Surrogacy & Donor Information Day - London 2024

Join expert-led sessions on IVF and surrogacy. Experience tailored guidance and advice from specialists in one of the world's most dynamic cities.

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat, 14 September 9:30 am

Venue:

Wellcome Collection

Address:

183 Euston Road, University Of London, London NW1 2BE

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Ticket Price:

£30

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£150

What to Expect at our London Surrogacy & Donor Event?

Join us at this unique event in London, where you can explore a range of options all in one place. Connect with providers and engage with other parents, donors, and surrogates within the United Kingdom.

The path to parenthood can be complex, with its own set of challenges, emotions, and abundant information. Every individual’s journey is unique, and our London events celebrate this diversity, offering tailored support and guidance to our local community.

This event will provide:

Comprehensive Insights
Gain a deep understanding of the key factors and steps in international family building, including budgets, timelines, and surrogate/donor relationships.

IVF Essentials
Learn about the medical considerations and screenings for egg and sperm providers, embryo development, and the impact of age on fertility.

Surrogacy Logistics
Understand the process and challenges of embryo and sperm shipping, surrogate matching, and selecting the best location for surrogacy.

Support Networks
Discover the importance of peer support, prenatal classes, and post-birth support networks for both heterosexual and gay parents.

Personal Stories
Hear from parents and surrogates about their personal journeys, motivations, and experiences in surrogacy and donor IVF.

Engage in Face-to-Face Conversations with London’s Leading Experts

Engage in interactive ‘Ask Me Anything’ panels with new parents sharing their diverse paths to family-building. Network with peers and gain insights through one-on-one discussions with experts at their booths, exploring varied avenues to achieve your family-building goals.

Personalised Consultations

Your ticket includes access to arrange private consultations with multiple experts. Review each speaker’s profile and contact them via email to schedule personalized meetings.

SPEAKERS AT OUR LONDON SURROGACY & EGG DONOR EVENT

Paul Riggio

Dad via US Surrogacy

Paul and his husband, Tiziano, are fathers to a son born via surrogacy in the USA in 2023. They used San Diego Fertility Clinic and CSP, and maintain a close relationship with their Oregon-based surrogate while navigating citizenship processes in the UK, Australia, and Italy.

Steven Swanepoel

Territory Manager, Tammuz Family ANZ & UK

Steven is a parent via surrogacy in Colombia. With a diverse career background, he passionately shares his surrogacy journey and educates others on Tammuz’s plans.

Lauri De Brito

The Fertility Agency, USA

Lauri’s daughter was born via surrogacy in May 2005, and eighteen months later, the same surrogate gave birth to her son. After experiencing infertility and a television career, Lauri finds bringing a much-wanted child into the world most rewarding.

London Surrogacy & Egg Donor Event Agenda

09:30 AM –
09:40 AM

Introduction to Growing Families & partners

Who are we, our International Advisory Board and partners. How can we and our partners support your journey

09:40 AM –
10:00 AM

Steps in International Family Building

What are the key steps in the process? Which order should they be done in? What can hold up the process?

10:00 AM –
10:20 AM

Steps in International Family Building

A number of factors need to be considered in your decision making – these include Budgets, timelines, your age, existing children, citizenship, type of surrogate or donor relationship desired, embryo quality. What are the risks of working with travelling’ surrogates?

10:20 AM –
10:40 AM

IVF for those new to the process

Medical considerations & screening for egg and sperm providers. What can IVF specialists do to assess Sperm & egg quality prior to IVF? What impact does age have? What can I do to improve quality? Carrier screening: Discusses embryo development, blastocysts, grading, Pre-Genetic-Aneuploidy Testing and how embryos are selected for transfer

Determining when Donor Eggs &/or Surrogacy are indicated

When should a woman be considering donor eggs? What tests can be done to assess the viability of carrying a pregnancy? How old is too old to carry? Can the stimulation be commenced in Australia and donor eggs be used offshore? What are the benefits of using fresh vs frozen eggs?

10:40 AM –
11:10 AM

Considerations in Selecting a Country – Panel Discussion

Where can I engage? How does surrogacy practice differ in English vs non-English speaking countries in regard to surrogate screening, care, reimbursement and contact pre and post birth? How do hybrid programs work? Timeframes, Success rates. Legal protections; How do costs compare? What egg donors are available? Covers five jurisdictions.

11:10 AM –
11:30 AM

Legal Processes for OS Surrogacy

What issues does your lawyer need to address?  How can I take advantage of the new legislation in my decision-making? How do the new rules around ‘Habitual Residency’ for surrogates work? What countries present a challenge.

11:30 AM –
12:00 PM

Morning Tea

12:00 PM –
12:20 PM

Break Out Session 1
Surrogacy in the USA
Break Out Session 2
Surrogacy Georgia

12:20 PM –
12:40 PM

Break Out Session 1
Surrogacy Canada
Break Out Session 2
Surrogacy in Colombia, Argentina, or Mexico

12:40 PM –
01:20 PM

International Parent Journeys

Recent parents discuss decision-making, surrogate relationships, disclosure to family, Differences in medication regimes; cultural barriers; hurdles along the way, legal parentage, costs and a myriad of audience questions

01:20 PM –
02:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

02:00 PM –
02:20 PM

Challenges Along the Way and How to Cope

Post natal depression, Miscarriage, loss, bonding, dealing with anxiety and stress, communications breakdowns.

02:20 PM –
02:45 PM

International Surrogate Panel

Surrogates from Georgia, Argentina, US & Canada discuss their motivations, expectations, journeys and contact with IPs and children.

02:45 PM –
03:00 PM

Citizenship & Travel Document Support

What are the processes in acquiring travel documents. How do timelines differ? What are the typical hold-ups? Who can assist?

03:00 PM –
03:30 PM

Afternoon Tea & Networking

03:30 PM –
03:45 PM

Embryo & Sperm Shipping

What are the dos and don’ts. Timelines, handcarry vs freight, paperwork, possible hurdles and how to address them

03:45 PM –
04:00 PM

Support Networks for Parents & Intended Parents

04:00 PM –
04:30 PM

Kids born through surrogacy panel

4:30 PM –
5:00 PM

Networking Drinks

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

mishcon de reya logo
Tammuz Family

Silver