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Surrogacy and Egg Donation Conference -New Zealand

21 August,2021

August 21 2021

12.45pm – 6.00 pm

The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre

The Growing Families annual New Zealand event will bring the community together for the first time in 2 years.  This is a chance for intended parents, parents, egg donors, surrogates, and experts to network, share stories and learn from each other.  Learn what the IVF, donor and surrogacy process really looks like.  A panel of altruistic Surrogates will share about their motivations to carry for another family.  NZ Parents will join a panel to explore how expectations can differ and how to survive the unexpected hurdles. Attend Auckland Seminar to learn more. 

  • This event is live but will occur via Zoom in case of a lock-down in NZ.
  • Your chance to meet experts, surrogates and parents
  • Tickets from just $5
  • Even if you have started or completed your journey, please come along for the afternoon feedback session

Face to Face Tickets Available. 


What are the possible routes for infertile singles, couples and gay men? what are the pros and cons of each? What are the risks, the financial and logistics considerations? Global experts Sam Everingham looks closely at the current OS donor and Surrogacy options. 

Sam Everingham

What factors predict success in the IVF context? At what age should I be considering donor eggs? What makes a good egg donor? If I have embryos already, should they be PGD tested prior to surrogacy. One of the globe’s most renowned fertility specialists talks you through common issues. Can I travel to the US if I dont have an egg donor here?

Dr Michael Kettel, San Diego Fertility Center, US

Lauri and Kathyrn are parents via surrogacy and run a US program which has matched and supported dozens of surrogates who have carried for Australian and NZ singles and couples. They describe the screening and support which an agency process should provide.

Kathryn Kaycoff, Agency for Surrogacy Solutions

With no ‘how to’ guide and the prohibition on advertising for a surrogate, many people turn to a virtual community that becomes a central part of their journey. It is in this space where both intended parents and surrogates find support and learn to model their search on another familiar process: dating. By using rituals  associated with dating, relationships are  crafted with the understanding that there is a ‘recipe for success’. Based on three years research with 20 surrogates and 20 intended parents in Aotearoa New Zealand Hannah outlines four ‘rules’ that govern interactions and behaviour. She shows how everyday rituals help new members feel less vulnerable as they create a family via surrogacy

Dr Hannah Gibson, University of Wellington

You need to ensure  your egg donor or surrogacy journey meets the counselling and other guidelines required by New Zealand regulators. This talk takes you through the processes to help you manage your expectations. It covers possible timelines, costs and steps including screening, counselling, testing, embryo creation and transfer processes

Helen Nicholson, Repromed, Auckland

Stewart Dalley is a co-owner of D&S Law, he is a recognised industry expert on the laws related to surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology. He and his partner have 3 children of their own from surrogacy, so he has both lived and professional experience. Stewart will outline the current New Zealand legal landscape related to surrogacy, both domestically and internationally.  

Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law

Meet & enjoy a drink and canapes with parents, surrogates, donors and industry experts in a relaxed atmosphere

Parents who have engaged in gestational and traditional surrogacy in New Zealand, USA and Mexico share their stories of the hurdles, timelines, costs, decision-making and advice for others, as well as surviving family formation amidst Covid-related lockdowns.

Moderator: Stewart Dalley

Panelists: Christopher Hunter (Dad via traditional NZ); Mark Catley (dad via US) Becs Bagley  (mum via NZ/US) Lee Barrett (Dad via Mexico)

New Zealand surrogates discuss matching with intended parents, their motivation for helping, support networks, expectations, what they look for in recipients and much more.

Moderator: Hannah Gibson

Panelists: Samantha Watkins, Lacy Owen, Toni Langdon, Mereika Bourke 

This Community Consultation is your chance to influence much needed changes to New Zealand’s surrogacy laws in regard to parental recognition, passports and processing of both domestic and international births

Nichola Lambie, NZ Law Commission

Are you looking for a free 15 min Consultation with the surrogacy expert? Contact Ankita Agarwal at [email protected]

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