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Sydney & Melbourne

February 2020

Novotel Sydney Central  169 -179 Thomas Street Sydney
Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond, Mel

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 datiashvili.nino@gmail.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

February 2020

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Timing Description

Preparing for Egg Donation & Surrogacy

This session looks in detail at the preparation and decisions required to best plan a safe family-building journey with the minimum of stress. Includes embryo creation options, medical and psychological preparation, budgeting, ways to control costs, citizenship, passports and ethical considerations.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

IVF Considerations in Surrogacy & Egg Donation

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 – A case study approach

This session by an experienced surrogacy lawyer 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.

Cassandra Kalpaxis, Kalpaxis Legal/Simply Surrogacy (Sydney) Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan Lawyers (Melbourne)

Morning Tea & Networking

Surrogate & Donor Screening & Matching – The US model

One California’s most popular surrogacy agencies with Australians 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

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

US surrogacy laws & eligibility

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 responsiblities accorded you and your surrogate or donor

Rich Vaughn, International Fertility Law Group, USA

Deciding on A Provider – A French couple’s perspective

International clinic Ilaya introduce this short video which provides a rare insight into one couple’s decision-making processes and experiences of surrogacy in Ukraine, despite coming from a country where all forms of surrogacy are banned.

Louise Riding, Ilaya, Ukraine

 

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

Your relationship with your donor and/or surrogate will be very different in a non-English speaking country, sometimes due to laws, often due to language and cultural barriers. But how does the screening of donors and surrogates differ from say Australia and the USA? This session takes a look at comparative screening and contact processes across the globe

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Risks in Third party reproduction and how to manage them

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

NETWORKING with parents and experts

Parent Panel

Parents via surrogacy and/or egg donation discuss the details of their journeys in Australia, US, Georgia and Ukraine, what the most difficult parts were, how they overcome hurdles and how they chose particular providers to work with.

Moderator:

Panellists: Shane Hamilton (dad via Georgia); Clint Priest (gay dad via US) Pamela Hardy (mum via Ukraine) Miranda Hill (mum via Australia)

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

Julie Laherty (tbc) & Vibha Prasad

IconMelbourne Sun 9 February 2020
Timing Description

Preparing for Egg Donation & Surrogacy

This session looks in detail at the preparation and decisions required to best plan a safe family-building journey with the minimum of stress. Includes embryo creation options, medical and psychological preparation, budgeting, ways to control costs, citizenship, passports and ethical considerations.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

IVF Considerations in Surrogacy & Egg Donation

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 – A case study approach

This session by an experienced surrogacy lawyer 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.

Cassandra Kalpaxis, Kalpaxis Legal/Simply Surrogacy (Sydney) Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan Lawyers (Melbourne)

Morning Tea & Networking

Surrogate & Donor Screening & Matching – The US model

One California’s most popular surrogacy agencies with Australians 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

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

US surrogacy laws & eligibility

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 responsiblities accorded you and your surrogate or donor

Rich Vaughn, International Fertility Law Group, USA

Deciding on A Provider – A French couple’s perspective

International clinic Ilaya introduce this short video which provides a rare insight into one couple’s decision-making processes and experiences of surrogacy in Ukraine, despite coming from a country where all forms of surrogacy are banned.

Louise Riding, Ilaya, Ukraine

 

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

Your relationship with your donor and/or surrogate will be very different in a non-English speaking country, sometimes due to laws, often due to language and cultural barriers. But how does the screening of donors and surrogates differ from say Australia and the USA? This session takes a look at comparative screening and contact processes across the globe

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Risks in Third party reproduction and how to manage them

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

NETWORKING with parents and experts

Parent Panel

Parents via surrogacy and/or egg donation discuss the details of their journeys in Australia, US, Georgia and Ukraine, what the most difficult parts were, how they overcome hurdles and how they chose particular providers to work with.

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Lynette Cartisano (mum via Ukraine) Anna Pinkus (mum via USA) Calum Dabb (gay dad via Australia) tbc (mum via Greece)

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

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