• 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 available from $15

Sydney        Sat 7th October 2017   3.00pm – 6.45pm, CQ University, Street level, 400 Kent St, Sydney

Melbourne Sun 8th October 2017  3.00pm – 6.45pm, Amora Hotel Riverwalk, 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond

Adelaide     Mon 9th October 2017  6.00pm – 9.00pm , Loft Space, Minor Works Building, 22 Stamford Ct, Adelaide

Perth         Tues 10th October 2017 Perth 6.00pm – 9.45pm Metro Hotel, 61 Canning Highway, South Perth

Brisbane     Wed 11th October 2017 5.45pm – 9.00pm, BlueRoom Cinebar,  151 Baroona Road, Rosalie

 

 

Icon Australian Seminar Series Sat 7th October 2017
Program
Timing Description

Update on Surrogacy Landscape & Considerations

A session to set your expectations of costs, success rates, surrogate screening and care. Covers US, Canada, Australia, Ukraine & Greece, as well as considerations around egg donors, eligibility for citizenship, passports and implications of the recent Family Court decision on legal parentage

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Deciding On an IVF Clinic

How to interpret  clinic success rates, understanding the importance of embryology, IVF clinic donors, and what to budget in regard to IVF, donors and associated costs. Also discusses the possibilities & limitations in regard to embryo shipping.

Erez Baron Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

Parent Panel
Local parents who successfully engaged in surrogacy in Australia, Canada, US and Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A
Moderator: Sam Everingham
Panellists: Kevin & Peter (used US), Trevor Dando (used Ukraine), Miranda Hill (Used Australia) Andy Leonard (used Canada)

Looking After the Needs of Surrogates & IPs

Megan Hall can call herself an expert in understanding the needs of both surrogates and intended parents. She has been a Gestational Surrogate for  three  families and now runs a successful surrogacy agency in Oregon, USA. Oregon is an example of a US state with no statutes specifically addressing surrogacy and yet surrogacy is flourishing there. Oregon courts will issue pre-birth parentage orders for both heterosexual and gay intended parents. Megan will share her advice on what makes a good surrogate/intended parent match, the availability of traditional and gestational surrogacy and how to ensure your surrogacy journey is as hassle free as possible.

Megan Hall, Surro Connections, Oregon, USA

Assessing Embryo Quality

Embryology is a medical speciality poorly understood by most patients. IVF industry marketing assures patients that ‘healthy, normal’ embryos will be transferred but what can and cant they guarantee? What makes some embryos stronger than others; What is pre-implantation genetic testing?   Can it improve embryo implantation rates? What can and cant it pick up? When to invest in it?

Dr Liz Butler, Life Fertility, Queensland

 

Surrogate Panel

A panel of local & US surrogates who have completed journeys discuss how they decided on the Intended Parents to carry for, their experience of counselling, IVF and legal processes, professional support as well as relationships with intended parents and their own families

Moderator: Shannon Garner

Panelists: Amelia Seymour (Aust), Cassie Lake (Aust), Stacie Ludlow (US) Elisha Smith (Aust)

Drinks & Networking

IconAustralian Seminar Series Sun 8th October 2017
Program
Timing Description

Update on Surrogacy Landscape & Considerations

A session to set your expectations of costs, success rates, surrogate screening and care. Covers US, Canada, Australia, Ukraine & Greece, as well as considerations around egg donors, eligibility for citizenship, passports and implications of the recent Family Court decision on legal parentage

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Deciding On an IVF Clinic

How to interpret  clinic success rates, understanding the importance of embryology, IVF clinic donors, and what to budget in regard to IVF, donors and associated costs. Also discusses the possibilities & limitations in regard to embryo shipping.

Erez Baron Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

 

Parent Panel

Local parents who successfully engaged in surrogacy in Australia, Canada, US and Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Kevin & Peter (used US), Janet Giddings (used Ukraine), Andy Brough (used Australia), Andy Leonard (used Canada)

Looking After the Needs of Surrogates & IPs

Megan Hall can call herself an expert in understanding the needs of both surrogates and intended parents. She has been a Gestational Surrogate for  three  families and now runs a successful surrogacy agency in Oregon, USA. Oregon is an example of a US state with no statutes specifically addressing surrogacy and yet surrogacy is flourishing there. Oregon courts will issue pre-birth parentage orders for both heterosexual and gay intended parents. Megan will share her advice on what makes a good surrogate/intended parent match, the availability of traditional and gestational surrogacy and how to ensure your surrogacy journey is as hassle free as possible.

Megan Hall, Surro Connections, Oregon, USA

Assessing Embryo Quality

Embryology is a medical speciality poorly understood by most patients. IVF industry marketing assures patients that ‘healthy, normal’ embryos will be transferred but what can and cant they guarantee? What makes some embryos stronger than others; What is pre-implantation genetic testing?   Can it improve embryo implantation rates? What can and cant it pick up? When to invest in it?

Dr Liz Butler, Life Fertility, Queensland

 

Surrogate Panel

A panel of local & US surrogates who have completed journeys discuss how they decided on the Intended Parents to carry for, their experience of counselling, IVF and legal processes, professional support as well as relationships with intended parents and their own families

Moderator: Renee Golland

Panelists: Rhiannon Stevens (Aust), Stacie Ludlow (US) , Bec Marshall (Aust) Carla Pincombe (Aust)

Drinks & Networking

IconAustralian Seminar Series Mon 9th October 2017
Program
Timing Description

Update on Surrogacy Landscape & Considerations

A session to set your expectations of costs, success rates, surrogate screening and care. Covers US, Canada, Australia, Ukraine & Greece, as well as considerations around egg donors, eligibility for citizenship, passports and implications of the recent Family Court decision on legal parentage

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Assessing Embryo Quality

Embryology is a medical speciality poorly understood by most patients. IVF industry marketing assures patients that ‘healthy, normal’ embryos will be transferred but what can and cant they guarantee? What makes some embryos stronger than others; What is pre-implantation genetic testing?   Can it improve embryo implantation rates? What can and cant it pick up? When to invest in it?

Dr Liz Butler, Life Fertility, Queensland

 

Assessing Embryo Quality

Embryology is a medical speciality poorly understood by most patients. IVF industry marketing assures patients that ‘healthy, normal’ embryos will be transferred but what can and cant they guarantee? What makes some embryos stronger than others; What is pre-implantation genetic testing?   Can it improve embryo implantation rates? What can and cant it pick up? When to invest in it?

Dr Liz Butler, Life Fertility, QLD

Parent Panel

Australian parents  who engaged in surrogacy in Australia, Canada and Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Kyla Booth

Panelists: David Sandberg (used Aust), Alison Jennings (used Aust) Trevor Dando (used Ukraine), Andy Leonard (used Canada)

Surrogacy In Ukraine – Your Questions Answered

Lotus Surrogacy now has over 40  Australians in their Ukraine surrogacy program, as well as several births to Australians. Lawyer Dana Magdassi runs this successful program and will provide on overview of how surrogacy works in Ukraine, how surrogates are screened and cared for during pregnancy attempts and pregnancies.

Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy

Surrogate Panel

A panel of Australian surrogates discuss what motivates them to help others with such an extraordinary gift, what they look for in a ‘match’ when it comes to intended parents and what they’ve learned along the way.

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Shavone Schedewy, Anna McKie

Drinks & Networking

IconAustralian Seminar Series Tues 10th October 2017
Program
Timing Description

Update on Surrogacy Landscape & Considerations

A session to set your expectations of costs, success rates, surrogate screening and care. Covers US, Canada, Australia, Ukraine & Greece, as well as considerations around egg donors, eligibility for citizenship, passports and implications of the recent Family Court decision on legal parentage

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Deciding On an IVF Clinic

How to interpret  clinic success rates, understanding the importance of embryology, IVF clinic donors, and what to budget in regard to IVF, donors and associated costs. Also discusses the possibilities & limitations in regard to embryo shipping.

Erez Baron, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

Parent Panel

Local parents who successfully engaged in surrogacy in Australia, Canada, US and Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Greg Chang (used US); Angela Davey (used Aust); Trevor Dando (used Ukraine) Michael Thomas (used Canada)

Looking After the Needs of Surrogates & IPs

Megan Hall can call herself an expert in understanding the needs of both surrogates and intended parents. She has been a Gestational Surrogate for  three  families and now runs a successful surrogacy agency in Oregon, USA. Oregon is an example of a US state with no statutes specifically addressing surrogacy and yet surrogacy is flourishing there. Oregon courts will issue pre-birth parentage orders for both heterosexual and gay intended parents. Megan will share her advice on what makes a good surrogate/intended parent match, the availability of traditional and gestational surrogacy and how to ensure your surrogacy journey is as hassle free as possible.

Megan Hall, Surro Connections, Oregon, USA

Assessing Embryo Quality

Embryology is a medical speciality poorly understood by most patients. IVF industry marketing assures patients that ‘healthy, normal’ embryos will be transferred but what can and cant they guarantee? What makes some embryos stronger than others; What is pre-implantation genetic testing?   Can it improve embryo implantation rates? What can and cant it pick up? When to invest in it?

Dr Liz Butler, Life Fertility, Queensland

Surrogate Panel

A panel of local & US surrogates who have completed journeys discuss how they decided on the Intended Parents to carry for, their experience of counselling, IVF and legal processes, professional support as well as relationships with intended parents and their own families

Moderator: tbc

Panelists: Hayley Christidis (Aust), Stacie Ludlow (US); tbc

Drinks & Networking

IconAustralian Seminar Series Wed 11th October 2017
Program
Timing Description

Drinks & Networking

Update on Surrogacy Landscape & Considerations

A session to set your expectations of costs, success rates, surrogate screening and care. Covers US, Canada, Australia, Ukraine & Greece, as well as considerations around egg donors, eligibility for citizenship, passports and implications of the recent Family Court decision on legal parentage

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Deciding On an IVF Clinic

How to interpret  clinic success rates, understanding the importance of embryology, IVF clinic donors, and what to budget in regard to IVF, donors and associated costs. Also discusses the possibilities & limitations in regard to embryo shipping.

Erez Baron, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

Parent Panel

Australian parents who successfully engaged in surrogacy in Australia, Canada, US and Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Ben Warner

Panellists: Jillian Pearl (used Aust); Trevor Dando (used Ukraine); tbc (used US), Andy Leonard (used Canada)

Looking After the Needs of Surrogates & IPs

Megan Hall can call herself an expert in understanding the needs of both surrogates and intended parents. She has been a Gestational Surrogate for  three  families and now runs a successful surrogacy agency in Oregon, USA. Oregon is an example of a US state with no statutes specifically addressing surrogacy and yet surrogacy is flourishing there. Oregon courts will issue pre-birth parentage orders for both heterosexual and gay intended parents. Megan will share her advice on what makes a good surrogate/intended parent match, the availability of traditional and gestational surrogacy and how to ensure your surrogacy journey is as hassle free as possible.

Megan Hall, Surro Connections, Oregon, USA

Assessing Embryo Quality

Embryology is a medical speciality poorly understood by most patients. IVF industry marketing assures patients that ‘healthy, normal’ embryos will be transferred but what can and cant they guarantee? What makes some embryos stronger than others; What is pre-implantation genetic testing?   Can it improve embryo implantation rates? What can and cant it pick up? When to invest in it?

Dr Liz Butler, Life Fertility, Queensland

Surrogate Panel

A panel of local & US surrogates who have completed journeys discuss how they decided on the Intended Parents to carry for, their experience of counselling, IVF and legal processes, professional support as well as relationships with intended parents and their own families

Moderator: Rachel Kunde

Panelists: Charmain Staal (Aust), Mel Holman (Aust), Stacie Ludlow (US)

Drinks and Networking