• Surrogacy Experts from around the world

     
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Advice and Insight from Parents, Surrogates & Professionals

Seminar Tickets available from GBP 10

Seminar series for current and prospective parents and surrogates to network and learn more about options in the UK, US, Canada, Ukraine & elsewhere. Parent and surrogate panels a feature.

Wed 22 Nov 2017, 6.00pm – 9.30pm: Maldron Hotel, 98-107 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Thur 23 Nov 2017, 6.00pm – 9.30pm: Park Inn, 4 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester,

Sat 25 Nov 2017, 2.30pm – 6.00pm: Hyatt Regency, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham

Sun 26 Nov 2017, 2.30pm – 6.00pm: Washington Mayfair Hotel, 5 Curzon St, Mayfair, London W1J 5HE

UK/IRELAND PROGRAM

IconDublin Surrogacy Seminar 22 Nov 2017
Program
Timing Description

Overview of Surrogacy Options

Explores the legal, cost, eligibility and timeline issues for surrogacy destinations globally, including hybrid programs and options for detailed advice.

Neil McDonagh 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.

Dr Melvin Thornton CT Fertility

Parent  Panel

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

Dublin: Mark Riseley (used Ukraine), Kevin Vaughan (used Canada)

Manchester: Johnny Nash (used US), Neil McDonagh (UK – independent), tbc (used Canada)

 

DRINKS BREAK

Surrogate –IP Matching

Circle Surrogacy has been matching intended parents and surrogates for decades and their experience shows in the relationships that develop.  Brett Griffin-Young will detail how best practice screening and matching works in the US, what makes a good surrogate/intended parent match and how to ensure your surrogacy journey is as hassle free as possible.

Brett Griffin-Young, Circle Surrogacy

Surrogacy Options in Canada

A Canadian documentary sheds new light on how Canadians are increasingly helping foreigners to create a family. What makes these more affordable? What are the key differences to surrogacy in the US or UK? Illustrates surrogate-parent relationships

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Surrogacy Options in Eastern Europe

in Ukraine surrogacy has been legal for foreigners as long as they are married heterosexuals since 2000. In just a few year since the closure of SE Asia to surrogacy, Ukraine has become the new centre of affordable surrogacy. Its medical expertise is high  and its proximity to western Europe has seen rising demand. Transferring funds into Ukraine has long been problematic, but international agencies like Tammuz have now solved this issue. Roy Youldous  provides an overview of Ukraine’s legal and medical eligibility requirements and guidance around exit processes and other practicalities

Roy Youldous, Tammuz Family

 

Legal Issues for Irish Citizens

Answers some of the trickier legal questions in regard to surrogacy agreements, expense payments,exit arrangements and parental orders in  international surrogacy. Also deals with the issue of parents with different nationalities

Tracy Horan, D’Arcy Horan Solicitors

Drinks & Networking

IconManchester Surrogacy Seminar 23 Nov 2017
Program
Timing Description

Overview of Surrogacy Options

Explores the legal, cost, eligibility and timeline issues for surrogacy destinations globally, including hybrid programs and options for detailed advice.

Neil McDonagh 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.

Dr Melvin Thornton CT Fertility

Parent  Panel

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

Dublin: Mark Riseley (used Ukraine), Kevin Vaughan (used Canada)

Manchester: Johnny Nash (used US), Neil McDonagh (UK – independent), tbc (used Canada)

 

DRINKS BREAK

Surrogate –IP Matching

Circle Surrogacy has been matching intended parents and surrogates for decades and their experience shows in the relationships that develop.  Brett Griffin-Young will detail how best practice screening and matching works in the US, what makes a good surrogate/intended parent match and how to ensure your surrogacy journey is as hassle free as possible.

Brett Griffin-Young, Circle Surrogacy

Surrogacy Options in Canada

A Canadian documentary sheds new light on how Canadians are increasingly helping foreigners to create a family. What makes these more affordable? What are the key differences to surrogacy in the US or UK? Illustrates surrogate-parent relationships

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Surrogacy Options in Eastern Europe

in Ukraine surrogacy has been legal for foreigners as long as they are married heterosexuals since 2000. In just a few year since the closure of SE Asia to surrogacy, Ukraine has become the new centre of affordable surrogacy. Its medical expertise is high  and its proximity to western Europe has seen rising demand. Transferring funds into Ukraine has long been problematic, but international agencies like Tammuz have now solved this issue. Roy Youldous  provides an overview of Ukraine’s legal and medical eligibility requirements and guidance around exit processes and other practicalities

Roy Youldous, Tammuz Family

Surrogate Perspectives

A panel of UK surrogates using independent or agency models who have completed journeys discuss what they look for in Intended Parents before ‘matching’, their experience of IVF and legal processes, other support networks as well as relationships with intended parents and their own families during and after surrogacy arrangements

Panelists: Kate Fruin-Smith, Sally Koller, & others

Legal Issues for UK Citizens

Answers some of the trickier legal questions in regard to surrogacy agreements, expense payments and parental orders in UK and international surrogacy. Also deals with the issue of parents with different nationalities

Andrew Spearman, A City Law Firm

Drinks & Networking

IconBirmingham Surrogacy Seminar 25 Nov 2017
Program
Timing Description

Overview of Surrogacy Options

Explores the legal, cost, eligibility, risk management and timeline issues for surrogacy destinations globally, including hybrid programs and changes in the last year.

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.

Dr Melvin Thornton CT Fertility

Parent Panel

Local parents who successfully engaged in surrogacy in UK, 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:

Panelists: Johnny Nash (used US) Neil McDonagh (UK – independent) tbc (used Canada),

Tea Break

Surrogate –IP Matching

Circle Surrogacy has been matching intended parents and surrogates for decades and their experience shows in the relationships that develop.  Brett Griffin-Young will detail how best practice screening and matching works in the US, what makes a good surrogate/intended parent match and how to ensure your surrogacy journey is as hassle free as possible.

Brett Griffin-Young, Circle Surrogacy

Surrogacy Options in Canada

A Canadian documentary sheds new light on how Canadians are increasingly helping foreigners to create a family. What makes these more affordable? What are the key differences to surrogacy in the US or UK? Illustrates surrogate-parent relationships

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Surrogacy Options in Eastern Europe

in Ukraine surrogacy has been legal for foreigners as long as they are married heterosexuals since 2000. In just a few year since the closure of SE Asia to surrogacy, Ukraine has become the new centre of affordable surrogacy. Its medical expertise is high  and its proximity to western Europe has seen rising demand. Transferring funds into Ukraine has long been problematic, but international agencies like Tammuz have now solved this issue. Roy Youldous  provides an overview of Ukraine’s legal and medical eligibility requirements and guidance around exit processes and other practicalities

Roy Youldous, Tammuz Family

Surrogate Perspectives

A panel of UK surrogates (host and gestational; agency and independent) who have completed journeys discuss what they look for in Intended Parents before ‘matching’, their experience of IVF and legal processes, other support networks as well as relationships with intended parents and their own families during and after surrogacy arrangements

Birmingham: Nat Malin, Sally Koller, Donna Field

London: Kate Fruin-Smith, Lisa Hoy, Gina Kinson, Tricia Hunt

Legal Issues for UK Citizens

Answers some of the trickier legal questions in regard to surrogacy agreements, expense payments and parental orders in UK and international surrogacy. Also deals with the issue of parents with different nationalities

Andrew Spearman, A City Law Firm

Drinks & Networking

IconLondon Surrogacy Seminar 26 Nov 2017
Program
Timing Description

Overview of Surrogacy Options

Explores the legal, cost, eligibility, risk management and timeline issues for surrogacy destinations globally, including hybrid programs and changes in the last year.

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.

Dr Melvin Thornton CT Fertility

Parent Panel

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

Moderator:

Panelists: David Gonzales (independent UK); Donnacha Pexton-Hayes (SUK), Johnny Nash (used US)

Tea Break

Surrogate –IP Matching

Circle Surrogacy has been matching intended parents and surrogates for decades and their experience shows in the relationships that develop.  Brett Griffin-Young will detail how best practice screening and matching works in the US, what makes a good surrogate/intended parent match and how to ensure your surrogacy journey is as hassle free as possible.

Brett Griffin-Young, Circle Surrogacy

Surrogacy Options in Canada

A Canadian documentary sheds new light on how Canadians are increasingly helping foreigners to create a family. What makes these more affordable? What are the key differences to surrogacy in the US or UK? Illustrates surrogate-parent relationships

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Surrogacy Options in Eastern Europe

in Ukraine surrogacy has been legal for foreigners as long as they are married heterosexuals since 2000. In just a few year since the closure of SE Asia to surrogacy, Ukraine has become the new centre of affordable surrogacy. Its medical expertise is high  and its proximity to western Europe has seen rising demand. Transferring funds into Ukraine has long been problematic, but international agencies like Tammuz have now solved this issue. Roy Youldous  provides an overview of Ukraine’s legal and medical eligibility requirements and guidance around exit processes and other practicalities

Roy Youldous, Tammuz Family

Surrogate Perspectives

A panel of UK surrogates (host and gestational; agency and independent) who have completed journeys discuss what they look for in Intended Parents before ‘matching’, their experience of IVF and legal processes, other support networks as well as relationships with intended parents and their own families during and after surrogacy arrangements

Birmingham: Nat Malin, Sally Koller, Donna Field

London: Kate Fruin-Smith, Lisa Hoy, Gina Kinson, Tricia Hunt

Legal Issues for UK Citizens

Answers some of the trickier legal questions in regard to surrogacy agreements, expense payments and parental orders in UK and international surrogacy. Also deals with the issue of parents with different nationalities

Andrew Spearman, A City Law Firm

Drinks & Networking