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.
Specialising in family law, Annette Hickey has twenty years’ experience in practice. She heads up the Surrogacy & Fertility Law team at Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan and is a leading expert in the field. She has assisted many clients through the Irish legal complexities of surrogacy arrangements and has a reputation for providing a reliable, efficient and sensitive legal service.
Dr Tsakos has excellent English, has extensive, certified training in the United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, a Board Member Representative of the Royal College for Greece and Cyprus, a Board Member of the Hellenic Society of Assisted Reproduction and a member of the British, European and American Fertility Societies. EmbryoClinic has one of Greece’s few surrogacy programs with a ready availability of surrogates and state of the art IVF facilities
Louise Riding is the newest addition to the Ilaya team, joining the Spain office in 2017 playing a key role in the operations team. With 8 years of experience working in diverse industries and always with a passion for people, she is now deeply involved in ensuring Ilaya offers the very best experience for Intended parents in their clinic in Ukraine.
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Program Director, Egg Donor & Surrogacy Program, USA
Program Director, Egg Donor & Surrogacy Program, USA
Alex Maron is the Program Director of The Egg Donor & Surrogacy Program (eggdonation.com) based in Los Angeles. Founded in 1991, the Egg Donor & Surrogacy Program is the first ever established in the world. And for over 10 years, Alex has personally been helping families achieve their dreams to have children. As a mother of 3, Alex understands the love of parenthood and has been a passionate advocate for parents from all backgrounds and walks of life.
The team provides a high-touch experience based on a passion for helping people become parents by matching them with exceptional donors and loving surrogates. They have an extensive database and a rigorous screening process that is overseen by a world-class physician with over 30 years of experience. Quality is the priority, however to reduce costs for intended parents, they have partnered with top fertility doctors in the USA and have made available optional one-stop-shop packages for IVF, surrogacy and egg donation with live births guaranteed and no surprise expenses.
Lucy’s 2011 Breast Cancer diagnosis started their long journey to creating a family. She and Cormac began down the domestic adoption pathway, yet after five years of preparation and paperwork, with approval imminent, her husband Cormac was also diagnosed with cancer. Irish authorities insisted they wait another five years. Out of patience, they turned to surrogacy in September 2016, looking to the Ukraine given its proximity to Ireland and affordability. They looked for programs that included unlimited attempts as well as accommodation. But their journey hit a crisis point when, shortly after they learned their surrogate was carried twins, Cormac’s cancer returned. Their twin girls were born a month premature and thankfully Cormac is now in full recovery and enjoying the children they had always dreamed of. Lucy will give advice on navigating the journey
Dedicating her time exclusively to the efficient management of surrogacy cases for Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan’s Surrogacy & Fertility Law team, Ger Fahy is a key point of contact for new and existing clients. A mine of information for all legal surrogacy issues, she has has a deep knowledge of the relevant legal infrastructure and is meticulous with her preparation of cases.
Alex Reid joined the MIRACLE Surrogacy team in 2018 as the Global Director of Digital Marketing and was quickly mesmerized by the passion he witnessed of intended parents, determined to create or expand their families through surrogacy. Although Alex has worked in advertising/marketing for nearly a decade and has held executive and directorship roles in marketing firms, he discovered a new love for helping intended parents realize their dreams of having a baby and is now MIRACLE Surrogacy’s Senior Journey Coordinator. As Senior Journey Coordinator, he helps new clients get started on their surrogacy journeys, holds their hands until all their questions have been answered and they feel fully comfortable with the process. Alex is a graduate of the University of Miami, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
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Jenny Cloherty has worked as a Clinical Embryologist for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the field. She joined the Galway Fertility Clinic in 1997 and progressed with the clinic to her current role as Laboratory Director. Her main interests are in the implementation of new processes, such as egg freezing and genetic testing of embryos, which have expanded the services available in Galway Fertility Clinic, one of the few clinics worldwide that uses time lapse analysis for every cycle of IVF treatment. In a highly regulated environment, Jenny is keenly aware of the nuances of Irish and European legislation, both current and impending, and how it may impact on patients. She was a founding member of the Irish Clinical Embryologists Association and the current Chair of the Irish Fertility Society. Jenny has a keen understanding of the details required to make IVF successful, and personally oversees the most difficult cases. With Known Consignor Status from the IAA, she has arranged international transfers of sperm and embryos for patients, allowing couples to focus on each part of their fertility journey separately. Galway Fertility Clinic is now part of the larger FutureLife group of Fertility Clinics, allowing for support from a wider family across Europe.
Following a number of miscarriages and a hormonal breast cancer diagnosis, surrogacy was the only option available to Lean & Diarmuid to grow their family. A long, difficult and expensive road – with plenty of bumps along the way – however ultimately worthwhile – their son Alex was born in Canada in June 2019. Lean will discuss their experiences of shipping embryos and engaging in the Canadian altruistic model
Mark & Una decided to go through surrogacy in Ukraine having researched both surrogacy and adoption options – the latter proving too uncertain on so many levels. They decided on the Ukraine almost by process of elimination – Georgia was difficult as there is no Irish Consulate there and US being very expensive. They found the process in Ukraine to be well established and New Life provided exceptional service. Mark & Una ended up with 6 viable embryos, harvested and treated for 5-days , two were implanted and four remain frozen. Pregnancy was confirmed on first attempt, eventually leading to the happy and healthy birth of Evan in October 2016. They will discuss what to expect, the post birth process of birth certificate, executing affidavits, DNA testing, emergency travel certificate and travelled home ~ 2.5 weeks post birth. It proved to be a very happy Christmas.