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Timing Description

Overview of Third-Party Reproduction Options

One of the globe’s leading experts on surrogacy and egg donor options and eligibility provides a guide to the choices available, the pros and cons of each and the experiences of parents who engage in local and cross-border arrangements to help them create family

Sam Everingham, Director, Growing Families

Creating Families in the US – Why is it so popular?

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 foreigners unable to have a child in their home country, the trends we are seeing in surrogate availability, match times and what you should be asking of an agency before engaging with them

Mark Schroeder, California, USA

Screening, Matching & relationships – Ukraine

In the last few years, the number of agencies & IVF clinics in Ukraine catering to foreigners has increased enormously. While the country has strict eligibility criteria for intended parents, success rates are impressive. Nadiia Melenevska is from one of Ukraine’s most experienced and long-running IVF clinics providing support to clients requiring egg donation or surrogacy. She explains Ukraine processes, eligibility and what to look for in providers.

Nadiia Melenevska, IVMed, Kiev, Ukraine

Success Rates, Risks and Guarantees

Good quality embryos are a key factor in determining the success or failure of IVF. While the US publishes auditted success rates by clinic, most other countries do not. Learn which measures to use to interpret success rates, and which factors can impact on embryo quality. What sort of risks do you need to consider? Some agencies and clinics offer ‘guarantee packages. What are they guaranteeing and are they worth the extra dollars?

Craig Reisser, ORM Fertility USA

Screening, Matching & relationships – USA

The US applies very strict screening criteria to surrogate applicants, to ensure they are medically and psychologically suited. Learn what these are, why they are important, and the criteria by which surrogates and intended parents are matched under the US model. Understand communication and relationship expectations of surrogates during pregnancy and post-birth.

Kathryn Kaycoff, California, USA

Screening, Matching & relationships – Russia

Russia is one of only a handful of countries which have legal protections for foreigners engaging in third party reproduction, including a legal transfer of parentage. Russian lawyer Konstantin Svitnev explains the Russian system, what sort of women work as donors and surrogates and what kind of relationships surrogates expect from the couples they carry for.

Konstantin Svitnev, Lawyer, Rosjur Consulting, Russia

Gestational Carrier & Donor Perspectives

The women who assist in creating and carrying your child provide their perspectives on their motivations for carrying a child for strangers

Stacie Ludlow, USA


Growing Families in Greece

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, birth certificates and the rules around egg donors and embryos from Greece’s most experienced IVF professional in relation to third party reproduction

Dr Ioannis Giakoumakis, Mediterranean Fertility Institute, Chania, Greece

Citizenship & Legal Parentage under Hong Kong law

Hong Kong law permits  altruistic surrogacy but not commercial surrogacy.  This has caused considerable problems on recognition of parenthood following compensated US surrogacy.  A High Court  recently judge noted that the law in Hong Kong is in bad need of reform.  Senior Counsel and legal academic Johannes Chan, who has been involved in some of such cases, will provide an overview of the legal process in Hong Kong.

Johannes Chan SC, University of Hong Kong

Psychological Readiness for Third Party Reproduction

Giving up the chance to use your own eggs or sperm can be difficult to come to terms with. Putting your trust and the care of your unborn child into the hands of others can also be difficult. Hong Kong’s most experienced infertility counsellor discusses dealing with the grief around reproductive loss as well as how you can best prepare psychologically in working with egg donors and surrogates.

Dr Celia Chan

Parent Panel

Local parents, both gay and heterosexual, share their experiences and learnings in relation to decision-making, disclosure to friends and family, donor eggs and surrogacy processes and costs to help you set realistic expectations.

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