Surrogacy and Egg Donation Conference- Melbourne

Sun 13 February 2022

9.30am-4.00 pm

Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn

This event is a chance for intended parents, parents and experts to network, share stories and learn from each other.  Learn what the IVF, donor and surrogacy processes really looks like in Australia and internationally.   Parents will join our popular ‘tell-all’ panel to explore how expectations can differ and how to survive the unexpected hurdles. 

This event will guide you on : 

  • Crucial decision-making on providers and destinations
  • Risks and how to avoid them
  • Donor options
  • Costs
  • Legal issues
  • Parents recent experiences

Face to Face Tickets Only

Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Protecting Your Health
To ensure the safest conference experience,  presenters, staff, attendees need to be fully vaccinated and should carry a full vaccination certificate or a doctor certificate for those who can’t be vaccinated due to health reasons. Attendees may also be required to follow additional safety protocols, including wearing mask


When you are placing significant emotional and financial investment in family-building, you deserve to know the current reality. What is the evidence of vaccination in pregnancy? Why are  surrogates refusing vaccination? Can I specify this? What is the impact on wait times? In non-English-speaking contexts, can I have an independent relationship with my surrogate? Why has Colombia  run out of capacity?  What is going on in Canada & the US? 

Sam Everingham provides answers to many of the questions agencies wont tell you. 

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

The Fertility Agency has been assisting Australians with US surrogacy journeys for many years. What are the factors that attract surrogates to work with one agency over another. What sorts of match times should you expect? How  does the screening/ verification process work? What are the support expectations of US surrogates. What ‘criteria’ specified by parents can push out match times. How best you can support your surrogate,; what are the typical hurdles and how they can be overcome

 Lauri De Brito & Kathryn Kaycoff, The Fertility Agency, California


Create is Canada’s largest and most experienced IVF clinic in relation to managing international patient IVF cycles. This talk covers what to consider in selecting an egg donor and at what stage intended parents should be considering donor eggs if their own embryos are not successful.

Dr Clifford Librach, Create IVF, Canada

Canada has similar surrogacy rules to Australia, with some importaqnt differences. There are a lot more surrogates available and Intended parents go on the birth certificate immediately in many provinces. However Canada is not for everyone. Leia Swanberg has been a surrogate herself and now runs Canada’s largest agency. She 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

Ukraine has emerged as an increasing popular destination for donors & and surrogacy given the high quality of IVF protocols. One of Ukraine’s leading IVF specialists  talks about the impact of Covid 19 on donor and surrogate availability and the security and mindset issues for clinics, surrogates and donors in the face of Russia tensions

Dr Uliana Dorofeyeva, Ovogene, Ukraine/UK

Sarah Bevan

Are surrogacy agreements and contracts binding? If I am engaging with an egg donor, do I need a legal contract? For international surrogacy, can an Australian lawyer review contracts? What is my legal status ? Is there a court process in Australia? 

Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan lawyers, Sydney

Increasingly intended parents are looking at ways to reduce international travel in family building. Many are choosing to ship embryos or sperm to avoid the need to travel. How safe is such shipping? Are success rates impacted by using frozen embryos? An IVF specialist from one of Georgia’s leading agencies explains the issues

Dr Tamar Barbakadze, Natia Janadze ReproART Georgia

Many intended parents engage with surrogates in non-English speaking countries. This means placing far more trust in your surrogacy agency as a communication conduit. What kind of expectations do such surrogates have around a relationship with IPS? What regularity of contact should you expect ? Can you use Google translate and social media to keep in touch? What are the pitfalls?

Stephanie Martin, Be Parent, Georgia/Cyprus

Covers the latest insights around surrogates preparedness to be covid-vaccinated in both Colombia and the USA, the impact of Covid on surrogate availability; and  how sperm shipping to both countries works.

Damien Chambers, CEO, NewGen Families, USA & Colombia

Argentina is developing as a promising surrogacy and donor destination for intended parents from around the world given both parents go on the birth certificate and fixed cost programs are available. Tamari explains why increasing numbers are turning to Argentina to create family

Tamari Kachlishvili, Royal Surrogacy, Argentina

Whether travelling for cross border IVF or surrogacy births, travel has changed. You need to understand how changing rules and regulations affect you, what is happening with ticket prices, routes and the various test requirements. Bayview Travel have been providing outstanding service to IVF and surrogacy families through the pandemic

Penni Mason, Bayview Travel

A successful SASS-supported team (Surrogate and dads) who met online discuss their domestic surrogacy journey, how they built a relationship, how they were supported and what to expect along the way.

Tyson & Daniel Culhane-Smith & Beth Williams

The nutrients available in breast milk are invaluable to infants in their first year. Mothers Milk Bank is an Australian charity which sources excess donor milk, pasteurises it and delivers it to families who want to supplement formula feeding. This session discusses benefits, costs and logistics 

Lynne Hall, Mothers Milk Bank

Recent parents via surrogacy and egg donation share their journeys to creating family, the ups and downs, what they would do differently and how they survived the unexpected roadblocks

Tanya Lunardon (mum via Georgia)  Michelle Hill (mum via Greece) Barnaby Johnston ( dad via US) David Bignoux (dad via Canada)