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MHB’s 2nd Brussels conference marks the emergence of an international coalition for ethical and viable surrogacy legislation

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Men Having Babies (MHB), a USA headquartered nonprofit organization with members both in the USA and Europe, presented at its September conference a new Ethical Framework for Surrogacy that has already been endorsed by several LGBT organizations worldwide. The conference attracted more than 220 prospective parents from 12 countries and prompted a wide public discourse on surrogacy in Belgium and Italy. Read More...

MHB board members, surrogate and gay fathers confront counter protesters in Brussels

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For too long we let lies and distortions about surrogacy go unchallenged! There are some small groups of anti-surrogacy zealots in Europe, one of them had about a dozen protesters in front of our conference in Brussels on September 25, 2016. They held signs of pregnant women with barcodes on their bellies, and others with crossed-out babies that were supposedly sold. Read More...

Brussels conference offers European gay men hope of parenting through surrogacy and adoption in the USA and Canada

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The “Parenting Options for European Gay Men” conference, hosted by the NY based organization “Men Having Babies”, attracted more than 200 prospective gay fathers from 10 countries, and also garnered intense media attention. The conference served to raise awareness of limited domestic parenting options for European gay men, amid increasing political debates across Belgium, France, and the Netherlands regarding surrogacy and assisted reproduction legislation.
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MHB's Brussels conference attracts unprecedented media attention, sparking debate about surrogacy and gay parenting

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Our “Parenting Options for European Gay Men” conference held in Brussels May 2-3 attracted more than 200 prospective gay dads from 10 countries, and intense media attention. This came amid increasing political debates across Belgium, France, and the Netherlands regarding surrogacy and assisted reproduction legislation. While criticism came from both the right and left sides of the political spectrum, we had our say through numerous interviews with our board members, the surrogates who came with us form the USA, European parents and conference attendees. Read More...

NY gay couple features at The Advocate in a story about the realities of The New Normal

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Rich and Steve, a gay couple who started their parenting journey at our Men Having Babies seminar, is featured by Advocate magazine in a story about the reality of using alternative reproduction by gay couples, “in light of the fact that same-sex couples starting families are headed to primetime in The New Normal, a fall sitcom from NBC based on two gay men looking to start a family with the use of a surrogate.” Read More...

New NBC sitcom "The New Normal" to follow the surrogacy journey of a gay couple.

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A new sitcom about a gay couple having a child through surrogacy, "The New Normal", will be featured on NBC next fall. According to an in depth interview with one of its stars, The New Normal will show "what kind of steps gay couples have to go through in the surrogacy process and how badly you have to want a child to go through all of that and the stress of it and the expense of it; it’s the details that I think a lot of heterosexual couples sort of can take for granted when having kids. We’ll get to show all of that process and how much love it takes to create a family..." Read More...

Fertility Authority features our network in a report titled "Gay Parenting Information Sources Growing"

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The major portal Fertility Authority published a story on the way prospective gay parents deal with the logistical, legal, practical and emotional questions they face in their surrogacy journeys. It deals with how concerns tend to differ for American versus European prospective parents, and the resources available to deal with what may seem as an overwhelming process. The article mentions our workshops and seminars, including the upcoming European Men Having Babies seminar this April in Barcelona. Read More...

Documentary features our workshop, interview with surrogacy kids

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At the October NY Men Having Babies workshop we hosted a TV crew filming for the Portuguese “Frontline” documentary show. The show aired on November 30th, and indeed it includes a nice clip from our meeting. They show also includes a rare interview of 11 year old gestational surrogacy kids (children of Ron and Greg from our group) about their origin and family makeup. Read More...

David and Alex, along with their surrogate Jessica, featured in NYT video


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In December 2009 our group members David and Alex were featured in a documentary video made by the New York Times and titled: “Donors, Daddies, Surrogates, Lawyers”. The three, along with the little baby Jessica carried for the new dads, were our June 2009 Pride guests. Jessica is mom to 14 year-old Caleb and lives in a suburb of Nashville with her husband, Eric. Jessica is an ESL teacher and works with a variety of populations in and around the Nashville area. She is a first-time gestational surrogate, and describes the journey as “a most affecting and rewarding experience”.
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