• Fertility Experts from around the world

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Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak Growing Families have made the difficult decision to postpone our UK and Ireland Conferences. The new dates will be Saturday 19 and 20 September.

Your ticket will carry over for this revised event date.

Please do feel free to book a one on one digital meeting with the expert speakers from the event.

Booking details listed below.

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 christene@creatingfamilies.com
US Surrogacy & IVF: Baby Bloom info@babybloom.org.uk
US Surrogacy & IVF: ICRM info@icrminternational.com
US Surrogacy Law: International Fertility Law Group Molly@iflg.net

Perfect Surrogacy go@perfect-surrogacy.com
World Center of Baby olga@worldcenterofbaby.com
Lotus dana@lotussurrogacy.com
Just for Life info@justforlife.agency 

Surrogate Baby english@surrogatebaby.com
Next Generation Clinic international@ngc.clinic
International Surrogacy Agency info@isa-mail.ru




Georgia: ReproArt t.kachlishvili@reproart.ge
Nomos mv@nomos.gr
IVF clinic broker: Redia info@redia-ivf.com

UK Parentage & Migration law:
Bishop & Sewell formingfamilies@bishopandsewell.co.uk
UK Migration Law: Fragomen Alexander.Finch@Fragomen.com 
UK parentage law: A City Law Firm lucy@acitylawfirm.com

Other destinations: Growing Families heather@growingfamilies.org

Conference Committee: Sam Everingham, Hannah Bailey, Richard Scarlett, Maureen Osayi, Shabana Hussein, Jason Brown

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Timing Description

Welcome & Overview of Options

Provides an overview of the trends in surrogacy, egg donation and IVF globally, the ethical, medical and financial considerations as well as new initiatives to support surrogates and intended parents.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

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

Crucial IVF Considerations – When Medicine Meets Law 

Pre-implantation embryo screening, egg donation, and surrogacy are not just methods that can increase your chances of a healthy baby. Those procedures need to be legally regulated, and while some counties prohibit any of these kinds of ART, others create a legal framework to make realizing parenthood possible. What is the balance between modern ART treatment and legislation? What can intended parents expect from  programs on bringing babies home? What documents and instructions should doctors follow? This session explains the key points to ensure you have the best chances both for self-cycling IVF protocols and surrogacy.

Dr Diana Obidniak, Head of International Cooperation, IVF Clinic & Medical Director, International Surrogacy Agency, St Petersburg

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 support processes in Russia, Ukraine, India & Georgia

Moderator: Sarah Norcross, Progress Educational Trust
Panelists: Slava Motayev, Surrogate Baby, Russia, Anna Lisnichenko, Perfect Surrogacy, Ukraine, Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia


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

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

Tracey Sainsbury


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


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?

Moderator: Richard Scarlett
Panellists: Guy Tatsa, Baby Bloom, USA Anna Lisnichenko,Perfect Surrogacy, Serjey Kozin, Isida Care, Ukraine, Saarthak Bakshi,Worldwide Babies, India


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.

Moderator: Karen Holden, A City Law Firm
Panelists: Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia, Olga Pysana, World Center of Baby, Ukraine; Maria Vastaroucha, Nomos Law, Greece, Slava Motayev, Surrogate Baby, Russia

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.

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Richard Scarlett (dad via US), Yuriy Samokhin (dad via Russia), Shabana Hussein (mum via Ukraine), Michael Large (dad via Canada/US) ….. (dad via UK)

Surrogate Motivations & Expectations

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

Moderator: Sam Everingham
Panelists: Tracy Sims (UK) Oksana Yatsenko, (Ukraine) , Kate Fruin-Smith (UK) Maryna Poliarush, (Ukraine) tbc (Russia)


Enrolment & Exit Paperwork Requirements 

Each country which allows surrogacy has its on processes around enrolment, birth certificate registration and exit processes post birth. Experts from Ukraine, Georgia, Cyprus and US explain the differences

Moderator: Shabana Hussein
Panelists: Molly O’Brien (USA) Oksana Madiudia (Ukraine), Tamari Kachlishvili (Georgia)

AFTERNOON TEA & networking with parents and experts

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

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

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

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 breast milk. Many women have excess breast milk they donate via informal networks. Intending mothers can take medication to induce lactation. Provides insights into the pros and cons of all these and the data around infant outcomes.

Rachel Fitz-Desorgher

Telling and Talking 

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 discusses the reasons for being open, resources that can help and explores some of the feelings that might arise at the thought of having these conversations with your children as well as friends and family.

Nina Barnsley, Donor Conception Network