Please note: The 16th annual New York conference was replaced by a virtual program that will span two half days, February 6-7, 2021, and in collaboration with RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association. Due to the virtual setting, this conference is now a great option for intended parents from across the United States to attend, as travel to New York is not required for attendance.

The New York Men Having Babies Virtual Conference & Expo

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February 6-7, 2021

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Two half-day interactive virtual parenting program
Everything you need to know about NY surrogacy reform
25+ Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
24 "meet the sponsor" breakout sessions
Consultations available with clinics and agencies
Medical, psychological, legal and financial considerations
Unbiased information & resources focused on surrogacy solutions

The 16th annual New York Men Having Babies Surrogacy Conference goes virtual and features NY Surrogacy Reform!

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For gay men who want to become parents through surrogacy, the MHB educational conferences are a rare opportunity to get curated information, expert advice and access to a wide range of relevant service providers — and from an unbiased non-profit organization.

Due to public health concerns we are offering this 2020 conference late, and in an elaborate virtual format utilizing the specialized REMO platform that allows for presentations, breakout sessions, expo “tables” and effective interaction. MHB has already used this REMO platform for our 2020 Midwestern, European and Israeli programs, and received rave reviews from both attendees and exhibitors.

The program offers comprehensive guidance relevant to intended parents pursuing surrogacy in both the USA and Canada, as well as considerations on choosing other international destinations. Special attention will be given to examining the practical implications and new opportunities brought about by the NY Surrogacy Reform, which will take effect just days after the conference.

Attendance at this conference will come with complimentary admission to our 2021 Southern Surrogacy Options Virtual Seminar happening two weeks later, February 20th. The major sponsors from the one-day Southern seminar will be present at the New York virtual event, with several additional Southern providers also being featured, plus our popular personal stories panel.

On the Friday before the conference (February 5), we will once again host the Advocacy & Research Forum, to discuss the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting. The topic this year will be Fertility Equality: next steps in our fight to broaden access to affordable parenting options.

February 6-7, 2021.

Everywhere! This event will take place via Remo Virtual Events technology.

$20 per "seat" (single computer access). Includes complimentary admission to the 2021 Southern Surrogacy Options Virtual Seminar happening February 20th. Discounts available to members of MHB.

Note: the REMO platform has limited capacity so we strongly encourage early registration, as we are likely to be sold out.
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While the event is organized by gay parenting organizations, non-gay prospective parents are welcome and will no doubt highly benefit from it as well.

Importantly, in this virtual setting, without travel to New York being required to attend the event, attendance is encouraged for any prospective parent pursuing surrogacy in the United States or Canada.

GPAP Eligibility
Attendance in this event will satisfy the conferences requirement for GPAP Stage II application eligibility.

Attendees can also book online private consultations with the clinics and agencies.
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Agenda in brief

(Eastern Time Zone)

Friday, February 5:
  • 5:00 - 6:30pm: The NY Advocacy and Research Forum - A Focus on Fertility Equality. A look at the social, ethical, legal and practical aspects of expanding access to fertility benefits for prospective surrogacy parents.
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm: (Virtual) Networking Reception! Meet the Forum's presenters, dozens of surrogacy professionals, community activists, and prospective parents.

Saturday, February 6:

  • 9:00 - 10:15am: Overview of surrogacy destinations & and considerations on how to evaluate them, and a comparison of surrogacy options in the U.S. and Canada
  • 10:15 - 11:00am: Legal panel: legal considerations and New York surrogacy reform
  • 11:00 - 11:30am: Getting started guide: picking providers, surrogacy resources and financial assistance
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Expo
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy

Sunday, February 7:

  • 9:00 - 9:55am: Expert panel: Insurance & Budgeting issues for U.S. and Canadian surrogacy (sponsored by ART Risk)
  • 9:55 - 10:10am: IVF and surrogacy coverage at workplaces or via health insurance (in collaboration with RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association)
  • 10:10 - 10:40am: Q&A session: The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) and the Membership Benefits Program (MBP)
  • 10:40am - 12:40pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
  • 12:40 - 1:30pm: Expo

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