Sam is dad to two girls Zoe & Ruby via surrogacy and has become one of the globe’s foremost commentators and researchers on surrogacy trends. He convenes conferences and seminars for intended parents in Ireland, UK, Australia, Asia and Scandinavia. Sam consults with singles and couples from around the globe to assist them to plan safe and reliable routes to building families through surrogacy. He has behind-the-scenes knowledge of providers of egg donation and surrogacy around the globe. He has seen the best and worst that surrogacy can deliver. He continues to promote best practice through conferences, one-on-one consultation and online resources. He runs a healthcare research consultancy and is the author of three books and is a non-executive director of the charity Surrogacy Australia.
Natalie is known internationally, not only as the UK’s leading fertility lawyer but also for her gentle tenacity which has enabled much needed change in the UK legal system. Having built her own donor-conceived family in 2001, Natalie was the first solicitor to pioneer fertility law in the UK.
Natalie has been named in the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List as one of the UK’s 100 most influential gay people, named as the Times Lawyer of the Week, and nominated for Stonewall’s Hero of the Year Award for her defence of same-sex parents. She is listed by Legal 500 in their elite list of lawyers who are leaders in their field and ranked as a Band 1 leading lawyer by Chambers. She was also one of the first international fellows to be admitted to the US-based Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and she is the Chair of the UK and Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute.
Program Director, Egg Donor & Surrogacy Program, USA
Program Director, Egg Donor & Surrogacy Program, USA
Alex Maron is the Program Director of The Egg Donor & Surrogacy Program (eggdonation.com) based in Los Angeles. Founded in 1991, the Egg Donor & Surrogacy Program is the first ever established in the world. And for over 10 years, Alex has personally been helping families achieve their dreams to have children. As a mother of 3, Alex understands the love of parenthood and has been a passionate advocate for parents from all backgrounds and walks of life.
The team provides a high-touch experience based on a passion for helping people become parents by matching them with exceptional donors and loving surrogates. They have an extensive database and a rigorous screening process that is overseen by a world-class physician with over 30 years of experience. Quality is the priority, however to reduce costs for intended parents, they have partnered with top fertility doctors in the USA and have made available optional one-stop-shop packages for IVF, surrogacy and egg donation with live births guaranteed and no surprise expenses.
Dr. Cristin C. Slater is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist. She received her bachelor’s degree in 3 years from the University of Utah, majoring in health sciences while minoring in both chemistry and philosophy. She received her medical degree from the University of Utah in 1993. She completed her specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Subsequently, she completed her sub-specialty fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Slater practiced as an assistant professor in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for 3 years at the University of Southern California, where she taught medical students and reproductive endocrinology fellows.
Dr. Slater is well trained in laparoscopic, hysteroscopic, and microscopic surgery as well as with advanced reproductive technologies and hormone management. She has written 3 chapters in medical text books and published many articles in prestigious medical journals. She is active in various regional and national medical societies where she has presented her research.
Personally, Dr. Slater is married and is the mother of twin boys.
Olga is an Intended Parent Partner at World Center of Baby – a full-service surrogacy agency based in Kyiv, Ukraine dedicated to creating new life while ensuring the interests and safety of the intended parents and surrogates in the field of reproductive technology. Coming from a background in education, Olga became attracted to creating something precious and valuable within the reproductive technologies sector. Olga is actively involved in fertility exhibitions and worldwide seminars in order to share her knowledge and experience with potential parents, partners and fertility professionals.”
Kate is the moderator of a popular surrogacy forum called Hope . She is married to Rebecca who have five children between them you youngest been carried by Rebecca conceived using a known sperm donor. Kate has engaged in straight (using own eggs) and host (gestational) surrogacy. She has had two successful journeys for a same sex couple and for a Nigerian / British couple. She is now working with Jason, a single male recipient. Their first transfer ended in an ectopic pregnancy and termination. She will discuss what motivates her to keep assisting childless couples
Helen has worked in fertility, donation and surrogacy for a decade and has extensive contacts with agencies, medics and lawyers in the UK and internationally. She is director of Brilliant Beginnings, a leading UK based surrogacy and egg donation agency. She is one of the few international members of the American Bar Association’s Assisted Reproduction and Technology Committee. Helen has long experience managing professional services for families created through ART and supporting campaigning and policy work on surrogacy and donation.
Richard is a 35 year old, corporate marketing director in London. He and his husband Dario, their young son and two dogs completed US surrogacy in August 2018 with Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine and hope to embark on a sibling journey within the next year.
Tracey has a four amazing little girls of her own and has been an egg donor and surrogate. She has done two rounds of egg donation – one resulted in a baby boy for a recipient couple. Too old to continue as a donor, Tracey was keen to be a surrogate, but needed further guidance and support on a whole raft of questions. She discovered Brilliant Beginnings, and the way they match their Intended parents to their Surrogates really appealed .
She has been matched twice. The first couple, she undertook four rounds of IVF for – none were successful and her recipients pulled out.
But Tracey was determined to try again and was matched with another couple – this transfer worked first time, resulting in a beautiful baby girl being born in February 2018. They remain in regular contact and are currently looking at doing a sibling cycle
Oksana is the Exit Process Manager at World Center of Baby with extensive first hand experience as she has assisted more than 250 couples from the European countries, South America, Australia, Canada, USA, Ireland and UK. She accompanies Intended Parents from the day of childbirth to the moment they receive travel documents for the newborn. Oksana has learned all legal aspects of surrogacy and immigration law in Ukraine and she knows how to achieve a smooth and straightforward exit process without any delays. She is excited to share this experience with all participants of the seminar including infertile couples who are considering surrogacy in Ukraine.
In 2011 a consultant removed Maureen’s womb and left one ovary telling her she likely had ovarian cancer. She discovered 18 months later her doctor knew Maureen didn’t have cancer prior to surgery but removed her uterus anyway. So surrogacy was their only hope of a family. However Maureen was told she was too old at 50yrs old to qualify for UK surrogacy. She turned to the Ukraine and welcomed twins born five weeks early through surrogacy in the Ukraine in Jan 2018 at the age of fifty one.
UK dad Dr Adam Stearns & his wife Fionnuala went down the surrogacy route after two pregnancy losses at 22-weeks (and further earlier miscarriages) due to a uterine abnormality and failed corrective surgery. They first engaged with a Greek IVF clinic in September 2017, and the first embryo transfer took place in May 2018 after a couple of rounds of IVF, and a court case in Greece authorising the surrogacy and assigning parental responsibility. The second embryo transfer (October 2018) was successful with a singleton pregnancy and their amazing son was born in June 2019.
In 2018 Spencer and his partner Kevin , after years of discussing the idea, had linked up with a wonderful donor called Rachel. They met a potential surrogate through a forum online and were 5 months into a ‘get to know you’ phase. This match came to an abrupt end when their surrogate accidentally feel pregnant to her partner. Three months later Rachael asked if the couple would consider her sister, Leanne, as their surrogate! They embraced the idea. While there were dramas and difficulties with their son Sawyer born 8 weeks premature. Spencer will discuss what they learned in this extra-ordinary journey
In 2018 Piero & his partner began working with a surrogacy agency in Cyprus to create their own family. It was an adventurous journey, and they were well supported by the medical team there. In July 2019 they welcomed a wonderful son to the world, and they are now all back in London. Through surrogacy these guys have truly been able to make their dreams come true. Piero will discuss the processes that apply in Cyprus, the costs and their experiences