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.
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.
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.
Gina is an independent Gestational surrogate living in the South East (Kent) married to Ian with 3 children, 20,15 and 10. She carried a baby girl for her IPs born July ’16 and they are intending to start a sibling journey later this year. Gina works in precision engineering and loves reading, ballet and painting. She is an active member of her church and they and family and friends provide great support. Gina has found the surrogacy process very straightforward in the U.K. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences.
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 delivered a beautiful baby girl last year for a couple that Brilliant Beginnings matched her with. Prior to her surrogacy journey, Tracey has also been an egg donor, so has some great experience and very interesting stories to share.