• Surrogacy Experts from around the world

     
  • Families Through Surrogacy is a non-profit organisation

     
  • Run by parents for intended parents

     
  • We hold annual conferences to promote best-practice surrogacy

     
  • Meet and network with surrogates and intended parents

     

Unbiased Advice and Insight from Parents & Professionals

Seminar tickets $40 + GST

Six city seminar series, taking in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide

Parent panels, surrogate talks, expert presentations featuring experts on surrogacy from Australia, the US, Canada, Ukraine & (for the first time) Russia

City Date Location & Address
Canberra Tuesday 13th November Statesman Hotel, 14 Theodore Street, Curtin
Melbourne Wednesday 14 November Amora Hotel Riverwalk, 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond
Adelaide Thursday 15th November Rydges Hotel, 1 South Terrace, Adelaide
Perth Friday 16th November Uniting Care West, 16 Sunbury Road, Victoria Park
Brisbane Sunday 18th November Best Western Plus Hotel Diana, 12 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba
Sydney Tuesday 20th November Norths, 12 Abbott St Cammeray

Australian Seminar Series Nov 2018

IconCanberra Tuesday 13th November 2018
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Options & Success Rates

Provides the latest updates on surrogacy support in Australian and offshore, data on where Australians and New Zealanders are engaging in surrogacy and factors affecting success rates.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

Understanding IVF Processes in Surrogacy – The Basics

How long does it take; how does the IVF process work; what medical factors do you need to know; how to make informed choices; how to have a smooth and successful journey.  A session designed to provide a solid foundation for planning.

Craig Reisser, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

 

Legal Issues for Australians in Surrogacy

This session details issues to consider in regard to surrogacy agreements, birth certificates, legal parentage, wills and legal considerations in cross-border arrangements for those considering domestic and international surrogacy.

Alfonso Layson & Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan Family lawyers

 

Surrogacy in Russia

Who is eligible? What are the laws? What experience does Russia have of surrogacy? What are the IVF success rates? What kind of women become surrogates? In what cities is surrogacy available. Fertility specialist Diana Obidniak from Russia’s oldest private IVF  clinic provides an overview

Dr Diana Obidniak, Ava-Peter Clinic, St Petersburg

 

Surrogacy in Canada 

What motivates altruistic surrogates?  What are their journeys like? A small number of Canadian ‘agencies’ work in this area. A powerful documentary illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes of Canadian surrogacy

 

Surrogate Matching

Surrogacy Australia is launching a new program to assist in screening and matching both intended parents and surrogates for altruistic surrogacy. One of our planning team explains the program and what is involved

Felicity Kennedy, Board member, Surrogacy Australia

 

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy in Australia, US, Canada or Ukraine (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Felicity Kennedy (via US) Kristy Green (used Australia) Kate Wigg (via Aust)

 

Surrogate Experiences

In the absence of agency support, Australian surrogacy can be tough on the surrogate and her own family, as well as intended parents. Hormones, family demands and endless appointments can affect everyone’s emotions. In this session an ACT surrogate shares her own experience of carrying altruistically.

Jenny Haling

IconMelbourne Wednesday 14 November 2018
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Options & Success Rates

Provides the latest updates on surrogacy support in Australian and offshore, data on where Australians and New Zealanders are engaging in surrogacy and factors affecting success rates.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

Understanding IVF Processes in Surrogacy – The Basics

How long does it take; how does the IVF process work; what medical factors do you need to know; how to make informed choices; how to have a smooth and successful journey.  A session designed to provide a solid foundation for planning.

Craig Reisser, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

 

Legal Issues for Australians in Surrogacy

This session details issues to consider in regard to surrogacy agreements, birth certificates, legal parentage, wills and legal considerations in cross-border arrangements for those considering domestic and international surrogacy.

Alfonso Layson, Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers

 

Breaking the Myths about Surrogacy in Canada 

Countries like Greece, Canada & UK allow only altruistic surrogacy. How does this differ from commercial surrogacy? What motivates altruistic surrogates? What are the limitations and rules around access for Scandinavians ? A small number of Canadian ‘agencies’ work in this area. Nir Keren illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes through new excerpts from a detailed Canadian documentary

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

 

Surrogacy in Russia

Who is eligible? What are the laws? What experience does Russia have of surrogacy? What are the IVF success rates? What kind of women become surrogates? In what cities is surrogacy available. Fertility specialist Diana Obidniak from Russia’s oldest private IVF  clinic provides an overview

Dr Diana Obidniak, Ava-Peter Clinic, St Petersburg

 

Australians Engaging in Ukraine – An Update

Lotus Surrogacy has by far the largest share of Australians using Ukraine, with over 50 active cases and over 30 births. This session provides an update on how Australians are engaging there, including the proportion using donors vs self-cycle vs shipped embryos, average number of transfers for success, and what to expect in regard to birth and exit processes

Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy, Ukraine

 

 

DNA Testing for Australian Citizenship Purposes

It’s a necessity when undertaking surrogacy in countries like Ukraine, Georgia and Russia. Identilab are an Australian leader in DNA testing and specialise in surrogacy-related cases. Kate talks through the best way to streamline testing to meet the requirements of Australian citizenship processes

Kate Pippia, Identilab

 

DRINKS, FOOD & NETWORKING

 

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy in Australia, US, Canada, Greece or Ukraine (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Peter Gaunt (Dad via US), Glenn Trainor (Dad via Australia), Renee Wilson (via Ukraine), Rachel Musto (via Canada) Clarissa Forster (mum via Greece)

 

Surrogate Experiences

In the absence of agency support, Australian surrogacy can be tough on the surrogate and her own family, as well as intended parents. Hormones, family demands and endless appointments can affect everyone’s emotions. In this session a surrogate shares her own experiences of carrying altruistically.

Emmy Gwynne, Melb surrogate

IconAdelaide Thursday 15th November 2018
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Options & Success Rates

Provides the latest updates on surrogacy support in Australian and offshore, data on where Australians and New Zealanders are engaging in surrogacy and factors affecting success rates.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

Breaking the Myths about Surrogacy in Canada 

Countries like Greece, Canada & UK allow only altruistic surrogacy. How does this differ from commercial surrogacy? What motivates altruistic surrogates? What are the limitations and rules around access for Scandinavians ? A small number of Canadian ‘agencies’ work in this area. Nir Keren illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes through new excerpts from a detailed Canadian documentary

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Legal Issues for Australians in Surrogacy

This session details issues to consider in regard to surrogacy agreements, birth certificates, legal parentage, wills and legal considerations in cross-border arrangements for those considering domestic and international surrogacy.

Aboorva Sundar, Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers

 

Surrogacy in Russia

Who is eligible? What are the laws? What experience does Russia have of surrogacy? What are the IVF success rates? What kind of women become surrogates? In what cities is surrogacy available. Fertility specialist Diana Obidniak from Russia’s oldest private IVF  clinic provides an overview

Dr Diana Obidniak, Ava-Peter Clinic, St Petersburg

 

Surrogate Matching

Surrogacy Australia is launching a new program to assist in screening and matching both intended parents and surrogates for altruistic surrogacy. Anna McKie, Surrogacy’Australia’s Support Manager, explains the program and what is involved

Anna McKie, Surrogacy Australia

 

 

Australians Engaging in Ukraine – An Update

Lotus Surrogacy has by far the largest share of Australians using Ukraine, with over 50 active cases and over 30 births. This session provides an update on how Australians are engaging there, including the proportion using donors vs self-cycle vs shipped embryos, average number of transfers for success, and what to expect in regard to birth and exit processes

Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy, Ukraine

 

 

FOOD, DRINKS & NETWORKING

 

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy in Australia, US, Canada or Ukraine (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Christabel Dundon (used Aust), John Thompson (using Ukraine) Agatha Labrinidis (used Ukraine) + 1 more

 

Surrogate Experiences

In the absence of agency support, Australian surrogacy can be tough on the surrogate and her own family, as well as intended parents. Hormones, family demands and endless appointments can affect everyone’s emotions. In this session an Adelaide surrogate shares her own experiences of carrying altruistically.

 

IconPerth Friday 16th November 2018
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Options & Success Rates

Provides the latest updates on surrogacy support in Australian and offshore, data on where Australians and New Zealanders are engaging in surrogacy and factors affecting success rates.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

Understanding IVF Processes in Surrogacy – The Basics

How long does it take; how does the IVF process work; what medical factors do you need to know; how to make informed choices; how to have a smooth and successful journey.  A session designed to provide a solid foundation for planning.

Craig Reisser, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

 

Legal Issues for Australians in Surrogacy

This session details issues to consider in regard to surrogacy agreements, birth certificates, legal parentage, wills and legal considerations in cross-border arrangements for those considering domestic and international surrogacy.

Alfonso Layson, Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers

 

Breaking the Myths about Surrogacy in Canada 

Countries like Greece, Canada & UK allow only altruistic surrogacy. How does this differ from commercial surrogacy? What motivates altruistic surrogates? What are the limitations and rules around access for Scandinavians ? A small number of Canadian ‘agencies’ work in this area. Nir Keren illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes through new excerpts from a detailed Canadian documentary

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

 

Surrogacy in Russia

Who is eligible? What are the laws? What experience does Russia have of surrogacy? What are the IVF success rates? What kind of women become surrogates? In what cities is surrogacy available. Fertility specialist Diana Obidniak from Russia’s oldest private IVF  clinic provides an overview

Dr Diana Obidniak, Ava-Peter Clinic, St Petersburg

 

Australians Engaging in Ukraine – An Update

Lotus Surrogacy has by far the largest share of Australians using Ukraine, with over 50 active cases and over 30 births. This session provides an update on how Australians are engaging there, including the proportion using donors vs self-cycle vs shipped embryos, average number of transfers for success, and what to expect in regard to birth and exit processes

Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy, Ukraine

 

 

DRINKS, FOOD & NETWORKING

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy in Australia, US, Canada or Ukraine (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Hayley Heath

Panellists: Greg Chang (Dad via US), Michael Thomas (Dad via Canada), Ellenor Mak (via Ukraine), tbc (via Australia)

 

Surrogate Experiences

In the absence of agency support, Australian surrogacy can be tough on the surrogate and her own family, as well as intended parents. Hormones, family demands and endless appointments can affect everyone’s emotions. In this session a surrogate shares her own experience of carrying altruistically.

Michelle Griffin

IconBrisbane Sunday 18th November 2018
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Options & Success Rates

Provides the latest updates on surrogacy support in Australian and offshore, data on where Australians and New Zealanders are engaging in surrogacy and factors affecting success rates.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

Understanding IVF Processes in Surrogacy – The Basics

How long does it take; how does the IVF process work; what medical factors do you need to know; how to make informed choices; how to have a smooth and successful journey.  A session designed to provide a solid foundation for planning.

Craig Reisser, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

 

Legal Issues for Australians in Surrogacy

This session details issues to consider in regard to surrogacy agreements, birth certificates, legal parentage, wills and legal considerations in cross-border arrangements for those considering domestic and international surrogacy.

Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan Lawyers

 

Breaking the Myths about Surrogacy in Canada 

Countries like Greece, Canada & UK allow only altruistic surrogacy. How does this differ from commercial surrogacy? What motivates altruistic surrogates? What are the limitations and rules around access for Scandinavians ? A small number of Canadian ‘agencies’ work in this area. Nir Keren illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes through new excerpts from a detailed Canadian documentary

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

 

TBC

 

 

Surrogacy in Russia

Who is eligible? What are the laws? What experience does Russia have of surrogacy? What are the IVF success rates? What kind of women become surrogates? In what cities is surrogacy available. Fertility specialist Diana Obidniak from Russia’s oldest private IVF  clinic provides an overview

Dr Diana Obidniak, Ava-Peter Clinic, St Petersburg

 

DNA Testing for Australian Citizenship Purposes

It’s a necessity when undertaking surrogacy in countries like Ukraine, Georgia and Russia. Identilab are an Australian leader in DNA testing and specialise in surrogacy-related cases. Kate talks through the best way to streamline testing to meet the requirements of Australian citizenship processes

Kate Pippia, Identilab

 

 

AFTERNOON TEA & NETWORKING

 

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy in Australia, US, Canada or Ukraine (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists:  David Cocks (Dad via US), Jesse Zischke (via Australia), Olivia Whan (via Ukraine), Kyle Stewart (via Canada)

 

Surrogate Experiences

In the absence of agency support, Australian surrogacy can be tough on the surrogate and her own family, as well as intended parents. Hormones, family demands and endless appointments can affect everyone’s emotions. In this session surrogates share their own experiences of carrying altruistically.

Susan Gambale, AUS surrogate

 

IconSydney Tuesday 20th November 2018
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Options & Success Rates

Provides the latest updates on surrogacy support in Australian and offshore, data on where Australians and New Zealanders are engaging in surrogacy and factors affecting success rates.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

Understanding IVF Processes in Surrogacy – The Basics

How long does it take; how does the IVF process work; what medical factors do you need to know; how to make informed choices; how to have a smooth and successful journey.  A session designed to provide a solid foundation for planning.

Craig Reisser, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

 

Legal Issues for Australians in Surrogacy

This session details issues to consider in regard to surrogacy agreements, birth certificates, legal parentage, wills and legal considerations in cross-border arrangements for those considering domestic and international surrogacy.

Alfonso Layson & Aboorva Sundar, Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers

 

 

Surrogacy in Russia

Who is eligible? What are the laws? What experience does Russia have of surrogacy? What are the IVF success rates? What kind of women become surrogates? In what cities is surrogacy available. Fertility specialist Diana Obidniak from Russia’s oldest private IVF  clinic provides an overview

Dr Diana Obidniak, Ava-Peter Clinic, St Petersburg

 

Australians Engaging in Ukraine – An Update

Lotus Surrogacy has by far the largest share of Australians using Ukraine, with over 50 active cases and over 30 births. This session provides an update on how Australians are engaging there, including the proportion using donors vs self-cycle vs shipped embryos, average number of transfers for success, and what to expect in regard to birth and exit processes

Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy, Ukraine

Breaking the Myths about Surrogacy in Canada 

Countries like Greece, Canada & UK allow only altruistic surrogacy. How does this differ from commercial surrogacy? What motivates altruistic surrogates? What are the limitations and rules around access for Scandinavians ? A small number of Canadian ‘agencies’ work in this area. Nir Keren illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes through new excerpts from a detailed Canadian documentary

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

DNA Testing for Australian Citizenship Purposes

It’s a necessity when undertaking surrogacy in countries like Ukraine, Georgia and Russia. Identilab are an Australian leader in DNA testing and specialise in surrogacy-related cases. Kate talks through the best way to streamline testing to meet the requirements of Australian citizenship processes

Kate Pippia, Identilab

DRINKS, FOOD & NETWORKING

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy in Australia, US or Canada (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Peter Gaunt (Dad via US),  Frances Green  (via Australia), tbc (via Ukraine), Brett Galvin (via Canada)

Surrogate Experiences

In the absence of agency support, Australian surrogacy can be tough on the surrogate and her own family, as well as intended parents. Hormones, family demands and endless appointments can affect everyone’s emotions. In this session surrogates share their own experiences of carrying altruistically.

Marnie McIntyre