FTS third Dublin conference was a friendly, supportive and informative annual event to assist prospective parents, whether heterosexual or gay, singles or couples. The one day event focuses on parents own surrogacy journeys, as well as expert sessions on the medical, legal, logistics and psychological considerations of surrogacy in destinations popular with Irish – the US & Ukraine Also provide insights regarding surrogacy in Ireland and Canada.
Venue: Croke Park Stadium
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
What are the key steps required in surrogacy arrangements? What options are available? What risks and considerations do you need to plan for upfront? How can you calculate budgets and chances of success?
Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy
Oregon Reproductive Medicine does a huge amount of surrogacy-related IVF each year, so one of their most senior reproductive endocrinolgists is perfectly positioned to walk you through some essential issues for consideration in this most important component
Dr Elizabeth Barbieri, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA
You are asking much of your surrogate, so ensuring you have strong embryos to implant is crucial. Whether you are using your own or donor eggs, this session will clarify the factors that affect egg & sperm quality and what you and your team can do to give you best chances of success.
Dr Guy Ringler, California Fertility Partners, USA
What hidden costs and additional costs should you expect;
Louise Riding, Ilaya Clinic, Ukraine
Ireland’s draft Irish AHR Bill designed to allow domestic surrogacy in Ireland obstructs rather than facilitates access, through a ban on traditional surrogacy, restrictions on expense payments, bans on advertising for a surrogate and a clunky route to legal parentage. Dr Brian Tobin tackles what needs re-drafting.
Dr Brian Tobin, Law Lecturer, NUI Galway
Coming to Terms with Not Carrying Your Own Child
Not being able to carry your own child is commonly associated with feelings of grief and loss for women. This session addresses tools to help you come to terms with infertility
Roisin Venables, Infertility Counsellors Association
IVF clinic are increasingly offering a vast array of add-ons such as Pre-genetic testing, scratch tests, embryo ‘glue’ to regular IVF. But is there evidence that these provide any added benefit? An expert cuts through to provide the facts
Dr Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Center, USA
A Seven Step Plan
Tracy Horan, D’Arcy Horan, Ireland
Legal Documentation following Surrogacy
Paula Mahan, California, Fiona Duffy, Ireland, Steve Snyder, Minnesota
Based on research with Irish gay dads, this talk summaries how gay men form their families, access support and integrate their “gay” and “father” identities.
Dr Conn Dorai-Raj, Trinity College, University of Dublin