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The Impact of Covid-19 on US Surrogates and intended parent journeys

Kristen Hansen, Simple Surrogacy, USA

Sperm Shipping for OS Surrogacy Programs

Tammuz has been working with Growing Families and IVF clinics in Australia, the US & Colombia to facilitate the shipping of sperm ex Australia so singles and couples can commence surrogacy during travel lockdowns. Damien Chambers explains the shipping process and requirements of sending and receiving clinics

Damien Chambers, Tammuz Surrogacy

The Trouble With Twins – Embryo Transfer Decisions

Many intended parents want more than one child. Faced with high costs, many opt for multiple embryo transfer, thinking two for the price of one more financially affordable. This talk covers the risks of twins for your surrogate, your finances and your unborn children

Dr Vicken Sahakian, Pacific Fertility, LA California, US

Legal Considerations for Australians Considering Cross-Border Surrogacy

Do I need to engage an Australian lawyer? How do laws differ by state in regard to offshore surrogacy? Am I the legal parent after engaging in surrogacy overseas? Uses cases studies to illustrate the legal considerations for those looking at cross-border surrogacy

Ben Sayer

Paperwork Processes for Australian Citizenship & Passports

Ensuring you are well-prepared when you are expecting a child via international surrogacy is key to reducing stress in these journeys. Given paperwork requirements to allow Australian citizenship can be onerous, Covid-related delays on US passports and other countries do not allow travel before your newborn has  an Australian passport, this session is essential

Roman Deauna, Far & Wide Migration

Parent Journeys

In-depth discussion & Q&A with parents who used US egg donation or surrogacy, detailing what to expect – processes, costs, potential risks, what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles. Craig and his partner are still in the US, given the birth of their child was just weeks ago in October 2020.

Craig Lynch (used Pacific Fertility LA), Stephen Glover (used Simple Surrogacy)

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Surrogacy programs in Ukraine and Colombia in the current environment.

What are the risks of international surrogacy and how do you manage them? Safety measures your clinic should provide to protect surrogates, donors  and children. Storage of shipped sperm and embryos. This talk will refer to established programs in Ukraine in addition to introducing new programs in Colombia.

Olga Pysana, World Center of Baby, Ukraine

Guarantee Programs for Surrogacy & Egg Donation

The pros and cons for ‘guarantee’ and ‘money-back’ programs. What do they guarantee? Can they be combined with a program which uses your own embryos first? How cost effective are they?

Dimitris Kavakas, Redia, UK

Status of Surrogacy Programs in Georgia

For married or defacto heterosexual couples, Georgia can be an attractive destination for surrogacy based on favorable laws, surrogate availability and good quality IVF. Further Georgia has done as sterling job of controlling Covid-19. However there have been important changes to the timing and paperwork requirements of Georgian programs that you need to be aware of. One of Georgia’s key experts provides the detail.

Tamari Kachlishvili, Repro Art & IVF Tours, Georgia

The Status of Surrogacy & Egg Donor Programs in Russia

In recent months there has been political tension around single men accessing surrogacy in Russia. Nonetheless increasing numbers are engaging in Russian programs in St Petersburg, Moscow and elsewhere, drawn by the supportive laws and quality of IVF. A St Petersburg-based expert discusses the current programs available

Slava Motayev, Surrogate baby, Russia

DNA testing Processes for Citizenship

For those engaging in overseas surrogacy , unless you have a court order, DNA testing may be mandatory to access citizenship by descent. An Australian expert explains how the process works and what you can do to prepare for DNA testing PRIOR to birth to ensure your time away from home is minimised

Kate Pippia, Identilab, Australia


Travel Assistance for Cross-border Reproduction in the Covid Era

Ensuring you can get a flight from your home country and to your egg donor or surrogacy destination is key. Flights home can be even harder to secure. Do you need to fly business class? What if your flight is cancelled? Can just one parent travel? Can or should I bring other children?

Craig Fyfe, Your Travel Expert & Sam Everingham, Growing Families


Parent Journeys

In-depth discussion & Q&A with heterosexual parents who used  egg donation or surrogacy in Ukraine, Georgia & Russia, detailing what to expect – processes, costs, potential risks, what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles.

Surrogate Perspectives

Surrogates from Ukraine, Georgia, & Russia discuss their motivations and experiences of carrying for foreign couples