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.
Program Administrator, Centre for Surrogate Parenting, USA
Program Administrator, Centre for Surrogate Parenting, USA
Joanne Bubrick has been with the Center for Surrogate Parenting since 1997 and is the Australian case manager. She feels it is an honor and privilege to have helped CSP’s “intended parents” become “parents”. Joanne’s 21 years of experience helps intended parents make this complicated process as simple as possible. Joanne says that her greatest joy is knowing that she was part of a special team who brought such happiness to our clients.
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.
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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Anna is a school teacher and is closely involved in admining the Australian surrogate facebook group. Anna surveyed 150 members of this online surrogate support group. Every past, current & potential altruistic surrogate responded, shedding light on just how domestic surrogacy is evolving. Anna is currently matched with a South Australian couple and works for Surrogacy Australia as their Surrogacy Support Manager
Kate Pippia is the Director of Identilab, a Brisbane-based laboratory specialising in DNA testing for parentage and kinship. Kate has 14 years experience as a human identification specialist, including 9 years as a forensic DNA analyst. She and her team are highly experienced in providing evidence of claimed family relationships, both locally and abroad. Kate has a special interest in surrogacy cases and understands the emotions experienced by intended parents, having been on that journey herself. Identilab is proud to be the preferred provider of DNA testing for Families Through Surrogacy and considers it a privilege to be able to assist with this part of the process.
Sarah has practised solely in family law since the commencement of her career nearly 20 years ago, and has been an Accredited Specialist in Family Law through the Law Society of NSW since 2005. She also is an accredited arbitrator, regular presenter of ongoing legal education papers on family law to the legal profession and is on the panel of lawyers appointed to act as the Independent Child’s Lawyer in proceedings under the Family Law Act. Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers are experts in surrogacy, having assisted many Australian and international intended parents and surrogates. Sarah led the team responsible for the landmark NSW decision for the first same-sex couple to be registered as parents on their child’s birth certificate, after that child was born through a surrogacy arrangement.
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Kate has a passion for family law, having worked almost exclusively in the area since entering the legal profession in 2000. In 2010 Kate represented the Applicants in the first Surrogacy case ever determined in Queensland. This was a landmark decision which became a platform for Kate to assist many other couples in Queensland and elsewhere with altruistic surrogacy arrangements and transfer of legal parentage to the intended parents.
Over the years Cassandra’s passion for family law has deepened and she has niched solely into the practice of Family and Surrogacy law. Cassandra is passionate about surrogacy. Knowing first-hand the heartache associated with trying to conceive a baby, Cassandra offers a kind, welcoming space to discuss any of your surrogacy concerns, questions and to provide advice. Her firm offers advice to both surrogates and intended parents. They are not just interested in surrogacy, they have experienced surrogacy first hand. They understand your journey, your goals, your vision, your dreams. Their surrogacy clients generally stay in touch for years to come.
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An obstetrician – gynecologist for more than 30 years, Dr Giakoumakis studied at the University of Athens and specialized in Ob / Gyn. He worked as a visiting doctor in the HolweideKrankenhaus Koln and in Chania. He speaks English, Italian, German and French. In 1992, he created the Mediterranean Fertility Institute in which he is Clinical Director. The Institute has high-tech equipment and a scientific team specializing in infertility treatment and prevention of genetic diseases. It is one of the few fertility centers with the potential to manage all aspects of infertility including surrogacy. Increasing numbers of Australians are engaging with MFI
Narelle is an ANZICA accredited clinical health psychologist based in Brisbane with many years of experience of surrogacy cases. She has completed a Churchill fellowship which took her around the world to study surrogacy practice in the USA, Canada, Russia and South-east Asia.
Katrina Hale is a Sydney-based Psychologist and Infertility Counsellor with over 20 years counselling experience. She is passionate about surrogacy and a strong supporter of all walks of the community that wish to create a family through surrogacy. She is committed to helping Intending Parents and Surrogates and their partners successfully navigate their surrogacy journey together.
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 and has also completed sevral surrogacy journeys. She will discuss how Egg Donation Australia works and the etiquette and tips around locating an altruistic donor in Australia
Charmaine is 35 years old and moved to Brisbane from NZ 12 years ago. She has four children of her own and one son who’s no longer with us. Charmaine has wanted to be a surrogate from the age of 15 and when she lost her son it made the urge to help others even stronger. She has been on this adventure for 4 years now and in that time experienced 8 transfers and three miscarriages. The 8th transfer was the magic one and Charmaine gave birth in October 2017
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
Kat always knew that she wanted to be a mother. Being in a same sex marriage that couldn’t happen so easily. After more than 10 years of reproductive assistance including IVF, and a life threatening miscarriage, Kat turned to surrogacy with CSP. After one successful attempt she is the proud mother of one year old twins. She is passionate about helping others achieve their dreams.