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.
Complimentary One on One Consultations are available during the event. To book please email: Gfahy@pkhl.ie
Head of Internat Dept, IVMed, Director at IVMED FAMILY agency Ukraine
Head of Internat Dept, IVMed, Director at IVMED FAMILY agency Ukraine
Nadiia looks after customer service with medical center IVMED and surrogacy agency IVMED FAMILY, which provides full service IVF and surrogacy programs under one roof in Kiev. IVMED clinic exists since 2013, IVMED FAMILY surrogacy agency was founded by IVMED medical center in 2016. Their facilities are very modern and they have become a very popular destination for surrogacy.
Complimentary One on One Consultations are available during the event. To book please email Nadiia: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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.
Olga is an Intended Parent Partner at World Center of Baby – a full-service surrogacy agency based in Kyiv, Ukraine dedicated to creating new life while ensuring the interests and safety of the intended parents and surrogates in the field of reproductive technology. Coming from a background in education, Olga became attracted to creating something precious and valuable within the reproductive technologies sector. Olga is actively involved in fertility exhibitions and worldwide seminars in order to share her knowledge and experience with potential parents, partners and fertility professionals.”
Complimentary One on One Consultations are available during the event. To book please email Olga: email@example.com
Susan has been inspired by her personal struggle with infertility, creating a family, and her love for Ukraine. She has over 25 years’ experience in Ukraine and more than 12 years successfully building families. Through Delivering Dreams, she strives to provide the most personalized and responsive service throughout the entire surrogacy process, from application to bringing your newborn home; as well as offering guaranteed fixed-fee pricing and legal protections to minimize uncertainty. Her goal is to make international surrogacy a simple and successful path to parenthood for all who cannot conceive or carry a child.
Complimentary One on One Consultations are available during the event. To book please email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Tracy is a founding partner of Tracy Horan & Company. The firm has developed a strong knowledge of family law and in particular surrogacy. From a legal perspective, things aren’t that simple where surrogacy is concerned in Ireland. There is no legislation that legislates for surrogacy and the quest for legal parenthood can seem very daunting. Tracy has guided many Irish nationals through the legal labyrinth, to reach the end goal of passports, citizenship and where necessary, adoption.
With unsurpassed previous diplomatic/embassy experience and contacts, Poonam has made many friends amongst intended parents via international surrogacy for her no-nonsense services ensuring a seamless process for parents eager to return home with their newborns. Well known for her work in India, she has translated this expertise to assisting Irish citizens exit from Ukraine & Kenya with minimal delays She is an expert in travel documents, passport and citizenship requirements, flights and hotel arrangements, particularly for Irish citizens.
Oksana is the Exit Process Manager at World Center of Baby with extensive first hand experience as she has assisted more than 250 couples from the European countries, South America, Australia, Canada, USA, Ireland and UK. She accompanies Intended Parents from the day of childbirth to the moment they receive travel documents for the newborn. Oksana has learned all legal aspects of surrogacy and immigration law in Ukraine and she knows how to achieve a smooth and straightforward exit process without any delays. She is excited to share this experience with all participants of the seminar including infertile couples who are considering surrogacy in Ukraine.
Saarthak Bakshi is known for his persona as an entrepreneur and a social worker. He has worked in the global surrogacy and egg donor sector for over a decade. Co-founder of International Fertility Centre in 2012 – one of the leading fertility clinics in India, IFC has treated thousands of couples with the help of assisted reproductive technologies like IVF, ICSI, IUI, Egg donation and Surrogacy and is now a network of more than 10 IVF Clinics globally. Saarthak joined hands with the Seed ART Bank with a comprehensive egg donor database to offer childless couples healthy egg donors to achieve successful pregnancies. He has held infertility camps in Ethiopia, Uganda, Afghanistan and India to make people aware about fertility issues and how can they be treated.
Fiona qualified as a solicitor in 1980. She is a partner in the firm of Patrick F. O’Reilly and Company Solicitors in Dublin. She is the current chair of the Litigation Committee of the Law Society and a member of the Circuit Court Rules Committee. She is also a member of UK and Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute. Fiona has extensive experience in the area of AHR, fertility treatment and surrogacy. Fiona’s experience stems from years of service on the Ethics Committee of a major maternity hospital in Dublin. She acts for and advises clients on surrogacy arrangements and cross border parenting. Fiona is recognised internationally in the area. She has written extensively on Surrogacy and is regularly asked to speak at conferences.
Róisín Venables has worked as a specialist Fertility Counsellor for 25 years. She works with those affected by fertility issues including; Infertility/IUI/IVF/Donor conception/Onco-Fertility and Surrogacy as well as miscarriage, pregnancy loss and termination of pregnancy. She offers implications counselling as well as support and therapeutic counselling before during and after treatment(s). She is a trained Mind Body Medicine practitioner and has designed and run programmes for individuals preparing for and going through fertility treatment here in Ireland as well as those travelling outside the country. She is one of the founding members and the current chairperson of the Irish Fertility Counsellors Association which was established in 2008. As well as running a busy private practice in Dublin, she is the Director of Counselling and head Supervisor with the Irish Family Planning Association. She sits on a number of research and advisory committees and up until recently she guested on a radio programme near her home town, where she discussed different issues relating to mental health, counselling and fertility.
Nicole has two boys who were 4 and 5 when she was an altruistic surrogate for her friend Ian and his husband Hugh. Ian and Nicole have been friends since they were 16 year-old schoolmates. Nicole travelled to Canada for the embryo transfer in November 2017, given no Irish IVF clinic would assist them. Nicole birthed their son here in Ireland in August 2018.
Marina is a Ukraine surrogate who has carried a boy for a Brazilian infertile couple. She will discuss her motivations for helping as a surrogate, her needs during the journey and the relationship surrogates expect from Intended parents.
Mark & Damian’s journey began at our 2016 conference where they met a number of Surrogacy agencies and fertility clinics. They first thought Canada was going to be their country of choice, but found the attention to detail and availability of well-screened surrogates left much to be desired. So they re-connected with a Californian agency in LA and by August 2016 were matched with a Surrogate. A month later they completed their IVF with San Diego Fertility Centre who transferred their first embryo in Feb 2017. While their surrogate experienced a premature membrane rupture at the 29 week mark, with the right support, all ended well and on 21 September 2017 they welcomed Isabel Rose. Mark will talk about the ups and downs and what they learnt along the way
In 2011 a consultant removed Maureen’s womb and left one ovary telling her she likely had ovarian cancer. She discovered 18 months later her doctor knew Maureen didn’t have cancer prior to surgery but removed her uterus anyway. So surrogacy was their only hope of a family. However Maureen was told she was too old at 50yrs old to qualify for UK surrogacy. She turned to the Ukraine and welcomed twins born five weeks early through surrogacy in the Ukraine in Jan 2018 at the age of fifty one.
Dr Hugh Ramsay is a gay Irish dad who engaged in altruistic gestational surrogacy with an Irish surrogate, Nicole. Because no Irish IVF clinic would assist, they all travelled to Canada for the egg donation, embryo creation and IVF transfer process. Hugh will share his extra-ordinary story of building a family in the face of legal hurdles
Gearoid and his partner Seamus embarked on an extra-ordinary surrogacy journey, initially working with multiple donors and a surrogate in Canada unsuccessfully. Shattered and having run out of embryos, they refused to give up their dream of parenthood. They switched to creating new embryos with a leading Californian IVF clinic. Drained of funds to afford a US surrogacy agency, they matched independently with an altruistic UK surrogate and flew her to California for the transfer. Now dads to 15 month old boy/girl twins, their story demonstrates initiative and doggedness in the face of adversity. Gearoid has become a spokesperson for Equality for Children – a group of parents lobbying for the right to have both legally recognised.
Joy has Cystic Fibrosis. Joy and Shane’s surrogacy journey began two years after Joy had a double lung transplant. Until then, Joy’s health was failing, and her medical team advised a pregnancy would most likely kill her within 2 – 3 years; pregnancy was not a consideration. However given the success of Joys transplant, and her new found health and energy, they started again to dream of a family. A little research and a trip to Kiev later and it was all systems go. Five snowy clinic visits later and they selected the team – IVMED and IVMED Family Agency – to help on their journey. Ten months later they returned to Kiev to welcome their son. A dream come true in 11 months. An amazing surrogate, team of professionals and the wonderful people of Ukraine came together to provide the gift of life.
Marian studied Counselling and Psychotherapy in CIT, graduating with a 2.1 honours degree in 2013. She has been in private practice since then. Marian developed an interest in fertility counselling and perinatal mental health and undertook several short courses with Kings College London and IACP in this area. She commenced work as a specialist fertility counselor with the Waterstone Clinic in March 2018 and maintains a private practice in Cork city. She is a member of the Irish Association of Counselors and Psychotherapists and the Irish Fertility Counselors Association.