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Timing Description

Surrogacy & Egg Donation – Understand the 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

IVF & Embryology Techniques to maximise 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 explains why and covers what medical tests you should prepare prior, embryo shipping, interpreting clinic success rates, 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, US

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

Surrogacy Laws & Availability in Russia

St Petersburg is only 80 minutes flight from Stockholm and is one of the few countries providing legal parentage to foreigners requiring surrogacy. This session discusses the history of Surrogacy in Russia, how surrogate screening and support work and the legal processes for heterosexual couples and single men

Valentina Aprelkova & Maksim Kiyaev, International Surrogacy Agency, St Petersburg

Surrogacy Trends in Ukraine

In just a few years, Ukraine has become a leading provider of egg donor and surrogacy services to heterosexual married couples, many of them from Scandinavia. One of the most experienced Ukraine providers discusses what to look at in selecting a provider, how Ukraine surrogates are screened and documentation requirements to enrol in Ukraine programs.


Legal & Citizenship Issues for Swedish Citizens

This session is designed to assist you in understanding how to register your child with the relevant Swedish government departments and ensure you are recognised as the legal parent


Afternoon Tea

Networking with Experts & Parents

Parent Panel

Swedish & Norwegian parents via surrogacy or egg donation discuss the ups and downs of their journeys and recommendations for others considering this pathway


Panelists: Zichi Zhang (gay dad via Canada) … (mum via Ukraine) … (dad via USA)

One-on-one consultations with Providers