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Surrogacy & Donor Options Internationally

Sat 19 March


etc venues, 155 Bishopsgate EC2M 3YD London

This event is for

  • LGBTI and heterosexual consumers considering egg/sperm donation or surrogacy
  • Industry professionals with an interest in infertility or family building options (psychologists, lawyers, IVF specialists, fertility nurses)
  • Parents via Egg Donation or surrogacy (2.40pm onwards) 

Based on ten years experience supporting over 2000 singles and couples engaging in cross-border arrangements 

This event will guide intended parents and professionals on

  • What countries are safe and legal to locate an egg donor or surrogate
  • What costs and risks are involved?
  • Covid vaccination best practice for donors, surrogates and intended parents
  • IVF success rates
  • The availability of fixed cost (guarantee) programs
  • Ideal characteristics of donors and surrogates to maximise success
  • Sperm and embryo shipping options
  • International funds transfer advice
  • specialist lawyers, migration agents & clinics


Face-to-face from  £15 per person including catering
Digital Tickets(Post Event Recording) £15 per household

Expert Consultations

As a part of your registration, you are eligible to book a free consultation on the day with many experts. Simply click on their profile under World Class Experts or email us at [email protected]

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


Known, identity release & anonymous donors; What is a Proven donor?; Donors from offshore vs in-country donors; Egg & sperm banks vs fresh gametes. Accessing donors of different races. Understanding your options and the pros and cons of each for you and your future family is vital

Dr Marianne Vendola, London Womens Clinic

What are the key considerations in Donor IVF or surrogacy?? What risks do you need to plan for upfront? How can you calculate budgets and influence surrogate match times? How can you develop a meaningful relationship with a surrogate introduced via an agency?

Megan Hall-Greenberg, Surro Connections, USA

Whether you are using your own or donor eggs, this session will clarify the factors that affect egg & sperm quality and what can maximise success. Explains the latest thinking in Embryo screening/ PGT-A testing.

Dr Vicken Sahakian, Pacific Fertility Center, LA, USA

Match times differ vastly between countries and even agencies. It is vital to understand why this is, how screening processes and match times differ and how intended parent preferences impact this.

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

Many harbour unresolved grief around their infertility. Moving on from using  your own eggs can be a difficult decision. This session features the lived experience of three  couples and how they ‘moved on’ mentally to allow them to have the family they dreamed of.

Moderator: Nina Barnsley, DCN

Panelists: Charlotte Clark, Angelo De Pol, Katie Ingram

A panel of experts discusses surrogacy options for LGBTI singles and couples in Argentina, Albania & Cyprus. Discusses the costs, risks, exit times and program types available, the differences in how each operates, impact of Covid and what protections these destinations offer

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Tamari Kachlishvili (Argentina), Stephanie Martin (Cyprus) Ozlem Kal  (Albania) Nigla Peci (Albania)

What can the US surrogacy model teach us about how donors and surrogates can best be supported, to ensure their needs are met when intended parents cant be there to support them? Valerie Kimball has been surrogate herself for a foreign couple and discusses these crucial issues

Valerie Kimball, Pitter Patter Surrogacy, USA

Canada has similar surrogacy rules to the UK, with some important differences. There are more surrogates available and Intended parents go on the birth certificate immediately in many provinces. However Canada is not for everyone. Nir talks about the mindset of the typical Canadian surrogate, how they are supported and what to expect as IPs

Nir Keren, Babies Come True, Canada

Many intended parents engage with surrogates & donors 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?

Naia Adamia, Be Parent, Georgia & Cyprus

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? What are the costs? Will other countries accept embryos? Are success rates impacted by using frozen embryos or sperm?

Sunil Gossai, Cryozoom

UK law always prevails ‘ what U.K. parents must do to protect themselves even if their surrogacy is overseas 

Karen Holden, A City Law Firm, UK

Elias Tsakos

In the US particularly, newborn insurance is a vital consideration. With Covid a consideration, will insurance cover this?  In other countries you need to understand what can and can’t be insured for.  This session discusses what you really need.

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Hanneke Naus, SurroPlans, US; Natia Janadze, ReproArt Georgia

Why is Donor IVF so popular in Greece? What are the eligibility criteria? What information on donors is available? How does altruistic surrogacy work in Greece for foreigners? How are surrogates screened, matched and supported?

Elias Tsakos, EmbryoClinic Greece

You may need a migration agent or lawyer to assist you with the paperwork to allow your newborn to access a travel document and citizenship of your own country. This session discusses what citizenship your child may be eligible for, depending on their country of birth

Michael Marziano, Westkin Associates, UK

What do we know about the number of surrogacy treatments taking place in UK clinics, including the proportion of same sex male couples accessing surrogacy and/or the proportion of surrogacy that involves frozen donor eggs? Why do intended parents seek surrogacy – and who are the surrogates?

Dr Kirsty Horsey, London Womens Clinic, UK

Am I unfairly exploiting someone else’s reproductive capabilities? Surrogate and donors from the US, Canada and Georgia discuss their motivations, needs and relationships with recipients

Moderator: Kirsty Horsey

Panelists: Valerie Kimball (USA), Megi Sirginava (Georgia) Nadine Burger (Canada)

This session looks at how legal parentage is recognised in your child’s country of birth, how a birth certificate is issued and the cost and timelines, difference between pre & post birth orders.

Moderator: Karen Holden

Panelists: Rachel West (Carbert Waite, Canada), Maria Vastaroucha (Nomos Law, Greece); Lynn Levitan (The  Baby Lawyers, USA)

Parents who successfully engaged  in donor or surrogacy journeys in US, Ukraine, Georgia or Greece share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. bonding with a non-genetic child, when and how they talked to their kids about where they came from, what resources they used, what worked and what didn’t Includes audience Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Izzy Short (mum via USA); Emma Scott (mum via Georgia) Dipen Gohil (dad via Greece)

Gay singles and couples who successfully engaged  in donor or surrogacy journeys in US, Canada or elsewhere share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Bonding with a non-genetic child, when and how they talked to their kids about where they came from, what resources they used, what worked and what didn’t Includes audience Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Karen Holden, A City Law Firm (session sponsor)

Panellists: Craig Tunstall (UK dad via Canada) Steven Berson (Belgian dad via Canada) Edvin Fogelmark (Swedish dad via US)

It’s the elephant in the room – will using a donor or surrogacy f#ck up my child’s sense of self? These young adults born talk about their surrogate and donor relationships, and what they tell their friends about how they came into the world. Get ready as these guys take you on a journey which will knock your socks off.

Moderator: Nina Barnsley, DCN
Panelists: Meredith Baldwin; Georgina Roberts

A chance to renew or build friendships with parents & professionals

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us via email: [email protected].

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