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.
Karen Synesiou is the CEO of the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc.(CSP). Karen was born in England, where she obtained her law degree. Her unique background gives her a greater understanding when helping international intended parents with surrogacy. Karen Synesiou has been the CEO at CSP for over 30 years and has celebrated the birth of over 2,500 babies! Karen is recognized worldwide as an expert in the field of surrogacy and assisted reproduction.
Since qualifying in April 2018 Victoria has developed a specialism in international surrogacy, a niche and growing area of Family Law which she is passionate about. Victoria assists intended parents in obtaining Parental Orders so they can be recognised as the legal parents of their children born through surrogacy. Victoria has worked with a wide range of clients who have chosen to enter into surrogacy arrangements in a variety of different countries including the Ukraine, the US, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria.
Tracey Sainsbury has been involved in providing fertility support for over 20 years, author of Making Friends with your Fertility, providing enhanced awareness of what goes on consciously and unconsciously as we try to conceive with assistance. Tracey leads the patient support team for the London Women’s Clinic, sits on the advisory panel for Fertility Network UK and is a Trustee for the Sperm Egg and Embryo Donation (SEED) Trust.
Dr. Maas is a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist. Dr. Maas earned his M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and completed a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology during his medical training. Dr. Maas completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, he won numerous teaching awards and was twice awarded the Julianne O’Callahan Award for compassion in patient care. Dr. Maas has presented his research at a number of national conferences and written numerous scientific publications in a range of nationally recognized journals. Most recently he has investigated mechanisms of androgen excess in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Dr. Maas is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Maas also speaks Spanish, and enjoys cross-country skiing.
Maria is a lawyer and an accredited Negotiator. She was admitted to the Thessaloniki Bar Association in 2000 and has been a partner at NOMOS Law Firm since 2009. Maria is a holder of an LL.B and an LL.M. degree in Commercial Law. In 2014 Maria was also awarded an Interdepartmental Master degree on Medical Law and Bioethics by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Maria advises on assisted reproductive technology (ART) law and surrogacy issues. In her capacity as an accredited Negotiator she has accumulated extensive experience in handling complex and highly sensitive fertility and parenting law cases. Maria is fluent in Greek (mother tongue), English, German and Spanish, both oral and written.
Anna is the founder and the Head Coordinator of Perfect Surrogacy Coordination Center. Based in the beautiful city of Odessa,, Anna is a Civil lawyer, specialized in reproductive law, fertility assistance specialist since 2012, certified interpreter in German and English. You can book a private consultation with Anna. Please email: email@example.com
Slava is the founder of Surrogate Baby, a Russian agency implementing gestational surrogacy programs, donation programs and other family projects in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad since 2013. Their services are available for intended parents from all over the world – both couples and single parents. They are LGBT-friendly.
Nikita is the Business Development Manager at the St Petersburg based Next Generation Clinic in Russia, which offers a range of egg donor and surrogacy programs. He has five years experience in the reproductive medicine field, particularly in international surrogacy and egg donor programs
Francesca has a special interest in gamete donation and surrogacy, and also training and development for nurses and HCA’s within the fertility setting. Francesca qualified in September 2005 from London Southbank University and specialised in fertility and reproductive health. Francesca recently co-authored a publication that was produced by the Department Of Health, to provide surrogacy best practice guidance for healthcare professionals working outside of the reproductive medicine setting. She is also extremely passionate about her role as part of the Royal College of Nursing, fertility nursing forum steering committee. Francesca is also an active member of the SING (Senior Infertility Nurses Group) which is a national group that shares and promotes best practice for fertility nursing.
Donor Conception Network is a charity offering support and information to anyone considering donor conception (with or without surrogacy) as well as parents of children conceived this way and donor conceived children and young people. They do this through membership, a website, publications, workshops, the DCN Journal and telephone and email helplines. They offer contact and peer-to-peer support via our Welcomer team, our two annual conferences and 25+ local groups around the UK and Ireland. The organisation is parent-led and child-focussed, helping people with the social and emotional aspects of creating or expanding a family through donor conception
Guy Tatsa is a father of three children, born through surrogacy in the United States. His own personal struggle, navigating the complexities of assisted reproduction led him to found BabyBloom – A one-stop facilitator of surrogacy and fertility solutions in the US. Together with his team at BabyBloom, Tatsa developed a unique method to manage the complexity of surrogacy and fertility journeys in the US, and maximize intended parents control over cost and process. By pre-screening surrogates and egg donors according to the intended parents specific needs and budget, and by creating guaranteed all-inclusive IVF plans, the BabyBloom team maximizes success and caps costs. Tatsa has degrees in medical sciences and psychology, and in the past 8 years, has created hundreds of families through surrogacy journeys in the United States. Complimentary One on One Consultations are Available. To book contact Guy via Guy@babybloom.co.il
Sarah is Director of the Progress Educational Trust , Commissioning Editor of its flagship publication BioNews and Co-Chair of the campaigning organisation Fertility Fairness. She is also a Member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority‘s National Donation Strategy Group, the National Gamete Donation Trust’s Advisory Council and the Association of Fertility Patient Organisations. She represents PET at conferences and in the broadcast media both nationally and internationally as well as in national newspapers, and in biomedical publications aimed at the public and at specialists. Together with Sandy Starr, she organises PET’s public events.
Sarah chaired the steering group of clinicians, scientists, patient support groups and medical research charities which fed into policy for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. She has also been a member of the Education, Engagement and Training Working Group of the UK Government‘s Human Genomics Strategy Group, and she has advised on research projects including Assessing Child Welfare under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: The New Law and Transnational Reproduction: An Exploratory Study of UK Residents Who Travel Abroad for Fertility Treatment.
Diana is Head of international cooperation at Ava Fertility Clinic in St Petersburg, Russia. She is a member of ASRM and ESHRE. She has an academic post with the Medical Faculty, St Petersburg State University. She has a large surrogacy practice. Her research into patients with recurrent implantation failure has been published in August 2018 in the European Medical Journal. The AVA-PETER Clinic is the oldest private fertility clinic in Russia and has offered its experience and expertise in fertility treatments both to residents as to foreign patients since 1996. Their medical specialists and tutors are trained to care for patients in English, French, Spanish and Chinese thus breaking the language barrier.
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.”
Complimentary One on One Consultations are available during the event. To book please email Olga: firstname.lastname@example.org
With unsurpassed previous diplomatic/embassy experience and contacts, Poonam has made many friends amongst intended parents via international surrogacy for her no-nonsense services ensuring a seamless process for parents eager to return home with their newborns. Well known for her work in India, she has translated this expertise to assisting Irish citizens exit from Ukraine & Kenya with minimal delays She is an expert in travel documents, passport and citizenship requirements, flights and hotel arrangements, particularly for Irish citizens.
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.
Serjay is the founder of Isida Care. For the last 3 years he worked at Isida Clinic as head of Business Development and Innovation. He has a Bachelor degree in business administration from the International university of Monaco and a Masters in International Healthcare Management from the Frankfurt school of finance and management.
Rachel is a “Birth Preparation and Breastfeeding Guru” a UK authority on all aspects of infant feeding, including initiating lactation, donated milk, human milk banks and all the different formulas and bottles. . She teaches other health care professionals about infant feeding , has run freelance clinics for Zita West in London and the charity, Wallingford Baby Bar. Rachel generates birth plans, assists in tapping into NHS services following overseas births, has worked with gay and heterosexual couples and singles, is the author of parenting book: “Your Baby Skin To Skin” (April 2017); a Mother&Baby columnist and Facebook Live host. She has featured as the Baby and Parenting Expert for The Baby Show and has mentored women and their families through the more practical and emotional sides of pregnancy, birth and babies.
Alex is a Senior Associate within Fragomen’s private client practice. He has more than 10 years experience across the full range of UK immigration matters. Alex handles complex nationality claims in multiple European jurisdictions, and supports clients with immigration and nationality implications of international surrogacy and adoption. Alex has an in-depth knowledge of European free movement rights. Alex studied philosophy at Girton College, Cambridge before completing a law degree from the University of Law in Guildford. He qualified at a legal aid practice specialising in asylum and human rights claims before joining Fragomen in April 2015.
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.
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.
Oksana is a 35-years old Ukranian surrogate, living in Pavlograd, Dnipro region and the mother of three beautiful daughters. She carried successfully for a US couple in 2018. That time Oksana gave birth to twins and she is still in contact with this family. Since then, she has begun a second journey for a UK couple with the help of Perfect Surrogacy Coordination Center (in Odesa and Kyiv, Ukraine). Oksana is also an active member of the Ukraine surrogacy community, representing the rights of Ukrainian surrogate mothers.
Charlotte and her partner turned to surrogacy due to suffering the perfect storm of repeat miscarriages, uterine scarring and crashing fertility levels (4 freeze all cycles, 3 with PGS testing, produced only 1 good embryo). Charlotte also has Ashermans syndrome. As they already had a daughter, Charlotte felt they wouldn’t find a match in the UK , so felt America was their best bet. However they were on a mission to do it on a budget. Charlotte matched independently through Facebook with a US surrogate, spending 10 months building a strong relationship before transfer. Their daughter Juliette Elizabeth (aka Buffy) was born in September 2019, and they were home 2.5 weeks later. Charlotte will discuss managing an independent journey.
Shabana is a mother through Ukraine surrogacy currently going through a second journey. She is a blogger who has openly shared her experience and journey since 2016 and has been supporting couples who are going through infertility. She speaks to couples looking at infertility treatment options . Her personal experience of IVF and surrogacy means she can provide support to couples in a compassionate way, as well as sharing her knowledge in this area.
Hannah (39) and James (43) live in England have been together for three years. Hannah was born with MRKH, which means she was born with no womb, therefore she knew from the age of 17 that if she wanted to have a family then adoption or surrogacy were her only options. They chose to proceed with surrogacy and explored agencies in the UK, US and Canada. They felt the Canadian option suited them best and was introduced to a gestational surrogate in August 2016 by Canadian Fertility Consultants and with the help of CReATe clinic they now have a son, Zachary, born in August 2017. They’re still pinching themselves that their dreams of becoming parents has become a reality
Marina is a Ukraine surrogate who has carried a boy for a Brazilian infertile couple. She will discuss her motivations for helping as a surrogate, her needs during the journey and the relationship surrogates expect from Intended parents.