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NATIONAL AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE NOV 2020

IconNational Australian Conference 14-15 November 2020
Timing Description

Welcome:

Domestic Egg Donation & Surrogacy

Who is eligible, what qualities do you need to be suited to altruistic arrangements as a donor and recipient? Learn about the local options, the SASS program, Locating & Building Relationships how to utilise your own networks; dos and donts of surrogate engagement, staying in control over decision making; What supports are necessary? What are the likely timeframes, costs and time commitment?

Surrogate-friendly IVF procedures
Understand the impact of medicated vs natural cycles on your donor, surrogate and embryo numbers. Understand the latest advances in embryo creation and transfer which can enhance success

Understanding the Legal Issues

What are surrogacy agreements? Who writes them? Are they legally binding? What surrogate expenses are allowed? How does transfer of parentage work? What legal rights do Intended parents, donors and surrogates have?

Morning Tea & Networking

Egg Donor Options

Giving up on your own eggs can be a difficult transition. For gay couples it’s a necessity. There are a range of options– friends and family; travelling overseas to access donor eggs, altruistic donor organisations; fly-in donors, fly-in eggs. This session reviews the pros and cons of each

Traditional Surrogacy

Why motivates some surrogates & IPs choose this path? What are the cost implications? What are the risks to look out for? What does the research show on psychological outcomes for surrogates using their own eggs?  Do such journeys require different levels of oversight? Will some IVF clinics allow  insemination in the clinic environment?

Donors Own Experiences

Donors discuss what motivates them, how they chose a recipient, what to look for, what an egg donor goes through medically, what are the logistics  and how they engage with the children of their recipients

The  Counselling Process

Relationships between surrogate, her partner and the intended parent are a key to success. Building relationships; what counselling should cover; what the counsellor is looking for; preparing yourself; potential impact on family members; Potential red flags; resolving Disputes

Medical Considerations in relation to Eggs & Embryo Quality

Lunch & Networking with Parents and Experts

Surrogate & Parent Panel

Australian surrogates and parents  join a panel to explore how expectations can differ, how to come to agreements on crucial issues; How support needs were or were not met; What were the toughest aspects; how to survive the unexpected hurdles; Managing expenses, communication, trust  and more.

Surrogate Support & Birth plans

How you can best ensure your surrogate is well supported

Surro-Siblings – The Impact of Surrogacy on Families

Breast Milk & Induced Lactation Options

Breastmilk is one of the most effective way to enhance child health, yet often child via surrogacy miss out. Some surrogates express milk – others will not. Intending mothers can take medication to induce lactation. Parents can also supplement formula with donated breast milk, sourced via informal networks or charities such as Mothers Milk Bank. This session reviews the range of health, safety and psychological issues to consider for both those providing milk and recipients

Older children of Australian surrogates discuss their attitudes to their mum carrying for someone else; the impact on their own family; interactions with friends, and their relationship with the child(ren) their mum carried

Afternoon Tea

Networking with Surrogates, Parents and Experts

Legal Transfer of Parentage

Legal transfer of parentage is available for Australian surrogacy, but requires a number of pre-conditions to be met prior to pregnancy and after the birth. Find out what these are and how to prepare

Donor & Surrogacy Conceived Young Adults

An extraordinary panel of older children and young adults via ED or surrogacy discussing what and when their parents told them, their sense of self, whether they maintain relationships with donors, surrogates and what they disclose to their own peers

NETWORKING DRINKS

Registration – International Topics

Understanding the Current Landscape

An overview of surrogacy options globally, including where surrogacy is legal, illegal and unregulated; Summarises by country differences in eligibility, legal restrictions, risks, costs, who goes on birth certificate, exit processes and parental status.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Success & Risk in Embryo Creation & Transfer

How do birth rates differ based on age of the egg provider? What sort of risks do you need to consider? What factors impact success? How important is PGD testing of embryos?

Factors to Consider in Planning a Successful Journey

Crucial IVF & Egg Donor Considerations

the key considerations to ensure you have the best chances, discusses self-cycling protocols, egg donor choices and the importance of semen analysis in preparing for donor-egg IVF and surrogacy

Morning Tea & Networking with Experts

Coming to Terms with Infertility
The unvoiced grief about not being able to carry a child can be a heavy weight for women and their partners. This grief and anguish can seriously affect how you approach surrogacy and relationships with surrogates. Addressing that grief in productive ways can make all the difference.

Surrogacy & Donor Options  for Singles & Gay Couples

in US, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus and other countries, including risks, ethical and medical considerations

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Legal Considerations for Australians Considering Cross-Border Surrogacy

Do I need to engage an Australian lawyer? How do laws differ by state in regard to offshore surrogacy? Am I the legal parent after engaging in surrogacy overseas? Uses cases studies to illustrate the legal considerations for those looking at cross-border surrogacy

Parent Journeys

In-depth discussion & Q&A with Australian parents who used international surrogacy, detailing what to expect – processes, costs, potential risks, what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles with parents via who used OS surrogacy and/or egg donation

Lunch

Networking with Parents & Experts

Guarantee Programs for Surrogacy & Egg Donation

The pros and cons for ‘guarantee’ and ‘money-back’ programs. What do they guarantee? Can they be combined with a program which uses your own embryos first? How cost effective are they?

Embryo Shipping

Many Australians are choosing the ship their precious embryos from Australia to offshore IVF clinics, particularly if they cat locate a local surrogate. The paperwork requirements for this can be complex and clinics vary in their requirements. Receiving countries can also have strict  requirements. learn about embryo export requirements and recipient requirements for countries like the US, Georgia and Ukraine

Risks and how to manage them

Wherever you engage in surrogacy, there are risks of low numbers of eggs retrieved, poor embryo quality, failed transfers, early or late miscarriage, preterm delivery and birth complications. Understanding these risks and how they can be minimised and overcome is essential.

DNA testing & Citizenship Processes

For those engaging in overseas surrogacy , unless you have a court order, DNA testing may be mandatory to access citizenship by descent. An Australian expert explains how the process works and what you can do to ensure your time away from home is minimised

Kate Pippia, IdentiLab, QLD

Afternoon Tea 

Networking with parents and experts

Sibling Projects

The majority of childless couples aim for more than one child. Many have ‘spare’ embryos after their first journey. But with increasing options, some are looking at another agency, or having to consider a donor (or second donor) if their initial donor is unavailable. This session discusses the important considerations

Break out Sessions

with parents who used Donors and/or surrogacy in USA, Canada, Georgia, Ukraine, Greece