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London Conference

March 2020

etc venues, 155 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London 
Tickets: Full Day (Early Bird) £20 (9.00 -5.00pm)
Half day (experienced IPs) £10 (1.00 -5.00pm)

One-on-one consultations with experts available by emailing them

US Surrogacy: CSP joanne@creatingfamilies.com   US Surrogacy & IVF: Baby Bloom info@babybloom.org.uk
US IVF: ICRM xiomara@icrminternational.com    
Ukraine:   Perfect Surrogacy go@perfect-surrogacy.com
  World Center of Baby olga@worldcenterofbaby.com
Surrogate Baby english@surrogatebaby.com   Next Generation Clinic international@ngc.clinic
Greece: Nomos mv@nomos.gr   IVF clinic broker: Redia info@redia-ivf.com
UK parentage law: Bishop & Sewell vmaxwell@bishopandsewell.co.uk   UK Migration Law: Fragomen
Other destinations: Growing Families   eusupport@growingfamilies.org

March 2020

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Timing Description

Preparing for Egg Donation & Surrogacy

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 and surrogate-intended parent relationships.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Enhancing Success in Surrogacy & Egg Donation

Understanding how you can enhance success rates through testing and good decision-making can save you tens of thousands. looks at what factors predict success, which you can and cant control, the pros and cons of PGS testing embryos


Medical Indications & Considerations with Donors & Surrogates

Provides an understanding of when you should be looking at egg or sperm donation. What tests can be done to assess donor & surrogate suitability, how live birth rates tend to vary based on age of the egg provider and other factors to consider in donor & surrogate selection.

Dr Kevin Maas, ICRM, Idaho, USA

Surrogate Screening & Matching – The US model

One of the globe’s most experienced surrogacy professionals, from an organisation supporting surrogates and intended parents for over 30 years provides a clear overview of what sort of screening and matching processes and timelines you should expect from the US surrogacy process.

Karen Synesiou, Center for Surrogate Parenting, USA

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 the USA? This session takes a look at comparative screening and contact processes across the globe

Slava Motayev, Surrogate Baby


Coming to Terms with Infertility

For infertile women, it is vital that you acknowledge the grief and emotional ‘baggage’ associated with failed IVF and/or use of donor eggs or sperm, before you embark on this journey. This session provides some useful tools and resources to assist this process, and give you the strength to move forward

Tracey Sainsbury, London Womens Clinic, UK

Surrogacy & Donor Options for Singles & Gay Couples

Discusses surrogacy options & costs in US, Canada, Colombia as well as the rise of unregulated surrogacy programs in Cyprus, Philippines, Mexico & Czech Republic, including risks, ethical and medical considerations

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Egg Donation & Surrogacy Programs in Russia

Provides an overview of the history of surrogacy in Russia, eligibility for foreigners, IVF techniques commonly used, and how surrogates and egg donors are screened, matched and supported

Nikita Pechatkin, Next Generation Clinic, St Petersburg


Sourcing an Egg Donor

This can be a difficult transition, giving up on your own eggs. For gay couples of course its a necessity. There are a range of options when it comes to egg donors – friends and family; altruistic UK donor organisations; international clinic pre-screened donors and donor agencies. This session reviews the pros and cons of each

Francesca Steyn,  Head of Nursing & Quality, CRGH, UK

Guarantee Programs for Surrogacy & Egg Donation

The pros and cons for ‘guarantee’ and ‘money-back’ programs. What do they guarantee? Can they be combined with a program which uses your own embryos first? How cost effective are they?

Guy Tatsa, Baby Bloom, USA Anna Lisnichenko,Perfect Surrogacy, Serjey Kozin, Isida Care, Ukraine


Risks 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.

Panelists: Olga Pysana, World Center of Baby, Ukraine; Maria Vastaroucha, Nomos Law, Greece

Independent vs agency-managed surrogacy

In the UK, most surrogacy is independently managed, without professional support. Some UK couples have even engaged independently abroad, although most international surrogacy is agency-managed. A panel of parents discuss their experiences of these two models

Panelists: Charlotte Kimber (US), Hannah Bailey (Canada) tbc (UK), Richard Scarlett (US)

LUNCH & NETWORKING with parents and experts

Parent Panel

Heterosexual and gay parents via surrogacy and/or egg donation discuss the details of their journeys in UK, US, Canada, Greece and Ukraine, what the most difficult parts were, disclosure to family and friends, how they overcome hurdles and how they chose particular providers to work with.

Surrogate Motivations & Expectations

A panel of surrogates from Ukraine, US and UK discuss what drives them to assist others and what expectations they have around relationships with their recipients



Panelists: Oksana Yatsenko, (Ukraine) Perfect Surrogacy, tbc (UK surrogate) Marina, (Ukraine)

Insurance Options for Overseas Surrogacy

An expert in this area discusses what options are available in regard to medical and life insurance for your surrogate, as well as your new-born child


AFTERNOON TEA & networking with parents and experts

Immigration requirements following offshore surrogacy

Provides essential guidance on documentation for those returning to the UK or EU following offshore surrogacy, covering situations where one or both parents may not be UK citizens

Alexander Finch, lawyer, Fragomen, UK

Breast Milk Donation, Induced Lactation and Formula feeding

Despite the mantra ‘Breast is best’, most infants via surrogacy rely solely on infant formula. But there are a number of supplementary options. Your surrogate may be comfortable expressing colostrum and/or breast milk. Many women in the community have excess breast milk they donate via informal networks. Intending mothers can take medication to induce lactation. This session provides fascinating insights into the pros and cons of all these and the data around infant outcomes.

Rachel Fitz-Desorgher

Ongoing support for families

For many , socialising with other families with similar birth journeys is an important and rewarding aspect, not just for the parents but for the children that result. While there are substantial groups available for domestic surrogacy and for adoption, the UK has offered little for parents who engaged internationally in surrogacy. This session launches Growing Families UK & Ireland Support Network and illustrates how you can connect with other families in your region.

Shabana Hussain

Parental Recognition following domestic or international surrogacy

Explains the processes, timelines and eligibility criteria for parental recognition post surrogacy, once you and your child(ren) are home. This is vital to understand before you engage in the processes

Victoria Maxwell, Bishop & Sewell

Time to Tell

In this age of easily ordered DNA tests and social media, secrecy around genetic heritage is no longer possible, nor in the best interests of children. This session gives you the tools to help in explaining surrogacy to children and friends. It shows when is the best time to tell and how you might address common issues that can arise in the pre-school, school and DHS environments.

Nina Barnsley, Donor Conception Network