Action and a wonderful woman named Alice Crisci. Alice herself had been through a similar situation and she was an instrumental part of helping us start the process. She worked with our reproductive team at Abington Hospital in Pennsylvania to help us through the egg retrieval process but most importantly, she introduced us to Mindy and Lotus Blossum consulting. I remember my very first conversation with Mindy. I told her our story and after only a few minutes of speaking with her, I knew she would be able to help us. Due to Stefanie's diagnosis and procedure, gestational surrogacy was our best option. As anyone can imagine, we did not know where to start or anything whatsoever about the process. Mindy was able to guide us through this arduous task and match us up with a surrogate family who was wonderful. Within only a few days of my first contact with Mindy, we had a profile to review and a conference call setup to speak with our surrogate. I was truly amazed at how quickly this progressed. We faced some logistical challenges living in Philadelphia with our surrogate family living in Utah. Once again, Mindy helped us navigate through it all. She has contacts literally all over the world and she can pull all of the administrative pieces together for you ( believe me, it is overwhelming between doctors, attorneys and insurance). Trying do this on our own would have been a nightmare, hiring Mindy was truly one of the best decisions we have ever made. I was working full time and Stefanie was undergoing chemotherapy, that alone is more than enough for any couple to handle. It was very reassuring to know we could count on Mindy's help. Now to the best part of the story. Stefanie would go on to beat her illness and come back stronger than ever. After one unsuccessful attempt in August of 2013, we would try again in December and learn our surrogate was pregnant in January of 2014. Things could not have gone more smoothly and the doctors in UT kept us well informed and even let us Skype in for some of the OBGYN appointments so we could see the ultrasounds. Everyone at the clinic was terrific, once again an introduction that Mindy facilated. As I sit her back in Philly with a healthy wife and our new baby girl, I cannot help but think what our life would be like if we had never called Mindy. To anyone who is going through this struggle, my advice to you is to make the call and never look back. We did and it changed our life forever. Thank you so much Mindy, words cannot express our gratitude!
International Client Seeking Egg DonorTo whom it may concern, We are based in London and wanted to have IVF treatment in the USA due to the high success rates in some of the USA clinics and the difficulty and waiting times with having similar treatment in the UK. Given that we are not based in the USA and not familiar with the way things work in the USA in regards to infertility, we decided to employ Mindy Berkson at Lotus Blossom Consulting to do the legwork for us. We asked Mindy to advise and help us in finding an egg donor and a suitable fertility center for our specific situation – which she did for us very quickly. Mindy was professional and personable in her dealings with us. She was always quick to reply to any questions and queries that we had about infertility treatment options, and also fully understood our individual needs. She took any concerns/questions that we had very seriously and did her utmost to ensure that we were fully informed of any decisions that we made. We really felt that Mindy was key as our infertility consultant in enabling us to feel happy with the choices that we made in terms of egg donor and fertility center.
We Can Finally See the LightDear Mindy, I want to thank you for all the guidance and support that you have provided me thus far, as well as the introductions to the various professionals who have thoughtfully helped us to embarked on this journey of trying to have a second child. We would never have come this far in just 2 months without your help. It has been a long road, but I finally see the light. Thank you for making this process so much easier to deal with. You have truly made a difference and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Many ThanksMindy, As always, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for you. Thank you for being here for me, whenever I have needed you and for always giving me honest information and sound advice throughout the infertility treatment process. You are amazing. Love,
Invested in My SuccessI am VERY excited about my donor and can’t thank you enough for your services. Wendy was truly a gem–I appreciated the care and concern she exhibited to me during this process as well as her speed and interest in getting to know exactly what I wanted. I felt as though she was truly invested in my success and can’t express how much better that made me feel. Having been through the donor egg process once before, I am a bit “jaded”, and Wendy was kind, caring and encouraging! Warm regards,
Our New Chance for Success Mindy, I would like to just say thank-you for all that you do, not only for me, but for all women/men and couples who have ever faced the beast of infertility. Your work is NOT in vain and I pray that your reward be doubled that of what you have given of yourself and your resources. I told my husband the great news that we are now ready to cycle and we are both so excited. I don’t think I have ever been this happy in all my life. I’ve waited so long for this! My husband says to save some joy for the moment that I hear I’m pregnant. I’m SURE that I will have enough joy left for that. I will keep you posted. My husband and I thank-you so much from the depths of our heart and spirit! You are such a giving person. I can only hope and pray that after I have come through all of this, I will be able to give back just a portion of what you have given us.
Client Seeking Egg DonorMindy, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all you have done for us. Our contracts are signed and we’re awaiting the next steps, and your help has been instrumental in getting us to this place so very quickly! Anyone facing the growing number of complex family-building and infertility treatment options would probably agree that the choices are staggering and the process overwhelming. Sitting with you, and getting the benefit of your expertise and personal attention made a world of difference for us. My husband and I both came away from our meetings feeling that we understood the fertility options and processes we faced. Most importantly, we knew we had a navigator for the journey. Should we encounter anyone in a similar boat we will certainly send them your way! We’re not done yet, and there may still be bumps in the road, but I thought you should know just how much we appreciate you and Lotus Blossom Consulting.
Wishing for Your Family What You Created for UsMindy, Words alone cannot express our gratitude for all your help and guidance in making our dreams of parenthood a reality! There were certainly many moments of rockiness during our journey, but each and every step of the way you eased the burden and shed light in a new direction. This is the first Christmas as a united family and we are so grateful to be here. Thank you for being our guiding light. Thank you for your insight, your wisdom, your determination to find for us our beautiful and selfless egg donor and our lovely genuine and committed surrogate. Our life is now so full because of you. Best wishes for a blessed New Year,
Making MiraclesBeloved Mindy, Thank you so very much for making our dreams come true! Your warm support over these past few years and your amazing professionalism has led to two little miracles! We are eternally grateful. With all our love,
Guidance and Support Through Infertility TroublesMindy, Your guidance and support has been truly amazing, and we very much appreciate all your time and dedication to helping us on this journey. Thank you so, so, so much. You helped us both in many ways.
Working With Mindy is an "Insurance Policy"Identifying the right egg donor for your family is such a personal and emotional process, not to mention a part-time job in terms of the hours you will spend looking at donor profiles. Without engaging Mindy at Lotus Blossom Consulting, this process would have been completely overwhelming. Her relationships with agencies and access to hundreds of donor profiles, which she pre-screens for you, saves so much time and emotional energy. Working with Mindy is also an “insurance policy” as the pre-negotiated clause used exclusively for her clients in the agency agreement protects our financials interests. I never thought this would come into play, but when we had a major issue come up with the agency we were working with and were unable to resolve the disagreement, my husband and I were able to terminate the contract and have our financial interests protected. Without this clause in the agreement the majority of our agency fee of several thousand dollars would have been at risk. We were able to move forward to work with another agency that was better fit.
An Incredibly Positive Experience We had an incredibly positive experience with our gestational carrier, and it's because Mindy did a terrific job in matching us. By the time we had decided that surrogacy was the route we were going to take, we were ready to get going, and quickly! Mindy moved everything along swiftly and efficiently. Mindy has many years of experience with this process, and she gave honest feedback and counsel. She listened to our needs and concerns, and did her best to address them - we always felt that we were in great hands. Mindy also has a vast network of professional contacts, and helped us assemble a great team (for both us and our carrier) who helped us navigate what can be an overwhelming process. A year after our first call with our surrogate, our daughter was born!
Mindy’s Passion and EnergyLotus Blossom Consulting has been instrumental in identifying qualified candidates quickly and efficiently. Their compassionate approach and empathic nature has afforded my patients confidence and clarity about the given cycle and assurance that they have selected a like-minded candidate. From diagnosis to treatment the time frame is significantly reduced. I validate the services, the passion and energy that Mindy has for her work.
The Invaluable Clarity you Brought to our Surrogacy ArrangementDear Mindy, As an infertile couple who have also worked for years as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist helping other infertile couples, we arrogantly thought we had either experienced or seen it all. So, what did we, of all couples, need from an infertility specialist? We were already infertility specialists ourselves! Then, after years of helping ourselves and our clients we found ourselves confused and lost in the search for our own surrogate. Then you entered our lives with your remarkable blend of gifts, knowledge and experience which you combine with an uncanny sense for being exactly what any situation calls for. And my, how you’ve been there. For us, you have been guide, coach, comforter, and friend. Mindy, you can plot the best course and also adroitly change the course as needed. You’ve helped us and empowered us when we have felt both discouraged and stuck. It was fate how we met, when Dr. Toledo handed his cell phone to you with the introduction: “It’s Mindy Berkson. She knows what to do next.” And, there you were with all your knowledge, experience, and compassion. There you were with vision, connections, and answers which renewed our hope and got us on the track to where we had been trying to go from the start. Mindy, you brought to us a healing and empowering combination of both gentleness and strength. With your ability to listen, to hear what’s being said and not said, you helped us with some crucial discernment. Then, from your now intimate understanding of our unique needs, you began to advocate for us, introducing us to the various other experts who could bring this dream into reality. When we’d get anxious, time and time again, you were there to listen and to supply or find the answers as if we were your only clients. More than once we stood back in smiling admiration as the owner of this soothing, healing voice would, when called for, take off the gloves and negotiate quite frankly and candidly with another party on our behalf. No one should underestimate you, Mindy. Passion is part of compassion and you use both in support of and in advocacy for your clients. You have navigated sensitive and delicate issues for us with the finesse of a career diplomat. And, sometimes you have just been lovingly straightforward like a friend who cares enough to tell you what she knows you need to hear. Your inner strength, skills and experience have provided us with a sense of great comfort while pointing us towards success. Throughout this whole complicated process you have always kept our best interests in the forefront even when those interests made more work for you. Your empathy and your patience have been humbling even to these professional therapists. With deepest gratitude,
Thank You for Making a DifferenceMindy, A generous spirit enriches the world. Thank you for making a difference. Your kindness, integrity, warmth and laughter make such a difference. Just knowing you makes a truly caring world feel one step closer.
Client Using Egg DonorMindy, Great! You and Dr. Jacobs were just what we had hoped for. I’m now 10 plus weeks pregnant. I get another ultrasound next week. Last one at 6 weeks showed one fetus, heart rate 170. The egg donor was absolutely wonderful through the whole process (which turned out to get very rushed so that everything could be done before the embryologists closed up shop over Christmas!!). You found our wonderful egg donor and we’ll always be grateful. Thank you again,
Always Searching for Better Ways to Make Patients HappyDear Mindy, I am so glad that our team was able to meet you in person. We are always searching for better ways to make the patients happy and satisfied when they are going through IVF treatments. Finding you, I feel, is a blessing for us because- like I said many times already- there are times when I will feel like I have hit a road block in dealing with some of the cases. Your experience, knowledge and network may be the thing that will allow us to overcome these obstacles for the well being and success of the patients. My partner feels the same way and told me to let you know that. We will begin to refer patients for consideration of your services.
Voice of Reason, Knowledge, and ExperienceMindy, I have told so many people about you – and how we would never have actually proceeded with looking for (and finding) a surrogate without your encouragement, help, kindness, patience and your incredible guidance. I truly believe that we wouldn’t have our babies today if it were not for you. I would never have known how to move forward in the surrogacy world…how to find someone, what to ask her, dealing with lawyers and doctors…and then your additional guidance when we hit a rough patch with our surrogate. You were a voice of reason, knowledge and experience. I am forever grateful. I assure all my friends and colleagues that hiring you will be the BEST money they will spend in the whole infertility roller coaster. It absolutely was for us.
Client Utilizing Escrow Services for Anonymous Egg Donation ArrangementDear Mindy, We thank you for your perfect infertility consulting services and would without a doubt utilize you again, although we are hoping we will not be required if all goes as planned! Thanks for everything,
Navigating the Maze of Infertility We have been trying to navigate the maze of fertility decisions now for three years on our own, rather haphazardly, to no positive outcome thus far. It has been time consuming, emotionally and financially draining, challenging for the relationship to have to make decisions which we were not well informed enough to make, and it has felt at times existentially lonely. When we finally considered getting a second opinion in America, and searched for a fertility adviser, I was thrilled to find Mindy’s website. What a difference in our first call with Mindy! She immediately offered us a whole-picture perspective on our situation which we were lacking, which allowed us to make several decisions confidently and feel good about the direction in which we are now moving. She was at all times professional, courteous, and honest about the limits of her advice and knowledge. She even provided contacts for the information she did not have.I wish we had known about her services three years ago, although honestly I probably would have thought then that as a high functioning, college educated woman I could handle all the research and decision making myself. I was wrong. The experience has definitely taken it’s toll, distracted me from my other goals, and probably resulted in some poor choices along the way as well as unnecessary stress on myself and the relationship. Please learn from my mistake and engage Mindy early on in the process! The fertility system is not set up in a way that you have any natural allies throughout. You will be wanting and needing an experience and educated one in order to avoid costly errors and reduce the inevitable stress this journey seems to include. Now that there is finally a fertility consultation service, there is no longer any need for you to reinvent the wheel and become a fertility expert on top of going through all the treatments!
Waiting the Arrival of Our New FamilyMindy, It has been such a pleasure working with you these past several months. We don’t know how we would have succeeded if we did not have you in place. You helped us to think of things that we would have never considered when choosing our surrogate and egg donor. You identified two agencies that were flexible and accommodating to our needs and you referred us to a wonderful team of fertility specialists. If it were not for the team of professionals that you put together for us, we know that we would not be expecting our family today. Thank you for your attentiveness, knowledge and wisdom that you shared throughout the process and still share with us today throughout the pregnancy. We are so grateful to you and excited about our new family!
We Are So Pleased With Our JourneyMindy, Thank you for the positive thoughts and energy! We are thrilled with how wonderful our very special donor did. I can’t believe it has been 6 months since this journey began-it has gone by fast. Everyone involved has been amazing and so on their game! I have been impressed with how well-oiled of a machine this all is. Being a bit of a control freak I did need to put lots of faith in others, and we have not been disappointed. Thank you for your high-level of professionalism and attentiveness throughout this process. I will let you know more news when I have some to share!
Peace of Mind and EmpowermentMindy Berkson stopped time and changed my life. I am a single professional woman in her early 30s. I come from a large and loving family – and have always adored children. For me, motherhood is a must. However, while I am eager to find my soul mate he appears to be taking his time in finding me. I did not feel pressure to find my man, settle down, and have kids immediately. But I knew that the fertility statistics were not on my side. When I met Mindy for advise and counsel, she provided me with concrete medical statistics which underscored the reality of what I knew – time was of the essence. More important, she educated me on medical advances that would literally stop time. No one knows what the future has in store. I could meet my soul mate today, fall madly in love, get married, and have no complications with pregnancy in the future. But, it was not a risk I was willing to take. I knew that if I did not explore this further, I would potentially regret it in years to come. Mindy spoke with me at length on the options available and ranked specialists around the country, helping me to select the appropriate doctor. The summer of 2010, I had my eggs frozen. For me, it was an insurance policy. When the time is right, I plan to try to get pregnant on my own. But, if there are complications I will have the ability to get pregnant using younger eggs. I may never need to use the eggs that I have stored, and I recognize the possibility that they might not work. But, I will know that I did everything in my power to make my dreams of motherhood a reality. I have been incredibly vocal about the process. Women always ask, “Well, how much did it cost?”. I won’t lie – it was more than a pair of Loboutins. But, the real question is, “How can you value this sense of security?”. I didn’t feel pressure to settle down because of my age, but any inkling of stress has completely dissipated. The process has given me peace of mind and has truly empowered me. Mindy was not simply a source of initial information – she supported me throughout the entire process. I would encourage anyone exploring fertility options to contact Lotus Blossom Consulting.
A True AdvocateMindy thank you so much! I have been having a difficult time so I thank you for talking to mike. I just can’t express enough my gratitude to you. You have been really wonderful and a true advocate. I can’t thank you enough. Happy holidays to you and your family. Thank you again!
Client Seeking Infertility Consulting Help Mindy, I loved your passion for what you are doing to help people. I am a big believer in giving back and your consulting is probably the ultimate in giving back. My best,
(Picture not included for anonymity)I'd love to write a longer note but I've got J half asleep in my arms and did not want to delay sharing the news any longer 🙂 THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your guidance, support & exceptional care. We are truly blessed and could not have come to this amazing result without you. Love,
A & J
Riding the Infertility Roller CoasterMindy, Thanks for having the courage and tenacity to build a business that helps people around the world as they face their individual fertility journeys.
Client Seeking Anonymous Egg Donor for MonthsMindy, Thank you SO much, we are very enthused about our selected egg donor. Thank you for helping us to identify her in such a short period of time. We had searched for months before we contacted you, and on our first meeting at Lotus Blossom Consulting you not only listened to what we wanted but you actually heard us and you found the perfect egg donor choice! Thank you SO much. We are excited to begin our infertility treatment. We just wish that we had followed our fertility specialist’s advice and contacted you sooner.
Client Working Through Current Infertility Treatment OptionsDear Mindy, What can I say? Absolutely everything and everyone you encouraged us to take on has worked out so well. I was singing your praises to all the women on the retreat (Randine Lewis’ Fertile Soul Infertility Retreat recommended by Lotus Blossom Consulting) so don’t be surprised if you get a few calls. I don’t think I can thank you enough. I really wasn’t handling infertility treatments very well emotionally and I feel the past few weeks and the retreat took me to another level. I’ve really embraced hope and am moving forward. Acceptance is just around the corner. This is the first time I feel I can handle IVF even if it doesn’t work on the first try. The peace of mind you have given me is the best gift of them all!
Amazing Feeling of Fullness and HappinessDearest Mindy, It’s hard to believe just a short year ago we were meeting for lunch for a possible match. Little Nicholas was just a dream for a nervous couple and an even more nervous young women with a hope to help complete another’s family! The odds were against us all but this little amazing boy showed the world where there’s a dream, there’s a way! Threw all the ups and downs we made it! Never did I imagine the end result would be such an amazing feeling of fullness and happiness. You took a complicated matter and paved the way for us all. To hand this amazing creation over to his glowing parents was indescribable. Never did I think or dream I would not only help complete their family but end up with life long friends. This is not the end but yet a new beginning for all of us. I look forward to working with you again with another couple with an open heart and excitement. Amazing…unbelievable…special…these feelings don’t come close to the warmth I feel in my heart and the accomplishment in my soul! Thank you so much for taking my hand and walking me threw this once in a life time experience…I hope is not just once in my lifetime From the bottom of my heart!
Thank You for Your Dedication and DevotionDearest Mindy, From the moment we hired you, our pathway to parenthood clearly began to unravel. You have helped us to achieve a clear understanding of when it was time to change our current course of infertility treatment and to begin to explore egg donation with confidence and clarity. You helped us to understand who egg donors are and the truly magnanimous gift that all egg donors offer. We were so hopeful about our infertility treatment plan and most importantly ready to accept egg donation as our path to parenthood. The pieces to the puzzle fell into place so quickly and easily with you guiding our light. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, resources and compassion. We are now 20 weeks pregnant and feel so confident that we are here because of you! Our family dream is soon to be a reality. Thank you for your dedication, devotion and for always being available when we needed you most.
Your Work and Your Passion With IVFDear Mindy, The work you are doing at Lotus Blossom Consulting is so important. As we all know, navigating the many complexities of the “infertility world” can be enormously challenging. To have one place to sort through it all with informed guidance can make a real difference in helping individuals and couples build their families. As a Mental Health Professional in this field, I have been working with this population for many years and find that those who are able to work through many of these difficult feelings not only are able to achieve the families they desire but are also better prepared to impart to their children a feeling of acceptance regarding their conception.
Confidence and Sense of HopeWorking with Mindy Berkson of Lotus Blossom Consulting was the best decision my husband and I could have made when we started our surrogacy journey. Within a week of engaging Mindy, she found us a wonderful gestational surrogate. In a few short months, we received medical clearance, signed legal contracts and were ready to begin our IVF cycle. A surrogacy cycle requires the coordination of many things, including medical appointments, psychological screenings, insurance review, escrow funding and legal contracts. Under Mindy’s guidance, nothing was overlooked and things moved forward in a timely manner. Mindy’s insider’s approach, knowledge and experience in the field of Infertility, as well as her ability to relate to emotional clients on a personal level, gave us confidence and a sense of hope throughout the entire process. We highly recommend Mindy Berkson when it comes to the dream of “creating your family”.