Surrogacy Event – Brisbane 19 February – Growing Families

BRISBANE SEMINAR

Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

Date: 19 February 2023

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For an individual or couple considering parenthood, navigating the family-building process with donors and/or surrogates can be an overwhelming experience.

Join us for an interactive ‘Ask Me Anything’ seminar

Sunday 19 February
11.00am to 6.00pm

Rydges Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Fulfill Your Family Building Dream!!

Designed to Inform on Donor IVF, Surrogacy and Egg Donation Options in Australia and Abroad.

Our interactive seminar format provides advice, introductions and answers to questions, no matter where you are in your family building journey.  We cover steps from first engagement with professional service providers to taking your baby home.

The seminar is broken into sessions that include:

  • Surrogacy & Egg Donor Options by Country
  • Medical & Donor Considerations
  • Legal Issues
  • Parent & Surrogate Panels

Each session includes an expert panel, providing a chance to clarify much of the conflicting information and myths you may have been exposed to online.

What You Will Learn

Growing Families events provide an opportunity to learn from a global program of experts, surrogates, donors and parents, curated to provide the most relevant information for ‘those starting or on a family building surrogacy journey.

This event will guide you on:

  • Legal rights & responsibilities for intended parents, surrogates and donors
  • Important considerations in egg donor selection
  • Different program types, hidden costs and risks
  • Managing the process
  • Embryo creation options
  • Setting realistic expectations as to timeframes and agency responsibilities

SPEAKERS

Leaders in their Fields Providing Information on Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy, Egg Donation and Legal Process

Dr. D. collaborated to develop IVF protocols that improve pregnancy rates and post-thaw extended culture.  These ground-breaking findings have been published in internationally respected medical journals.  Intended parents have travelled from 40+ countries in 1 year alone to seek his help!!

Dr. Said DaneshmandSan Diego Fertility Center. USA 

Dr. Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Center. USA 

Rich was part of the team in America that developed the model for surrogacy legislation and guidance ‘Assisted Reproductive Technology’.  He has been published in the American Journal of Family Law and the Australian Family Law Journal. 

Rich Vaughn, Attorney, International Fertility Law Group


Dr Uliana coordinated the ground-breaking first international IVF procedure in Ukraine. Dr. Uliana has over 12 years’ IVF experience, performed over 5000 cycles, treated patients from 36 countries and has clinics all over the world.

Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva, Medical Director, International Fertility Group, Georgia

Fullfiling Your Family Building Dream

‘Ask Me Anything’ Brisbane Seminar

Date: Sunday 19 February 2023
Time:  11.00am to 6.00pm
Location:  Rydges Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Tickets: $55 + gst

Growing Families have 11 years of experience supporting over 3000 singles and couples engaging in international donor and surrogacy arrangements.

Who should attend this Seminar

Heterosexual Couples:

  • Understand how age affects IVF success rates, when you should be considering a donor & what options are available at home and abroad
  • Understand why the Ukraine is now a dangerous option for surrogacy
  • Learn about embryo shipping options, costs and risks

Same Sex Couples:

  • Understand the destinations that allow gay couples and singles to engage in surrogacy
  • Learn about egg donor selection and what you should consider before making your decision
  • Understand the legal & practical issues around travel, birth certificates and parentage

Singles:

  • Understand the process of using donor eggs or sperm
  • Understand which jurisdictions allow a single person to engage in surrogacy
  • Connect with single parents who have been on this journey

Healthcare Professionals:

  • With an interest in infertility or family building options
  • Understand how you can support your patients

Agenda & Speakers 2023

11.20 – 11.40am

Introduction

Welcome from Heather Anderson, Growing Families Founder, and an introduction to the days sessions.

Heather Anderson, Growing Families

11.40 – 12.10pm

Donor & Embryo Creation Options Locally And Abroad

We will discuss regulated process in Australia on how to make embryos and where. And if you are unable to engage locally how embryos can be exported for surrogacy.

Your donor options and processes, including family and friends as donors, IVF clinic donors, donor databases abroad, donor suitability, screening and more.

Dr. Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Clinic, USA;  Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva, International Fertility Group, Georgia: Dr. Hayden Homer, Queensland Fertility Group, Australia; Dr Clifford Librach, Create IVF Canada

12.10 – 12.40pm

Latest Trends In US & Canadian Surrogacy

An overview from US and Canada service providers on the latest processes relevant to their country.

This will include information on intended parent(s) (IP) suitability to their country, program costs, multiple embryo transfer and potential issues that affect surrogate match times.

Monica Buehler, Accel Conceptions; Lauri De Brito, The Fertility Agency, USA;  Cindy Wasser, Canada; Richard Westoby; SDFC, USA

12.40 – 1.10pm

Changes In The Landscape – Europe & South America

An overview from Georgia and Argentina service providers on the latest processes relevant to their country.

This will include information on intended parent(s) (IP) suitability to their country, program costs, multiple embryo transfer and potential issues that affect surrogate match times.
Includes an update on the Ukraine situation.

Dr Tamari Kachlishvili, Surrogacy Consulting, Georgia; Argentina;  Dr Uliana Dorofeyeva,  International Fertility Group, Georgia

1.10 – 1.50pm

LUNCH

1.50 – 2.20pm

Surrogacy Experts – Ask me Anything – Q&A Panel

Surrogate experts from around the globe field questions from the audience and moderator.

Moderator: Heather Anderson, Growing Families

Lauri De Brito, The Fertility Agency, USA; Monica Buehler, Accel Conceptions ; Tamari Kachlishvili, Surrogacy Consulting; Georgia,

2.20 – 2.50pm

IVF Experts – Ask me Anything – Q&A Panel

IVF experts from around the globe field questions from the audience and moderators.

Moderator: Heather Anderson, Growing Families

Dr. Hayden Homer, Queensland Fertility Group, Australia; Dr. Clifford Librach, Create IVF , Canada; Dr. Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Clinic, USA

2.50 – 3.20pm

Legal Expert Panel

Surrogacy lawyers discussing the legal issues associated with surrogacy and egg donation in Australia and abroad. 

Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan Lawyers, Australia;  Rich Vaughn, International Fertility Law Group, USA; Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada

3.20 – 3.50pm

AFTERNOON TEA

3.50- 5.20pm

The Reality ‘Ask Me Anything’ Panels

Hear from donors and surrogates about their motivations, experience and preferences.
Hear from recent parents who engaged locally or abroad discuss their decision-making process, surrogate relationships, disclosure to family, cultural barriers, hurdles, costs and audience question time.
Hear from teenagers born via egg donor or surrogacy open up about their lives, understanding where they came from and their sense of self.

Andrew Boyd (dad via USA); Terry Crouch (dad via Australia) Nicole MacRae (mum via Greece) Lee & Michael Carretta (mum via Canada)

Elijah & Huxley Merrell Knowles (pre-teens via Tradit Surrogacy)

5.20 – 6.00pm

NETWORKING DRINKS

Enjoy drinks and nibbles while mingling with service providers, speakers and other intended parents on a similar journey to you.

Why You Should Attend Even If You Have Been Before:

Surrogacy & Donor options, wait times and agency capacity change regularly given the high demand. Our events focus on providing the latest information and updates. We constantly review feedback on agencies, risks and other hurdles to allow you to better plan. 

So, no matter where you are in your family building journey, these events provide essential updated information + an opportunity to talk with recent parents and older children via surrogacy.

Date:          Sunday 19 February 2023
Time:        11.00am to 6.00pm
Location:  Rydges Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Tickets:    $55 + gst

Ticket price includes:  lunch & afternoon tea, with complimentary networking drinks and nibbles. Along with the opportunity to freely talk with all expert speakers, donor & surrogates, recent parents and older children on the day. 

Reviews

Thank you for a great event in Dublin, I enjoyed the day.  The feedback is very positive from everyone I have spoken to

Anne

Dublin Conference 2022

I was very pleased with the extent of the advice, guidance and information I received

Fiona

Dublin Conference 2022 

I enjoyed meeting with experts and parents

Marg

Dublin Conference 2022

Thank you for the avalanche of information and support

Josh

Dublin Conference 2022 

Meet Our Expert Speakers

Cindy Wasser
Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada
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Dr. Clifford Librarch
Create Fertility Centre, Canada
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Dr. Said Daneshmand
San Diego Fertility Center. USA
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Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva
Medical Director, International Fertility Group, Georgia
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Heather Anderson
Australian Parent Support
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Lauri De Brito
The Fertility Agency, USA
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Prof Hayden Homer
Medical Director, Queensland Fertility Group
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Rich Vaughn
Attorney, International Fertility Law Group,
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Richard Westoby
IP support manager, SDFC, USA
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Sarah Bevan
Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers
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Tamari Kachlishvili
Global Surrogacy Consulting, Argentina
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Family Members Sharing Their Stories

Andrew Boyd..
Gay Dad via USA
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Dax Manning
Dad via altruistic surrogacy
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Elijah Merrell-Knowles
Pre-teen via surrogacy
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Huxley Merrell-Knowles
Pre-teen via surrogacy
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Lee Carretta
Mum via Canada
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Nicole MacRae
Mum via Greece Surrogate
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Terry Crouch
Dad via Australian Domestic Surrogate
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If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us via email: Info@growingfamilies.org.

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