Surrogacy Event – London 25 March – Growing Families

UK SEMINAR

Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

Date: 25 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

Saturday 25 March
11.00am to 6.00pm

Wellcome Collection, Euston 

Fulfill Your Family Building Dream!!

Designed to inform on Donor IVF, Surrogacy and Egg Donation options in the UK 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’ London Seminar

Date: Saturday 25 March 2023
Time:  11.00am to 6.00pm
Location:  Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road,
London NW1 2BE
Tickets: £30

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

Singles:

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

Healthcare Professionals:

  • With an interest in third party reproduction and assisting donors, surrogates and/or intended parents

Agenda & Speakers 2022

11.00 – 11.20pm

Introduction

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

Olivia Santa, Growing Families.

11.20 – 12.00pm

Donor & Embryo Creation Options Locally And Abroad

Will discuss the regulated process in the United Kingdom on how to make embryos; your donor options – IVF clinic or Donor database, donor availability, 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. Uliana Dorofeyeva,  International Fertility Group, Georgia; Dr. Vuk Jovanovic, Tree of Life, USA.

12.00 – 12.30pm

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.

12.30 – 1.10pm

Latest trends in European Surrogacy Options

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;   Natia Janadze, ReproArt Georgia;   Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva,  International Fertility Group, Georgia.

1.10 – 1.50pm

LUNCH

1.50 – 2.20pm

Legal Experts Panel

Surrogacy lawyers discussing the legal issues associated with surrogacy and egg donation in the United Kingdom and abroad. 

This includes contracts & agreements; birth certificates; legal parentage; when and how parental transfer occur and timelines. Also addressed with be the Roe Vs Wade timing & implications, and a UK Law Commission bill update.

Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada;   Karen Holden, A City Law Firm, UK;  Dean Masserman, Vorzimer/Masserman – Fertility & Family Law Center, USA.

2.20 – 2.45pm

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.

2.45 – 3.15pm

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.

3.15 – 3.25pm

UK Parental Orders

A quick overview on UK parental orders for infants via cross border surrogacy – including the steps to obtain parental orders which allow UK Citizenship & Passports.

Barry O’Leary, Wesley Gryk Solicitors, UK.

3.25- 3.50pm

AFTERNOON TEA

3.50- 5.00pm

The Reality ‘Ask Me Anything’ Panels

Hear from donors and surrogates about their motivations, experience and preferences.
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;

5.00 – 6.00pm

NETWORKING DRINKS

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:          Saturday 25 March 2023
Time:        11.00am to 6.00pm
Location:  Wellcome Collection, Euston – 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Tickets:    £30

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. 

Reviews

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Meet Our Expert Speakers

Barry O’Leary
Wesley Gryk Solicitors, UK
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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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Karen Holden
Founder, A City Law Firm
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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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If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us via email: Info@growingfamilies.org.

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