Andrew Vorzimer is an attorney and partner in Vormizer Masserman Fertility & Family Law Center. Mr. Vorzimer has assisted more than 13,000 clients to become parents through assisted reproduction. Mr. Vorzimer was the recipient of the “Illumination Award” from the American Fertility Association (AFA) and is recognized worldwide as the foremost expert in the field of Surrogacy, Egg Donation and Reproductive Law.
Liz is an experienced clinical embryologist with a Ph.D. in developmental biology. She has set up and run fertility treatment laboratories internationally, providing high specification facilities focused on the perpetuation of excellent technical skills and procedures. Liz was delighted to be invited to join the team at Life Fertility Clinic. She maintains a global dialogue with the fertility treatment community to continually improve Life Fertility Clinic’s scientific services.
Dr. Kumar is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology and practices near Los Angeles, California. In recent years Dr. Kumar has focused his efforts for those that have had difficulty conceiving and require an egg donor and/or gestational surrogacy. Over half of his current patients are from overseas which include Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, & the UK. He has been asked to present his work across the world including Australia, India, China, and Italy and has contacts in numerous clinics that collaborate closely to provide seamless care.
He has worked with world-renowned leaders at both UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Kumar has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on endocrine and surgical aspects of infertility. Dr. Kumar has written several textbook chapters on management of tubal factor infertility and ovarian function including premature ovarian failure, and has a special interest in hormonal and functional causes of infertility such as polycystic ovary syndrome, tubal disorders, male factor infertility, and donor/surrogate reproduction. He is also a member of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
A board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Norian’s research interest includes all aspects of reproductive medicine including: in vitro fertilization, optimal treatment for low responders, egg freezing, gestational surrogacy, the use of donor sperm and egg donation in assisted reproduction, uterine fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and pre-genetic screening for genetic disease and gender selection. He has a keen interest in nutrition’s impact upon fertility. Dr. Norian has authored over 25 original peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focusing on reproductive biology and infertility and has presented numerous abstracts at national and international meetings.
Dr Fisher is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist at Oregon Reproductive Medicine, which has helped patients from over 40 countries build their families though egg donation and surrogacy and is in the top 3 IVF programs for donor egg surrogacy in the US by number of cycles annually. Dr. Fisher was himself a patient of ORM, which gives him a first-hand insight into his patients’ experiences. He holds a bachelors degree from Portland University and completed his medical training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, OHSU, in Portland, Oregon, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Megan founded Surro Connections after seeing first-hand the need for this unique company both Domestic and Internationally. Megan is directly involved with every Intended Parent and Surrogate Mother who becomes a part of Surro Connections. Megan is the mother of 3 beautiful children, 1 born through IVF and has been a Gestational Surrogate for other three families as well. Her experience in deeply rooted careers after graduating with her MBA in both Business Administration and Accounting were not nearly as fulfilling as the work she does today with each individual involved in Surro Connections. She has also met all qualifications to be a Mediator within the State of Oregon.
Dr Bronwyn Devine is a gynaecologist and fertility specialist based in Sydney.
Having graduated with an MBBS (Hons 1) from The University of Sydney, Bronwyn worked at Westmead Hospital and was admitted to the training program in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She completed the final two years of her fellowship at RHW in Sydney and moved to Canberra with her young family to begin life as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist. There she worked for Canberra Fertility Centre as Clinical Director and at ISIS Fertility. Bronwyn has completed a Masters of Reproductive Health (UNSW) and Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (Sexual Health) (University of Melbourne). She is a professional affiliate of the Australian Chapter of Sexual Health Physicians of the Royal Australian College of Physicians.
Bronwyn’s other interests include Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Congenital Anomalies of the Female Reproductive Tract. She is passionate about improving access to ART services for members of the LGBTIQ community.
Dr. Bruce Shapiro founded The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, which is renowned for research that has advanced the science and practice of Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Shapiro has developed techniques that make IVF safer and more effective, and is widely published in respected medical journals. He was one of the first physicians to perform and report on blastocyst transfer in the United States. Dr. Shapiro’s work has allowed patients who have had previous failures and/or OHSS in IVF to change the way their IVF cycles are performed so that their chance of success is greatly improved
Carey Flamer-Powell is an out lesbian and experienced gestational carrier, and delivered a healthy baby boy for a wonderful lesbian couple. Carey’s passion for surrogacy began even before she became a gestational carrier. She and her wife, Michele, conceived their now 4 year old daughter through fertility treatments and third party reproduction. Carey knew then that she wanted to help another individual or couple build their family one day. After many years of research and experiencing a wonderful surrogacy journey of her own, Carey founded AFS with the intention of making surrogacy accessible to every individual and couple. Carey has a particular passion for assisting LGBT individuals and couples build their family.
Carey is proud to serve as a co-founder of the Oregon Surrogacy Professionals Association. She is as also an active member of SEEDS (Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy). Carey’s professional background includes 20 years of experience in legal, operations, management and public relations. When she’s not overseeing the amazing work being done at AFS, Carey enjoys spending time with her wife and young daughter, exploring and adventuring through the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.
Joanne has been with CSP since 1997 and is the Australian case manager. She feels it is an honor and privilege to have helped CSP “intended parents” become “parents”. Joanne’s 20 years of experience helps intended parents make this complicated process as simple as possible. Joanne says that her greatest joy is knowing that she was part of a special team who brought such happiness to our clients.
Dana is an Israeli lawyer practising since 2003, who specializes in surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology. She is the founder and legal adviser of Lotus Surrogacy as well as a partner in Israeli law firm Panek-Magdassi. Dana has handled the legal and logistical aspects of over 200 surrogacy cases in India, Nepal and Ukraine over the last 12 years. She has vast experience in solving the legal issues that may arise during surrogacy abroad.
Admitted to practice in the High Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria, Ben is a member of the Law Institute Of Victoria. He has advocated extensively in Family Law and has represented clients in relation to domestic altruistic surrogacy for over a decade. He has advised extensively on domestic and international Adoption and Surrogacy, and takes a personal interest in this unique and specialised area of law.
Internat Pt Coordinator - Mediterrenean Fertility Institute, Greece
Internat Pt Coordinator - Mediterrenean Fertility Institute, Greece
Shirley is Dutch but has been living in Crete, Greece for more than 10 years. She has experiences fertility issues herself in the past and now coordinates all Dutch and English speaking patients through MFI’s different fertility programmes. Due to her past experience in dealing with overseas customers for travel arrangements as a tour operator Shirley helps couples with concierge services, logistics and Cretan hospitality. Shirley has great compassion and care towards couples due to her personal experiences in this field.
Despite cervical cancer, years of treatment and a radical hysterectomy, Lisa never gave up hope of a family. After five altruistic attempts at home, she matched with a US surrogate. When Australia banned the export of embryos. Lisa fought for change. She is the proud mum of Josh & Lucas. An inspiring and passionate speaker, Lisa is a strong advocate for infertile women taking control of their futures in their quest to build family.
Nir, originally from Israel, now lives in Toronto, Canada with his partner Bob. Nir has assisted several of his friends throughout their surrogacy journeys, in different countries which has opened his eyes to the many challenges intended parents are facing to create their families. Nir’s background is in business improvement and marketing however after seeing first hand the obstacles international IP’s endure, he knew that his passion was to support IP’s around the world to have a smooth and straight-forward journey in Canada. Alongside Dr. Librach and The CReATe Fertility Centre, he established ‘Babies Come True’, a concierge service in Canada that will help and support international IP’s throughout their journey. Nir and his husband are currently going through the process of surrogacy in Canada themselves and love to share their story.
Sam is dad to two girls Zoe & Ruby via surrogacy and has become one of the globe’s foremost commentators and researchers on surrogacy trends. He convenes conferences and seminars for intended parents in Ireland, UK, Australia and Scandinavia. Sam consults with singles and couples from around the globe to assit them to plan safe and reliable routes to building families through surrogacy. He has visited providers in the US, Ukraine, India, Cambodia and Australia and works remotely with providers in Greece & South east Asia. He has seen the best and worst that surrogacy can deliver. He continues to promote best practice through conferences and online resources. He runs a healthcare research consultancy and is the author of three books.
For over 25 years, Robin has been helping build legally secure families through adoption and assisted reproduction. Her law practice, located in Beaverton, Oregon, is dedicated to family formation law, which encompasses many types of adoption and surrogacy matters. Robin’s clients, who hail from Oregon and all over the U.S., as well as from numerous countries around the world, create and grow their families in a multitude of ways.
In addition to representing adoptive parents, birth parents, surrogates and intended parents, for the past 20 years Robin has represented the position of the Oregon State Bar on adoption and surrogacy issues. In her spare time Robin likes to bake, knit, walk her mellow Labradoodle Tux (who may be at her office to greet you), and plan future travels.
After six years as Israel’s economic consul in Brazil, Roy returned to Israel and joined the Tammuz family in 2014. Roni graduated from Tel Aviv University in Business Administration, Political Science and Psychology, and has a Master’s degree in Law. Since his appointment, Roy has set a goal to expand Tammuz’s goals map and position as a major player in the international surrogacy market. Roy is married to Ronen and the father of Sa’ar and Rotem, who were born via surrogacy.
Kim Nadler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice since 1979 with a specialty in Couples, Family and Infertility therapy. Kim has been a consultant with the Center for Surrogate Parenting (CSP) for over 20 years. She knows firsthand the pain and suffering of infertility and has one child through adoption. Due to her extended training in working with couples and families and years of experience in working with Surrogates, Kim offers skills in screening and matching surrogates with appropriate Intended Parents.
Dr. Smotrich to date has done over 4000 Gestational Surrogate cases, over 3000 Egg Donor cases and 2000 Egg Donor / Gestational Surrogate cases, helping people in over 94 countries fulfill their dream of parenthood.
In March 2013 Clinton took up his sisters offer to carry a child for him and his partner Callum. This meant investment in legal and psychological counselling for not only Rhiannon and themselves, but her ex-partner. As well, they’d need to find an egg donor (no easy task) and stump up for Rhiannon’s IVF costs. Rhiannon carried for them again in 2016. Clinton discusses dealing with ‘the system’, learnings and tips to make things work.
Paul & Shane are a Melbourne couple who engaged surrogacy in Thailand. After much research, 2 years, 5 embryo transfers and 3 egg retrievals their fairy tale came true – their first child Molly was born March 2014. In 2016 they engaged in Thailand again, this time with a Laos surrogate. Their son was born in October 2016, not without complications. Paul will discuss the Thai medical system, cultural issues and country exit processes in the current surrogacy environment.
Daniela & her husband attended an FTS seminar in November 2015 and after hearing from several speakers decided surrogacy with Lotus in Ukraine was a completely achievable route to realising a family. Pregnancy and using Daniela’s own eggs was not an option as Daniela has a history of breast cancer. Hence they knew little about the IVF process. But just two and a half months later they were in Kiev meeting their surrogate and it was all systems go ! Their surrogate become pregnant on the first transfer, and they welcomed a beautiful baby daughter with the help of Lotus Surrogacy in December 2016 in Kiev.
Traditional Surrogate and Donor, Egg Donation Australia
Traditional Surrogate and Donor, Egg Donation Australia
Carla became an egg donor early in 2013 after finishing breast feeding her youngest child. Since then she has donated to more than nine recipients – four have had babies and three are currently pregnant. Two of her recipient couples have required a surrogate. Carla is passionate about known donation, and all of her recipients know each other. Like other Australian donors, Carla also became a surrogate, completing a Traditional arrangement in Victoria in March 2017. She is a moderator with Egg Donation Australia
Kelly & her husband Sener tried for a family for 7 years before turning to surrogacy. After years of IVF and many heartbreaks they looked into India as an option but with the help of an Australian IVF doctor were led to America and connected with CSP after seeing friends go through the same journey with them. They were matched with an amazing surrogate and the journey was flawless. The joy of a family was worth every minute of waiting and they hope to be welcoming number two in the near future.. Kelly will share their story in hope that it inspires other couples not to give up.
A Queenslander, Rachel first became interested in being an egg donor in 2005. Frustrated at the absence of information available, she was directed to Aussie Egg Donors. After her first egg donation Rachel took over administration of this popular forum. Between 2005 and 2008, Rachel donated her eggs 4 times to 3 couples, resulting in the birth of three girls. Rachel describes her progression to surrogacy as: ‘the next natural step in helping infertile couples’, however Queensland law then banned altruistic surrogacy. Rachel has submitted evidence for the parliamentary hearing into decriminalization of altruistic surrogacy and has seen some of her recommendations adopted. Rachel has used her own eggs and the intended fathers sperm (traditional surrogacy) to help both heterosexual and gay Queensland couples have a family. Rachel is a very busy mother to her own three daughters and a midwifery student. She admits she could not have helped infertile couples ‘without the amazing support of my family and a very understanding husband’.
Renee Golland is a 34 year old Victorian surrogate and mother of three kids- a 6 year old and 4.5 year old twins. She works part time, studies at Uni and shares parenting duties with her wonderful, hands-on husband, Matthew.
Renee birthed a son for her first IP’s in November 2014 which she describes as an amazing experience. She is currently on her second surrogacy journey in VIC with another set of IP’s. Renee coordinates successful surrogacy dinners in Melbourne and her blog www.tummymummy11.wordpress.com chronicles her journey.
Bec gave birth to a baby girl on 21st Match 2016. Her journey was mostly smooth sailing with a misdiagnosis of gestational diabetes being the only major hiccup. Bec (in Melbourne) carried for intended parents in the ACT who she hadn’t known before and she felt more comfortable with such an arrangement. She will talk about developing supportive connections with Intended Parents and tips for those keen to locate a surrogate.
Hayley is a working mother of 2 children from Perth. She was always interested in surrogacy and seriously considered becoming a surrogate after the birth of her last child in 2014. She didn’t know anyone personally needing a surrogate so she searched for intending parents through the Australian Surrogacy Community Facebook group. After finding the IPs she wanted to help & spending time getting to know each other, she offered to help them bring their baby to life. She gave birth in March 2017 with her husband and intending parents by her side. Hayley remains passionate about surrogacy and wants to share her story to raise awareness and insight into surrogacy in Australia.
Michael has gained national recognition as an educator and presenter from the mental health sector, with almost two decades of experience working with adolescents. As a youth worker, Michael worked in a number of professional settings, including schools and youth support services. He is a published author and has regularly appeared on television and radio as a sought after professional in the area of youth mental health, specifically issues facing young men. Since recently becoming a parent, Michael has moved away from the youth sector and joined Tammuz as their Australian representative.
Dr. Kim Bergman, licensed psychologist is co-owner of Growing Generations, one of the largest surrogacy agencies in the world. She has specialized in third party assisted reproduction and LGBT parenting since the early 1990s. Dr. Bergman provides psychological services to hundreds of Intended Parents from around the world to assist in the complex, extraordinary assisted reproductive process.She writes, teaches and speaks on ethical family building internationally. She has coauthored “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” and has multiple research projects in process.
Miranda Montrone is a health psychologist and family therapist who has more than 30 years of experience working in infertility and assisted reproduction, including 10 years as an IVF clinic counsellor. She he has counselled people in approximately 250 surrogacy cases. This includes pre-surrogacy assessment counselling, during pregnancy counselling, and post surrogacy birth relinquishment counselling and parentage order reports. Miranda has also done a quantitative and qualitative analysis of 120 pre surrogacy counselling cases.
Morgan is 19 years old and lives on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. She appeared on ABC’s 7.30 report in 2015 to talk about her life. While Morgan is an only child at home, she has four half brothers and a half sister in Riverside Los Angeles. Born in the US herself with the help of Center for Surrogate Parenting, Morgan has known about her birth from the moment she could ask about it.
Emma’s twelve year journey through fertility and infertility has a happy beginning and ending, with many years of struggle in between. In her 20s, after 18 months of trying to conceive and then an operation, she conceived and then gave birth to a beautiful son, now 9. She then experienced six years of IVF and four miscarriages, three in the second trimester, due to unexplained cervical incompetence. Emma and her husband finally turned to surrogacy, and met a wonderful woman in Rockhampton who carried their baby daughter. Emma is an award-winning playwright, as well as an actor, teacher and marriage celebrant.
WA law didnt allow Perth couple Anthony & Joseph to engage in surrogacy at home. So instead in 2014 they turned to Dr Pisit’s All IVF surrogacy program in Bangkok for help creating in a family. In 2015, their daughter Celeste was born . Keen for a second child, but with Thailand closed, they engaged in Cambodia in 2016 with a new agency. As this second journey progressed, they learned their surrogate was pregnant with twins. When Cambodia started to crackdown on the surrogacy industry late in 2016, Anthony’s agency moved their pregnant surrogate to Bangkok to ensure her safety. Twins Iris and Julian were born in Feb 2017. Anthony is passionate about making it easier for committed gay men to become dads.
Raised on a sheep stud in the Riverina, not far from Corowa, Matt’s parents engaged with a US surrogate in Denver Colorado. Matt is a typical sports-mad 17 year old who plays hockey at state level, basketball in winter, tennis in summer and is in the local swimming club. On top of that he’s in the choir and drums in the school pipe band. A popular speaker, invited back year after year, Matt will give his views again, if hockey doesn’t get in the way.
David Sandberg & his wife Marian are intended parents from Adelaide. Shortly after becoming married, Marian was diagnosed with a series of complicated auto-immune diseases which would put her and her baby’s health at serious risk should she attempt a pregnancy. It became their quest to find a surrogate through the online community. They have experienced tragedy with the loss of Baby Hugo several days post birth, but David and Marian both continue to live in hope and give much to the Australian surrogacy comunity. In their spare time, Marian and David run Fertility Connections (a volunteer-run community for surrogates, intended parents, egg and sperm donors).
In 1988, Alice Clarke’s birth made her Australia’s first IVF surrogate kid. Conceived using donor sperm and her mum’s egg and then implanted into her aunt Linda’s womb. . Since then she has enjoyed being only child of older parents who thought they couldn’t have children. Alice is a freelance journalist, a lesbian and is currently using IVF and donor sperm to create a family of her own. Like many, Alice’s recent experience with the Australian IVF sector has been strained.
Louise has been CEO for the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority since 2005. She holds an Honours degree in microbiology, postgraduate qualifications in education and management, Masters in Regulatory Studies and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a community member of the Occupational Therapy board of Australia, member of the NHMRC Embryo Licensing Committee, and a past chairperson for Women’s Health Victoria.
Dr. Michaela Stockey-Bridge’s research explores family formation and new reproductive technologies. Michaela specifically looks at how biomedicine and law shape experiences of family life, family formation, motherhood and fatherhood. She has a particular focus on surrogacy. Her PhD fieldwork looked at the Australia-India surrogacy relationship. She writes the popular blog https://researchingcommercialsurrogacy.wordpress.com/ and is a lead researcher in a major government funded study Regulating Relations – Forming Families Inside and Outside of the Reach of the Law. She will present core findings from this study of Australians using offshore surrogacy.
Like many Australians, India’s freeze on surrogacy for foreigners stymied Katie Wyatt and her husband Chris’ plans for a second child (Their first, Archie was born in India in 2010). Undeterred, they eventually turned to Canada and twins Augustus and Taj, were born in Alberta, in 2016. Hear what they learned along the way
Katrina Hale is a Sydney-based Psychologist and Infertility Counsellor with over 20 years counselling experience. She is passionate about surrogacy and a strong supporter of all walks of the community that wish to create a family through surrogacy. She is committed to helping Intending Parents and Surrogates and their partners successfully navigate their surrogacy journey together.
International Client Liaison, Fertility Center of Las Vegas
International Client Liaison, Fertility Center of Las Vegas
Ella supports Australians engaging in US IVF procedures with Dr Bruce Shapiro’s Fertility Center of Las Vegas. Ella is well-known to many as the past marketing manager of Families Through Surrogacy and a mother to two boys. She lives in Sydney and has a wide network of contacts in the Australian and international IVF communities. Her knowledge and contacts help to smooth the process for intended parents.
Alexi is the husband of Hayley and together they offered to carry a baby for their newfound friends/IPs in Perth. He supported his wife throughout the entire journey but most particularly when the pregnancy became complicated at 31 weeks. He played an active role throughout the pregnancy, providing support to his wife & picking up the pieces at home when needed, being an advocate for her where needed and working with their IPs to get supports in place when Hayley went into premature labour. He was by his wife’s side when she gave birth to their friend’s baby and describes the experience as challenging yet incredible.
Andy Brough & Simon Curtis have determinedly worked their way through a broad range of surrogacy arrangements – international, domestic, gestational and traditional, to arrive at parenthood. They started their journey about 5 years ago in India but had a stillborn at 21 weeks. They tried again but then India closed to gay couples. Andy’s sister-in-law offered to be their surrogate and they joined Egg Donation Australia to find a donor. After a few unsuccessful attempts with Andy’s sister-in-law, they took up their egg donor Carla Pincombe’s offer to carry for them, using her own eggs ( traditional surrogacy). Their perseverance paid off when they became dads in late March 2017.
Rachel is a Melbourne mother of three children herself. When her sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, necessitating removing her ovaries, Rachel volunteered to carry for her. Another of Rachel’s sisters provided the eggs. Rachel will discuss the ups and downs of her journey, including what support she and her ‘team’ received from IVF clinics and birth hospitals and what is needed to better support Australian surrogates.
Lilly Frost is the Program Director of Surrogacy & My Donor Cycle. Herself an egg donor, Lilly pioneered the idea of inter-agency donor sharing. Lilly helped found the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation in Surrogacy to encourage self-regulation in ART while respecting and valuing the donors and surrogates. Based in San Diego, Lilly now runs a US/Mexico hybrid program, utilising Mexican surrogates with work/visitor visas who reside in San Diego for the last 2-3 months of pregnancy. IVF processes occur in Cancun
Rita has 25 years experience as a psychologist and 22 years experience working in IVF settings. She is the Manager of Monash IVF Counselling Services. Rita maintains a special interest in female and male reproductive health and reproductive grief and loss. Currently primarily involved in providing counselling and assessment for surrogacy and complex donor cases for local and overseas recipients. She is a member of Fertility Society of Australia, Australian New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association, Australian Psychological Society, the APS and the College of Counselling Psychologists
Sarah Jefford is a family and surrogacy lawyer working from Melbourne. Sarah has personal experience of infertility and IVF, has since become an egg donor and is now a traditional surrogate. In 2017, Sarah published the Australian Surrogacy Handbook to assist people to understand the surrogacy laws in Australia.
Charmaine is 33 years old and moved to Brisbane from Nz 10 years ago. She has four children of her own and one son who’s no longer with us. Charmaine has wanted to be a surrogate from the age of 15 and when she lost her son it made the urge to help others even stronger. She has been on this adventure for 4 years now and in that time experienced 8 transfers and three miscarriages. The 8th transfer was the magic one and Charmaine is now 19 and half weeks pregnant with surro bubs