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Ireland Surrogacy & Donor Conference 2022

Sat 10 Sept 2022

9.30am -5.15pm

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane Dublin D02YT21

  • Learn what options are available, safe and what timelines and costs to expect
  • Hear from recent Irish  Parents share their lived experience or donor IVF or surrogacy
  • Based on ten years experience supporting hundreds of  singles and couples engaging in cross-border donor and surrogacy arrangements

This event will guide you on

  • What countries are safe and legal to locate an egg donor or surrogate
  • cost-effective options
  • Covid vaccination best practice for donors, surrogates and intended parents
  • fixed cost (guarantee) programs
  • Ideal characteristics of donors and surrogates 
  • parentage & citizenship considerations


Face-to-face from  EU15-30 per person including all catering

Protecting Your Health

To ensure the safest conference experience,  presenters, staff, and attendees need to be fully vaccinated. Attendees may also be required to follow additional safety protocols, including wearing masks


Sam Everingham, Global Director, Growing Families 

Dr Kumar, Western Fertility USA

Known, identity release & anonymous donors; Proven vs unproven donors; travelling donors vs in-country donors. Egg & sperm banks vs fresh gametes. Accessing donors of different races. Understanding your options in the UK, Europe and elsewhere and the pros and cons of each for you and your future family is vital. 

Whether you are using your own or donor eggs, this session will clarify the factors that affect egg & sperm quality and what can maximise success. Explains the latest thinking in Embryo screening/ PGT-A testing.


The US has the best surrogate screening and matching protocols of any country offering surrogacy. However the quality of screening and matching can differ. It is vital to understand why this is, how screening processes and match times differ and how intended parent preferences impact this. 

Christian Bair, Tree of Life USA 

With Ukraine now far too dangerous for surrogacy programs, Georgia remains one of the few countries providing regulated surrogacy options for heterosexual couples, allowing both on the birth certificate. This session explains costs, program types, safety and how the law protects you

Natia Janadze, ReproArt, Georgia


Shawna Johnson, Gifted Journeys USA

Canada has similar surrogacy rules to the UK, with some important differences. There are more surrogates available and Intended parents go on the birth certificate immediately in many provinces. However Canada is not for everyone. This session talks about the mindset of the typical Canadian surrogate, how they are supported and what to expect as IPs

Leia Swanberg, Canadian Fertility Consulting and Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law

Summarises surrogacy options for singles and couples in Argentina,. Discusses the costs, risks, exit times and program types available, the differences in how each operates

Tamari Kachlishvili, Surrogacy Consulting Argentina

What are the key issues to consider when engaging in domestic or cross-border surrogacy or egg donation, in relation to surrogacy agreements and contracts, your rights, those of your surrogate and how parties can be protected. Is an overseas contract recognised under Irish law? How easily can monies be recovered if services are not delivered? How does the process differ for those in Northern Ireland vs the Republic?

Fiona Duffy, Partner, Patrick F O’Reilly & Co, Ireland

Lisa Brant and Lynn Levitan, The Baby Lawyers USA

Nevzat Arsen, Managing Director,  Cyprus IVF Hospital 

Jamie Elorriaga, US Manager,

 Egg Donors Miracles Mexico

Am I unfairly exploiting someone else’s reproductive capabilities? Surrogate and donors from the US, Canada, Georgia and Ireland discuss their motivations, needs and relationships with recipients

Being recognized as the legal parent in an overseas jurisdiction does not mean you are recognised in Ireland. If I am on the birth certificate, am I the legal parent? What kind of preparation should I do to ensure I don’t hit hurdles?

Annette Hickey, Solicitor, Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan, Kilkenny

Looks at the work done over recent months by the Oreichtas International Surrogacy Committee to overhaul Ireland’s draft surrogacy bill. Highlights the likely timing an  impact of surrogacy law reform in Ireland for current and future parents via surrogacy

Senator Mary Seary Kearney

parents who successfully engaged  in donor or surrogacy journeys in US, Ukraine or Canada share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Parents who successfully engaged in donor or surrogacy journeys in US, Canada, Cyprus share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Parents via Surrogacy or Egg donation discuss concerns about bonding with an non-genetic child, when and how they talked to their kids about where they came from, what resources they used, what worked and what didn’t

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us via email: [email protected].

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