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London Sat 16 November 2019

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Timing Description

Surrogacy & Egg Donation – Practicalities & Risks 

As demand for surrogacy grows, some agencies and countries are struggling to cope with the increase in requests for surrogates and donors. Too often intended parents are paying large up-front fees to providers who fail to match them, or paying tens of thousands for shipped eggs which fail to result in a pregnancy. This session looks at the differences between altruistic and compensated programs; egg donor considerations; likely program costs and how can they be controlled; Success rates and choosing reliable providers.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Surrogacy in the US 

Some US states have had legally protected third-party reproduction available for 35 years. The more liberal states allow a single parent or a gay couple to be named on the birth certificate. This talk outlines why the US has become the ‘go-to’ destination for many foreigners requiring high quality egg donation and/or surrogacy, match times and what you should be asking of an agency before engaging with them

Alex Maron, Egg Donation & Surrogacy, California

IVF & egg donor considerations to maximize your success

IVF can be the most costly component of surrogacy, so careful planning is essential. US clinics boast some of the highest success rates globally. This session covers egg donor selection, what medical tests you should prepare prior, semen analysis, the pros and cons of PGD testing of embryos and decisions around single vs double embryo transfer.

Dr Cristin Slater, Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine, USA

Legal Considerations in Domestic & International Surrogacy

Ensuring you understand the law in the UK and/or the country you are engaging in is essential. Natalie Gamble has been at the forefront of domestic and international surrogacy for UK citizens. This session summarises the legal and parentage processes for domestic and offshore surrogacy.

Natalie Gamble, NGA Law, UK

Surrogacy in Ukraine

In just a few years, Ukraine has become a leading provider of egg donor and surrogacy services to heterosexual married couples. An experienced Ukraine providers discusses what to look at in selecting a provider, how Ukraine surrogates are screened, documentation requirements to enrol in Ukraine programs. In addition, a specialist who has assisted dozens of couples describes how to speed up the exit process for UK citizens

Olga Pysana & Oksana Maduida, World Center of Baby, Ukraine

Parent Panel

UK parents who have utilised surrogacy or egg donation at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Richard Scarlett (dad via US) Spencer Tewis-Allen (dad via UK) Maureen O’Halloran (mum via Ukraine) Adam Stearns (dad via Greece) Piero McCarthy (dad via Cyprus)