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US IVF: Pacific Fertility brittany@pfcla.com
Georgia IVF: ReproArt datiashvili.nino@gmail.com


NZ IVF: Fertility Associates ahunter@fa.co.nz
NZ Lawyer: Ryken Associates stewart@rykenlaw.co.nz

IconAuckland Saturday 15 February 2020
Timing Description

Streamlining parentage post surrogacy

NZ MP Tamati Coffey and Tim Smith welcomed their baby Tūtānekai by gestational surrogate in July 2019. It was a long process that started many years earlier. In Nov 2019, they adopted their Son in line with the current legal framework. Tamati discusses their journey and the Members Bill he has lodged to streamline the surrogacy process for NZ couples in the future.

Tamati Coffey, MP and dad via surrogacy

Preparing for Egg Donation & Surrogacy(Click to download)

Looks in detail at surrogacy and egg donor trends globally, in both regulated and unregulated countries, risks, costs, timelines and relationships as well as ethical considerations and setting realistic expectations.

Olivia Santa, Growing Families

IVF Considerations in Surrogacy & Egg Donation (Click to download)

Looks at what factors predict success, which you can and cant control, the pros and cons of PGS testing embryos and issues around shipping embryos from New Zealand.

Miles & Brittany Collins, Pacific Fertility Centers Los Angeles

Surrogate & Donor Screening & Contact (Click to download)

Your relationship with your donor and/or surrogate will be very different in a non-English speaking country, sometimes due to laws, often due to language and cultural barriers. But how does the screening of donors and surrogates differ from say Australia and the USA? This session takes a look at comparative screening and contact processes across the globe

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

The Nuts and Bolts of Ovarian Stimulation (Click to Download)

Provides an understanding of what tests can be done to assess donor suitability, how live birth rates tend to vary based on age of the egg provider and other factors to consider for both donors and recipients

Dr Dean Morbeck, Fertility Associates, New Zealand

Legal Processes in Surrogacy for New Zealanders (Click to download)

Uses real-life examples to provide a realistic picture of what to expect in relation to the pre and post surrogacy legal steps and requirements to ensure a transfer of parentage after surrogacy.

Stewart Dalley, Ryken Associates, New Zealand


The evolving relationships between Intending parents and surrogate (Click to download)

An experienced counsellor discusses how these relationships tend to evolve through the pregnancy and post birth.

Sue Saunders, Fertility Associates NZ

Parent Panel

Panellists: Amira Mikhail (mum via Canada) Nick Georgiev (dad via NZ/US)  Justen Lee (Dad via US) Joy Marriott (mum via NZ surrogacy)

Finding the Strength to Keep Going

Simona Spark, Spark Transformations, Auckland

Donor Conception & Surrogacy Network NZ

Fertility New Zealand has recently launched a network to support New Zealanders to build whānau through donor conception and surrogacy.  It offers peer support and guidance, resources and events.  Nicola introduces this initiative and explains how it works.

Nicola Bitossi, CEO, Fertility New Zealand

NZ Surrogate & Egg Donor Perspectives

Panellists: Melissa Fleming (Egg  Donor), Donna Adams (traditional surrogate)  Emma Williams (gestational surrogate) Natasha Dalziell (Donor and surrogate)