• 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

     

FTS hosted its 4th European Consumer Conference on Surrogacy Options in London on 11 March 2017. Presentations from the event are provided below

UK Consumer Conference

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Conference
Timing Description

Legal Issues for UK Citizens – Louisa Ghevaert (Click to view)

An eminently practical layman’s guide to how surrogacy and the law interact for UK citizens, mixed citizenship couples and foreigners resident in the UK. This session will give you a better understanding of the latest developments in UK law and how they affect legal parentage for gay, heterosexual, single and couple arrangements. Also covers issues around informed consent for donors, surrogates and the rights of the unborn child.

Louisa Ghevaert, Michelmores Solicitors, UK 

Understanding IVF Processes in Surrogacy – San Diego Fert Center 

Covers key terms and processes you should understand to help you make the right decisions about egg donors and surrogate preparation. What’s a blastocyst – when & why are they frozen? What is genetic counselling and who needs it? Twin rates, risk factors for prematurity,

Dr Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Center, USA

Best Practice in Surrogacy Arrangements – Center for Surrogate Parenting (Click to view)

In a world where many countries are struggling with the demand for surrogacy, what can the long-standing Californian model teach us about ideal surrogacy practice? Covers everything from psychological screening and matching of surrogates, expenses management, pre-birth transfer of parentage, levels of regulation, birth certificates and citizenship.

Karen Synesiou, Center for Surrogate Parenting, California

IVF Choices – The Patient Perspective (Click to view)
Fresh or Frozen? PGD Testing or no PGD Testing? Gender Selection? These are just some of the important treatment decisions IPs may need to make. Hear one parents experience with these important questions and how the answers shaped his surrogacy journey.

Craig Reisser, International Patient Co-ordinator, Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Overview of Surrogacy Options (Click to view)

Provides an overview of current options, baseline costs, surrogacy wait times, legal status and hybrid programs

Sam Everingham Families Through Surrogacy

Important Factors in Egg Donor Selection (Click to view)

Dr Guy Ringler, California Fertility Partners, USA

Surrogacy in Ukraine  (Click to view)

Georgia and particularly Ukraine have laws supporting surrogacy for heterosexual foreigners and have greatly expanded their capacity in the last year as Asian countries have closed. But how accepted is surrogacy in Eastern Europe; how are surrogates screened and cared for; what legal protections are in place; what sort of relationships can IPs expect?

Anastasia Aleksandrova, BioTexCom, Ukraine

Embryo Testing & Transfer  (Click to view)

No-one can guarantee a pregnancy will lead to a healthy birth, but when there is so much emotional and financial investment involved, understanding how to increase your success rates is vital. So what tools are available to assess embryo quality? When is pre-genetic testing of embryos relevant? What are the pros and cons?

Dr Clifford Librach, Create IVF, Canada