• 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

9.00am Victoria University Convention Centre, L12, 300 Flinders St Melbourne

Icon Melbourne, Australia International Surrogacy & Egg Donor Conference 1st June 2019
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy 101 – Understanding the Current Landscape (Click to download)

An overview of surrogacy options globally, including where surrogacy is legal, illegal and unregulated; Summarises by country differences in eligibility, legal restrictions, risks, costs, who goes on birth certificate, exit processes and parental status.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Success Rates, Risks and Guarantees(Click to download)

Do IVF clinics  publish audited success rates? What success rate measures should you look at? What sort of risks do you need to consider? Some agencies and clinics offer ‘guarantee packages. What are they guaranteeing and are they worth the extra dollars? Craig Reisser  takes us beyond the marketing to the reality of IVF

Craig Reisser, ORM Fertility, USA

Crucial IVF & Egg Donor Considerations 

One of California’s leading reproductive endocrinologists explains the key considerations to ensure you have the best chances, discusses self-cycling protocols, egg donor choices and the importance of semen analysis in preparing for donor-egg IVF and surrogacy

Dr Shahin Ghadir, Southern California Reproductive Center, USA

Legal Considerations for Australians Considering Cross-Border Surrogacy(Click to download)

Sarah Bevan & Alfonso Layson, Sarah Bevan lawyers

 

Parent Journeys

Panelists: Clint Priest (gay dad via US), Clarissa Foster (via Greece), Rebecca Newson (via Ukraine), Jonathan Wilkinson (via USA)

Coming to Terms with Infertility(Click to download)

Lefteris Patlamazoglou, Psychologist, Monash University

Creating an Honest Parent Profile(Click to download)

English speaking surrogates want to be sure they are matching with intended parents they will get on with. Learn how to be open and honest in the profile you submit

Felicity Kennedy, parent via US

The Practicalities of Ukraine Surrogacy

Ethical Responsibilities In Surrogacy

 

Surrogacy in Georgia(Click to download)

Georgia has been providing legal parenthood to heterosexual couples accessing surrogacy since 1997. Since then, the quality of IVF facilities has improved and increasing numbers are discovering this option.  Sophie Ukleba explains the cultural, medical and logistic features

Sophie Ukleba, New Life Georgia

Moderator: Kate Bourne, ANZICA

Panelists: Evie Kendal, School of Medicine, Deakin University, Sarah Jefford, Australian surrogate & lawyer, Stacie Ludlow, US surrogate

Altruistic Surrogacy in Greece (Click to download)

Dr Ioannis Giakoumakis, Mediterranean Fertility Institute, Greece,

DNA testing & Citizenship Processes(click to download)

An Australian expert explains how the process works and what you can do to ensure your time away from home is minimised

Kate Pippia, Identilab

Disclosure – Young Adults via OS Surrogacy & Egg Donation Speak Up

Panellists: Alice Clarke (31 yrs) Ethan Chiang-Cruise (12 yrs), Morgan Rennie (21 yrs)

Creating Your Own Storybook

Explaining donor conception and surrogacy to kids at the right age and right time is crucial. when and how to talk to your kids, how storybooks help and what to think about when creating one for your child(ren)

Kate Bourne, VARTA