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Surrogacy & Donor Options for All -Ireland-Dublin

Sat 26 March


Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin A96K063

The Dublin venue has provided a larger room, allowing us to release 20 more tickets for Saturday
  • Learn what the IVF, donor and surrogacy processes really look like.   
  • Parents will share their lived experience and how to survive the unexpected hurdles. 
  • 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
  • The availability of fixed cost (guarantee) programs
  • Ideal characteristics of donors and surrogates 
  • migration 


Face-to-face from  EU 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


What are the key considerations in Donor IVF or surrogacy?? How can you ensure you have the mental energy and strength to navigate this pathway? What are the pros and cons of various options? What risks do you need to plan for upfront? 

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

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.

Dr Clifford Librach, Create IVF, Canada

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

Edvin Fogelmark, Hatch Egg Donation & Surrogacy, USA

Many women harbour unresolved grief around their infertility. Moving on from using  your own eggs can be a difficult decision. This session features the lived experience of three  woman and how they ‘moved on’ mentally to allow them to have the family they dreamed of.

Moderator: Roisin Venables, Irish Infertility Counsellors Association

Panelists: Audrey Kealy; Sharon Thompson, Aisling Hillick

Poonam Jain is a migration agent with over a decades experiecne specaulisng in international surrogacy cases. She knows how to ensure paperwork is streamlined whether you are engaging in tried and tested or newer surrogacy destinations. She works closely with Irish surrogacy lawyers and talks here about the factors to consider and how your lawyer and migration agent can assist

Poonam Jain, ISAPL

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, Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law


What are the rules around which countries can accept embryos? What other countries can couples consider if they have donor embryos in Ukraine? What about if they used their own genetic material?  What shipping costs should be considered? What paperwork is required?

Olga Pysana, World Center of Baby,

What are the options in Georgia for heterosexual couples? What about Cyprus for gay singles, couples and heterosexaul couples who used an anonymous donor?

Naia Adamia, Be Parent, Georgia, Stephanie Martin, Be Parent Cyprus


Many intended parents who were considering Ukraine are now looking at similarly priced programs in Georgia, given it also provides a legally regulated system. But can Georgia cope with the influx of demand & what risk does Russia pose?

Natia Janadze, ReproART Georgia

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

Moderator: Roisin Venables
Panelists:  Megi Sirginava (Georgia)  Amanda Poston (US) Meghan Schiewe (Canada)

Parents who successfully engaged  in donor or surrogacy journeys in Canada, UK  or Georgia share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey.

Panelists: Molly Tierney (mum via Canada); Emma Scott (mum via Georgia) Jason Kenny (dad via Canada); Neil McDonagh (dad via Ireland/UK) 

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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