• Fertility Experts from around the world

     
  • Growing Families is a non-profit organisation

     
  • Run by parents for intended parents

     
  • Our events promote best-practice

     

One-on-one consultations with experts available by emailing them
US IVF: Pacific Fertility brittany@pfcla.com
US Surrogacy: A4SS kathryn@surrogacysolutionsinc.com
US lawyer: International Fertility Law rich@iflg.net
Colombia/US: Tammuz damien.chambers@tammuz.com
Georgia : ReproArt tamarikachlishvili@yahoo.com

 

 

Ukraine surrogacy: Lotus Dana@lotussurrogacy.com
Ukraine IVF/surrogacy : Ilaya l.riding@ilaya.com
Australian Lawyer: Kalpaxis hello@simplysurrogacy.com.au
Australian Lawyer: Sarah Bevan sarah.bevan@sbfamilylawyers.com.au

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Timing Description

Preparing for Egg Donation & Surrogacy (click to download)

This session looks in detail at the preparation and decisions required to best plan a safe family-building journey. Includes donor options, differences by country, wait times, medical and psychological preparation, budgeting, ways to control costs, citizenship, passports and ethical considerations.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

IVF Considerations in Surrogacy & Egg Donation (Click to download)

Understanding how you can enhance success rates through testing and good decision-making can save you tens of thousands. This session from leading Californian IVF clinic Pacific Fertility in Los Angeles looks at what factors predict success, which you can and cant control, the pros and cons of PGS testing embryos and issues around shipping embryos from Australia.

Miles & Brittany Collins, Pacific Fertility Centers Los Angeles.

Legal Processes in Surrogacy for Australians (Click to download)

Uses real-life examples to provide a realistic picture of what to expect in relation to the pre and post surrogacy legal steps and requirements to ensure a transfer of parentage after domestic surrogacy.

Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan Lawyers (Melbourne)

Surrogate & Donor Screening & Matching – The US model (click to download)

Provides a clear overview of just what sort of screening and matching processes and timelines you should expect from the US surrogacy process.

Lauri De Brito & Kathryn Kaycoff, Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, USA

Guarantee Programs for Surrogacy & Egg Donation (click to download)

There has been an increase in the provision of ‘guarantee’ programs for egg donor surrogacy in some countries globally. This presentation by gay dad Damien Chambers explains the detail of what to look for in such programs, what extra costs can be incurred and how to budget sensibly for your journey to parenthood.

Damien Chambers, Tammuz Family

US surrogacy laws & eligibility (Click to download)

Many US states have favourable legislation for foreigners engaging in egg donation or surrogacy. Some states provide pre-birth parental orders. This session from one of the US’s leading fertility law attorneys explains important differences and the legal rights and responsibilities accorded you and your surrogate or donor

Rich Vaughn, International Fertility Law Group, USA

Deciding on A Provider – A French couple’s perspective

Helene Lubert, Ilaya, Ukraine

 

Surrogate & Donor Screening & Contact in non-English speaking countries

How does the screening of donors and surrogates in Ukraine, Georgia or Cyprus differ from say Australia and the USA? This session takes a look at surrogate, donor screening and contact in non-English speaking countries

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Risks in Third party reproduction and how to manage them (click to download)

Wherever you engage in surrogacy, there are risks of low numbers of eggs retrieved, poor embryo quality, failed transfers, early or late miscarriage, preterm delivery and birth complications. Understanding these risks and how they can be minimised and overcome is essential. This session discusses these issues in some detail

Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy, Ukraine

Parent Panel

Panellists: Shane Hamilton (dad via Georgia); Clint Priest (gay dad via US) Pamela Hardy (mum via Ukraine) Ray Anderson (Gay IP via Cyprus)

The Australian Surrogate Perspective – Not a Walk in the Park

Panellists:  Vibha Prasad & Shell Payton -Clark

Breast Milk Donation & Induced Lactation (click to download)

Some surrogates are comfortable expressing colostrum and/or breast milk – others are not. Intending mothers can take medication to induce lactation. You can supplement formula with breast milk, even if its not your own. Some women have excess breast milk they donate via informal networks. This session reviews the pros and cons of all these

Sam Everingham

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Timing Description

Preparing for Egg Donation & Surrogacy (click to download)

This session looks in detail at the preparation and decisions required to best plan a safe family-building journey. Includes donor options, differences by country, wait times, medical and psychological preparation, budgeting, ways to control costs, citizenship, passports and ethical considerations.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

IVF Considerations in Surrogacy & Egg Donation (Click to download)

Understanding how you can enhance success rates through testing and good decision-making can save you tens of thousands. This session from leading Californian IVF clinic Pacific Fertility in Los Angeles looks at what factors predict success, which you can and cant control, the pros and cons of PGS testing embryos and issues around shipping embryos from Australia.

Miles & Brittany Collins, Pacific Fertility Centers Los Angeles.

Legal Processes in Surrogacy for Australians (Click to download)

Uses real-life examples to provide a realistic picture of what to expect in relation to the pre and post surrogacy legal steps and requirements to ensure a transfer of parentage after domestic surrogacy.

Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan Lawyers (Melbourne)

Surrogate & Donor Screening & Matching – The US model (click to download)

Provides a clear overview of just what sort of screening and matching processes and timelines you should expect from the US surrogacy process.

Lauri De Brito & Kathryn Kaycoff, Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, USA

Guarantee Programs for Surrogacy & Egg Donation (click to download)

There has been an increase in the provision of ‘guarantee’ programs for egg donor surrogacy in some countries globally. This presentation by gay dad Damien Chambers explains the detail of what to look for in such programs, what extra costs can be incurred and how to budget sensibly for your journey to parenthood.

Damien Chambers, Tammuz Family

US surrogacy laws & eligibility (Click to download)

Many US states have favourable legislation for foreigners engaging in egg donation or surrogacy. Some states provide pre-birth parental orders. This session from one of the US’s leading fertility law attorneys explains important differences and the legal rights and responsibilities accorded you and your surrogate or donor

Rich Vaughn, International Fertility Law Group, USA

Deciding on A Provider – A French couple’s perspective

Helene Lubert, Ilaya, Ukraine

 

Surrogate & Donor Screening & Contact in non-English speaking countries

How does the screening of donors and surrogates in Ukraine, Georgia or Cyprus differ from say Australia and the USA? This session takes a look at surrogate, donor screening and contact in non-English speaking countries

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Risks in Third party reproduction and how to manage them (click to download)

Wherever you engage in surrogacy, there are risks of low numbers of eggs retrieved, poor embryo quality, failed transfers, early or late miscarriage, preterm delivery and birth complications. Understanding these risks and how they can be minimised and overcome is essential. This session discusses these issues in some detail

Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy, Ukraine

Parent Panel

Panellists: Kerry Duncan (via Greece); Anna Pinkus (via US) Lynette Cartisano ( via Ukraine) Ray Anderson (Gay IP via Cyprus) Andrew Constanzo (via domestic)

The Surrogate & Donor Perspective

An experienced Melbourne surrogate and egg donor, who also moderates the popular Egg Donation Australia forum, discusses what surrogates and donors look for when deciding on recipients to work with

Moderator: Sarah Jefford

Panelists: Carla Pincombe, traditional surrogate & EDA moderator, Jess Delmenico, gestational surrogate

 

Breast Milk Donation & Induced Lactation

Some surrogates are comfortable expressing colostrum and/or breast milk – others are not. Intending mothers can take medication to induce lactation. You can supplement formula with breast milk, even if its not your own. Some women have excess breast milk they donate via informal networks. This session reviews the pros and cons of all these

Sarah Jefford