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  • Run by parents for intended parents

     
  • We hold annual conferences to promote best-practice surrogacy

     
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Seminar tickets available from AUD $40.00
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

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

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

 

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. Brian Yaden discusses his experience, the current state of play, health system practicalities and logistics of Mexican surrogacy.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy

 

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

 

Traditional Surrogacy – Why Some Surrogates Prefer It

Often viewed by medical professionals as a ‘backdoor’ activity, traditional surrogacy is popular in NZ, the UK and on the rise in Australia. It is a far less regulated means to family formation, given it can occur outside the IVF clinic environment. It is sometimes the only option or last resort for those without the finances or characteristics to be approved for gestational surrogacy.  New Zealand academic Hannah Gibson has studied traditional surrogacy intensively. In this talk, she illustrates how this is not only a necessary avenue to help intended parents fulfil their dream, but also a form of resistance against the medicalisation of birth and interference of the state, especially amongst surrogates.

Hannah Gibson, Victoria University of Wellington

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)

 

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:

Panelists: Donna Adams (traditional surrogate); Rosie Gee (surrogate), Melissa Fleming (donor)

 

IconAustralian Seminar Series Brisbane Tue 12 February 2019
Program
Timing Description

Ten Things To Get Clear Before Embarking on Surrogacy

 

Hayley Christidis, Surrogacy Australia

 

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 (WA only)

 

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. Brian Yaden discusses his experience, the current state of play, health system practicalities and logistics of Mexican surrogacy.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy

 

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.

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) , tbc (used )

 

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.

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 Surrogacy

 

Hayley Christidis, Surrogacy Australia

 

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 (WA only)

 

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. Brian Yaden discusses his experience, the current state of play, health system practicalities and logistics of Mexican surrogacy.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy

 

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 domestic and overseas surrogacy.

Lucy Thomas, Family Lawyer, Peterson Dowding, 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.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

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 (parent via US), Nadeen Laljee-Curran (parent via US) tbc  (parent via Australia)

 

 

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.

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. Brian Yaden discusses his experience, the current state of play, health system practicalities and logistics of Mexican surrogacy.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy

 

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 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

Panellists: Henry Leggett (dad via Australia); …. (Dad via ) tbc (mum via Ukraine) tbc (via USA)

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 waht they look for in recipients.

Carla Pincombe (egg donor) TBC (surrogate)

 

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. Brian Yaden discusses his experience, the current state of play, health system practicalities and logistics of Mexican surrogacy.

Brian Yaden, Miracle Surrogacy

 

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 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), tbc (Dad via ), Dr Shane Woods (via US), tbc (via Australia)

 

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.

Ashley Ford (donor), tbc (surrogate)