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Surrogacy & Donor Seminar- Auckland

Sat 19 February

10.00- 3.00 pm

The Parnell Hotel

This event is a chance for intended parents, parents and experts to network, share stories and learn from each other.  Learn what the IVF, donor and surrogacy processes really looks like in Australia and internationally.   Parents will join our popular ‘tell-all’ panel to explore how expectations can differ and how to survive the unexpected hurdles. 

This event will guide you on : 

  • Crucial decision-making on providers and destinations
  • Risks and how to avoid them
  • Sperm and Embryo shipping options
  • Legal issues
  • International travel updates
  • Resources to support you

Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions. 


When you are placing significant emotional and financial investment in family-building, you deserve to know the current reality. What is the evidence for vaccination in pregnancy? Why are  surrogates refusing vaccination? Can I specify this? What is the impact on wait times? In non-English-speaking contexts, can I have an independent relationship with my surrogate? Why has Colombia  run out of capacity?  What is going on in Canada & the US? 

Sam Everingham provides answers to many of the questions agencies wont tell you. 

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

What criteria are used to assess suitability of egg donors and surrogates? What screening tests are used? What aspects affect success rates? What are the differences between IVF clinic-screened donors, agency donors and friends or relatives as donors?

Dr Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Center, California, USA

How does the altruistic Canadian surrogacy model work for foreigners? What availability is there of egg donors and surrogates? How are surrogates motivated to carry? How are they supported? What concierge services are available?

Nir Keren, Babies Come True, Canada

Do I need a lawyer for domestic surrogacy or egg donation? Does my surrogate need a lawyer? Can we write our own agreement? Are these legally binding? What expenses can our surrogate be re-imbursed? How is this monitored? Who appears on the birth certificate? How does transfer of parentage work? Do I need legal support for international arrangements?

Cassandra Kalpaxis, Kalpaxis Law

Are there tests than can check sperm quality? What if quality is poor? Can I still make embryos? If  undertaking surrogacy, can we create embryos before having matched with a surrogate? What counselling requirements do clinics have in relation to donors and surrogates?

Dr Nick Lolatgis, Centre for Infertility Solutions, Vic

Local parents who recently completed surrogacy or egg donation in USA, Canada, Greece or Georgia share their experiences, the ups and downs

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Linda Wood (mum via Georgia;  Nick Stathopoulos (Dad via Greece) Helen Gazis (mum via US) Robyn Renyard (mum via Canada)

A local parents, surrogate and egg donor  share their experiences, the ups and downs of domestic IVF and surrogacy, covering eligibility, counselling, expenses, support and expectations

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Natalie Pistritto, Adam Sloan

Georgia has become a tried and proven destination for affordable egg donor and surrogacy programs for heterosexual  couples. 

This talk covers recent changes in Georgian Surrogacy enrolment requirements to prove de-facto status. What is a Power of Attorney used for? What is a genetic affinity letter? What embryo transfer procedures acceptable and what are not? How surrogate mothers are selected, communication and  after-birth care; What willingness do surrogates have to get Covid vaccinated? How does the Georgian Birth – Certificate process work?

Naia Adamia, Be Parent, Georgia

Your Ticket includes free 15 min Consultation with the surrogacy expert of your choice? Contact Ankita Agarwal at [email protected] for a booking.

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