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Dublin Thurs 14 November 2019

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Surrogacy & Egg Donation Practicalities & Risks

As demand for surrogacy grows, some agencies and countries are struggling to cope with the increase in requests for surrogates and donors. Too often intended parents are paying large up-front fees to OS providers who fail to match them with a surrogate, or paying tens of thousands for shipped eggs which fail to result in a pregnancy. This session looks at the differences between altruistic and compensated programs; egg donor considerations; likely program costs and how can they be controlled; Success rates and choosing reliable providers.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Integrating IVF and Surrogacy Agency Services  (click to download)

In  Ukraine, agencies and IVF providers can co-exist under one roof . With Ukraine booming as a surrogacy destination, many are choosing to engage with such ‘full-service’ providers. Louise Riding from Ilaya explains how this model works, what to look at in selecting a provider, how Ukraine surrogates are screened and documentation requirements to enrol in Ukraine programs.

Louise Riding, Ilaya Clinic, Ukraine

Surrogacy in the US 

Some US states have had legally protected third-party reproduction available for 35 years. The more liberal states allow a single parent or a gay couple to be named on the birth certificate. This talk outlines why the US has become the ‘go-to’ destination for many foreigners requiring high quality egg donation and/or surrogacy, match times and what you should be asking of an agency before engaging with them

Alex Maron, Egg Donation & Surrogacy, California

Surrogacy in Unregulated Countries (Click to download)

Over the last decade, thousands of intended parents have engaged successfully in surrogacy in countries without surrogacy laws in place , driven by lower costs, eligibility or convenience. This session tracks the trends in ‘unregulated’ surrogacy globally, how countries are dealing with these and provides an update on surrogacy in Mexico and emerging programs in Europe for gay singles and couples.

Alex Reid, Miracle Surrogacy, Mexico & Czech Republic

Altruistic Surrogacy in Greece (Click to download)

Greece has had altruistic surrogacy available to foreigners for some years now and increasing numbers are engaging there. Some consider the legal transfer of parentage world’s best practice, as it occurs prior to first embryo transfer. Learn about eligibility based on age and marital status and the rules around egg donors and embryos from one of Greece’s most experienced IVF professionals specialising in surrogacy and egg donation

Dr Elias Tsakos, EmbryoClinic, Greece

IVF in Ireland for surrogacy abroad

Can I create embryos in Ireland for use abroad? What tests are carried out? How do you interpret embryo quality? Can Irish clinics assess embryo quality so I know which ones are best quality?

Jenny Cloherty, Galway Fertility Clinic, Repromed, Ireland

Attaining Legal parenthood & Citizenship for Irish Children 

Annette Hickey and her colleagues at PKHL have been at the forefront of helping Irish parents with the paperwork requirements before and after surrogacy arrangements. Whether you are single, defacto or married, gay or heterosexual, this session provides a comprehensive overview of current eligibility and court processes as well as the granting of parental orders post birth

Annette Hickey, Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan Solicitors

Parent Panel

Irish parents who have utilised surrogacy and or egg donation (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for others

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Lucy Fallon (mum via Ukraine) Mark Riseley (dad via Ukraine), Lean Hannigan (mum via Canada) John Reilly  (dad via Ukraine)