Surrogacy Event – Sydney 18 February – Growing Families

SYDNEY SEMINAR

Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

Date: 18 February 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.

Add recent global changes, COVID and the Ukraine war, along with an increase in demand for fertility assisted babies, which has all led to changes in family-building program availability, costs, and risks.

Growing Families Sydney seminar navigates the post-landscape, discussing newer countries such as Argentina and Georgia, and addressing the stressors on regulated destinations of the USA and Canada.

It is more important than ever to be aware of the potential risks and challenges as well as how various service providers are addressing these!

Join us for an interactive ‘Ask Me Anything’ seminar!

Saturday 18 February
11.00am to 6.00pm

Novotel Sydney Central

Fulfill Your Family Building Dream!!

What You Will Learn!

Our events provide an opportunity to learn from a global program of experts, doctors, surrogates, donors, and parents.  Curated to provide the most up-to date information for those starting or on a family building surrogacy/donor journey.

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

This event will guide you on:

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

One-on-One Consultations

Interested in meeting one-on-one with our expert providers? Included in your ticket is the opportunity to arrange meetings with as many experts as you like. Read the profiles on each of our speakers below and email us to arrange your consultation.

SPEAKERS

Leaders in their Fields Providing Information on Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy,
Egg Donation and Legal Process

Dr. D. collaborated to develop IVF protocols that improve pregnancy rates and post-thaw extended culture.  These ground-breaking findings have been published in internationally respected medical journals.  Intended parents have travelled from 40+ countries in 1 year alone to seek his help!!

Dr. Said DaneshmandSan Diego Fertility Center. USA 

Dr. Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Center. USA 

Rich was part of the team in America that developed the model for surrogacy legislation and guidance ‘Assisted Reproductive Technology’.  He has been published in the American Journal of Family Law and the Australian Family Law Journal. 

Rich Vaughn, Attorney, International Fertility Law Group


Dr Uliana coordinated the ground-breaking first international IVF procedure in Ukraine. Dr. Uliana has over 12 years’ IVF experience, performed over 5000 cycles, treated patients from 36 countries and has clinics all over the world.

Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva, Medical Director, International Fertility Group, Georgia

Fullfiling Your Family Building Dream

‘Ask Me Anything’ Sydney Seminar

Date: Saturday 18 February 2023
Time:  11.00am to 6.00pm
Location:  Novotel Sydney Central
Tickets: $55 + gst

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 infertility or family building options
  • Learn how best you can support donors, surrogates and patients

Agenda & Speakers 2023

11.00 – 11.20pm

Introduction

Welcome from Sam Everingham, Growing Families Founder, and an introduction to the days sessions.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

11.20 – 12.00pm

Donor & Embryo Creation Options Locally And Abroad

Will discuss the regulated process in Australia on how to make embryos; your donor options (IVF clinic or Donor database) donor availability, suitability, screening and the process that follows which will include counselling as well as semen analysis and how to interpret embryo grading. Presenting in this session will be IVF specialists from around the globe.

Dr. Bronwyn Devine, IVF Australia;  Dr. Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Clinic, USA;  Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva,  International Fertility Group, Georgia:  Brooke Bramley, City Fertility, Australia

12.00 – 12.30pm

Latest Trends In US & Canadian Surrogacy

Which kind of IPs are best suited to programs in Canada vs the US? What is the variability in program costs? Will surrogates agree to carry twins? What issues affect surrogate match times?

Lauri De Brito, The Fertility Agency, USA;  Cindy Wasser,  Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada; Richard Westoby, SDFC, USA

12.30 – 1.10pm

Changes In The Landscape – Europe & South America

Experts provide an update on changes and developments in newer donor and surrogacy options, bottlenecks, timelines and solutions in Greece, Georgia and Argentina.

Michael Bass, Mediterranean Fertility Institute, Greece;  Tamari Kachlishvili, Global Surrogacy Consulting, Georgia;  Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva,  International Fertility Group, Slovakia

1.10 – 1.50pm

LUNCH

1.50 – 2.20pm

IVF Experts – ‘Ask Me Anything’ Panel

IVF experts from around the globe field questions from the audience and moderators.

Dr. Bronwyn Devine, IVF Australia;  Dr. Clifford Librach, Create IVF, Canada; Dr. Said Daneshmand,  San Diego Fertility Clinic, USA;

2.20 – 2.50pm

Surrogacy Experts ‘Ask Me Anything’ Panel

Experts from around the globe field tough questions from the audience and moderators

Kathryn Manos, The Fertility Agency, USA; Tamari Kachlishvili, Global Surrogacy Consulting;  Natia Janadze, ReproArt, Georgia;

2.50 – 3.20pm

Legal Expert Panel

Surrogacy lawyers discussing the legal issues associated with surrogacy and egg donation in Australia and abroad. Contracts & Agreements; birth certificates; legal parentage; when and how parental transfer occurs, timelines. Includes audience Q&A. 

Sarah Bevan, Sarah Bevan Lawyers, Australia;  Rich Vaughn, International Fertility Law Group, USA;  Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada

3.20 – 3.50pm

AFTERNOON TEA

3.50- 5.20pm

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.
Hear from teenagers born via egg donor or surrogacy open up about their lives, understanding where they came from and their sense of self.

Angela & Rahul Prasad, Parents via USA; Benjamin PL, Parent via North Cyprus; Todd & Phil Stevens, Parents via USA; Warwick Scott, Dad via Australian Surrogate; Iolanda & Mike Gunta, Parents via Canada

Blake Ramear, Teenager via Egg Donor Surrogacy; Zoe Everingham, Pre-teenager via Egg Donor Surrogacy

5.20 – 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 18 February 2023
Time:        11.00am to 6.00pm
Location:  Novotel Sydney Central
Tickets:    $55 + gst

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

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

Anne

Dublin Conference 2022

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

Fiona

Dublin Conference 2022 

I enjoyed meeting with experts and parents

Marg

Dublin Conference 2022

Thank you for the avalanche of information and support

Josh

Dublin Conference 2022 

Meet Our Expert Speakers

Brooke Bramley
Donor Co-ordinator, City Fertility
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Cindy Wasser
Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada
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Dr. Bronwyn Devine
Reproductive Endocrinologist, IVF Australia
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Dr. Clifford Librarch
Create Fertility Centre, Canada
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Dr. Said Daneshmand
San Diego Fertility Center. USA
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Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva
Medical Director, International Fertility Group, Georgia
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Lauri De Brito
The Fertility Agency, USA
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Melanie Lee
NSW surrogate
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Michael Bass
Dad via Mediterranean Fertility Institute, Greece
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Natia Janadze
International Programs Manager, ReproART, Georgia
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Rich Vaughn
Attorney, International Fertility Law Group,
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Richard Westoby
IP support manager, SDFC, USA
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Sam Everingham
Global Expert & Growing Families Director
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Sarah Bevan
Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers
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Tamari Kachlishvili
Global Surrogacy Consulting, Argentina
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Family Members Sharing Their Stories

Angela Prasad
Parents via USA
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Benjamin PL
Dad via North Cyprus
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Blake Ramear
Teenager via ED surrogacy
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Michael & Iolanda Giunta
Parents via Canada
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Todd & Phil Stevens
Dads via USA
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Warwick & Jason Scott
Dads via Australian Surrogate
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Zoe Everingham
Pre-teen via ED surrogacy
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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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