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Surrogacy and Egg Donation Seminar- Sydney

Sun 14 November


The Grace Hotel. | 77 York Street | Sydney 2000

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
  • Sperm and Embryo shipping options
  • Legal issues
  • International Travel and return considrations

Face to Face and Digital Tickets Available. 

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 aspects of international egg donor IVF and surrogacy preparation can be done in Australia? Can sperm or embryos be shipped overseas and processes started remotely? How safe is embryo shipping? For Donor IVF, can intended mothers travel for embryo transfers? How has covid affected surrogate availability?

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

What criteria are used to assess suitability of egg donors and surrogates? What screening tests are used? What aspects affect success rates? What are the differences between IVF clinic-screened donors, agency donors and friends or relatives as donors?

Dr Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Center, California, USA

How does the altruistic Canadian surrogacy model work for foreigners? What availability is there of egg donors and surrogates? How are surrogates motivated to carry? How are they supported? What concierge services are available?

Nir Keren, Babies Come True, Canada

Sarah Bevan

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

Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan lawyers, Sydney

Are there tests than can check sperm quality? What if quality is poor? Can I still make embryos? If  undertaking surrogacy, can we create embryos before having matched with a surrogate? What counselling requirements do clinics have in relation to donors and surrogates?

Dr Manny Mangat, IVF Australia

Do I need a lawyer for domestic surrogacy or egg donation? Can my surrogate use the same lawyer? Can we write our own agreement? Are these legally binding? What expenses can our surrogate be re-imbursed? How is this monitored? Who appears on the birth certificate? How does transfer of parentage work?

Cassandra Kalpaxis, Kalpaxis Law, Sydney

Networking with Parents & Professionals

Local parents who have recently completed surrogacy in the US, Canada, Australia, Ukraine and Georgia share their lived experiences

Moderator: Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Kirsty Barber reviews the international donor options available to Australians seeking to do their IVF locally and discusses a new program  led by renowned fertility specialist Professor Orvieto, to access identity-release, fully counselled European donors and create embryos.  Sperm is shipped overseas and the embryos shipped back to Australia in compliance with Australian regulations. 

Kirsty Barber, Manor Medical, Australia/Israel

Georgia is one of just five countries which offers regulated, legally protected surrogacy programs to foreigners who are eligible. On hold for 18 months due to Covid-19, Georgia has now re-opened its programs. This talk discusses who is eligible for Georgian programs, costs, donor rules and the different types of surrogacy programs available

Natia Janadze, ReproArt, Georgia

With state and international border travel rules in constant flux, this session details the latest options about travelling internationally for Donor IVF or surrogacy births. Are economy return flights available? What are the chances of my flight being cancelled? When will incoming flight caps change? Can I get a Travel Exemption? Am I eligible for home quarantine? Delivered by one agent who has now worked with dozens of Australian IPs to get them in and out of Australia safely during lockdowns

Penni Mason, Bayview Travel, Australia

Your Ticket includes free 15 min Consultation with the surrogacy expert of your choice? Contact Ankita Agarwal at [email protected] for a booking.

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