The 17th Annual NY Men Having Babies
Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo

September 18-19, 2021

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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 17th annual New York Men Having Babies Surrogacy Conference will feature parenting options in the USA and Canada, and the Advocacy & Research Forum!

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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.

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.

On the Friday before the conference (September 17), 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.

September 18-19, 2021.

New York, New York.

The early bird advance cost is $55 per person (instead of $75 starting August 18th, and $95 at the door) for prospective parents. Discounts available to members of MHB.

Note: we strongly encourage advance registration for both days - past events have 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.

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.
Book a consultation!

Agenda in brief

Friday, September 17:
  • 3:30 - 4:00pm: Registration
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm: Opening session - The NY Advocacy and Research Forum - A look at the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting. We will also discuss the current effort to legalize surrogacy in NY State (The Child Parent Security Act), and offer historical and international perspective, along with relevant research findings.

Saturday, September 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 (courtesy of Alcea Surrogacy)
  • 11:00am - 12:15pm: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 12:15 -2:00pm: Lunch (courtesy of San Diego Fertility Center) 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 (courtesy of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists)
  • 5:00 - 5:45pm: Personal stories - hear from several surrogates and parents (Sponsored by Alcea Surrogacy)
  • 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
  • 8:00pm: Parents / Intended Parents’ Happy Hour
Sunday, September 19:

  • 8:15 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30am: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy
  • 9:00 - 1:00pm: Optional private consultations
  • 10:30 - 10:45am: coffee break (courtesy of Alcea Surrogacy)
  • 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

Highlights from last year





Supportive Community & Media Organizations

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