Nir lives in Toronto, Canada with his partner. Nir’s background is in business improvment and marketing however after seeing first hand the obstacles international IP’s endure, he felt that his mission and passion is to bring the awareness of the Canadian surrogacy option to IP’s seeking alternative options. He has now dedicated his life to support IP’s around the world to have a smooth and straight-forward journey in Canada. Alongside Dr. Librach and The CReATe Fertility Centre, he has now established ‘Babies Come True’, a concierge service for CReATe international Ip’s that will help and support their whole surrogacy journey. Nir and his husband are currently going through the process of surrogacy in Canada themselves and love to share their story.
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Guy Tatsa is a father of three children, born through surrogacy in the United States. His own personal struggle, navigating the complexities of assisted reproduction led him to found BabyBloom – A one-stop facilitator of surrogacy and fertility solutions in the US. Together with his team at BabyBloom, Tatsa developed a unique method to manage the complexity of surrogacy and fertility journeys in the US, and maximize intended parents control over cost and process. By pre-screening surrogates and egg donors according to the intended parents specific needs and budget, and by creating guaranteed all-inclusive IVF plans, the BabyBloom team maximizes success and caps costs. Tatsa has degrees in medical sciences and psychology, and in the past 8 years, has created hundreds of families through surrogacy journeys in the United States.
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Louise Riding is the newest addition to the Ilaya team, joining the Spain office in 2017 playing a key role in the operations team.
With 8 years of experience working in diverse industries and always with a passion for people, she is now deeply involved in ensuring ilaya offers the very best experience for Intended parents in their clinic in Ukraine.
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Rosa is a Medical Doctor trained in Italy and the U.K. and also a qualified Nutritionist (UK), a Holistic Fertility Consultant and Coordinator of EmbryoClinic’s surrogacy programme in Thessaloniki. Rosa has many years of experience at Senior Level in managing International patients seeking cross-border Fertility Care and Surrogacy. She is Italian and speaks fluently English, Italian and Greek and has good knowledge of Spanish and French.
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Tracy is a founding partner of Tracy Horan & Company. The firm has developed a strong knowledge of family law and in particular surrogacy. From a legal perspective, things aren’t that simple where surrogacy is concerned in Ireland. There is no legislation that legislates for surrogacy and the quest for legal parenthood can seem very daunting. Tracy has guided many Irish nationals through the legal labyrinth, to reach the end goal of passports, citizenship and where necessary, adoption.
Andrew is a founder of A City Law Firm, starting with them in 2009. Leading their practice in surrogacy law, Andrew is distinguished best for his work in helping couples complete their journey through surrogacy. He is a firm advocate of LGBT rights in this field and engages government bodies and fertility organisations to advance their understanding of surrogacy procedure and practice, domestically and overseas. Much of Andrew’s work has an international element, addressing difficulties of domicile and expenses paid to foreign surrogates. Andrew is the exclusive expert published in a wide range of international magazines that cover these complex and specialist areas. He is commonly asked to provide quotes and interviews to the press and TV news channels.
Lucy’s 2011 Breast Cancer diagnosis started their long journey to creating a family. She and Cormac began down the domestic adoption pathway, yet after five years of preparation and paperwork, with approval imminent, her husband Cormac was also diagnosed with cancer. Irish authorities insisted they wait another five years. Out of patience, they turned to surrogacy in September 2016, looking to the Ukraine given its proximity to Ireland and affordability. They looked for programs that included unlimited attempts as well as accommodation. But their journey hit a crisis point when, shortly after they learned their surrogate was carried twins, Cormac’s cancer returned. Their twin girls were born a month premature and thankfully Cormac is now in full recovery and enjoying the children they had always dreamed of. Lucy will give advice on navigating the journey
Robert is known as a dedicated, knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer. There are no other solicitors in firms ranked in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 with more advocacy experience than Robert and his intellect, judgment and sensitivity is widely recognised by the judiciary who regularly appoint him as a court reporter and curator ad litem in cases involving children and vulnerable adults. His experience as a litigator includes conduct of proofs, debates and other contentious hearings in the Sheriff Court (Scotland wide).
In 1988, after controversially carrying a child for an anonymous US couple for compensation, Kim Cotton established Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy, or COTs. To ensure this process is as seamless as possible, organisations including COTs advocate altruistic, rather than paid surrogacy. In 1991, Cotton volunteered to be a surrogate for a couple who were her friends. “I was able to share it directly with the intended parents. They were at the birth. One baby was handed to each parent and it was fantastic,” she recalls. In September 2016, COTS marked a milestone when it’s 1000th baby was born thanks to its ‘surrogate ‘matchmaking’ service.
Hannah (39) and James (43) live in England have been together for three years. Hannah was born with MRKH, which means she was born with no womb, therefore she knew from the age of 17 that if she wanted to have a family then adoption or surrogacy were her only options. They chose to proceed with surrogacy and explored agencies in the UK, US and Canada. They felt the Canadian option suited them best and was introduced to a gestational surrogate in August 2016 by Canadian Fertility Consultants and with the help of CReATe clinic they now have a son, Zachary, born in August 2017. They’re still pinching themselves that their dreams of becoming parents has become a reality
Chris will be speaking on behalf of himself, and his husband Adam, who together worked with the Fertility Clinic of Las Vegas and Canadian Fertility Consulting to build their family. Today they are the proud parents to a one yr old daughter after conceiving first time with the help of an egg donor from Creating New Generations in the USA. They are now starting to plan their sibling journey and Chris is looking forward to talking about this and their original journey.
After 12 years of infertility, recurrent miscarriage, drugs and fertility treatment, surrogacy was the only option for Stacy and her husband to have the family they so longed for. Ukraine was good option as, Ukranian law provides for legal parentage for foreigners. For Stacy and her husband, there was reassurance they could create children and take them home along with an assurance of parental responsibility. Equally attractive, Ukraine was only a short flight away. They now have boy, girl fraternal twins.
After being diagnosed with severe endometriosis at the age of 24, Mandy found herself on over a decade of unsuccessful roller-coaster IVF attempts, costing her health problems and her long-term relationship.
Fast forward to 2013, she and her new husband decided to give IVF another shot, this time privately overseas. Unfortunately, this again saw more failed IVF transfers and in 2015 the discovery of a massive ovarian cyst, meaning that Mandy would require surgery. It was at this time that the IVF consultant suggested surrogacy as their only real remaining option to have their biological child. Devastated at the news, but remaining positive, Mandy went on to arm herself with as much information on surrogacy as possible. Researching US, Greek and other international options before discounting them in favour of independent surrogacy in the UK. She joined several online FB surrogacy groups and befriended many wonderful people in the surrogacy world, prior to meeting Katie, a first-time Gestational Surrogate. Over the course of the following two years, both families built a strong bond, during which time Mandy underwent a full hysterectomy, supported by Katie. Then, only two months following, they travelled overseas to their IVF clinic again… Katie fell pregnant (fourth time lucky) with their embryo and brought into the world their very long awaited baby boy, born in December 2017. Katie and Mandy remain firm friends and have built a relationship beyond surrogacy… Mandy maintains, Katie is the sister she never had and surrogacy has given them an extended family on either side of the border.
Udi was born in Israel and Craig in the UK and they live together in London now. The pair spent only a year talking about having a family before they embraced surrogacy as a pathway. For the couple, engaging in US surrogacy provided them with assurance of legal parenthood as well as the ability to have embryos transferred from each of them in the same cycle (something not available in the UK). BabyBloom found them a surrogacy agency to manage the process in Las Vegas and a surrogate in Oregon. Their surrogate delivered boy/girl twins Abigail and Ethan in March 2018 and six weeks later they were home. Udi will discuss the joys and hurdles along the way .
Sarah Bentley became a mummy through surrogacy in 2014 and 2017. After 7 years of suffering tragic losses Sarah was unfortunately diagnosed with a rare medical condition which meant that she was unable to carry children herself and turned to surrogacy as a route to achieving her family. She and her husband joined COTS in 2012 and were lucky enough to find an amazing surrogate willing to help them achieve their dream of becoming parents. Today they are the proud parents to two little boys aged 4 and 20 months. Sarah has joined the team at COTS to help support and guide other IPs in their surrogacy journeys.
Liron and his partner Matan are dads to one year old twins Ivri & Alma, born via US surrogacy in Idaho with the help of facilitator Baby Bloom. Liron will talk about their journey, what they learnt along the way and how to get through the hurdles
Claire has been a host surrogate three times for two families. She helped the first scottish couple in 2010, and then birthed their second son in 2013. She has also worked with an English couple, giving birth to their son in January 2018. Claire met both couples thorough Surrogacy UK – a non-profit who promote friendship first. She maintains a very good relationship with both families. Clair has also donated her eggs to a couple, resulting in the birth of identical twin boys in September 2012. Claire has her own two sons who are now 13 and 10. Surrogacy is a lifelong passion of Claires, and she hopes to eventually specialise in fertility nursing.