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

Welcome Address

Surrogacy 101 – Understanding the Current Landscape

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 timeframes, and parental status.

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

KEYNOTE: Medical Issues in Surrogacy or Egg Donation – Understanding the Basics


KEYNOTE: Increasing Your Chances of a Successful Journey

One of the globe’s foremost fertility lawyers, Steve Snyder has advised intended parents from dozens of countries. Here he provides advice on factors to consider in planning a successful journey

Steve Snyder, Snyder Law, Minnesota,


Parent Journeys

In-depth discussion & Q&A with parents detailing what to expect – processes, costs, potential risks, what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles with parents via who used OS surrogacy and/or egg donation

Clint Priest (gay dad via US), Clarissa Foster (via Greece), Kim Hindmarsh (via Ukraine), Chris Newton (Tbc) (parent via Canada)

Coming to Terms with Infertility

The unvoiced grief about not being able to carry a child can be a heavy weight for women and their partners. This grief and anguish can seriously affect how you approach surrogacy and relationships with surrogates. Addressing that grief in productive ways can make all the difference. This session discusses what you can do.

Lefteris Patlamazoglou, Psychologist, Monash University

Creating an Honest Parent Profile

In Canadian and US surrogacy in particular, surrogates want to be sure they are matching with intended parents they will get on with. Being open and honest in the profile you submit is a key to successful journeys.

Felicity Kennedy, parent via US

Not Just a Pretty Face – Choosing Egg Donors

Ethical Responsibilities In Surrogacy

What are the ethical risks? Why should parents consider them? How can they be minimised? Reviews hazards for surrogates, egg donors, intending parents and potential children, long term communication, strategies to control risk

Evie Kendal, School of Medicine, Deakin University



Known vs Anonymous Donors

What are the rules in different jurisdictions? Can you bring your own donor. Does it matter to children?

Sophie Ukleba, New Life Georgia, (tbc) Donor-conceived young adult

Surrogacy in Un-regulated destinations – Is it worth it?

Australians have been significant users of surrogacy in unregulated destinations, which currently include Kenya and Mexico. Exit times can blow out, levels of care can be shaky, laws can change. Two recent dads provide insight into the pros & cons of ‘outside-the-box’ surrogacy


Rocco Luppino (dad via Kenya) Simon Romeo (dad via Mexico)


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

Young adults discuss their sense of self as donor conceived and/or knowing that a surrogate had a key part to play in their creation. You will hear from adults raised by heterosexual as well as gay couples

Matt Mills  (21 yrs), Ethan Chiang-Cruise (14 yrs) Morgan Rennie (21 yrs)

DNA testing & Citizenship Processes

For those engaging in overseas surrogacy , unless you have a US court order, DNA testing may be mandatory to access citizenship by descent. 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

Altruistic Surrogacy in Greece

What can countries like Australia learn from the Greek surrogacy model, which similarly does not utiltise surrogacy agencies, but provides a court-mandated transfer of parentage before the first embryo transfer.

Dr Ioannis Giakoumakis, Mediterranean Fertility Institute, Greece

Afternoon Tea & Networking

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

Break out Sessions

with parent who used Surrogacy in

a) USA b) Canada c) Ukraine d) Other destinations

Conference Drinks & Networking