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Men Having Babies' Annual Conferences and Seminars


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MHB's in-person conferences are unparalleled in the surrogacy and gay parenting field. Thousands of intended parents have kickstarted their parenting journey at our events every year since 2012. While we also offer some virtual programs and online resources, the in-person events provide critical preparation for the surrogacy journey in a unique and effective "Boot Camp" model that offers:
  • Immersive, comprehensive, curated, distraction free educational experience
  • Inspiration, encouragement & empowerment from peers
  • Introduction to a manageable set of selected group of providers
  • Opportunities to get direct answers from experts in real time
Below you will find details information about how you can join these events as a sponsor, and forms to sign up and secure your choice of exhibiting opportunities. Note that the options for a given year typically become available early August of the previous year, and most slots are taken by October. By November MHB selects the expert speakers for the entire following year (with priority given to sponsors), and registration commences for attendees.

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2021 Schedule


MHB is adapting to the changing public health guidelines while continuing to support gay Intended Parents around the world. To that end we've been consulting with our partners on timing and format changes that will result in the best possible experience under the circumstances. In the first 6 months of the year we offer Virtual conferences using REMO, an advanced platform that was successfully used at our Midwest, European and Israeli events. Starting in the fall we plan to go back to in-person conferences, while still offering some virtual programs or alternative formats as needed. Note that due to the date adjustments the Asian conference planned for late 2021 will now take place 4 months later, in March 2022.
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MHB New York - Virtual
• February 6-7, 2021
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MHB South - Virtual
• February 27, 2021
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MHB West Coast - Virtual
• May 15-16, 2021
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MHB New York
• New York, September 18-19, 2021
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MHB Midwest
• Chicago, October 9, 2021
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Parenting Options for European Gay Men
• Brussels, November 6-7, 2021
 
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MHB Israel
• Tel Aviv, December 10, 2021
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Parenting Options for Asian Gay Men
• Taipei, March 12-13, 2022
While all of our planned in-person events will feature the immersive, comprehensive and inspirational qualities of our well-liked conference model, we offer two formats that will vary in scope, focus and fees:
Full format / two days
  • Europe / Brussels, Asia / Taipei, New York / NYC
  • Includes breakout sessions
  • Open to all sponsors
  • Typically 200+ (often 300+) attendees
  • Hosted at hotels / conference centers
Regional / single day
  • Israel / Tel Aviv
  • Midwest / Chicago (and returning in 2022: MHB South / Florida and Texas , Northwest /Portland):
    • Showcasing regional providers and access to options that minimize travel
    • Open to regional sponsors* and Advisory Circle organizations only
  • Typically 100+ attendees
  • Hosted at LGBT centers or similar venues
* Clinics or agencies that have permanent presence in region, or conduct significant surrogate recruitment there. Nationwide complementary service providers also welcome.

Sponsorship options: rates and outreach benefits


Exhibiting sponsorship levels range from Platinum (limited to one agency and one clinic) to Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Non-exhibiting options are typically available for Silver and Bronze as well (for sponsors who do not require an exhibit table or wish to sponsor without attending). Sponsorship fees and benefits for 2021's two-day comprehensive conferences are exactly the same as the previous year, and the fees for the one-day regional conferences are 30%-50% lower. Sponsorship fees and benefits can be viewed in the sponsorship options documents, below. These levels are especially suitable for clinics, surrogacy and/or egg donation agencies, and law firms.

Providers of complementary / third party services (escrow management, pharmacies, insurance providers, cord blood preservation, etc.) are also invited to participate and/or sponsor. We offer a range of promotional and underwriting options, some reserved exclusively for 3rd party service providers (see page 2 of the above documents). To take advantage of these options, a provider needs to sign up for at-least a “Non-exhibiting Bronze” sponsorship. 

OUTREACH BENEFITS:

MHB’s Provider Directory only includes service providers that are either conference sponsors (current or next year) or those who participate in GPAP. 2021 sponsors will remain on the directory until December 31, 2021, unless they sign up for a 2022 conference or renew their GPAP pledge. 

Providers that meet at least one of the following conditions are eligible to be included at MHB's Rating Tables (assuming they have enough reviews): 

  • Exhibit in at least one of our conferences at the Bronze level or above AND offer pro bono services as part of GPAP. 
  • Exhibit in at least one of our conferences at the Gold level or above. 
  • Exhibit in at least two of our conferences at Bronze or above. 

Anyone signing up for 2021 conferences will be immediately eligible to be added to the tables. 2021 sponsors will remain on the rating tables until December 31, 2021, unless they sign up for 2022 as well.



Discounts for GPAP participation and multiple conference sponsorship


You may qualify for up to a 30% GPAP discount off sponsorship fees for offering pro bono services by participating in our Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP). We invite you to join or renew your participation in GPAP for 2021. Note that you must renew your pledge for 2021 before you can claim these discounts. 

You will be eligible for 5% frequency discount off conference sponsorship fees (beyond applicable GPAP related discounts) when you simultaneously sign-up for:

  • 3 or more Gold / Platinum conferences - OR -
  • 2 Gold / Platinum + 2 Silver - OR -
  • 1 Gold / Platinum + 4 Silver

Sponsorship forms


Given the various fee structures of our conferences, we have several forms for sponsorship (see below).

  • Use the 2021 Conference Sponsorship form to sign-up for our major and regional conferences.

Please Note:

  • Regardless of the conference(s) you choose to sponsor now, you may return to this form at any time to sign up to become a sponsor for any additional conference(s). 
  • Your registration date will determine your placement within each sponsorship level.
  • To reserve your priority spot you will be prompted to use a credit card to pay 10% of the sponsorship amount, with the balance payable by check or wire transfer no later than 90 days prior to each event.
  • Please review the full terms and conditions of our Event Exhibiting and Sponsorship Agreement.
  • All Surrogacy Agencies (or representatives of surrogacy agencies) and Clinics that wish to participate at our conferences and in GPAP are required to state explicitly that they offer surrogacy services adhering to the MHB’s Baseline Protocols, as spelled out in our Ethical Framework.

2021 Conferences

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