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.
Lauri’s daughter was born via surrogacy in May 2005. Eighteen months later, the same surrogate gave birth to Lauri’s son. Lauri has experienced the depression and heartache of infertility herself. Like Kathryn, she too, had a career in television before infertility consumed her life. She was a producer/director/writer. But to Lauri, there is nothing more rewarding and ultimately as important as bringing a child who is so very wanted into the world.
Craig Reisser is a parent through egg donor surrogacy in the USA. He and his partner Massimo have two boys (4 years and 2 yrs). Their two journeys have taken them to both US coasts and they have personally experienced many of the different options that intended parents are faced with deciding between: fresh vs. frozen transfers; transferring 1 vs. 2 embryos; with or without PGS; working with a first time vs. experienced egg donor and/or surrogates; working with a surrogate with vs. without her own health insurance. Before becoming a dad Craig was an international investment banker for nearly 20 years. He now leads Oregon Reproductive Medicine’s international programs, and Craig helps intended parents understand their various options when it comes to egg donor surrogacy so that they can make the informed decisions that are right for them.
Nadiia looks after customer service with IVMed and Rodynne Dzherelo, which provides full service IVF and surrogacy programs under one roof in Kiev. Their facilities are very modern and they have become a very popular destination for surrogacy.
Rosjurconsulting CEO Konstantin Svitnev is a member of the Russian Association of Human Reproduction (RAHR) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and a legal expert with the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). He runs a Russian surrogacy agency and has assisted over one hundred foreigners with egg donation and surrogacy
Kathryn is the co-owner and founder of Agency for Surrogacy Solutions and Global IVF, Inc. A parent through surrogacy herself, Kathyrn understands just how much goes into the journey. heart-wrenching, & expensive Kathyrn wished she had met others who could have advised her. What was missing was an agency that would look out equally for the best interests of the Intended Parents and the Gestational Surrogates. Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. was her response. Surrogacy and pregnancy are emotionally turbulent, and Kathryn hopes to make the experience as simple and as free of anxiety as possible for everyone involved.
Stacie is a parent with her husband to three children. Having completed building her own family, she decided to help others that needed the assistance of a gestational surrogate to become parents. She proceeded to help two couples become parents by being their gestational surrogate. Her first set of intended parents were a heterosexual couple for whom she carried twins. Her second set of intended parents were a same-sex male couple for whom she carried a singleton. She now works with Oregon Reproductive Medicine sharing her experiences as a gestational surrogate and what this meant for her and her family; advising intended parents on some of the key elements of a successful surrogacy journey and how to build a trusted relationship with their gestational surrogate; and answering the numerous questions and addressing the common fears that many intended parents have when getting started on their own surrogacy journey.
As a social work researcher and practitioner working from the Dept Social Work & Social Administration, Uni of Hong Kong, Celia integrates best research evidence with clinical experience. She has extensive clinical experience in working with patients with infertility. As the first infertility counsellor in Hong Kong, she is committed to develop research and practice on fertility and infertility counselling. She offers psychological assessment and counselling as well as psycho-therapeutic groups for individuals and couples who are infertile and undergoing assisted reproductive technologies, and those experiencing various types of reproductive loss. She is currently the Coordinator (China and Hong Kong) of the International Infertility Counseling Organization.
Aaron was born, educated and legally trained in Hong Kong. Having completed his two-year traineeship, he was admitted as a solicitor of Hong Kong in March 2018. He shares the ambition to do more in safeguarding and promoting the rights of Hongkongers in the midst of doubts about Hong Kong’s judicial independence and human rights protection. Aaron has been a key and passionate advocate in criminal, detention, discrimination, LGBT, political and other public law cases. Aaron often provides emergency service to his clients, including at the Airport.