Craig Reisser is a parent through egg donor surrogacy in the USA. He and his partner Massimo have two boys (4 years and 2 yrs). Their two journeys have taken them to both US coasts and they have personally experienced many of the different options that intended parents are faced with deciding between: fresh vs. frozen transfers; transferring 1 vs. 2 embryos; with or without PGS; working with a first time vs. experienced egg donor and/or surrogates; working with a surrogate with vs. without her own health insurance. Before becoming a dad Craig was an international investment banker for nearly 20 years. He now leads Oregon Reproductive Medicine’s international programs, and Craig helps intended parents understand their various options when it comes to egg donor surrogacy so that they can make the informed decisions that are right for them.
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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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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Julia is the Director of New Hope, a surrogacy agency based in Kiev, Ukraine. Her company has worked in international adoption since 1999. When, in 2012, Ukraine banned foreigners from adopting healthy children under five, demand for surrogacy increased in Ukraine (it has been legal for heterosexuals since 2000). Julia will talk about how surrogacy works in the Ukraine, medical facilities, laws and surrogate care.
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Yaron and his partner Eitan started their journey to parenthood after attending a surrogacy conference in Tel Aviv in 2014. After 3 transfers that did’t take, their surrogate got pregnant on the 4th transfer and Matan was born on March 5th, 2017. Over the last 3 years, Yaron has been supporting other couples on their journey to parenthood offering support and advise to international couples about surrogacy in the the United States.
Robert and his partner Sanan live in Umea, Sweden. They decided on Canada for surrogacy, and with the help of an agency were matched with a mother of two children and her supportive husband. Their egg donor was Sanan’s sister in Thailand. This meant their child would carry the genetics from both family lines. While this added some challenges with Thai and Canadian IVF clinics half a world apart, all turned out successful. In December 2016, their baby daughter Malisa was born. They will talk abut their experience
Håkan och hans man skrev 2008 kontrakt med en rysk advokat som hjälpte till att organisera äggdonatorer och surrogatmammor. Paret genomgick nio embryoöverföringar med flera olika äggdonatorer och surrogatmammor, och det tog fem år innan de äntligen blev pappor. De fem åren var fyllda av både hopp och förtvivlan efter varje misslyckat försök. Håkan är svensk men bor i Frankrike. Den populära boken Moscow Baby är en romantiserad berättelse om parets fantastiska resa till att bli föräldrar.
Håkan and his husband signed a contract with a Russian lawyer in 2008 who helped organise egg donors and surrogate mothers. The couple endured a total of nine transfers with several different egg donors and surrogates and it was five years before they finally became fathers. Those five years were filled with both hope and despair after each failed attempt. Håkan is Swedish but living in France. The popular book Moscow Baby is a fictionalised account of their incredible journey to parenthood.
Carrie Ramoz works at Northwest Surrogacy Center as their Marketing Manager. She helps refine and improve the surrogacy experience, with a focus on in-person contact and enhancing the online/social support system, in addition to connecting with surrogates and families who are interested in surrogacy. Prior to working at NWSC, Carrie was a gestational surrogate for a Swedish family and delivered for them in 2014. The experience changed her life and world view and she is proud to work with other women who want to help families grow.
She lives in Oregon, USA with her husband and two sons, and spends her time gardening, running, paddle boarding, reading, playing with her dogs and dreaming of international travels.
Carla Spencer works at Northwest Surrogacy Center as their Lead Case Manager. Carla and her team of case managers guide intended families and surrogates through the process from start to finish. They conduct match meetings with surrogates and families, coordinate with other surrogacy professionals, and provide support and information throughout the process. Carla loves being able to bike to work, getting to see newborns, and most of all, helping people realize their dream of parenthood.
She lives in Oregon, USA with her husband, three daughters, and giant dog. They enjoy picking berries, swimming, baking, cycling, making art, and dreaming about summer.
If you would like a private complimentary meeting with Carla in Stockholm on Saturday 20th October please email Heather to organise: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex is a Canadian lawyer and dad through surrogacy who specializes in reproductive law and is well-known for helping families with third party assisted reproductive techniques including donor egg, donor sperm, traditional and gestational surrogacy, as well as adoption.
After six years as Israel’s economic consul in Brazil, Roy returned to Israel and joined the Tammuz family in 2014. Roni graduated from Tel Aviv University in Business Administration, Political Science and Psychology, and has a Master’s degree in Law. Since his appointment, Roy has set a goal to expand Tammuz’s goals map and position as a major player in the international surrogacy market. Roy is married to Ronen and the father of Sa’ar and Rotem, who were born via surrogacy.
Niclas and Oscar got engaged January 2017 after been partnered for more than four years. After the negative outcome of the governmental investigation in 2016, they had to take action and re-started the Swedish association for surrogacy, Föreningen för Surrogatmödraskap, together with the other five board members. The association’s aim is partly to drive opinion, partly give support and provide a communication platform for intended parents and advocates.
Eduardo är pappa till Zelda och Esther som vart födda genom surrogat i Thailand 2014. Eduardo har haft ledande befattningar i internationella medieföretag och startups. Efter att ha genomgått en egen surrogat-process insåg han att han ville hjälpa andra att nå sin dröm om att bli föräldrar. Nu leder han den första surrogatagenturen i de nordiska länderna.
Eduardo is the father of Zelda and Esther, each born by surrogate in Thailand in 2014. Eduardo has had senior positions in international media companies and startups. Having undergone his own surrogate process, he realized he wanted to help others reach their dream of becoming parents. Now he is leading the first surrogate agency in the Nordic countries.
Ulf and Matti are a same-sex couple from Stockholm, Sweden, with a son from a previous arrangement with a female friend. Their surrogacy journey began when they signed with an agency in Oregon, USA, in 2013 and were matched with a US surrogate with almost identical interests in life and a son of the same age as theirs. Through a clinic, also in Oregon, they found their egg donor. They transferred one frozen embryo and were lucky to have first time success. Their beautiful daughter was born in October 2014
Kate is the moderator of a popular surrogacy forum called Hope . She is married to Rebecca who have five children between them you youngest been carried by Rebecca conceived using a known sperm donor. Kate is a traditional surrogate ( using own eggs ) and carried a girl in March 2013 for a same sex couple , followed by another girl in July 2016 for a Nigerian / British couple and is now matched with another same sex couple and trying to conceive. She will discuss what motivates her to assist childless couples
Sara is a 34 year old Canadian mother of three children, She had several close friends who experienced fertility struggles and has always wanted to help in some way. She registered as a surrogate in 2016 with Canadian Fertility Consultants and after medical screening, counseling and deep consideration was introduced to a Victoria-based couple, Rachel and Craig. On their 3rd transfer Sara became pregnant, and gave birth in February 2018. She is in the beginning stages of a second journey.
Pia is a Danish mum of two boys aged 15 and 18. A year ago, at the age of 43 Pia was a gestational surrogate for her gay brother and his husband. Given egg donation is not allowed in Denmark, they travelled to the US for an egg donor and the IVF for embryo transfer. Her brother in law provided the sperm and on January 29 this year Pia gave birth to her niece Anna. Pia will talk about the process of carrying for a family member and the impact on her own life
Robert is a Swedish Dad via surrogacy in Ukraine. He and his wife have a biological daughter, aged seven and then welcomed boy & girl twins via surrogacy during 2017 on their third embryo transfer attempt. Robert will discuss what they learned about surrogacy in Ukraine