4.50 – 5.50pm

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2019-03-30 at 00:50:02

Parent Journeys

In-depth discussion & Q&A with Irish parents who engaged at home and offshore detailing what to expect – processes, costs,  what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles with surrogacy and egg donation

Ciara Dowling (Mum via Ukraine) Richard Shawyer (dad via USA), John Furlong (Gay dad via Ireland)


Growing Families has a decade of experience of working with government and agencies during crises to guide parents and their newborns through safe exit processes. These have included a military coup in Thailand, earthquakes in Nepal, sudden changes in laws in India and Cambodia and of course airspace closures in Ukraine during the worst of […]

Ukrainian Surrogate

For many couples who have experienced medical complications in pregnancy, including the heartbreak of late miscarriage or still-birth, working with a surrogate to create their family becomes the best way forward. However surrogacy arrangements can be complicated emotionally and logistically. Our information days profile surrogates, egg donors and parents who have gone down this route. […]

When James and Sara first decided on surrogacy as a mode to pursue their parenthood dreams, their minds were full of doubts and questions. They checked everything – online reviews and experiences of intended parents who had taken similar journeys But they were keen to understand whether there was a ‘ best surrogacy agency in […]