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IconSat 27 Feb 2021
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Changes to Surrogacy & Donor Availability & Processes in the post- Covid landscape

Covers changes in agencies operating, countries open for surrogacy, new processes, embryo and sperm shipping options

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Surrogacy & Egg Donor IVF in Greece

For heterosexual couples and single females, Greece can offer a convenient and well-regulated destination for Donor-IVF and surrogacy, given the high standatrds of IVF, proximity and favourable laws providing pre-arrangement transfer of parentage. EmbryoClinic in Greece’s second-largest city, Thessalonii, has been offering solutions for European intended parents for many years. Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr Elias Tsakos provides a thorough overview of Greek processes, costs and timelines

Dr Elias Tsakos, EmbryoClinic, Greece

Legal Considerations for Irish Nationals Engaging in Surrogacy

Whether you are single or partnered, male or female, engaging with a surrogate in Ireland, the UK or another country, it is vital to understand the legal rights and responsibilities that apply to you and your surrogate or egg donor. Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan are one of the few Irish law firms specialising in this area. This session provides an overview of what you need to consider, what documentation will be required, who is recongnised as legal parents anfd waht processes you can undertake to ensure Irish citizenship is awarded to your new-born, whereever they are born.

Annette Hickey, Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan Solicitors

Latest Developments in Ukraine Surrogacy

Ukraine has been an incredibly popular destination for Irish nationals requiring surrogacy. However since Covid-19 hit, there have been significant changes in Ukraine. Once popular agency Intersono has ceased taking in new intended parents, Ilaya has increased its fees for current cases and decimated its staff, causing many to lose money and switch agencies, Mother & Child has ceased its surrogacy program, offering only IVF services. While there remain stable and reliable providers, this talk outlines the key steps, the risks and how best to select an agency who will meet your needs and look after your surrogate well

Surrogacy Options in Canada

Increasing numbers of gay singles and couples are choosing to create family. Canada remains a viable, affordable option, despite lengthy wait times to match with a surrogate. This session provides an overview of different surrogacy agency types in Canada, and how the legal and medical processes work

Surrogacy in Colombia

Like Canada, Colombian law allows for altruistic surrogacy arrangements and their ‘fixed cost’ guarantee programs have become popular amongst gay singles and couples globally, since the closure of destinations such as Thailand, India, Cambodia and Nepal. This session, by renowned Colombian IVF specialist Dr Pedro Martinez, explains the basics and history of Colombian egg donor and surrogacy programs, the medical, legal and logistical aspects

Dr Pedro Martinez, CELAGEM, Colombia

Irish Parent Panel

A panel of Irish parents who have recently completed surrogacy in destinations such as Ukraine, US or Canada provide honest accounts of their journey, the highs and lows, what to expect in the covid era and the logistics of travel and maintaining your mental health in the context of cross-border surrogacy