Kathryn is the co-owner and founder of Agency for Surrogacy Solutions and Global IVF, Inc. A parent through surrogacy herself, Kathyrn understands just how much goes into the journey. heart-wrenching, & expensive Kathyrn wished she had met others who could have advised her. What was missing was an agency that would look out equally for the best interests of the Intended Parents and the Gestational Surrogates. Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. was her response. Surrogacy and pregnancy are emotionally turbulent, and Kathryn hopes to make the experience as simple and as free of anxiety as possible for everyone involved.
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Sarah has practised solely in family law since the commencement of her career nearly 20 years ago, and has been an Accredited Specialist in Family Law through the Law Society of NSW since 2005. She also is an accredited arbitrator, regular presenter of ongoing legal education papers on family law to the legal profession and is on the panel of lawyers appointed to act as the Independent Child’s Lawyer in proceedings under the Family Law Act. Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers are experts in surrogacy, having assisted many Australian and international intended parents and surrogates. Sarah led the team responsible for the landmark NSW decision for the first same-sex couple to be registered as parents on their child’s birth certificate, after that child was born through a surrogacy arrangement.
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Tamari is an experienced international fertility manager, with a long history working in local and international health care industry, a Medical degree and a Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Policy. What she enjoys most is the variety of roles and the type of environments she is exposed to. Being involved in the fertility sector allows Tamari to work with different teams on new projects/programs, work in different cultural environments, be exposed to various systems, and manage her time and efforts against very specific deliverables, thus being able to gain insight into managing projects from different angles. Her specific interest is in the inter-dependencies of global and national practices, in how policies are written based on different regional contexts and translated into real medical solution to ensure better health outcomes.
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Miles and Brittany are a husband and wife team, former patients at PFCLA, and now President and CEO of PFCLA. Miles’ background is in Neuroscience and healthcare technology, while Brittany comes from venture capital. Miles and Brittany were drawn to this space by their desire to help people build families, and chose to work with PFCLA because of its international reputation for top success rates and caring clinicians.
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Over the years Cassandra’s passion for family law has deepened and she has niched solely into the practice of Family and Surrogacy law. Cassandra is passionate about surrogacy. Knowing first-hand the heartache associated with trying to conceive a baby, Cassandra offers a kind, welcoming space to discuss any of your surrogacy concerns, questions and to provide advice. Her firm offers advice to both surrogates and intended parents. They are not just interested in surrogacy, they have experienced surrogacy first hand. They understand your journey, your goals, your vision, your dreams. Their surrogacy clients generally stay in touch for years to come.
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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.
Dana is an Israeli lawyer practising since 2003, who specializes in surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology. She is the founder and legal adviser of Lotus Surrogacy as well as a partner in Israeli law firm Panek-Magdassi. Dana has handled the legal and logistical aspects of over 200 surrogacy cases in India, Nepal and Ukraine over the last 12 years. She has vast experience in solving the legal issues that may arise during surrogacy abroad.
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Rich combines his passion for family formation with 20 years of experience in business and technology law. He has been published in the American Journal of Family Law and the Australian Family Law Journal; he has lectured at numerous legal and family-building conferences around the U.S.; and he has been featured as a fertility law expert on National Public Radio, Parenting Magazine Live, and other radio shows. He is also an experienced fitness instructor, triathlete, a former paramedic, and board member of a medical device company. Rich and his husband are the proud parents of twin boys, through egg donation and surrogacy.
In addition to his busy legal practice, Rich devotes numerous volunteer hours to advancing the field of ART law and is a dedicated advocate for LGBT intended parents and families. His community service includes chairing the American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Section Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology from 2013-2018, which played a leading role in developing model legislation to assist states in regulating assisted reproductive technology medical providers and donor and surrogacy agencies and providing guidance on resolutions approved by the American Bar on cross-border parentage and surrogacy issues as well as citizenship for children born abroad via ART to U.S. citizen intended parents.
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Louise Riding joined Ilaya in 2017 and plays a key role within the operations team. With 10 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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Damien is thrilled to be representing the Tammuz Family team. He and his partner Gilad are Melbourne-based and welcomed their son Nathaniel in to the world in October 2018 via US surrogacy. Throughout his own surrogacy journey, Damien was inspired by countless IP’s and their stories. He now manages Tammuz Family Australia & NZ. He draws on his own experience of US surrogacy to assist Australians to engage in cost-controlled surrogacy globally, including fixed cost surrogacy programs in the USA.
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Lauri’s daughter was born via surrogacy in May 2005. Eighteen months later, the same surrogate gave birth to Lauri’s son. Lauri has experienced the depression and heartache of infertility herself. Like Kathryn, she too, had a career in television before infertility consumed her life. She was a producer/director/writer. But to Lauri, there is nothing more rewarding and ultimately as important as bringing a child who is so very wanted into the world.
Carla became an egg donor early in 2013 after finishing breast feeding her youngest child. Since then she has donated to more than nine recipients – four have had babies and three are currently pregnant. Two of her recipient couples have required a surrogate. Carla is passionate about known donation, and all of her recipients know each other. Like many other Australian donors, Carla also became a surrogate, completing a traditional arrangement in Victoria in March 2017. She is a moderator with Egg Donation Australia.
Julie was a surrogate n 2019 and gave birth to baby Lottie in May that year. Surrogacy was something that Julie had been contemplating and researching for about 6 years. Julie connected with one couple and after several failed transfers those IPs decided not to continue. Feeling like she still had something to offer and not wanting to give up, Julie embarked on her second journey with another couple that she had formed a friendship with through the website. Sadly the first 4 transfers didn’t take so a change in Fertility clinics and Julie was pregnant on the 2nd transfer. After multiple drugs, blood tests, ultrasounds, needles, 10 embryo transfers and a lot of grit and determination, Julie was finally pregnant…..40 weeks later, Lottie Juliet was born. For Julie, this experience will forever remain one of her greatest achievements.
Miles is a former patient at PFCLA, and now President of PFCLA. Miles’ background is in Neuroscience and healthcare technology. Miles and Brittany were drawn to this space by their desire to help people build families, and chose to work with PFCLA because of its international reputation for top success rates and caring clinicians.
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Pinky spent 10 years trying to carry a child herself, enduring a total of seven miscarriages – three of them following IVF transfers.
Her incredible and inspiring journey to parenthood traversed unsuccessful IVF attempts herself in the US, then with a surrogate who also miscarried. Ultimately Pinky had success at the age of 49 using surrogacy and donor sperm. Her journey is testament to what determination and flexibility can achieve if you only stay positive. Her daughter Poppy is now five and Pinky feels soooo blessed and grateful. US surrogacy attorney Rich Vaughn assisted with much of the legal contracts.
Diagnosed with heart failure age 21, Miranda first visited an IVF clinic in 2013 aged 30, having avoided friends’ baby showers for years. Problems with her own eggs and the need for genetic screening meant she turned to Egg Donation Australia for a donor. Finally, she took up the offer of her best friend and sister in law Megan to carry, with the help of IVF Australia in Sydney. Two IVF cycles with her donor in 2013 & 2014 produced no viable embryos. Then, switching to a new donor, her surrogate fell pregnant in May 2014. Harrison was born 2 weeks early in February 2015. Miranda will talk about bonding with her child without a genetic connection and the the importance of trust and openness.
Clint is a single gay dad who has experienced two surrogacy journeys with the help of Agency for Surrogacy Solutions in California, Egg Donor Inc and Dr Robert Boostanfar. He commenced a second journey in November 2018 with a new surrogate and welcomed Ollie on 18 December 2019 in Riddle Hospital, in the town of Media, Pennsylvania. Clint will talk about the US process, overcoming adversity and what kept him motivated
Shane was 39 & Julie 38 when they approached Families Through Surrogacy for advice in September 2018. Julie had a congenital anomaly – Androgen insensitivity Syndrome – which meant she could not carry a child. A few weeks later they were enrolled in a Georgia-based surrogacy program. In November they selected a pre-screened egg donor and travelled to Tbilisi, where Shane was to provide his sperm to create embryos. Their surrogate was chosen and their first transfer was successful. Shane & Julie welcomed a boy Ragnar on 19 August 2019. There was a 4 week delay in getting a birth certificate, due to a Georgian government policy change (now resolved). Shane will discuss the highs and lows of their experience and living in a foreign city with a newborn.
After 24 years of unexplained infertility, miscarriages, failed IVF cycles and using an overseas donor in Australia, it was time to try something different. Lynette attended the Growing Families Conference, (formerly Families Through Surrogacy), in June 2017 to learn more about embryology and donor eggs. During the day, it became more apparent that an egg donor and surrogate would be the answer in creating family. Lynette and her partner decided on Lotus after speaking to them and other intended parents who had achieved successful journeys. Two months later they were in Kyiv creating embryos and meeting their surrogate. While the first transfer ended in miscarriage, the second was successful. They returned to Kyiv one year later to welcome their daughter.
Pamela and Yon investigated numerous countries including USA, Canada, and India before they settled on Ukraine for surrogacy. After a false start with one surrogate due to her own citizenship challenges, their second surrogate become pregnant in July 2018. Quinn arrived in April this year to light up their lives. They hope to plan a sibling journey in the future and would not hesitate to return to the Ukraine.
Vibha was 39 with two children aged 5 & 9 years and happily married when she agreed to carry a child for her brother-in-law and his wife. They all lived locally and Vibha’s previous pregnancies had all been plain sailing. They had four embryos and one of Australia’s most experienced surrogacy counsellors. What could go wrong? Vibha’s body ballooned in response to the medication she needed for each transfer. The third transfer took, but she developed hypertension, pre-eclampsia, blood clots, pneumonia, was hospitalised three times and required emergency surgery. Doctors did an emergency C-section at 35 weeks in February 2019, but Vibha was physically and emotionally traumatized. She will discuss how IPs can best support their surrogate during such difficult circumstances and what to discuss upfront to strengthen your team