Stewart is a Barrister and Solicitor at Ryken and Associates, Auckland specialising in the law relating to assisted reproductive technology, domestic and international surrogacy, and adoption, as well as immigration and refugees. In addition, Stewart is a Board member of Fertility New Zealand.
Stewart together with his same-sex partner are the parents to children born as a result of domestic altruistic surrogacy. Stewart is a keen advocate for LGBTIQ rights and for access generally to assisted reproductive technology. In that regard, Stewart obtained a ground-breaking judgment in the New Zealand courts when he successfully argued the case for same-sex de facto couples to be able to be granted joint adoption orders. Earlier this year, Stewart represented a female same-sex couple in mediation with the Department of Internal Affairs, where he was successful in having the Department agree to change its procedures, and allow two women to be named on a child’s birth certificate as “mother” and “mother”, when the child was born as a result of assisted reproductive technology.
Dr Morbeck is actively involved with research, focusing on in vitro stress during embryo culture, specifically, identifying sources of stress and developing improved methods for detection and prevention of factors that cause stress during preimplantation embryo culture. As a Lecturer at the University of Auckland, Dr. Morbeck is actively investigating providing better embryo selection. Prior to joining in 2016, Dr. Morbeck spent 10 years at the Mayo Clinic and prior to that over 10 years as a laboratory director in private practice, first in Ohio and then in Minnesota. For three years (2004-2006) he functioned independently as an off-site director/consultant at several clinics across the US
Tamari is an experienced international fertility manager, with a long history working in local and international health care industry, a Medical degree and a Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Policy. What she enjoys most is the variety of roles and the type of environments she is exposed to. Being involved in the fertility sector allows Tamari to work with different teams on new projects/programs, work in different cultural environments, be exposed to various systems, and manage her time and efforts against very specific deliverables, thus being able to gain insight into managing projects from different angles. Her specific interest is in the inter-dependencies of global and national practices, in how policies are written based on different regional contexts and translated into real medical solution to ensure better health outcomes.
Miles and Brittany are a husband and wife team, former patients at PFCLA, and now President and CEO of PFCLA. Miles’ background is in Neuroscience and healthcare technology, while Brittany comes from venture capital. Miles and Brittany were drawn to this space by their desire to help people build families, and chose to work with PFCLA because of its international reputation for top success rates and caring clinicians.
Tamati Coffey and his partner Tim Smith had their baby Tūtānekai by gestational surrogate in July 2019. It was a long process that started many years earlier, but they were dissuaded by the cumbersome process. In Nov 2019, they completed the process by adopting their Son in line with the current legal framework. As a Member of Parliament, Tamati Coffey has lodged a members Bill to streamline the surrogacy process for couples in the future.
Olivia has been working with Growing Families for over three years, liaising closely with intended parents, IVF clinics, surrogacy agencies and law firms in Australia, New Zealand and globally. As a result, she has developed an intimate understanding of surrogacy processes, pitfalls and good practice, as well as cost and eligibility issues globally.
Donna is a single mum of two children and co-owns NZ-Surrogacy.com. She has been a traditional surrogate for a gay Australian couple, an egg donor and engaged with a private sperm donor recipient to conceive her own daughter.
Miles is a former patient at PFCLA, and now President of PFCLA. Miles’ background is in Neuroscience and healthcare technology. Miles and Brittany were drawn to this space by their desire to help people build families, and chose to work with PFCLA because of its international reputation for top success rates and caring clinicians.
Amira has written a powerful story – Mission to Motherhood– of how she tackled and overcome repeated hurdles on her journey to motherhood, from fibroids, endometriosis, infertility and miscarriage, through to IVF and surrogacy, first in New Zealand and then Canada. She will share what she learnt along this extraordinary journey. Copies of her book will be available.
Simona was born and raised in Romania, but moved to the United States as a single parent who could not speak English with no friends or family. She found the strength to survive an abusive relationship, lived in a woman’s shelter and kept her sanity. Over the past decade, she has had 13 addresses in five different countries and states. As a life coach focused on helping people overcome challenges, Simona has learnt that all her challenges were her greatest gifts. Simona is also the creator of Redefined Family – a series of podcasts about LGBTQ families in the modern age.