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.
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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
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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.
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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.
Sue has been a fertility counsellor for 30 years and has worked as a counsellor for Fertility Associates since 2001. In 1998 Sue’s book Infertility, a Guide for New Zealanders was published. Sue has also been involved in research on egg donation and children born through donation.
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.
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.
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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.
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Nicola Bitossi is Chief Executive of Fertility NZ, a Charity dedicated to supporting, informing and advocating for New Zealanders wishing to build families. Nicola manages the day-to-day running of Fertility New Zealand including projects such as the Fertility Week, stakeholder relationships, funding and oversees consumer and volunteer support.
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.
Relationship Coach and LGBTQ Activist, Simona Spark is the owner and founder of Spark Transformation Academy. She is a Tedx Speaker, published author, and the creator & host of Redefined Family in the modern age of LGBTQ Podcast. She works with LGBTQ families supporting them to release limiting beliefs so they can fully embrace their new identity. Simona’s mission is to help individuals and couples from every walk of life become the parents their children need them to be.
Emma is a two times gestational surrogate for gay friends in Auckland, with the IVF procedure being done both times in San Diego. She carried their first child (a boy) for them in 2018, born in October when Emma was 30 and their second child (a girl) was born in December 2019. Emma lives in Whanganui with her husband Brian and their 3 children, aged 12, 10 and 8.
Natasha has three children – three “gifts” born from sperm donation – so as she sees it, she owes three gifts in return.
Since becoming a mother 5 years ago she has donated her eggs to help a couple conceive, been a gestational surrogate for a gay couple, and now contemplating what her last gift will be- doing it all in the name of “paying it forward”
Mel is the mama of 3 girls and has donated eggs twice and in the midst of a third donation. Three little girls have been born to two families. Melissa
has a great relationship with all her recipients and believes it is important to have a network of people in the donation community to talk with. She created a private group called an eggcellent donor adventure which documents her journey which has been great for herself and others.
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.
Nick & Long are a same-sex couple who wanted to have children. In 2015 they joined NZ Surrogacy Forum and in 2017 matched with a woman who became their gestational surrogate. Due to inability to obtain approval for embryo transfer in New Zealand, they used a Californian IVF clinic to create embryos, flew their surrogate to US, transferred embryos there and welcomed their first child in October 2018. Their surrogate offered to carry a second child – born in December 2019.
Justen and his partner Nathan welcomed twin boys by surrogacy in July 2018 in the USA. The boys are half brothers given one has Justen’s and one has Nathan’s genetic material! Their journey started in 2016 and finished in 2018. In Apr 2019, they adopted their sons in line with the current legal framework in New Zealand with the help of lawyer Stewart Dalley. Their’s is the first case where the parent held a NZ work visa and yet was able to adopt their surrogacy-born children.
Joy is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and her husband is a fertility specialist. Unable to carry a child herself, Joy met her surrogate on the NZ Surrogacy Forum and engaged in a traditional surrogacy arrangement (her surrogate provided both eggs and womb). Joy welcomed her son Noah just five months ago. She will discuss her journey and navigating relationships with a surrogate independently.