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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...

Men Having Babies joined leading Dallas LGBT organizations to bring its surrogacy parenting conference to prospective gay dads across the South!

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The first Men Having Babies South Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo took place in Dallas on Father’s Day, June 19, 2016.
For this event, MHB partnered with the Dallas Voice and several leading LGBT groups from Texas, who provided outstanding support in order to accommodate 25 Gay Parenting Expo exhibitors, and more than 150 parents, prospects, and professionals that attended
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The June 19th event was based on the successful model of programs Men Having Babies has already organized in NYC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Brussels and Tel Aviv. It brought together under one roof community activists, experts, parents and surrogates who will share their experiences. The large event hall at the Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central was filled to capacity with prospective parents from all over Texas, as well as Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Nevada and California.
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Men Having Babies' Tel Aviv Conference Makes History

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Men Having Babies' Fourth Tel Aviv Surrogacy and Fertility Conference, held March 10-11, 2016, was a new highpoint for the organization. It was not just our best-attended Israeli event yet, attracting both gay and straight Israeli intended parents, but was also highly significant in promoting public discourse and awareness about the topic in the country.

The conference was marked by the unprecedented participation of WIZO, the largest provider of social services for women, children and youth in Israel. WIZO joined our coalition of partners with the goal of bringing added awareness to the social and ethical aspects of the surrogacy process. Together with our other partners, CHEN L'pinyon and the Israeli Gay Fathers' Association, they helped stage Men Having Babies' biggest conference yet, including almost 500 intended parents, speakers, researchers and other professionals.
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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...

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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Men having Babies joined leading Chicago LGBT organizations to bring its surrogacy parenting conference to prospective Midwestern gay dads!

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The first Midwestern Men Having Babies Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo was held in downtown Chicago on September 13, 2014. For this event, Men Having Babies partnered with the Center on Halsted and the Howard Brown Health Center, two local community partners, who both provided outstanding hospitality and support in order to accommodate over 15 Gay Parenting Expo exhibitors, and the 150 parents, prospects, and professional that attended Read More...

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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Fourteen sponsors and 200+ attendees made MHB's 3-day conference in Israel our most successful yet!

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With the enthusiastic and hard working team of the Tel Aviv Gay center as a partner, Men Having Babies has produced its most elaborate and well attended conference yet! The three-day extended-format conference attracted about 200 intended parents from around Israel (and several couples from Italy and Germany), dozens of parents who came with their children for a surrogacy family reunion, fourteen agencies and clinics from around the world, the Tel Aviv mayor and other dignitaries, and much press attention. Proceeds from sponsorship fees will allow us to award three financial assistance grants to Israeli gay men in the coming months. Read More...

We can now receive online donations to our Financial Assistance fund!

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We would like to encourage you to think about Men Having Babies when you consider your end of the year giving! You can now make online donations to our Financial Assistance fund using PayPal or credit cards. Your donations will go towards the important goal of helping several couples become parent in 2013! We already raised around $100,000, but hope to more than double that by the summer, when we award the first grants. 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...

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...

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...

Le premier séminaire et salon de "Men Having Babies" est prévu le 29 avril 2012

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"Men Having Babies" séminaire sur le thème de la GPA et notre salon sur l'homoparentalité sont organisés dans le cadre d'une réunion de familles homoparentale de quatre jours à Barcelone en Espagne.

Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer notre séminaire sur le thème de la GPA et notre salon sur l'homoparentalité qui se tiendront le 29 avril 2012 à Lloret del Mar, près de Barcelone en Espagne. Ces évènements sont organisés dans le cadre d'une conférence et d'une réunion de familles homoparentales organisés par NELFA, le réseau européen de familles LGBT. Read More...

First European Men Having Babies scheduled for April 29, 2012

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"Men Having Babies" - a annual Surrogacy Seminar and Exop in NY since 2005 - makes a debut in Europe on April 29, 2012 - Part of four-day LGBT families gathering near Barcelona, Spain.

The Network of European LGBT Family Associations (NELFA) will host the first "Men Having Babies - Europe" Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo on April 29, 2012. It will take place in Lloret de Mar, near Barcelona, Spain, as part of a 4-day conference and family gathering expected to attract hundreds of LGBT parents and parents-to-be. More than a dozen leading USA and European clinics and surrogacy agencies already signed up as sponsors and exhibitors, recognizing the growing interest in surrogacy in Europe. Read More...