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The Impact of Covid-19 on cross-border Donor IVF & surrogacy

An overview of current donor and surrogacy options globally; differences in eligibility, legal restrictions, risks, costs, , exit processes and parental status. Creating embryos, shipping, paperwork, logistics, donor approval Logistics, safety, shipping, travel, vaccinations

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Success & Risk in Embryo Creation & Transfer

How do birth rates differ based on age of the egg provider? What sort of risks do you need to consider? What factors impact success? How important is PGD testing of embryos?

(Sponsor talk)

Important considerations in working with Surrogacy Agencies

Adjunct/alternative therapies to Assist

These are increasingly common for patients who have a history of failed transfers. But what is the evidence behind them? Do they increase pregnancy and live birth rates? What do they cost?




Legal Considerations for Australians Considering Cross-Border Surrogacy

Do I need to engage an Australian lawyer? How do laws differ by state in regard to offshore surrogacy? Am I the legal parent after engaging in surrogacy overseas? Can I access parenting orders? Surrogacy in Unregulated environments, 

(Sponsor talk)

Parent Journeys

In-depth discussion & Q&A with parents detailing what to expect – processes, costs, potential risks, what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles with parents via who used OS surrogacy and/or egg donation


Lunch & Networking

Guarantee Programs for Surrogacy & Egg Donation

The pros and cons for ‘guarantee’ and ‘money-back’ programs. What do they guarantee? Can they be combined with a program which uses your own embryos first? How cost effective are they?


Sperm & Embryo Shipping

Many Australians are choosing the ship their precious embryos from Australia to offshore IVF clinics, particularly if they cat locate a local surrogate. The paperwork requirements for this can be complex and clinics vary in their requirements. Receiving countries can also have strict  requirements. learn about embryo export requirements and recipient requirements for countries like the US, Georgia and Ukraine.

DNA testing & Citizenship Processes

For those engaging in overseas surrogacy , unless you have a court order, DNA testing may be mandatory to access citizenship by descent. An Australian expert explains how the process works and what you can do to ensure your time away from home is minimised

Risks and how to manage them

Wherever you engage in surrogacy, there are risks of low numbers of eggs retrieved, poor embryo quality, failed transfers, early or late miscarriage, preterm delivery and birth complications. Understanding these risks and how they can be minimised and overcome is essential.



Breast Milk & Induced Lactation Options

Breastmilk is one of the most effective way to enhance child health, yet often child via surrogacy miss out. Some surrogates express milk – others will not. Intending mothers can take medication to induce lactation. Parents can also supplement formula with donated breast milk, sourced via informal networks or charities such as Mothers Milk Bank. This session reviews the range of health, safety and psychological issues to consider for both those providing milk and recipients