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Where: Amora Riverside Hotel, Richmond

When: 9.30am – 1.00pm

Face-to-face ($15) & remote ($10) tickets available (post event recording)

This event is for Australian intended parents to learn about surrogacy and/or egg donation, logistics, eligibility and costs.  We will cover domestic and international options. Hear from Australian parents who have recently completed their family via surrogacy. Local and international experts will discuss the legal, medical, psychological and practical considerations.  Australian surrogates will talk about their motivation to carry a child for another family.

This is the first time we have been able to meet face to face in over a year. If you are in Melbourne, come along for a cup of tea and a light lunch to network with parents via surrogacy, surrogates and experts.   

Digital tickets are also available.   

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Timing Description

Understanding the Current Egg Donor and Surrogacy Landscape

An overview of options in Australia and globally, including donor and surrogate availability, key trends in border closures, the ability to travel for donor-IVF, the impact of Covid-19 on programs, entry and exit processes as well as surrogate & clinic interaction. Essential for those already engaged in or considering Egg Donor IVF or surrogacy.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Medical Preparation for Intended Parents

Whether you are shipping sperm for egg donor IVF or surrogacy elsewhere, or making embryos in your own city, there are important steps in the medical screening and testing process. Understand the importance of blood & urine screening, how your reproductive capacity can be medically assessed and what can be done to increase the quality of your sperm or embryos

Dr Chandrika Parmar, Melbourne IVF, Australia

Surrogacy in Colombia

Provides an update on sperm shipping processes, wait times to match with a surrogate, the impact of Covid-19, donor and surrogate availability, costs and exit processes for Australians

Damien Chambers, Tammuz Family

Supporting You & Your Surrogate  – The US Agency Model

Agency for Surrogacy Solutions  is located in California – the heart of the US long history of surrogacy. Its owners are both parents via surrogacy and wanted to provide a service that they would have wished for when embarking on their journeys. They explain the ways in which the US model embraces transparency, care and support to ensure your surrogate comes away as joyful as you are

Lauri De Brito & Kathryn Kaycoff, Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, USA

Ukraine Surrogacy – What are the Considerations ?

Anna Lisnichenko is a Ukraine-based expert on surrogacy practice, laws and Ukraine government procedures. In recent years, her Odesa-based agency has become very popular given its clear communication, flexibility and understanding of couples needs. Anna provides a detailed look at issues such as paperwork requirements, program types, hidden costs and surrogate recruitment and care in the Ukraine context.

Anna Lisnichenko, Perfect Surrogacy, Odesa, Ukraine

Practical Advice on Legal and Parentage Issues 

What does Victorian law provide for in regard to surrogacy? Are you recognised as a parent? Can you engage with a traditional surrogate who uses her own eggs? What are the limits on the number of times someone can donate eggs? How is the law enforced? Provides a simple guide to when & how you will need to interact with lawyers in undertaking surrogacy arrangements domestically or offshore

Alfonso Layson, Sarah Bevan Lawyers, Australia

Morning Tea and Networking with Parents & Experts

Parent Panel

Recent heterosexual and gay Australian parents via surrogacy in Australia and internationally  share their experiences, the highs and lows, what they learned and what they would have done differently

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Tejas & Kruti Savsani (via Ukraine), David Cocks (via US) Nicole Russell (via Australia) Nick Wray (via Colombia) Matt Tomlins (via Canada)

Surrogacy in Canada

Provides a detailed overview of the issues to consider in Canadian egg donation and surrogacy for foreigners, different types of agencies, wait times, screening, legal contracts, eligibility, costs, guarantee programs for the IVF component and a host of other issues

Nir Keren, Babies Come True

Lunch Break and Networking with Parents & Experts

The Australian Surrogate Perspective

Local altruistic surrogates who birthed a child during 2020 for intended parents previously known and unknown provide a reality check for intended parents, discussing what they expect from recipients they carry for, what motivates them and the ups and downs of the journey.

Panellists: Derani & Michelle (Melb based surrogates)