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Ireland Surrogacy & Donor Conference 2022

Sat 10 Sept 2022

9.30am -5.15pm

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane Dublin D02YT21

Who is this for?
  •  Singles and couples wanting to understand the current options for family building via egg donor IVF or surrogacy
  • Based on ten years experience supporting 3000  singles and couples engaging in cross-border donor and surrogacy arrangements
  • Understand family-building options in the US, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Argentina & Mexico

This event will guide you on

  • what options are available and what timelines and costs to expect
  • the lived experience of parents via donor IVF or surrogacy
  • timelines
  • Legal considerations
  • 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


Provides a road-map to guide you through the complexities of family building using donors or surrogates. What countries am I eligible for? What are the comparative costs? How do donor/surrogate match times differ? What countries offer regulated vs unregulated programs and how does this impact my journey?

Sam Everingham, Global Director, Growing Families 

Why is the age of an egg provider so important in raising success rates? What is the difference between  clinic-recruited donors and agency-recruited donors? If I have embryos already, can I ship these? What do ‘guarantee’ programs cover? What sort of medical screening do US donors and surrogates go through?

Dr Ashim Kumar, Western Fertility USA

Ireland continues to have poor availability of donors. There is a long history of Irish nationals working with Ukraine donors – both identity release and anonymous. With the current war, what is the fate of these donor programs? Are Ukraine egg banks still operational? Where are they situated? Can Irish clinics accept such donor eggs? What is the difference in success between proven vs unproven donors; fresh vs frozen eggs?

Dr Uliana Dorofeyeva, Ovogene, Ukraine

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 Librarch, Create 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. 

Dr Vuk Jovanovic, Tree of Life Center for Assisted Reproduction

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  from a leading Georgian surrogacy and IVF provider explains costs, safety, wait times and what to expect from your provider 

Natia Janadze ReproArt, Georgia

Being so far away from your surrogate and growing baby can cause anxiety. Shawna explains the role of your agency in supporting your surrogate’s or egg donors practical, medical and psychological needs. Includes information on how escrow accounts and expense re-imbursements work, and how you can support your surrogate and her family from a distance

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

Ravi Sharma has spent a decade working with egg donors, surrogates, support staff and intended parents, first in India and in the last seven years in Georgia. This session explores what has changed in Georgian surrogacy over that time, wait times for surrogates, donor options , program types available.

Ravi Sharma, ART Baby, Georgia, Poonam Jain

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, The Baby Lawyers USA

Poonam has worked tirelessly with irish intended parents for a decade, first in India, then Nepal and Ukraine. Whether you are engaging in Georgia, Cyprus, Mexico or Argentina, exit specialist Poonam Jain explains how the exit process works for Irish nationals, Paperwork requirements and how you can prepare ahead

Poonam Jain, ISAPL

Nevzat Arsen, Managing Director,  Cyprus IVF Hospital 

Alonso Marin, 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. 

Panelists: Janene Fulton, US Surrogate and Steanna Morrison, US Surrogate

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

Panelists: Marie McPhilemy,  Mum via Irish Surrogacy, Catherine Wheatley, mum via Ukraine

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

Jason Kenny, Dad via Canada,  Gearoid Kenny, Dad via UK/US/Cyprus, Mark Davidson, Dad via USA, Christian Bair, Gay Dad via USA

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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