• 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

Venue: Elite Palace Hotel, 12 August, St Eriksgatan 115, Stockholm, Sweden

Start time: 9.00am. Concludes: 17.30pm

About: The Nordic region’s first alternative parenting conference focused on best practice in surrogacy. Run by a committee of Swedish parents via surrogacy, sessions will cover the logistics, risks and practicalities of surrogacy in Ukraine, Greece, US and Canada for heterosexual and gay intended parents. Speakers will include parents, IVF clinics, lawyers and surrogacy agency professionals.

For any questions, email sam@familiesthrusurrogacy.com or call Swedish committee member Markus on 0737314247

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Timing Description


Surrogacy Options – Choosing a Country

A number of destinations once popular for surrogacy have closed, but many reliable options remain. this provides an introduction to available destination countries, legal frameworks,  cost differences & rationale for these, the pluses and minuses of different destinations

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Surrogacy Journeys – What To Expect

What decisions need to be made and in what order? What steps are critical? What timelines should you expect? Provides a practical guide to help set and manage expectations. Useful do’s and donts, project management tips


Understanding IVF Processes in Surrogacy – The Basics

Understanding the medical stages of pregnancy & what test results o expect at each is important. Intended parents also need to know what are the risks of miscarriage and how to increase success rates. So what tools are available to assess embryo quality? When is pre-genetic testing of embryos relevant? How does blastocyst culturing help? What should you expect in terms of fall off from early embryo to blastocyst stage.

Dr Melvin Thornton, CT Fertility

Morning Tea & Networking

IVF Choices: A parents experience

Fresh or Frozen? Single or multiple embryo transfer – what are the risks? Gender Selection? These are just some of the important treatment decisions IPs may need to make.  Here one parents experience with these important questions and how the answers shaped his Surrogacy Journey.

Craig Reisser, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

Altruistic Surrogacy in Canada

How can foreigners engage? Which Canadian provinces allow foreigners? What are the pros and cons of Canada? Limitations on surrogate recruitment, wait times to match with a surrogate, What can you expect from agencies and lawyers? How long is the exit process?

Nir Keren, Babies Come True, Canada Alex McNab, Moe Hannah lawyers, Canada

Surrogate screening practices

Compares screening processes globally. How important is it? and why do these differ? Which countries use psychological testing instruments? How standardised are these? What proportion of potential surrogates who apply are accepted? Why does this differ?

Kathryn Kaycoff, Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Shirley Voshol, Mediterranean Fertility Institute

Common Questions Regarding Cross-Border Surrogacy

Ilaya Clinic, Ukraine



Choosing Surrogacy Providers

It’s one of your most important decisions, but what criteria are important in deciding on surrogacy service providers? How do you get reliable feedback from past clients? How reliable are client testimonials? What services should you expect? What services are not provided?

Moderator: Tanya Horowitz

Panelists: Steve Snyder, IARC, Wendy Wilson-Miller, Gifted Journeys, Carolina Rosen 

Important Factors in Choosing An Egg Donor

Discusses what egg donor characteristics best predict success in regards to third party reproduction; how do US IVF clinics screen and manage donors; what medical considerations are relevant; issues in relation to bringing your own donor

Elias Tsakos, EmbryoClinic, Greece

Surrogacy Options in Ukraine

Surrogacy professionals from Sweden and Israel with expertise in Ukraine surrogacy discuss the options, legal issues, exit processes and practicalities

Eduardo Afonso, Tammuz Family, Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy

Progressing Access to Domestic Surrogacy

Sweden’s National Council on Medical Ethics said altruistic surrogacy should be permitted, yet the Swedish task force examining surrogacy recommended in Feb 2016 that no types of surrogacy be allowed. Can governments really prevent surrogacy arrangements? This session summarises the latest developments

Oscar Kjelberg, Karin Swanborg-Sjovall


Parent Panel

In-depth discussion & Q&A with parents detailing what to expect – processes, costs, potential risks, what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles with parents via US, Ukraine, Mexico & Canada

Tanya Horowitz (US), Morgan Nordberg (used Mexico) Robert Holmgren (used Canada)

Legal Issues for Swedish Citizens & Other Nationalities

Do you need legal advice in your home country before engaging in surrogacy? Are surrogacy contracts legally binding in the US? What US legal processes should you budget for in relation to your surrogate and yourself? What legal recognition do parents via surrogacy have in the US? How long do the in-country legal processes take? What about in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland? Do you need to adopt children born via surrogacy? This session answers many of these questions

Staffan Sorenson, Napoleon Legal (Sweden), Frank Pedersen, University of Southern Denmark, Lesa Slaughter, The Fertility law Firm, California

Trends in Multi-national surrogacy

The logistics, legal issues, pros and cons of ‘hybrid’ surrogacy arrangements in US/Mexico, US/India  and Cyprus

Lily Frost, Expecting Surrogacy, Roy Rosenblatt Nir , Tammuz Family

Surrogate Perspectives

US & Canadian surrogates join a unique panel to discuss their motivations, lives and dispel some of the myths around exploitation and informed consent

Megan Hall (Oregon, US), Stacie (Oregon, US), Nadine Burger (Canada)

Drinks Function & Networking