Families Through Surrogacy is running a UK seminar series to discuss the experiences of surrogacy
Bringing together intended parents, surrogates and surrogacy experts – Families Through Surrogacy will run seminars that explore the changing surrogacy landscape. The seminars put parents and surrogates front and centre, sharing honest appraisals and real-life journeys.
The upcoming UK/Ireland seminar series will focus on parent stories. Nine gay dads from the UK, Ireland, Israel and Spain will share their experience of surrogacy in the UK, US or Canada – some who travelled to eastern Europe to save on IVF costs.
Other sessions will focus on surrogate perspectives – with experts advising on legal issues, egg donors, realistic costs and selecting reliable providers. Sam Everingham, a Gay Dad via surrogacy explains – “The complexities of surrogacy, coupled with recent changes in many countries, underscores just how important this type of event is,” – “The more you can talk to those who’ve already done the journey, the better your chances of a well-planned journey”
Matthew Griffin-Young and his husband Brett have been together since 2001. Nine years ago they looked at surrogacy The journey took them to the USA and three embryo transfer attempts before they had success. On New Year’s Eve 2009, their boy Sebastian entered the world in Denver, Colorado.
Neil and his partner Andrew live in Northern Ireland and have been together for nine years. They met their UK surrogate Kerry through an online forum in 2015 after years of research and failed starts. Kerry advises hopeful parents – “It’s all about conversations and getting to know each other. People are so vulnerable – you need to be careful”. If you want to succeed in surrogacy, you need to learn and absorb the advice of others.
To book tickets go to familiesthrusurrogacy.com/ukireland/.
Dublin – 22nd November
Manchester 23rd November
Birmingham – 25th November
London – 26th November