Surrogacy Event – Ireland 26 March – Growing Families


Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

Date: 26 March 2023

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For an individual or couple considering parenthood, navigating the family-building process with donors and/or surrogates can be an overwhelming experience.

Join us for an interactive ‘Ask Me Anything’ Seminar

Sunday 26 March
12.00pm to 5.30pm

Ashling Hotel Dublin

Fulfill Your Family Building Dream!!

Designed to inform on Donor IVF, Surrogacy and Egg Donation options in Ireland and abroad.

Our interactive seminar format provides advice, introductions and answers to questions, no matter where you are in your family building journey.  We cover steps from first engagement with professional service providers to taking your baby home.

The seminar is broken into sessions that include:

  • Surrogacy & Egg Donor Options by Country
  • Medical & Donor Considerations
  • Legal Issues
  • Parent & Surrogate Panels

Each session includes an expert panel, providing a chance to clarify much of the conflicting information and myths you may have been exposed to online.

What You Will Learn

Growing Families events provide an opportunity to learn from a global program of experts, surrogates, donors and parents, curated to provide the most relevant information for ‘those starting or on a family building surrogacy journey.

This event will guide you on:

  • Legal rights & responsibilities for intended parents, surrogates and donors
  • Important considerations in egg donor selection
  • Different program types, hidden costs and risks
  • Managing the process
  • Embryo creation options
  • Setting realistic expectations as to timeframes and agency responsibilities

Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

‘Ask Me Anything’ Dublin Seminar

Date: Sunday 26 February 2023
Time:  12.00pm to 5.30pm
Location:  Ashling Hotel, 10-13 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, D08 P38N
Tickets: €25.00

Growing Families have 11 years of experience supporting over 3000 singles and couples engaging in international donor and surrogacy arrangements.

Who should attend this Seminar

Heterosexual Couples:

  • Understand how age affects IVF success rates, when you should be considering a donor & what options are available at home and abroad
  • Understand why the Ukraine is now a dangerous option for surrogacy
  • Learn about embryo shipping options, costs and risks

Same Sex Couples:

  • Understand the destinations that allow gay couples and singles to engage in surrogacy
  • Learn about egg donor selection and what you should consider before making your decision
  • Understand the legal & practical issues around travel, birth certificates and parentage

Single MALES:

  • Understand the process of using donor eggs or sperm
  • Understand which jurisdictions allow a single person to engage in surrogacy
  • Connect with singles who have been on this journey

Healthcare Professionals:

  • With an interest in third-party reproduction and supporting donors, surrogates and/or infertile singles and couples

Agenda & Speakers 2023

12.00 – 12.20pm


Welcome from Olivia Santa, Growing Families and an introduction to the days.

Olivia Santa, Growing Families

12.20 – 12.40pm

Donor & Embryo Creation Options Locally And Abroad

Will discuss the regulated process in Ireland on how to make embryos and  your donor options, either IVF clinic or Donor database, what donor availability is like, donor suitability, screening, matching and the process that follows. This will include counselling as well as semen analysis and how to interpret embryo grading. 

International IVF doctors will be presenting this session.

Dr. Marjorie Dixon, Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health, Canada;  Dr. Vuk Jovanovic, Tree of Life, USA.

12.40 – 1.00pm

Latest Trends In US & Canadian Surrogacy

During this session we will discuss the type of intended parent(s) that are best suited to programs in Canada and the US.  This will cover the variability in program costs, surrogates match times and multiple embryo transfer – twins.

Professional service providers from the USA and Canada will be presenting this session.

Monica Buhler Accel Conceptions, USA, Ester Nunez, SudAmerika Surrogacy, Argentina.

1.00 – 1.50pm


1.50 – 2.20pm

Changes In The Landscape – Europe & South America

Experts provide an update on changes and developments in newer donor and surrogacy options; this includes time restraints, timelines and solutions. Countries covered are Greece, Georgia and Argentina. 

We also provide an update on the Ukraine situation.

Professional service providers from Greece, Georgia & Argentina will be presenting this session.

Sophie Ukleba, New Life Georgia; Ester Nunez, SudAmerika Surrogacy, Argentina. Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva, International Fertility Group, Georgia;

2.20 – 2.50pm

IVF Surrogacy Doctors – Ask Me Anything Panel

This is your opportunity to ask IVF doctors from Canada, Georgia and the USA any questions you may have.

This may include questions on: factors affecting embryo quality & success rates, what the pros and cons of pregenetic-testing are or are not, does pregnancy usually happen the first time around, when is carrier screening indicated, will overseas clinics accept UK embryos or any other question you may have.

Panelists: Dr. Marjorie Dixon, Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health, Canada;  Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva,  International Fertility Group, Georgia; Dr. Vuk Jovanovic, Tree of Life, USA.

2.50 – 3.10pm

IVF Service Provider Experts – Ask Me Anything Panel

This is your opportunity to ask IVF experts from Canada, Georgia, Argentina and the USA any questions you may have.

This may include questions on: program costs, the risks in their countries, how quickly a surrogate can be found, does pregnancy usually happen the first time around, or any other question you may have.

Panelists: Monica Buhler, Accel Conceptions, USA; Ester Nunez, SudAmerika Surrogacy, Argentina; Natia Janadze, ReproArt Georgia

3.10 – 3.50pm

Legal Expert Panel

Surrogacy lawyers discussing the legal issues associated with surrogacy and egg donation in Ireland and abroad.  Including Irish Recognition of Parentage, Citizenship & Passports for infants via international surrogacy. Come ready with your questions.

Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada: Ester Nunez, SudAmerika Surrogacy, Argentina; Annette Hickey, Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan Solicitors, Ireland; Dean Masserman, Vorzimer/Masserman – Fertility & Family Law Center, California;

3.50 – 4.20pm


4.20- 5.00pm

The Reality ‘Ask Me Anything’ Panels

Hear from recent parents who engaged locally or abroad discuss their decision-making process, surrogate relationships, disclosure to family, cultural barriers, hurdles, costs and audience question time.

Christian Bair, Dad via US Surrogacy; Stephen Roberts, Dad via Canada; Louise Burgess, Mum via surrogate in Georgia.

5.00 – 5.30pm


Enjoy drinks and nibbles while mingling with service providers, speakers and other intended parents on a similar journey to you.

Why You Should Attend Even If You Have Been Before:

Surrogacy & Donor options, wait times and agency capacity change regularly given the high demand. Our events focus on providing the latest information and updates. We constantly review feedback on agencies, risks and other hurdles to allow you to better plan. 

So, no matter where you are in your family building journey, these events provide essential updated information + an opportunity to talk with recent parents and older children via surrogacy.

Date:          Sunday 26 March 2023
Time:        12.00pm to 5.30pm
Location:  Ashling Hotel Dublin
Tickets:    €25.00

Ticket price includes:  lunch & afternoon tea, with complimentary networking drinks and nibbles. Along with the opportunity to freely talk with all expert speakers, donor & surrogates, recent parents and older children on the day. 


Thank you for a great event in Dublin, I enjoyed the day.  The feedback is very positive from everyone I have spoken to


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I was very pleased with the extent of the advice, guidance and information I received


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I enjoyed meeting with experts and parents


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Thank you for the avalanche of information and support


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Meet Our Expert Speakers

Annette Hickey
Solicitor, Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan, Kilkenny
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Cindy Wasser
Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada
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Dean Masserman
Vorzimer Masserman - Fertility & Family Law Centre
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Dr. Marjorie Dixon
CEO & Medical Director, Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health Canada
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Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva
Medical Director, International Fertility Group, Georgia
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Dr. Vuk Jovanovic
Medical Director, Tree of Life Center, California
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Ester Nunez
SudAmerika Surrogacy, Argentina
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Monica Buehler
Agency Director, Accel Conceptions
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Natia Janadze
International Programs Manager, ReproART, Georgia
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Olivia Santa
Manager, Growing Families
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Sophie Ukleba
Patient Co-ordinator, New Life Georgia
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Family Members Sharing Their Stories

Christian Bair
Dad via US Surrogate
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Louise Burgess
Mum via Georgia
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Stephen Roberts
Dad via Canada
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