Steven is Chair of the ART Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is one of the foremost fertility lawyers globally. He serves on the national advisory committee of RESOLVE: The National Fertility Association, is chair of the legal advisory group for the American Fertility Association and is a professional member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Mr. Snyder is a frequent national and international speaker on assisted reproductive technology topics and from 2009-2010 was an adjunct professor of assisted reproductive technology law at the Hamline University Law School.
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.
Dr Tsakos has excellent English, has extensive, certified training in the United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, a Board Member Representative of the Royal College for Greece and Cyprus, a Board Member of the Hellenic Society of Assisted Reproduction.
and a member of the British, European and American Fertility Societies.
Dr. Bankowski is one of the most-respected and experienced US physicians helping intended parents build their families through surrogacy. He is a board-certiﬁed reproductive endocrinologist with extensive experience in IVF, egg donation, surrogacy and genomics. He has practiced at ORM Fertility (formerly Oregon Reproductive Medicine) since 2005. He and his partners at ORM have helped intended parents from across the world build their families. Dr. Bankowski is passionate about providing ORM’s patients the best care and the highest chance for success on their first attempt, while looking after the genetic health of their family. His vision lead to the formation of ORM’s industry-leading reproductive genomics program, as well as the integration of advanced genetic screening of all donors in ORM’s donor program. He is committed to helping intended parents using surrogacy have the very best chance of a healthy baby on their first attempt.
Specialising in family law, Annette Hickey has twenty years’ experience in practice. She heads up the Surrogacy & Fertility Law team at Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan and is a leading expert in the field. She has assisted many clients through the Irish legal complexities of surrogacy arrangements and has a reputation for providing a reliable, efficient and sensitive legal service.
Kim, aged 36 is a Support worker from Stamshaw, Portsmouth – a mother to two children, Olivia and Eli. She and husband Andy felt their family was complete so Kim offering to be a surrogate could change other people’s lives for the better. She started working with Brilliant Beginnings in 2016, and found herself learning huge amounts about the surrogacy process from their counsellors and staff. She birthed Posy in December 2017 and her life has never been the same since
Following Livia’s cancer diagnosis in 2012, Livia and her husband Olly underwent IVF to freeze eggs/embryos. Five years later Brilliant Beginnings introduced them to their gestational surrogate Kim. In December 2017 Kim successfully gave birth to their daughter Posy . Livia will talk about their experience working together, the ups and downs and how they overcame them
Nigel and his wife Caroline married in 2006, but had met 6 years before. Soon after meeting they decided to try for children, but after 10 years of 8 failed IVF attempts with egg donation sharing programs in the UK, decided to embark with surrogacy with New Life Georgia in 2012, using donated eggs from Georgia, and a surrogate in the New Life program. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts using different surrogates (with only one embryo left) Grace was eventually born on 16 June 2014. Given that they didn’t want Grace to be on her own without siblings, they decided to return to Georgia, using the same donor and a new surrogate, and on the first transfer Jack and Rose were born on 21 July 2016.
David and Qin created embryos in the UK and underwent an initial round of surrogacy in the UK, which unfortunately was unsuccessful. After reviewing international options, they decided to undertake surrogacy in the US, as it presented an established network of professional organisations operating in a very clear and well defined regulatory environment. They engaged a US surrogacy agency and fertility clinic, then couriered their remaining embryos to the US. Within a short time they were matched with a surrogate and their surrogacy journey commenced in February 2017. In August, they had a successful pregnancy on first transfer and their little angel was born on 27th March 2018. They continue to enjoy a wonderful relationship with their surrogate and her family who have now become part of their wider family.
As Follow up manager at New Life Georgia, Sophie deals directly with all intended parents with confidentiality and dedication, manages and coordinates their inquiries, provides support to ensure patients satisfaction, answers to all initial questions in details, introduces available program, and makes negotiations for final agreements.
Gina is an independent Gestational surrogate living in the South East (Kent) married to Ian with 3 children, 20,15 and 10. She carried a baby girl for her IPs born July ’16 and they are intending to start a sibling journey later this year. Gina works in precision engineering and loves reading, ballet and painting. She is an active member of her church and they and family and friends provide great support. Gina has found the surrogacy process very straightforward in the U.K. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences.
Alec & his partner David are London-based dads who created a family through egg donation and surrogacy in the USA. They worked with Oregon Reproductive Medicine and NorthWest Surrogacy Center in Portland, Oregon. Alec will share their journey and a ton of tips to provide insight into the US surrogacy process for foreigners
Dr. Fabian Ward has an extensive career as an embryologist. Having completed his PhD in 2001 on predicting male fertility he continued his career in IVF. Fabian has been instrumental in introducing up to date vitrification freeze techniques for both eggs and embryos to IVF clinics, introducing electronic witnessing to improve laboratory safety standards and setting up IUI and Donor programmes de novo for clinics. He is focused on quality management as a way of ensuring the highest standard of patient care.
Currently, Fabian is devising a structured Surrogacy Care Model for Ireland. He is a member of the Irish Clinical Embryologist Society (ICE) and ACE ( Association of Clinical Embryologists). Fabian lives in West Cork but is originally a native of Donegal.
Kateryna obtained her Bachelor Degree in International Economic Relations in 2010 and Master’s Degree in International Relations in 2013. She is fluent in English, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian. In 2013 she started working as medical coordinator of the surrogacy program. She assistedIntended Parents throughout the surrogacy journey and provided them with information. Kateryna also worked with the Surrogate Mothers starting from their examinations, through stimulation and during all the pregnancy process. Starting from 2017 she has been the surrogacy program manager and welcomes the opportunity to be a part of an amazing team which makes dreams come true each and every day.
Mark & Una decided to go through surrogacy in Ukraine having researched both surrogacy and adoption options – the latter proving too uncertain on so many levels. They decided on the Ukraine almost by process of elimination – Georgia was difficult as there is no Irish Consulate there and US being very expensive. They found the process in Ukraine to be well established and New Life provided exceptional service. Mark & Una ended up with 6 viable embryos, harvested and treated for 5-days , two were implanted and four remain frozen. Pregnancy was confirmed on first attempt, eventually leading to the happy and healthy birth of Evan in October 2016. They will discuss what to expect, the post birth process of birth certificate, executing affidavits, DNA testing, emergency travel certificate and travelled home ~ 2.5 weeks post birth. It proved to be a very happy Christmas.
After 10 years together, Gavin and Brendan married in Dublin in 2015. Over the next few months they set about researching the possibility of growing their family. It was while on honeymoon in Bondi Beach when they took the next steps and reached out to ORM and Northwest Surrogacy in January 2016. Almost 2 years later, Theodore Bondi: a strong and healthy boy arrived. Their journey has been incredibly positive: thanks largely to being matched with an amazing surrogate and they are hopeful of expanding their family next year with help of the same agencies.
Geraldine and her partner married in March 2012. Two years later Geraldine was diagnosed with cancer of the womb/endometrial cancer. She underwent fertility treatment in Ireland prior to surgery to preserve her embryos. After 3 IVF cycles they were left with two precious embryos. In March 2015 they commenced surrogacy with Intersono, shipping their embryos to Ukraine. Their beautiful baby boy was born on 21st May 2016.
Lisa, 39, and husband Dermot, 37, are from Co Galway. They have been together for seven years. Lisa was diagnosed with cancer of the womb when the pair were dating, requiring a hysterectomy. Thankfully the cancer was contained & Lisa didn’t need further treatment. Lisa’s ovaries were OK so the couple were able to use their own eggs and sperm. They created embryos with Galway Fertility Clinic in 2016 & shipped them to Intersono in tLviv. Their first transfer resulted in a miscarriage. Their second let to a beautiful baby boy born on 12th of June 2018.
Dedicating her time exclusively to the efficient management of surrogacy cases for Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan’s Surrogacy & Fertility Law team, Ger Fahy is a key point of contact for new and existing clients. A mine of information for all legal surrogacy issues, she has has a deep knowledge of the relevant legal infrastructure and is meticulous with her preparation of cases.