Men Having Babies Florida - 2019
Surrogacy & Gay Parenting Conference

Fort Lauderdale, June 8-9, 2019

Save the date: the 2020 MHB Florida Conference on June 13-14, 2020!

The 2nd annual Florida Men Having Babies conference took place on June 8-9, 2019, at the GalleryONE Hotel. Over 100 prospective parents from across the United States and beyond enjoyed a weekend of workshops, and special in-depth panels about insurance, budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Proceeds from the conference benefited the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).
  • Stay tuned for the full 2020 event information in August!
  • See below for the 2019 original event program

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Expanded two-day ”how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
20+ Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
Twenty-four "meet the sponsor" breakout sessions
On-site consultations available with clinics and agencies
Unbiased guidance & resources focused on surrogacy solutions
Information about available financial assistance
Discounted accommodations for out of town attendees

The Men Having Babies Surrogacy Conference & Expo is returning to Florida, featuring surrogacy parenting options in both the USA and Canada!

Men Having Babies (MHB) is an international non-profit organization that has helped thousands of gay men worldwide become biological parents. On June 8-9, 2019, the organization will hold in Fort Lauderdale its second annual Florida conference for prospective gay parents from both the USA and Latin America. The conference will feature practical and personal peer advice and opportunities to meet a wide range of leading providers from the USA and Canada.

In-depth programs will offer insights from the latest studies about contemporary gestational surrogacy, 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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June 8, 2019: 8:30-8:00 PM, June 9: 8:15 AM-1:45 PM. See below for more information.
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The conference will take place at the GALLERYone- A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
2670 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33304
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The early bird admission cost is $25 per person (and $35 starting May 25th) and includes meals and refreshments throughout the weekend.

We strongly encourage
advance registration - our events often sell out.
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Hotel accommodations…
Rooms at a special subsidized rate of $159 / night are available at the all-suites hotel where the conference is taking place (or use Reservation Group Code MHB if booking from the main page). Note this offers expires on May 20, or when the inventory runs out.

Agenda in brief

(more details here)

Saturday, June 8:
• 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 Creative Love Egg Donor & Surrogacy Agency) 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
• 3:00 - 7:00pm: Legal Clinic
• 4:00 - 5:00pm: Coffee Break & Expo (courtesy of IVF Florida)
• 5:00 - 5:45pm: Personal stories - hear from several surrogates and parents (Sponsored by Elevate Egg Donor Agency)
• 5:45 - 6:00pm: coffee break
• 6:00 - 7:15pm: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects.

Special evening activities (open to the community at large):
• 7:15 - 8:00pm: Teen Panel: Surrogacy children of gay dads share their stories - in cooperation with Family Equality Council's Outspoken Generation program
• 8:00pm: Parents / Intended Parents’ Happy Hour

Sunday, June 9:
• 8:15 - 9:00am: Registration
• 9:00 - 10:30am: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy (Sponsored by American Fertility Services)
• 9:00 - 1:00pm: Optional private consultations
• 10:30 - 10:45am: coffee break
• 10:45 - 11:45am: Expert panel: Budgeting and insurance. (Sponsored by ART Risk)
• 11:45am -12:45pm: Q&A sessions:
- Legal experts
- Budgeting / The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
• 12:45am -1:45pm: Advice for prospective single fathers

Supportive Community & Media Organizations

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