Donor / Surrogacy Seminar- Perth 2 Nov - Growing Families


Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

Date: 2 November 2023

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For an individual or couple considering parenthood, navigating the family-building process with donors and/or surrogates can be an overwhelming experience.

Add recent global changes, COVID, the Ukraine war, the closure of Georgia, the closure of Greece largest clinic along with an increase in demand for fertility assisted babies. All has led to changes in family-building programs availability, costs, and risks.

This seminar navigates the post-landscape, discussing the reliable options in a changing world. Now, it is more important than ever to be aware of potential risks and challenges, as well as how service providers are addressing these!

Join us for an interactive ‘Ask Me Anything’ seminar

Thursday 2 November
6.00pm to 9.30pm

Novotel Perth Langley, 221 Adelaide Terrace

What You Will Learn!

A global program of experts, doctors, surrogates, donors, and parents will discuss Donor IVF, Surrogacy and Egg Donor Options in Australia and abroad. 

Our events are curated to provide the most up-to date information for those starting or on a family building surrogacy / donor journey.

The interactive seminar format provides advice, introductions and answers to questions, no matter where you are in your journey.  We cover steps on how to first engagement with professional service providers to taking your baby home.

This event will guide you on:

  • Surrogacy & Egg Donor Options by Country
  • Medical & Donor Considerations
  • Legal Issues
  • Feedbck from recent Parents

One-on-One Consultations:

Included with your ticket is the opportunity to arrange meetings with as many experts from the seminar as you like. Read the profiles on each of our speakers and email us to arrange your consultation meetings.


Leaders in their Fields Providing Information on Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy,
Egg Donation and Legal Process

Dr. Cristin C. Slater is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist. She is very dedicated to her medical practice and has a passion for helping her patients achieve their goal of having a family.

Dr Cristin C. Slater, Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine, USA

Dr. Librach from Create Fertility Canada at Ireland event for Growing Families

Dr. Librach since 1991 has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto. He is a Co-Director of the University of Toronto Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Clinic. He is the principal investigator in various clinical and embryology studies and researcher at Women’s College Hospital and University of Toronto. Dr. Librach has played an active role in presenting abstracts at various conferences and meetings. He is frequently interviewed for television, radio and print media.

Dr. Clifford Librach, Medical Director, Create Fertility Centre, Canada

Tamari initially ran programs solely in Georgia, recently opening a groundbreaking surrogacy and donor program in Argentina.

Tamari Kachlishvili, Global Surrogacy Consulting, Argentina 

Date: Thursday 2 November 2023
Time:  6.00pm to 9.30pm
Location:  Novotel Perth Langley
Tickets: $30 + GST

Ticket price includes;  one-on-one consultation with expert providers post event, lunch, afternoon tea, and complimentary networking drinks and nibbles. The networking drinks provide an opportunity to freely talk with all expert speakers, donor, surrogates, recent parents and children.

Growing Families have 11 years of experience supporting over 3000 singles and couples engaging in international donor and surrogacy arrangements.

Who should attend this Seminar

Heterosexual Couples:

  • Understand how age affects IVF success rates, when you should be considering a donor & what options are available at home and abroad
  • Understand why the Ukraine is now a dangerous option for surrogacy
  • Learn about embryo shipping options, costs and risks

Same Sex Couples:

  • Understand the destinations that allow gay couples and singles to engage in surrogacy
  • Learn about egg donor selection and what you should consider before making your decision
  • Understand the legal & practical issues around travel, birth certificates and parentage


  • Understand the process of using donor eggs or sperm
  • Understand which jurisdictions allow a single person to engage in surrogacy
  • Connect with single parents who have been on this journey

Healthcare Professionals:

  • With an interest in third-party reproduction and patient journeys
  • Wanting to learn how best to support donors, surrogates or intended parents

Agenda & Speakers 2023

6.00 – 6.20pm

Surrogacy & Donor Options by Country

An introduction to the current state of the landscape in regard to domestic and overseas options for egg donor IVF and surrogacy

Sam Everingham,  Founder, Growing Families

6.20 – 7.00pm

Surrogacy Experts – Ask Me Anything Panel

Expert Service providers give an update on the latest trends and emerging issues for programs in the US, Colombia, Argentina and Canada

Tamari Kachlishvili, Surrogacy Consulting, (Argentina) ; Cindy Wasser, Canada Steven Swanepoel Tammuz (Colombia) Kristen Hansen, Simple Surrogacy (USA);

7.00 – 7.15pm

Medical Screening of International Donors & Surrogates

Why is medical screening so important? What is best practice in regard to surrogate medical screening? What are the typical issues that are red flags/ rule out a surrogate or donor? Are ‘mock’ cycles recommended prior to surrogacy embryo transfers

Dr. Cristin C. Slater, ICRM USA;


7.15 – 7.30pm

Good Ingredients – Making Strong Embryos 

Medical considerations & screening for egg and sperm providers. What can IVF specialists do to assess Sperm & egg quality prior to IVF? What impact does age have? What other factors affect sperm or egg quality? What can I do to improve quality?

Dr Clifford Librach, Create Fertility Centre, Canada

7.30 – 7.50pm

What About the Kids?

How do teenagers feel about having one or two gay dads as fathers? How do they deal with such issues at school? Are they concerned about not having a mum? Do they have a relationship with their surrogate? Three tweens and teenagers discuss

Panelists: Charlie Tilby, Kareena & Ameesha Brien

7.50 – 8.20pm


The perfect time to talk with service providers, the presenters you have just heard from and others on a similar journey to you.

8.20 – 8.30pm

WA Law Reform

What changes has WA agreed to implement to provide better access to surrogacy for its citizens? When will changes be implemented? What are the implications?.

Includes questions from the audience. 

Rachel Oakeley, Barrister, John Toohey Chambers, Perth

8.30 – 9.10pm

Parent’ Panel

Hear from recent parents who engaged with surrogates locally or abroad. They will discuss their decision-making process, surrogate relationships, disclosure to family, cultural barriers, hurdles, costs and advice. 

Paul Hadfield (dad via US) Steven Swanepoel(Dad via Colombia) Michael Thomas (via Canada) Lily Huang (intended mum via Australia)

9.10 – 9.30pm


The perfect time to talk with service providers, the presenters you have just heard from and others on a similar journey to you.

Why You Should Attend Even If You Have Been Before:

Surrogacy & Donor options, wait times and agency capacity change regularly given the high demand. Our events focus on providing the latest information and updates. We constantly review feedback on agencies, risks and other hurdles to allow you to better plan. 

So, no matter where you are in your family building journey, these events provide essential updated information + an opportunity to talk with recent parents.

Meet Our Expert Speakers

Cindy Wasser
Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada
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Dr Cristin Slater
Reproductive Endocrinologist, ICRM, USA
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Dr. Clifford Librach
Create Fertility Centre, Canada
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Rachel Oakeley
Barrister, WA
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Sam Everingham
Global Expert & Growing Families Director
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Steven Swanepoel
Territory Manager, Tammuz Family Aust & NZ
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Tamari Kachlishvili
Global Surrogacy Consulting, Argentina
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Family Members Sharing Their Stories

Charlie Tilby
Youngster via surrogacy
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Teen daughter of gay dads
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Lily Huang
Australian Intended Parent
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Michael Thomas
Dad via Canada
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Paul Hadfield
Dad via USA
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