Men Having Babies Midwest - 2020
Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo


Chicago, April 18-19, 2020


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Expanded two-day "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
25 Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
Twenty-four "meet the sponsor" breakout sessions
Panel on insurance and budgeting
On-site consultations available with clinics and agencies
Medical, psychological, and legal experts
Unbiased information & resources focused on surrogacy solutions

The 5th annual MHB Midwest returns with surrogacy parenting options in the USA and Canada and the debut of the Complimentary Services Expo!


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

To accommodate the growing interest, the 2020 conference will be held at the spacious DoubleTree Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel, where out of town attendees will also be able to benefit from a discounted group rate. The conference features practical and personal peer advice and opportunities to meet a wide range of leading providers from across the USA and Canada at the Gay Parenting Expo, breakout sessions and in private consultations.

In-depth programs will offer insights from the latest studies about contemporary gestational surrogacy, and specialty panels on insurance, budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

Note: while the event is organized by gay parenting organizations, non-gay prospective surrogacy parents are welcome and will no doubt highly benefit from it as well.
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When...
April 18-19, 2020
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Where...
DoubleTree Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611
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Registration...
The online early bird admission cost is $35 per person (and $50 starting March 18th) and will include lunch and a reception.

We strongly encourage advance registration for both days - past events have sold out.
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Hotel information
Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at DoubleTree Chicago Magnificent Mile.


Agenda in brief

(more details soon)

Saturday, April 18:
  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
  • 10:30 - 11:00am: coffee break
  • 11:00am - 12:15pm: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 12:15 -2:00pm: Lunch (courtesy of Fertility Centers of Illinois) and gay parenting expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations).
  • 2:00 - 4:00pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
  • 3:00 - 7:00pm: Optional private consultations
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm: Coffee Break & Expo

Special evening activities (open to the community at large)

  • 5:00 - 6:00pm: Personal stories - hear from several surrogates and parents
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects.
  • 7:00pm: Parents / Intended Parents’ Happy Hour

Sunday, April 19:

  • 8:15 - 9:00am: Registration & Complimentary Services Expo
  • 9:00 - 10:30am: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy
  • 9:00 - 1:00pm: Optional private consultations
  • 10:30 - 11:00am: coffee break & Complimentary Services Expo
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: Expert panel: Budgeting and insurance
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Q&A sessions:
  • / Legal experts
  • / Budgeting & The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 1:00 - 2:00pm: Advice for prospective single fathers

* Note: If you need ASL interpretation services, we ask that you notify us by March 18, 2020, so that we may have time to secure an interpreter.


About Center on Halsted


Center on Halstead
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. The Center’s vision includes a thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, living powerfully in supportive inclusive environments.

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