Egg Donor / Surrogacy Event - London 21 April · Growing Families
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For an individual or couple considering parenthood, navigating the family-building process with a surrogate or donor can be overwhelming.

This one day event will cover options available in the UK, USA, Canada, Argentina, Georgia, Greece & Mexico, as well as changes to laws in Thailand which will allow family-building there via egg donation or surrogacy

This event discusses costs, wait times, program types, the lived experience of parents and surrogates, potential risks and challenges, how service providers are addressing these. Meet agencies, IVF professionals and lawyers face-to-face for complimentary advice on your situation

Sunday 21 April
9.30am to 6pm

Wellcome Collection,
Euston 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE

What You Will Learn!

A global program of experts, doctors, surrogates, donors, and parents will discuss Donor IVF, Surrogacy and Egg Donor Options globally

The event is curated to provide the most up-to date information for those starting or on a family building surrogacy / donor journey.

The interactive format provides advice, introductions and answers to questions, no matter where you are in your journey.  It covers how to first engage with professional service providers to taking your baby home.

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

One-on-One Consultations:

Included with your ticket is the opportunity to arrange meetings experts from the US, Greece, Canada, Georgia, Argentina and UK. Read the profiles on each of our speakers and email us to arrange your consultation meetings.

SPEAKERS

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

Surrogacy and Donor IVF Doctor Vuk Tree of Life California

Dr. Jovanovic ranks among the top fertility doctors in Los Angeles. Beyond providing services in Southern California, many patients travel from all over the world to seek his expertise as a reproductive care provider.  He is constantly working to find new ways to maximize patient success rates and use the latest technology and optimized treatment protocols.

Dr. Vuk Jovanovic, Medical Director, Tree of Life Center California, USA

Sam is a dad via international egg donor surrogacy and the world’s leading expert on international surrogacy availability, costs, trends, risks and new initiatives. A renowned researcher and media commentator, he and his team have assisted over 3000 intended parents over a decade with education and support, through good times and bad, including the Covid-travel lockdowns, the Ukraine war and navigating sudden changes in access globally

Sam Everingham, Global Director, Growing Families

Sam Everingham, Global Director, Growing Families

Louise has long experience assisting European intended parents with ethical surrogacy programs which protect both surrogate autonomy and intended parents. Their programs promote transparency and empowerment.

Louise Riding, Nest & Co, Argentina

Louise Riding Surrogacy and Egg Donation Expert Nest and Co Argentina
Surrogacy Immigration Expert Barry O'Leary Wesley Gryk Solicitors

The 2023 edition of Legal 500 states: 

“Barry O’Leary – utterly brilliant for surrogacy related and nationality law issues.” 

Barry O’Leary, Wesley Gryk Solicitors, UK

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‘Ask Me Anything’ Information Day

Date: Sunday 21 April 2024
Time:  9.30am to 6.00pm
Location:  Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Ticket Price: £25 per person

Ticket price includes one-on-one consultation with expert providers post event, lunch, afternoon tea, and complimentary networking drinks. The networking drinks provide an opportunity to freely talk with all expert speakers, donor, surrogates, recent parents and children.

Keynote Speaker Video Highlights ticket: £40

If you are unable to attend the seminar, opt for the 1-hour highlights reel. Receive insights from our keynote speakers available through a download link sent to you a week after the event   Ticket price includes one-on-one consultations with selected expert speaker via Zoom. 

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

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Who should attend this Event

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 2024

9.30 – 9.50am

Considerations in Where to Engage

What are the differences in timelines?
What are the pros and cons of different countries?
How do costs compare? Are there fixed cost programs and who is eligible? ?
How do hybrid programs work? Where are these available ?When is Thailand re-opening? Will Georgia be closing its programs? Is Greece still available for surrogacy?

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

9.50 – 10.05am

Considerations in Selecting a Donor

How clinics screen donors. 

Donor family limits.
Genetic Carrier screening – and where is it done. 
What other factors affect sperm or egg quality?
What can I do to improve quality?  
How relevant are non medical considerations such as hobbies and interests?

Dr Clifford Librach Create Fertility Centre, Canada

10.05 – 10.20am

Considerations in Surrogate Matching 

Why is the US so good at surrogate screening? Should I work with a Repeat or first time surrogate?
Communication preferences; contact before and during pregnancy.
How matching & contact is arranged and supported

Kristen Hanson, Simple Surrogacy, USA.

10.20 – 11.00am

Surrogacy & Donor IVF in Canada, Greece, Georgia & Argentina.

  • How does each country operate?
  • What are the risks?
  • What factor does age, cultural origins & marital status play in eligibility ?

 

Rosa Propato, (Greece), Cindy Wasser (Canada), Louise Riding (Argentina) Sophie Ukleba (Mexico) Anastasia Polonska (Georgia)

11.00 – 11.30am

Morning Tea

Enjoy tea, coffee and morning tea refreshments included in your ticket.

11.30 – 11.55am

Donor Egg & Donor Embryo Options

Known vs ID release donors. 
Ethnicity considerations, where to access donors and the differences in information provided. 
Double donor programs (Sperm & eggs)
Can I create embryos locally and send them to another country? Can a foreign surrogate come to the UK for embryo transfer?
Are donor embryos available?  Can I ship donor embryos for surrogacy?

Emma Hogg, Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health Robin Newman – Global Egg Donors

11.55 – 12.15pm

Top Ten Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Making the difficult decisions and who do you listen to?Working with online forums; common hurdles and coming to terms with failed transfers and miscarriages
Psychological support and breaking contracts.
What happens if the embryo transfer fails?
What level of support is available?

Richard Scarlett, Sam Everingham

12.15 – 12.45pm

Good Ingredients – Making Strong Embryos

What can IVF specialists do to assess sperm & egg quality prior to IVF?
What impact does age have? Discussing embryo development, grading and Pre-Genetic-Aneuploidy Testing. The pros & cons and how embryos are selected for transfer.
Technological advances.

Dr Vuk Jovanovic, Tree of Life, US Dr Kerry Mayrand  VRC


12.45- 1.20pm

Lunch Conversations

Enjoy lunch included in your ticket price.

1.20 – 1.40pm

Break out Sessions

FRANKS ROOM Options in USA

STEEL ROOM Options in Argentina

DALE ROOM Options in Georgia

1.40 – 2.00pm

Break out Sessions

FRANKS ROOM Options in USA

STEEL ROOM Options in Canada

DALE ROOM Options in Greece

2.00 – 2.15pm

British Immigration and Nationality Law and returning to the UK

Barry O’Leary, Wesley Gryk, UK

2.15 – 2.30pm

Obtaining Parental Orders in the UK Post-surrogacy

  • Domicile evidence for foreigners
  • Cost & time of the process required.

Kelly Blaxall, Natalie Gamble & Associates

2.30 – 3.15pm

Parent Panel

Parents discuss in depth their journeys via Donor IVF or Surrogacy.

Panelists: Paul Riggio (Dad via US), Richard Sawyer (Dad via US) Charlie Tighe (Dad via Canada) Chandni Ruparel (Mum via Georgia)

3.15 – 3.45pm

Afternoon Tea and Networking

Tea, coffee and refreshments included in your ticket.

3.45 – 4.05pm

STEEL ROOM: US Surrogacy – Legal Issues

What are the considerations in regard to which states are possible for surrogacy? How does the timing of birth certificates differ? Do all states accept gay couples and single intended parents? What typically appears in a surrogacy contract?
Lynn Levitan, The Baby Lawyers, USA

3.45 – 4.05pm

FRANKS ROOM: Legal Processes for other European Countries

How does each country recognise a child via surrogacy? Who can help me if I am French, Italian, Irish, German, Swedish, Serbian or some other nationality? Specialist lawyers discuss how their nationals can have newborns via surrogacy recognised

Sam Everingham: Mandy Pecher (Germany); Tracy Horan (Ireland);

4.05 – 4.40pm

Surrogate Panel 

What do surrogates expect from international IPs? Are they co-erced into carrying? Surrogates from US, Georgia & Canada discuss their motivations, expectations, journeys and contact with IPs and children.

Natia Kharaishvili (Georgia), Laura Hamilton (USA), Chantelle Henry (Canada) Andrea Sawden (Canada)

4.40 – 5.00pm

Break-Out sessions

Surrogacy in Mexico
Surrogacy in Canada
Surrogacy in Thailand

5.00 – 6.00pm

Networking Drinks

Enjoy a drink or two whilst talking with experts, surrogates, donors and parents who have completed their journey.

Why You Should Attend

Our events focus on providing the latest information and updates. Our international advisory board provides quarterly feedback on developments globallly. 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 the latest information + an opportunity to talk with recent parents and experts.

Date:          Sunday 21 April 2024
Time:        9.30am to 5.00pm
Location:  Wellcome Collection, Euston – 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Tickets:    £25 – 80

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

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Meet Our Expert Speakers

Anastasia Polonska
IP Support Manager, Silk Medical, Georgia
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Barry O’Leary
Wesley Gryk Solicitors, UK
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Cindy Wasser
Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada
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Dr Rosa Propato
Program Co-ordinator, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Dr. Clifford Librach
Create Fertility Centre, Canada
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Dr. Vuk Jovanovic
Medical Director, Tree of Life Center, USA
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Emma Hogg
Clinical Embryologist CRGH, London
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Kelly Blaxall
UK Surrogacy Lawyer - NGA Law
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Kristen Hanson
Owner, Simple Surrogacy, Texas
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Louise Riding
Nest & Co
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Lynn Levitan
US Attorney, The Baby Lawyers
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Mandy Pecher
German Surrogacy lawyer
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Pedro Mendoza
Pedro Mendoza - Lead Intended Parent Advisor - Gestacy Surrogacy CA
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Robin Newman
Founder, Global Egg Donors,
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Sam Everingham
Global Expert & Growing Families Director
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Sophie Ukleba
Head of Operations, New Life Global
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Tracy Horan
Irish Surrogacy Lawyer
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Family Members Sharing Their Stories

Chantelle Henry
Canadian Surrogate
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Charlie Tighe
Dad via Canada
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Laura Hamilton
Laura - Four time Surrogate USA
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Natia Kharaishvili
Georgian surrogate
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Paul Riggio
Dad via US Surrogacy
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Prinal Ruparel
Dad via Georgia
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Richard & Ronnie Sawyer
Dads via USA
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Richard Scarlett
Gay dad via US
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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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