• 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 AUD $40.00

Focused on the needs of parents and intended surrogates, as well as informing legal, counselling and healthcare practitioners. Provides a comprehensive yet practical guide to support egg donor and surrogacy options and best practice in Australia, New Zealand, and globally. Hugely popular and includes parent, donor and surrogate panels and expert presentations.

City Date & Time Location & Address
Auckland Sunday 10th February –
11:30am – 3pm
Quality Hotel Parnell, 10 - 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell
Brisbane Tuesday 12th February –
6pm – 9:30pm
Best Western Plus Hotel Diana 12 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba
Perth Wednesday 13th February –
6pm – 9:30pm
Metro Hotel Perth, 61 Canning Highway, South Perth
Melbourne Saturday 16th February –
2:30pm – 6pm
Amora Hotel Riverwalk, 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond
Sydney Sunday 17th February –
9:30am – 1pm
Norths 12 Abbott St Cammeray

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND SURROGACY SEMINARS

Icon Australian Seminar Series Auckland Sun 10 February 2019
Program
Timing Description

Ten Things To Get Clear Before Embarking on Egg Donation or Surrogacy

Surrogacy and egg donation can be complex and confusing. learn how best to locate a local surrogate and what to consider if embarking overseas. Some countries have now reached capacity when it comes to accepting new cases, others have no legal protections. There are new hybrid options that can make US surrogacy far more affordable than previously. Also understand which countries will accept embryos created in New Zealand.  This session helps simplify the preparatory steps to ensure you start with all the information and the best chances of success.

Sam Everingham

 

IVF & Egg Issues in Third Party Reproduction

Learn about the impact on donors of stimulated cycles & egg retrieval. Learn about the relevance and cost of PGS testing of embryos. Understand the importance of engaging with egg donors who meet particular criteria

Dr Dean Morbeck, Fertility Associates, NZ

 

Surrogacy in Mexico & Georgia– The Current State of Play

Some had written off Mexico for surrogacy after Tabasco state changed its laws. Learn about the differences between Mexico and Georgia in the awarding of local passports and  how you return to new Zealand post-birth . Like the US and Canada, Mexico issues passports for children born via Surrogacy, allowing them to apply for a visitor visa to enter new Zealand. Georgia doesnt issue local passports, but New Zealands can acess travel documents to return home before applying for a New Zealand passport. Parents via surrogacy Brian Yaden and Simon Romeo (a dad with a child via Mexico and one in planning) discuss their experience, the current state of play, health system practicalities and logistics of offshore surrogacy.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy, Simon Romeo, Aust Dad via Mexico

 

What Legal Hurdles are Involved in Surrogacy & Egg Donation?

A local fertility lawyer uses case studies to illustrate the usual timelines and steps involved in drawing up surrogacy agreements, looks at whether donor agreements are necessary and illustrates the pathways to ensure you are protected legally post birth for domestic and overseas surrogacy.

Stewart Dalley, Ryken & Associates, NZ

 

How can You Best Support Your Surrogate?

A recent study of 30 Australian & New Zealand altruistic surrogates who carried for intended parents they did not previously know shows how surrogates select intended parents and illustrates surrogates own experiences of independent journeys, their support needs and how well these were met during pregnancy attempts and pregnancies. Essential for those considering whether altruistic surrogacy is for them.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

FOOD, DRINKS & NETWORKING

Parent Panel

New Zealand parents who have utilised surrogacy or egg donation at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Stuart Beard (Dad via NZ traditional),  Louise Farrant (Mum via US) Christian Newman (Dad via NZ gestational) Petar Stamef (Dad via US) Simon Romeo (dad via Mexico)

 

Surrogate & Egg Donor Experiences

In the altruistic environment, surrogacy & egg donation can be tough on surrogates, donors and their families, yet incredibly rewarding. Hormones, family demands and endless appointments can affect everyone’s emotions. In this session surrogates & donors share their own experiences and what recipients can do to both locate a surrogate/donor and support their journeys.

Moderator: Amanda Macleod (surrogate & donor)

Panelists: Donna Adams (traditional surrogate & donor); Angela McCamish (Egg Donor forum convenor)

 

IconAustralian Seminar Series Brisbane Tue 12 February 2019
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy & Donor Options & Considerations

What forms of surrogacy  are available and how can you evaluate the ideal pathway for you? An honest appraisal of timelines, costs and risks inherent in various types of egg donor and surrogacy avenues. Also details how  altruistic surrogates select intended parents, surrogates own experiences of independent journeys, their support needs and how well these were met during pregnancy attempts and pregnancies. Essential for those considering whether altruistic surrogacy is for them.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

Surrogacy in Mexico – The Current State of Play

Some had written off Mexico for surrogacy after Tabasco state changed its laws. However some persistent professionals, including Fertility Clinic Americas in Cancun, Miracle Surrogacy in Florida and a group of Mexican surrogates have forged another model for Mexican surrogacy. This includes  a top embryologist and dedicated client service personnel. Parents via surrogacy Brian Yaden and Simon Romeo (a Perth dad with a child via Mexico and one in planning) discuss their experience, the current state of play, health system practicalities and logistics of Mexican surrogacy.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy, Simon Romeo, Aust Dad via Mexico

 

 

Getting Pysched For Surrogacy

The process for undertaking egg donation or surrogacy in Australia can feel pretty overwhelming, but getting good support from a  fertility counsellor with experience in the area can really help you figure out what is required.  Narelle will walk us through the counselling process for egg donation and surrogacy and give an insight into what you can expect from the sessions with your counsellor.  What is done with the information? Do counselling requirements vary by clinic or by state? Can those utilising Overseas surrogacy access pre-surrogacy counselling?

Narelle Dickinson, ANZICA Fertility Psychologist

 

How can You Best Support Your Surrogate?

A recent study of 30 Australian & New Zealand altruistic surrogates who carried for intended parents they did not previously know shows how surrogates select intended parents and illustrates surrogates own experiences of independent journeys, their support needs and how well these were met during pregnancy attempts and pregnancies. Essential for those considering whether altruistic surrogacy is for them.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

Surrogate Birth Plans – Do you Have One?

Every woman is entitled to a fully supported birthing experience of her choosing, whether this be for her biological children or a surrogacy birth.  Throughout the past four years, Tamara has ensured the birthing woman and her birth partners are fully aware and supported in their decisions. Tamara will discuss supported birth plan options for surrogacy teams and how this can assist surrogates in leaving the birthing space comfortable and at peace to ensure an optimal start to the fourth trimester.

Tamara Pick, Birthing Doula

 

FOOD, DRINKS & EXPERT Q&A

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Dwayne Jude (dad via domestic), Kyle Stewart (dad via Canada) , Simon Romeo (dad via Mexico) Dale & Lou Pitcher (mum via Ukraine)

 

Surrogate & Egg Donor Experiences

What does Egg donation involve for the donor? What about for surrogates? What are their motivations? How does it impact their partners and their families? Hear from surrogates & egg donors about  their own experiences of carrying altruistically.

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Mel Sharman (Egg Donation Australia) Charmaine Staal (surrogate) Amelia Seymour (surrogate)

IconAustralian Seminar Series Perth Wed 13 February 2019
Program
Timing Description

Ten Things To Get Clear Before Embarking on Egg Donation or Surrogacy

Surrogacy and egg donation can be complex and confusing. Some countries have now reached capacity when it comes to accepting new cases, others have no legal protections. Understand the rules and limitations which the RTC impose on domestic surrogacy. Can you engage with an egg donor or surrogate in another state? Can you engage domestically as a gay couple? Will WA IVF clinics allow embryos created in Australia to be exported.  Which countries grant legal parentage following surrogacy?  RELEVANT TO  gay couples, singles, heterosexual couples

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

IVF & Egg Issues in Third Party Reproduction

Learn about the impact on donors of stimulated cycles & egg retrieval. Learn about the relevance and cost of PGS testing of embryos understand the importance of engaging with egg donors who meet particular criteria

Dr Lucy Williams, Concept IVF

 

Surrogacy in Mexico – The Current State of Play

Some had written off Mexico for surrogacy after Tabasco state changed its laws. However some persistent professionals, including Fertility Clinic Americas in Cancun, Miracle Surrogacy in Florida and a group of Mexican surrogates have forged a new model, including talented embryologists and client service personnel. Parents via surrogacy Brian Yaden and Simon Romeo (a Perth dad with a child via Mexico and one in planning) discuss their experience of Mexico, the current state of play and health system issues.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy, Simon Romeo, Aust Dad via Mexico

 

What Legal Steps are Involved in Surrogacy & Egg Donation?

A WA fertility lawyer uses case studies to illustrate the usual timelines and steps involved in drawing up surrogacy agreements, looks at whether donor agreements are necessary and illustrates the pathways to ensure you are protected legally post birth for surrogacy.

Lucy Thomas, Family Lawyer, Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyers, WA

 

How can You Best Support Your Surrogate?

A recent study of 30 Australian & New Zealand altruistic surrogates who carried for intended parents they did not previously know sheds important light on how surrogates select intended parents. The presentation also illustrates surrogates own experiences of independent journeys, their support needs and how well these were met during pregnancy attempts and pregnancies. Essential for those considering whether altruistic surrogacy is for them.

Hayley Christidis, Surrogacy Australia WA Rep

FOOD, DRINKS & EXPERT Q&A

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Mark Lovich (Dad via Georgia) , Daniel Tracy (Dad via US), Bec Kalpakoff (mum via Ukraine) Simon Romeo (Dad via Mexico)

 

 

Surrogate & Egg Donor Experiences

What does Egg donation involve for the donor? What about for surrogates? What are their motivations? How does it impact their partners and their families? Hear from surrogates & egg donors about  their own experiences of carrying altruistically.

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists:  Novi Lim (Egg Donor) Hayley Christidis (surrogate)

 

IconAustralian Seminar Series Melbourne Sat 16 February 2019
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy & Donor Options & Considerations

What forms of surrogacy  are available and how can you evaluate the ideal pathway for you? An honest appraisal of timelines, costs and risks inherent in various types of egg donor and surrogacy avenues. Also details how  altruistic surrogates select intended parents, surrogates own experiences of independent journeys, their support needs and how well these were met during pregnancy attempts and pregnancies. Essential for those considering whether altruistic surrogacy is for them.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

 

Making US Surrogacy More Affordable

Tammuz Family have been at the forefront of cross-border surrogacy options for nearly ten years. This session looks at guarantee programs developed to provide intended parents with peace-of-mind in regard to costs. By thinking outside the square, Tammuz has developed one of the most affordable US programs seen in decades. Australian dad via surrogacy Damien Chambers details the program and the experiences of parents and surrogates using it

Damien Chambers, Tammuz Family

 

Surrogacy in Mexico – The Current State of Play

Some had written off Mexico for surrogacy after Tabasco state changed its laws. However some persistent professionals, including Fertility Clinic Americas in Cancun, Miracle Surrogacy in Florida and a group of Mexican surrogates have forged another model for Mexican surrogacy. This includes  a top embryologist and dedicated client service personnel. Parents via surrogacy Brian Yaden and Simon Romeo (a Perth dad with a child via Mexico and one in planning) discuss their experience, the current state of play, health system practicalities and logistics of Mexican surrogacy.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy, Simon Romeo, Aust Dad via Mexico

 

What Legal Steps are Involved in Surrogacy & Egg Donation?

A local fertility lawyer uses case studies to illustrate the usual timelines and steps involved in drawing up surrogacy agreements, looks at whether donor agreements are necessary and illustrates the pathways to ensure you are protected legally post birth for domestic and overseas surrogacy.

Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers

 

Surrogacy in Ukraine

An objective look at Ukraine government policy, the growth of surrogacy, rational for tight regulations; how Ukraine surrogates are screened and supported and what you should take into account when vetting providers

Renee Golland, Aust rep, Lotus Ukraine

FOOD, DRINKS & NETWORKING

 

Surrogate & Egg Donor Experiences

What does Egg donation involve for the donor? What about for surrogates? What are their motivations? How does it impact their partners and their families? Hear from surrogates & egg donors about  their own experiences of carrying altruistically and what they look for in recipients.

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Carla Pincombe (egg donor & surrogate) Amber Russell (egg donor)

 

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Henry Leggett (dad via Australia); Simon Romeo (Dad via Mexico) Katie Rattigan (mum via Ukraine) Michael Colling (dad via USA)

 

IconAustralian Seminar Series Sydney Sun 17 February 2019
Program
Timing Description

How Can You Best Support Your Surrogate?

A recent study of 30 Australian & New Zealand altruistic surrogates who carried for intended parents they did not previously know sheds important light on how surrogates select intended parents. The presentation also illustrates surrogates own experiences of independent journeys, their support needs and how well these were met during pregnancy attempts and pregnancies. Essential for those considering whether altruistic surrogacy is for them.

Katrina Hale, NSW Surrogacy Counsellor & Psychologist

Making US Surrogacy More Affordable

Tammuz is a surrogacy provider who have been at the forefront of cross-border surrogacy options for nearly ten years. This session looks at guarantee programs developed to provide intended parents with peace-of-mind in regard to costs. By thinking outside the square, Tammuz has developed one of the most affordable US programs seen in decades. Australian dad via surrogacy Damien Chambers details the program and the experiences of parents and surrogates using it

Damien Chambers, Tammuz Family

 

Surrogacy in Mexico – The Current State of Play

Some had written off Mexico for surrogacy after Tabasco state changed its laws. However some persistent professionals, including Fertility Clinic Americas in Cancun, Miracle Surrogacy in Florida and a group of Mexican surrogates have forged another model for Mexican surrogacy. This includes  a top embryologist and dedicated client service personnel. Parents via surrogacy Brian Yaden and Simon Romeo (a Perth dad with a child via Mexico and one in planning) discuss their experience, the current state of play, health system practicalities and logistics of Mexican surrogacy.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy, Simon Romeo, Aust Dad via Mexico

 

What Legal Steps are Involved in Surrogacy & Egg Donation?

A local fertility lawyer uses case studies to illustrate the usual timelines and steps involved in drawing up surrogacy agreements, looks at whether donor agreements are necessary and illustrates the pathways to ensure you are protected legally post birth for domestic and overseas surrogacy.

Alfonso Layson, Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers

 

Surrogacy in Ukraine

An objective look at Ukraine government policy, the growth of surrogacy, rational for tight regulations; how Ukraine surrogates are screened and supported and what you should take into account when vetting providers

Renee Golland, Aust rep, Lotus Ukraine

 

FOOD, DRINKS NETWORKING

Parent  Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Rebecca Newsom (Mum via Ukraine), Brendan McQuiggan (via Aust) Simon Romeo (Dad via Mexico), Dr Shane Woods (via US), tbc (via Canada)

 

The Child’s Perspective

Critics insist that surrogacy isn’t fair on the unborn child who gets no choice in the matter. Claudia Calero endured a long battle with endometriosis and a hysterectomy. She would never carry the child she longed for. Then, back in in 1994, Claudia’s sister offered to carry a child using her own eggs – traditional surrogacy. They fought a three year battle in NSW to ensure the process could be recognised and parentage transferred. Baby Isabella was the result, birthed by her auntie in 1997. Now aged twenty-one, Isabella will talk about when she was told what, who she considers her mum, what she tells friends and the impact of surrogacy on her own sense of self.

Isabella Calero, NSW’s first child via surrogacy

 

Surrogate & Egg Donor Experiences

What does Egg donation involve for the donor? What about for surrogates? What are their motivations? How does it impact their partners and their families? Hear from surrogates & egg donors about  their own experiences of carrying altruistically.

Moderator: Katrina Hale

Ashley Ford (donor), Sascha Costigan (surrogate)