Men Having Babies 2021 Midwest Surrogacy Conference & Expo

Chicago, October 9, 2021

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Saturday, October 9:

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Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 AM
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Planning your journey: 9:00 - 10:15 AM (Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3rd Floor)
We will open our session with introductions and a comparison of surrogacy with other parenting options. We will then provide the first part of our comprehensive surrogacy workshop that was developed based on the accumulated knowledge of hundreds of gay men who have already gone through the process.
Topics covered will include:
  • Basic terminology, types and components of typical surrogacy arrangements.
  • Typical sequence and timeline for gestational surrogacy journeys.
  • Legal considerations in the USA and Canada.
  • Major decisions regarding IVF, egg donation and surrogacy options.
  • Considering your family vision, financial constraints, risk tolerance and ethical preferences.
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Coffee Break: 10:15 AM -10:30 AM (Irving Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall, 3rd Floor)

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Expert Panel: Legal Considerations 10:30 - 11:15 AM (Theatre, 3rd Floor)
Legal considerations for surrogacy in the USA and abroad. In this session we will also review MHB’s Guidelines for Safe, Legal and Ethical Surrogacy Abroad

Moderator: Ron Poole-Dayan, MHB - Executive Director
- Steven Snyder, Esq., IARC Surrogacy
Heather Ross, Esq., Ross & Zuckerman
- Nidhi Desai, Esq., Desai & Miller
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Getting started guide: picking providers, surrogacy resources and financial assistance - 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM (Theatre, 3rd Floor)
An overview on online resources, support groups and other guidance MHB offers to prospective gay fathers, suggestions on how to effectively gather information and select surrogacy providers, and on how to make the process more affordable with discounts and financial assistance.
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Lunch / Gay Parenting Expo / Book Fair: 12:00 - 1:00 PM (Gym / Billie Jean King Recreational Hall, 3rd Floor)
Enjoy lunch and explore our Book Fair and the Gay Parenting Services Expo: more than twenty five tables where you can meet and receive information from leading clinics, surrogacy agencies, lawyers and supporting community organizations. The expo will remain open until 3:15pm. Lunch is sponsored by IARC Surrogacy.
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Breakout sessions - come meet the sponsors: 1:00 - 2:25 PM (Various rooms - see table)
Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in up to 6 introductory group consultations with various providers. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know these surrogacy providers! Most sessions will be 13 minutes long (plus 2-3 minutes switch time), and the last will be 7 minutes. They take place simultaneously in 3 meeting rooms. The Gay Parenting Expo will also continue to be available during this period.

3rd Floor

Reception Hall
3rd Floor

John Baran Hall
2nd Floor

1:00-1:15 PM

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1:15-1:30 PM

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1:30-1:45 PM

1:45-2:00 PM

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2:00-2:15 PM

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2:15-2:25 PM

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Q&A session: MHB Membership Benefits Program (MBP) and The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)- 2:30 - 2:45 PM (Theatre, 3rd Floor)
- Ron Poole-Dayan, MHB - Executive Director
- Lisa Schuster, MHB - Programing Director
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Gay Parenting Expo / Coffee Break: 2:45 - 3:15 PM (Gym, 3rd Floor)
Sponsored by Vios Fertility Institute
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Expert Panel: Budgeting and Insurance for U.S. and Canadian surrogacy 3:15 - 4:00 PM (Theatre, 3rd Floor)
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A closer look at medical insurance and surrogate compensation packages. The panel is sponsored by ART Risk Financial and Insurance Solutions.

Moderator: Lisa Schuster, Programing Director
- Jennifer McArthur, Worldwide Surrogacy
- Virginia Hart, ART Risk Financial and Insurance Solutions
Nancy Block, Private Label Surrogacy
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Expert Panel: Medical Aspects of Surrogacy 4:00 - 5:00 PM (Theatre 3rd Floor)
The medical screening of future fathers, egg donors and surrogates, the creation of optimal embryos, and the IVF process.

Moderator: Angie Beltsos, MD, VIOS Fertility Institute

- Susanna Park, MD, San Diego Fertility Center
- Mohamad Irani, MD, Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
- F. Nicholas Shamma, MD, IVF Ohio
- Juan Alvarez, MD, Fertility Centers of Illinois
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Coffee Break: 5:00 - 5:15 PM
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Personal stories and psychological aspects of surrogacy panel: 5:15 - 6:15 PM (Theatre, 3rd Floor)
To help you further understand what surrogacy entails from the personal standpoint, you will have an opportunity to hear personal testimonies from a diverse group of of gay surrogacy dads, the surrogates who helped them, and an egg donor.
In addition, we will examine how we feel about surrogacy: the meanings and significance people tend to attribute to surrogacy in their lives, with a special focus on surrogates’ perspective. We will look at questions such as:
What are the dominant social perceptions of surrogacy in the U.S. and Canada?
How do surrogates understand their experiences?
What are the roots for concerns about exploitation and commodification in surrogacy?
What are the experiences of children born via surrogacy?

Moderator: Silvia Schneider Fox, PsyD, MHB board member

Open to conference attendees and MHB Supporting Members

6:15 PM - Happy Hour

Join us at the Center on Halsted to close the evening with a social gathering. This casual time will be a great opportunity to discuss the information from the day’s sessions as well as network with other parents, intended parents and professionals.

Refreshments will be served.
Registered attendees receive a coupon for one free drink.