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IconDomestic Conference 14 Nov 2020 Australian Eastern Daylight Time (Sydney Time)
Timing Description

Welcome:

Intro to 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?

Anna McKie, Surrogacy Australia

Not Just a Pretty Face – Choosing Egg Donors    

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

Dr Bronwyn Devine, IVF Australia

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

Panelists: Ashley Ford, Jemma Bacon

Egg Donor & Surrogate-friendly IVF procedures

Understand the impact of medicated vs natural cycles. Understand what medical factors need to be considered in donor and surrogate screening to 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? What if we disagree?

Kate Cherry, Cherry Family Law

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.
Moderator: Miranda Montrone
Sarah Nowoweiski, Narelle Dickinson

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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

Marea Ryan, Mothers Milk Bank

Parent Panel

Australian parents via domestic surrogacy 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.

Moderator: Rita Alesi

Panelists: Trudy Bateman, Tamara Greenan, & Shaun Larkin (gay dad)

Surrogate  Panel

Australian surrogates who carried for a previously unknown recipient or for a relative 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.

Moderator: Katrina Hale

Panelists: Susan Gambale, Jessica Beaven, Suzanne Pearl

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
Moderator: Cathy Anderson, VARTA

Panelists: Ethan Chiang-Cruise (via US surrogacy), Alice Clarke (via AU surrogacy), Tamzin McLean (donor conceived)

Surro-Siblings – The Impact of Surrogacy on Families

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

Moderator: Miranda Montrone
Panelists: Tyler-Rose Taylor, Molly McKinnon + 1 more