I have just received some very unsettling information regarding Bala Surrogacy Center, an East Coast surrogate agency operated by a former Vice-President of SurroGenesis. According to the allegations provided to me, this agency has stopped returning phone calls or responding to emails, has failed to pay at least one surrogate who is currently six months pregnant and has recently bounced a $5,000.00 check (from a general checking account instead of the pre-funded escrow account) to the same gestational carrier.
According to public records, Bala Surrogacy Center is owned and operated by Holly Kahle. Kahle was listed in 2006 as the Vice President of SurroGenesis. Kahle also appeared on the old SurroGenesis website’s testimonial page, identifying herself as a surrogate and offering a glowing account of her experiences with Tonya Collins. In what might prove to be extremely ironic, Kahle’s testimonial claimed:
When I first started on my journey as a surrogate, I found that many agencies were unreceptive to my feelings and concerns. None seemed to truly care about the experience from the surrogate’s perspective. But when I found Tonya Collins at SurroGenesis, I discovered an extremely supportive and helpful person who answered all my questions, no matter how ridiculous they were.
When it came time to match me with Intended Parents, she found me the most amazingly wonderful people. I couldn’t have asked for a better couple. When I started my shots, Tonya guided me through all of the medications by teaching me how to do them just right so they wouldn’t hurt. She was there on the phone when I did my first shot. She even told me little tricks that would help implantation occur. She was always supportive.
Tonya also made all the flight arrangements for my IVF transfer. While I was in Las Vegas for my transfer, she sent me flowers. I was surprised and comforted by her acts of genuine kindness. When I found out I was carrying triplets, I called to let her know. She was there to answer the phone and share in the excitement, even though it was very late at night. Since then, Tonya has checked in with me either by phone or email several days a week throughout my entire pregnancy.
Tonya also handles my trust account. As soon as I submit an expense, she has a check in the mail the same day. She has never been late. I’ve never had to worry about getting a payment on time. She didn’t leave me out there in the cold after the contracts were signed. She went above and beyond to make sure that I was well taken care of in all aspects of the surrogacy.
I’m due to deliver these babies very soon. She has offered to fly back east to help me through what may be an emotionally taxing time. I trust that if I need her, she will be here. That is so much more than even my own family could do. Tonya is a caring, kindhearted, loving woman with a heart of gold. I would definitely recommend her to any Intended Parents, Surrogate, or Egg Donor without hesitation.
Holly Kahle – Pennsylvania
I have received additional allegations regarding Bala Surrogacy that I will share as soon as I am able to verify the information. In the meantime, if you are an Intended Parent, Surrogate or Egg Donor with Bala Surrogacy and have any information or have had a similar experience, please let us know. I will also have some thoughts on this disturbing new development soon.