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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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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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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Dana is a lawyer practicing since 2003. Dana specializes in surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology. She is the founder and legal adviser of Lotus Surrogacy as well as the owner of an Israeli law firm. Dana has handled the legal and logistical aspects of over 500 surrogacy cases over the last 17 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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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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After moving from her native France to Spain in 2018 Hélène joined Ilaya initially providing support for Intended Parents for French and English speaking locations. She quickly moved to the position of head of the Spanish office and is deeply involved in ensuring that all operations run smoothly. With 15 years of experience working in diverse industries, including running her own business, Hélène is passionate about helping people start and expand their families.
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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.
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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.
Vibha was 39 with two children aged 5 & 9 years and happily married when she agreed to carry a child for her husband’s sister. 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
Being a surrogate had never crossed Jess’ mind until close friends of hers told her that they were considering a Canadian surrogacy process as they were unable to carry a pregnancy. Jess offered to be a surrogate for her friends after research followed by discussion and support from her husband and family. One transfer failed but the second transfer resulted in a positive pregnancy test and little Jovi was born on 8th November 2019.
Shell is married with four children aged between 12 and 22 and lives in Taree! Being a surrogate is something she had talked about since her first pregnancy. Her husband and kids were very supportive of the idea when she decided to look into it more. Shell first contacted her recipients after a post on the Surrogacy Community page in early 2018. They got to know each other over the year. Fast forward to the end of 2018, their team were approved for transfer. Due to Shell not being well, they held off on first transfer till April 2019. It was successful and resulted in a beautiful little girl born on 27 December. This journey has given Shell two amazing new friends.
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.
Pinky spent 10 years trying to carry a child herself, enduring a total of seven miscarriages – three of them following IVF transfers. Her 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.
Kerry was in her late forties and single when she engaged in altruistic surrogacy in Greece, taking advantage of laws allowing single or partnered women under 50 to use surrogacy in 2017. She shipped precious embryos from Australia and engaged with EmbryoClinic in Thessaloniki to manage the surrogacy and IVF process. In late 2019 she became a mum to Lachlan. If someone had of told her 10 years earlier that she would have a child via IVF and a surrogate in another country she would not have believed them! It has been a tough journey but she can now look back with much gratitude and amazement. There were certainly times of pain and heartache but it has all been worth it. Kerry will discuss her experience of the Greek process
Andrew and his partner are a same-sex couple form Victoria who welcomed their son via surrogacy in November 2019. They started planning their journey over three years prior and they met their surrogate who lives in Western Australia in late 2016. They experienced many ups and downs including some setbacks due to the logistics of an interstate arrangement and the bureaucracy of Victorian laws. Andrew will shed some light on domestic surrogacy arrangements including meeting a surrogate and navigating intricate state-specific laws and how they can impact on an interstate arrangement.
After years exploring adoption options in Victoria, Ray & Ryan decided to look into international surrogacy. After speaking with many surrogacy agencies and clinics all over the world they decided to start their family with the help of GAIA Fertility in Cyprus. They are expecting the birth of their first child in August.