Please note: The 16th annual New York conference has been rescheduled to February 6-7, 2021.

This change was done as part of the overall effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The 16th Annual NY Men Having Babies
Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo

February 6-7, 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 16th annual New York Men Having Babies Surrogacy Conference will feature parenting options in the USA and Canada, and the Advocacy & Research Forum!

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.

In addition to advice about parenting options, we offer in parallel the Advocacy & Research Forum, to discuss the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting. Participation requires registration (or just RSVP for those who registered for the entire conference). More details coming soon.

The conference will be held in compliance with public health guidelines in a spacious event. Out of town attendees will also be able to benefit from a discounted group rate at a nearby hotel. The conference is based on a format MHB developed over the last 15 years in NY, San Francisco, Dallas, Brussels, Chicago and Tel Aviv. More than 30 providers and community organizations will offer information on parenting options in the USA and Canada. In-depth workshops and panels have been updated, and arranged in program tracks that will appeal to prospective parents on different stages of the process. And of course we will once again offer the popular panel of teen surrogacy children!

The conference is co-sponsored by Out of the J, at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. As always, proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.
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February 6-7, 2021.
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Coming soon…
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The early bird advance cost is $55 per person (instead of $75 starting January 6th and $95 at the door) for prospective parents. This is a heavily subsidized rate and includes two meals.

We strongly encourage advance registration - our events often sell out. It will also speed up your sign-in on the day of the event and allow us to send you program updates.
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Hotel information
Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at the hotel.

Agenda in brief

Friday, February 5:
  • 3:30 - 4:00pm: Registration
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm: Opening session - 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.

Saturday, February 6:

  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:20am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
  • 10:20 - 10:50: Surrogacy outside the USA: Canada and other destinations
  • 10:50 - 11:10am: coffee break (courtesy of Center for Reproductive Medicine of Weill Cornell Medicine)
  • 11:10am - 12:20pm: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 12:20 -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
  • 3:00 - 7:00pm: Optional Legal Clinic: private sessions with legal experts
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm: Coffee Break & Expo (courtesy of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists)
  • 5:00 - 5:45pm: Personal stories - hear from several surrogates and parents
  • 5:45 - 6:00pm: coffee break (Sponsored by American Fertility Services)
  • 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, February 7:

  • 8:15 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30am: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy (Sponsored by HRC Fertility)
  • 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





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