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Tenth annual Men Having Babies Conference highlights: heartwarming personal stories of teens born via surrogacy and a spirited discussion of the future of surrogacy in New York State

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On November 2, 2014, Men Having Babies (MHB), the world’s only nonprofit dedicated to providing educational and financial support to current and future gay parents via surrogacy, held its largest conference ever. Hosted and co-sponsored by the JCC Manhattan, more than 250 current and future parents, surrogates, doctors, lawyers and surrogacy professionals participated in a day filled with in panels, workshops and a fair with over 30 organizations from the USA and beyond.
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The 2013 NY MHB conference at the JCC in Manhattan was a great success

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The 2013 NYC Men Having Babies conference took place on October 6th, 2013, at the JCC in Manhattan, which also co-sponsored the event. The outstanding hospitality of the JCC allowed the organizers to accommodate over 30 Gay Parenting Expo exhibitors, and offer 11 hours of educational programs to the 200 parents, prospects and professionals that attended. The conference also marked the official launch of the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program. Read More...

October 6 NY seminar will be held at the JCC in Manhattan, allowing for an expanded program!

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Men Having Babies and the JCC in Manhattan are proud to join forces to produce the 9th annual Men Having Babies Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo! It will take place on October 6th, 2013, at the JCC's facilities on Manhattan's upper west side. Following the successful format of previous conferences in NY, Los Angeles, Barcelona and Tel Aviv, the upcoming seminar and expo will bring under one roof experts, parents and surrogates who will share their experiences, and representatives of leading clinics and surrogacy agencies from around the USA and beyond.
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Family Q partners with MHB, offers a support group, workshops and free family therapy for our members

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We encourage members of our network to take advantage of services offered by Family Q, a ground-breaking NY program of the Institute of Human Identity (ihi). Among these services are support groups, workshops and family therapy for gay parents and prospective parents. Our members will be eligible for free follow-up counseling sessions if they either attend Family Q’s workshop or one of ours. (see details below). Read More...

Large turnout at Men Having Babies' NY expo, major donations are announced to the Financial Assistance Fund

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About 150 prospective parents attended Men Having babies’ 8th annual expo, where several large donations to the new Gay Parenting Financial Assistance Fund were announced. Additional funds are to be raised in an October 1st fundraiser featuring comedians Judy Gold and Alyse Kenny (among others), where hundreds of parents will join at the NYC Gotham Club in solidarity to help make the dream of parenthood within reach to more of their less affluent friends. Read More...

Comedy fundraiser with Judy Gold to benefit our fund!

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Join us Monday, Oct. 1st at 7:30pm at Gotham Comedy Club, for a night of laughs to benefit our new financial assistance fund!
The event will feature popular comedian (and gay parent) Judy Gold and a lineup of top gay and gay-friendly comedians as part of the monthly benefit program at Gotham Club called "Alyse Kenny Presents...It's A Charity Thing!". Admission is only $25 or $50 for VIP Seating (2 drink min.). Advance booking is required. Past shows have sold out quickly! We highly recommend buying tix as soon as possible! 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...

Extraordinary personal stories to be featured at this year's NY Men Having Babies seminar

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One of the most popular segments of our annual seminars has always been the personal stories panel, featuring parents, surrogates and egg donors. The panel on September 22 will be no exception, with two two-times surrogates, one of them was introduced by the first parents she helped to the second couple at a Men Having Babies workshop several years ago. The other was a gestational surrogate, then an egg donor, and then a traditional surrogate as well. By sheer coincidence both women are just completing their doctoral studies… Read More...

Eight annual NY Men Having Babies Surrogacy Seminar and Expo is September 22, 2012

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We are proud to announce the eight annual New York Men Having Babies Seminar!  This year's event is going to be our first as an independent nonprofit organization, and proceeds will benefit our new surrogacy financial assistance fund. It will also feature an expanded day-long format, including several new sponsors and breakout sessions. Read More...

Meeting April 19 discussed future of the MHB Network as nonprofit.

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On Thursday, April 19, we held a special meeting in NY to discuss the future of our Men Having Babies network. The group of volunteers who participated agreed unanimously on the following agenda:
  • We will start the process of incorporating as a nonprofit organization.
  • We will raise funds through event and website sponsorships + raise funds directly.
  • The funds will first serve to continue to develop our workshops, events and online resources.
  • We will add advocacy to promote greater understanding and acceptance of surrogacy as one of the network’s goals.
  • We will work towards establishing a fund to provide financial assistance to gay men who want to become surrogacy dads!
Read more about the meeting and next steps. And mark your calendars: next meeting to discuss the future of the organization is Wednesday, May 16, 6:30pm in NY (details soon). 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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