Sam is dad to two girls Zoe & Ruby via surrogacy and has become one of the globe’s foremost commentators and researchers on surrogacy trends. He convenes conferences and seminars for intended parents in Ireland, UK, Australia, Asia and Scandinavia. Sam consults with singles and couples from around the globe to assist them to plan safe and reliable routes to building families through surrogacy. He has behind-the-scenes knowledge of providers of egg donation and surrogacy around the globe. He has seen the best and worst that surrogacy can deliver. He continues to promote best practice through conferences, one-on-one consultation and online resources. He runs a healthcare research consultancy and is the author of three books and is a non-executive director of the charity Surrogacy Australia.
Admitted to practice in the High Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria, Ben is a member of the Law Institute Of Victoria. He has advocated extensively in Family Law and has represented clients in relation to domestic altruistic surrogacy for over a decade. He has advised extensively on domestic and international Adoption and Surrogacy, and takes a personal interest in this unique and specialised area of law.
Nino is a doctor and public health professional. She is also a Lecturer and Entrepreneur with 12-years experience in marketing and healthcare management. She studies medicine at Tbilisi State University and completed her MBA in Hospital and Healthcare Management at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Now, working at Georgian-American Center for Reproductive Medicine – Reproart , she sees marketing as a bridge between healthcare organizations and the patient to offer patient-centric systems and services. In her opinion, every couple has the right to become a parent and she helps infertile couples to fulfil their dreams of parenthood.
IVF Specialist, Medical Director, Forth Worth Fertility USA
IVF Specialist, Medical Director, Forth Worth Fertility USA
As one of the top board-certified reproductive endocrinologists in Texas, Dr. Kaufmann specializes in fertility care ranging from to intrauterine insemination to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and fertility preservation.
Nationally recognized as a leader in IVF, Dr. Kaufmann continually invests considerable resources and his passion for this specialty into establishing the most comprehensive infertility and cryopreservation program in the nation. Dr. Kaufmann leads a recognized team of physicians, nurses, embryologists and support staff providing personalized patient care. Dr. Kaufmann has been recognized annually by peers and patients alike. Peers appointed him Top Doctor in Fort Worth, Texas magazine from 2005-2019 and patient bestowed him with Most Compassionate Doctor Award, Patient’s Choice Award and Top 10 Doctors on Vitals.com.
Kristin oversees the financial aspects of Simple Surrogacy, as well as solely managing the escrow accounts of clients. Her legal responsibilities include determining state laws and required legal proceedings in the Surrogate’s and Intended Parents’ state of residency; locating separate legal counsel experienced in surrogacy law for Intended Parents and Surrogate; review and assist in negotiating the surrogacy contract between Intended Parents and Surrogate; assure both parties that contractual agreements are met; and overseeing all necessary legal filings and procedures to establish parental rights for Intended Parents.
Kristin’s escrow responsibilities include opening of escrow; manage escrow account; monitor and authorize disbursements in accordance with your contract; reimburse expenses to Surrogate, including prescription medications and co-payments; and ensuring Intended Parents have access to all itemized monthly statements of the escrow activity. Kristen is an experienced three time Egg Donor, and parent, and is very experienced with all aspects of surrogacy involving Egg Donation.
Sacha has practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law since 2009 and with nearly ten years experience is able to provide strong advice and quality representation in a range of matters including complex property and financial settlements, parenting and children’s matters, de facto separation and surrogacy and fertility law.
Knowing that Family Law matters can be complex, emotional and often highly stressful, Sacha is adept at finding creative and practical solutions to help her clients reach negotiated outcomes through a range of alternative dispute resolution processes, including mediation. However, should it become necessary, Sacha has extensive experience in appearing in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia in both property and parenting matters.
Sacha is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law.
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.
International Patient Liaison, Fort Worth Fertility, USA
International Patient Liaison, Fort Worth Fertility, USA
Leesa Kaufmann, International Patient Liaison, assists patients as they navigate from initial consultation through successful pregnancy and graduation from Fort Worth Fertility. Leesa helps each patient on their journey to start or grow the family of their dreams with financial information and resources as well as facilitating communication with our dedicated team of physicians, nurses and embryologists.
Leesa received her Bachelor of Business Administration from West Virginia University and has an extensive background in biomedical technology. Having gone through fertility treatments herself to have her two children, Leesa truly understands the physical, emotional and financial aspects of treatment.
Stephen & his partner Andrew each have Australian/Uk Citizesnhip. They engaged in surrogacy in Texas, USA with Simple Surrogacy. Their first attempt resulted in a miscarriage at 9 weeks but their second embryo transfer resulted in the birth of boy/girl twins Reilly & Phoenix on 1 Sept 2017. Stephen will share the ups and downs of their journey and his tips for engaging in the US and Texas specifically
Felicity’s autoimmune condition was always destined to make pregnancy difficult for her. She and her husband had 9 IVF transfers, 4 miscarriages and the stillbirth of their daughter in Australia before investigating surrogacy. Her son Jackson was born in Oklahoma in June 2017 after their first transfer in the US.
Rebecca and her husband’s journey began 8 years ago and after 21 IVF cycles and 2 separate failed domestic surrogacy journeys they turned to the Ukraine . They very quickly settled on Lotus Surrogacy and once they sorted finances their journey commended. Within eight weeks they were in Kyiv meeting their surrogate. Their first attempt failed but their second led to pregnancy. Their daughter was born on on 29th November 2018, a day before 40 weeks gestation ans they returned to Australia early 2019.
Leah and husband James have two gorgeous girls, both born via surrogacy through the incredible generosity of two different women.
Leah’s surrogacy journey began in 2013, following a bowel cancer diagnosis coupled with the news that she may never be able to have children. Prior to her treatment, Leah and James were successful in creating embryos. On the 3rd transfer Leah’s cousin fell pregnant and their daughter was born in January 2016. With embryos on ice they commenced exploring options for their sibling journey.
They investigated both local and overseas options attending seminars and conferences and decided that their ideal scenario was finding a local surrogate. They met Julie within the community and embarked on what became a challenging journey and after success on the 6th transfer, they welcomed their 2nd daughter into their world in May 2019.
Leah and James experienced two very different surrogacy journeys and there were times where it felt like the hurdles were insurmountable, but they never gave up hope on achieving their dream of becoming parents. They will be forever grateful for their beautiful family, which would not have been possible without surrogacy.
Luc and his husband, Adam were married in 2016 with an intention to start a family together. They commenced their surrogacy journey at a Families Through Surrogacy conference in May 2017. There they connected with Create Fertility and 2 years later their daughter was born in British Columbia, Canada. ANU Fertility supported in matching them with their Surrogate. They are currently working with their Surrogate on their second surrogacy journey.
Gabby Goldberg and her partner Harris welcomed a daughter via surrogacy in the USA in Dec 2016 using a surrogacy agency in Minnesota and a Fertility clinic in Nevada. After 2 failed attempts (one non-starter and one failed medical exam) to find a donor through donor agencies they enlisted the help of Donor Concierge who found the egg donor they ultimately used.
Simon & his gay partner engaged in surrogacy with New Life Mexico which led to a successful birth in 2017. The Mexican state where they engaged has no laws regarding surrogacy. Their exit required three months in which to attain Australian citizenship, passports and other exit documents before they could come home. Simon will provide advice to those considering Mexico
Kim & Glenn, started trying to conceive in 2011. After 6 months they were diagnosed with unexplained infertility . Their journey has involved a minor stroke due to an IVF drug reaction, cycling with Kim’s eggs, donor eggs in Greece & donor embryos in Australia before progressing to Egg Donation & surrogacy in Ukraine. The Ukraine process took two years before Brooke arrived in February 2019.
Rodney Chiang-Cruise is one of the co-moderators of the Gay Dads Australia Facebook group and founder of the Gay Dads Australia website. He and his partner Jeff are the father of Ethan, a 12 year old boy via US surrogacy. Rodney & Jeff have also donated sperm and entered co-parent arrangements with a diverse group of Melbourne women. Rodney is a passionate believer in choice for intended parents. He has worked tirelessly in support and education in the Victorian community.
Shaun and his partner Jeremy began their surrogacy journey in 2016, research both local and international options. In 2017 they went through two egg donation cycles with their best friend Steph, and began the surrogacy process in Victoria with their QLD-based surrogate Nicolle and her wife Jane, who they had been introduce to by mutual friends. They were lucky to achieve a pregnancy on the first transfer, and in March 2019 Nicolle gave birth to Shaun and Jeremy’s beautiful son Elio.
Melissa Holman is one of those wonderful women who loves to give. Gold Coast-based, she is the founder of Egg Donation Australia, a forum with 600 active donors. She is a nurse and mother of two. She will discuss how Egg Donation Australia works and the etiquette and tips around locating an altruistic donor in Australia
Hayley is a working mother of 2 children from Perth. She was always interested in surrogacy and seriously considered becoming a surrogate after the birth of her last child in 2014. She didn’t know anyone personally needing a surrogate so she searched for intending parents through the Australian Surrogacy Community Facebook group. After finding the IPs she wanted to help & spending time getting to know each other, she offered to help them bring their baby to life. She gave birth in March 2017 with her husband and intending parents by her side. Hayley remains passionate about surrogacy and wants to share her story to raise awareness and insight into surrogacy in Australia.
Rachel & her husband Mark underwent many years of failed IVF before Rachel was diagnosed wit endometriosis and immune system issues which were making pregnancy impossible. After one final egg retrieval and embryo creation, their WA doctor gave up, but they refused to. They insisted on taking their embryos ‘for further treatment,’ shipping them to Tbilisi, Georgia. At this time Mark was 48, Rachel 44. When Jayden was born in October 2017, from a batch of embryos their own doctor had written off, it was testament to the determination and hope that binds this family together. Mark will discuss their experience of Georgian surrogacy
Ethan was born in January 2007 in a small town in Ohio, USA to his parents Rodney and Jeff Chiang-Cruise. His surrogate who he refers to as Aunty Kelly gave birth to Ethan with both his dads and her husband present. Ethan returned to Australia 2 weeks later with his dads. He is a Eurasian child with family in Taiwan, Australia and now Ohio. He has grown up with an ongoing and close relationship with his surrogate (Kelly) and her family. He is currently in year 7 and has another boy with male same-sex parents (via surrogacy) in his class. He finds talking about his origin story boring to him – because it is just his life and has always been. His parents are happy that he is at that place.