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Timing Description

Giving Families Through Surrogacy Equal Rights

The Swedish Moderates are fighting for children born through surrogates abroad to have the same rights as any other Swedish family. They are continuing to work for altruistic surrogacy to be allowed in Sweden. THis session provides an update on progress made

Alexandra Anstrell, Deputy MP, Moderates, Sverige Riskdag

Affordable Surrogacy & Egg Donation Programs 

Sam Everingham has analysed the costs and risks of dozens of surrogacy programs globally. This session looks at specific programs, pricing, risks and benefits in affordable destinations  and gay intended parents. It focuses on Ukraine, Georgia (for heterosexuals) & Cyprus, Czech Republic Kenya, Colombia & Mexico (for gay couples).

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

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, US

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

Staffan Sorensen, Napoleon, Sweden

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. An experienced Ukraine provider discusses what to look at in selecting an agency, how Ukraine surrogates are screened and documentation requirements to enrol in Ukraine programs.

Nadiia Melenevska, IVMed, Ukraine

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 married couples and single parents

Dr Diana Obidnyak, International Surrogacy Agency, St Petersburg

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

Parent Panel

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

Moderator: Sam Everingham Panelists: Zichi Zhang (gay dad via Canada) William (dad via Ukraine)

Private, one-on-one consultations. To book, please email

For Ukraine: melenevska.nadiia@gmail.com

For US surrogacy: alex@eggdonation.com

For US IVF, Donors & Surrogacy: xiomara@icrminternational.com

For Russiaaprelkova@isa-mail.ru