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Our Family Coalition & Men Having Babies present:


2017 SF Surrogacy Conference, Jan 14-15



Conference speakers


Panelists


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Brandon J. Bankowski, MD, MPH
Dr. Bankowski is one of the most-respected and experienced physicians helping LGBTQ intended parents build their families through donor egg surrogacy in the USA. He is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist with extensive experience in IVF, egg donation, surrogacy and genomics. He has practiced at Oregon Reproductive Medicine (ORM) since 2005. He and his partners at ORM have helped LGBTQ intended parents from across the world build their families. Dr. Bankowski is passionate about providing ORM’s patients the best care and the highest chance for success on their first attempt, while looking after the genetic health of their family. His vision lead to the formation of ORM Genomics, ORM’s industry-leading reproductive genomics program and in-house genetics laboratory, as well as the integration of advanced genetic screening of all donors in the ORM Donors program. He is committed to helping LGBTQ intended parents using donor egg surrogacy benefit from the latest advances in genetic screening to help them have the best chance of a healthy baby on their first attempt.
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Qin Fan, Psy.D.


Qin Fan is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University San Francisco and Masters in French Literature from the University of North Caroline-Chapel Hill. Her doctoral dissertation investigated women's experience of loss following failed in vitro fertilization attempts. In her practice and teaching, she focuses on reproductive mental health, specifically on the third party reproduction. A member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gaylesta of San Francisco, she supports the family building efforts of all individuals and has extensive experience working with LGBTQ community.
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Elaine R. Gordon, Ph.D.


Elaine Gordon is a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in infertility, child development, adoption, reproductive medicine, and third party family building. Besides her role as a therapist and group facilitator working with patients struggling with infertility related issues, she lectures on various topics surrounding the psychological and ethical issues of contemporary family building. Dr. Gordon is the author of “Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy? Where Many Babies Come From, a children’s book dedicated to explaining a child’s unique reproductive beginnings whether it be IVF, egg donation, sperm donation, surrogacy or adoption. Dr. Gordon is well versed in both the medical and psychological aspects of reproductive medicine utilizing third parties. Her involvement in egg donation and surrogacy programs has stimulated an interest in the issues surrounding secrecy and disclosure in third party parenting. Related to the disclosure/nondisclosure issue is the need to assess the advantages and disadvantages of open versus closed donation policies. She lectures on disclosure policies and how you talk to children about non-traditional family building with the focus being the best interest of the child.
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Diane Hinson, Esq.

Diane Hinson, a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, founded Creative Family Connections LLC on the principle that “everyone can build a family.” After starting her own family as a single mother, Diane built a full-service surrogacy agency and reproductive rights law firm that is consistently one of the highest-ranked agencies in the world. Clients from across the country and around the world choose CFC for the compassionate care and legal expertise that Diane and her team provide. Because of her passion for family equality, Diane has fought to obtain landmark court rulings for same-sex parents. She has opened doors to IVF clinics for gay fathers, drafted and advocated for gay-friendly surrogacy legislation, served as HRC’s pro-bono counsel for surrogacy issues, spoken frequently about surrogacy, and provided surrogacy advice on the well-known Surromoms.com website. She has also collaborated with fellow surrogacy attorneys to develop an in-depth 50-state surrogacy law analysis, which is widely relied upon in the surrogacy world and cited in the media.
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Heather Jacobson, Ph.D.


Heather Jacobson is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington where she directs the Master’s in Sociology Program and teaches courses on families, reproduction, and qualitative research methods. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Brandeis University and an MPhil in Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She is a family sociologist whose research centers primarily on various routes to family formation. She is the author of Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies, published by Rutgers University Press in 2016, and Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference, published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2008. Her work has been featured on the National Public Radio program Think and in The Boston Globe, Contexts, Brain Child Magazine and the radio program Creating a Family: Talk about Adoption and Infertility. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Adoption Quarterly.
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Tabitha Lundberg Koh, J.D.


Tabitha is the Director of Legal Services at Northwest Surrogacy Center, LLC. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley Law School and an attorney since 2007, her practice areas include adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology, as well as estate planning and probate. She is licensed to practice law in California, Oregon, and Washington. Tabitha is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys , Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS), and the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association.
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Alex MacNab, LLB


Alex MacNab has extensive training and experience in interest-based negotiation, mediation and arbitration. He offers creative solutions for clients in a way that best fits their needs whether that be through lawyer-assisted negotiation, mediation or arbitration, with litigation as the method of last resort. He also specializes in reproductive law and is well-known for helping families with third party assisted reproductive techniques including donor egg, donor sperm, traditional and gestational surrogacy, as well as adoption. Alex’s legal career began in 2004 in Newfoundland and Labrador where he practiced with the Legal Aid Commission in Labrador. Alex gained experience in the areas of criminal defense and family law, appearing regularly in both the Provincial and Supreme Courts. Alex’s educational background includes a Law Degree from Dalhousie University Law School, and a BA from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Susanna Park, M.D.

World renowned for her fertility expertise, IVF success and excellence in medical care, Dr. Susanna Park has practiced as an infertility physician for the past 15 years. Dr. Park joined the San Diego Fertility Center in 2013 following her tenure at Columbia University in New York City. Her passion is to combine her extensive experience as an infertility physician with individualized care and compassion. Dr. Park is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She graduated summa cum laude from Siena College and obtained her medical degree at Albany Medical College. Dr. Park completed her residency and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Park has developed a large international referral practice due to her excellent patient rapport and high success rates with a variety of treatments including IVF, donor eggs, egg freezing and gestational surrogacy. Dr. Park works closely with the leading surrogacy agencies to assist the LGBT community build families.
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Guy Ringler, M.D.

In clinical practice for over twenty years, Dr. Guy Ringler has developed a large international referral practice due to his excellent patient rapport and expertise in IVF, surrogacy, and gay family building. As one of the world’s first fertility doctors to help gay men become fathers through egg donation and surrogacy, Dr. Ringler has been recognized by the American Fertility Association (AFA) with an Achievement Award. He regularly lends his voice to the public conversation about gay family-building as a spokesperson for GLAAD and a contributor to the Huffington Post. Dr. Ringler has worked closely with the AFA to increase public awareness of fertility options for people with HIV, and he has helped many HIV-positive people have children through assisted reproduction. Dr. Ringler is on the advisory board of Men Having Babies and lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Mark Rios.
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Mousa Shamonki, M.D.


Dr. Shamonki is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology, and serves as Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA. He received his medical degree and OB/GYN residency at the University of Vermont. He completed his reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at Cornell University, considered by many in the field as the premier fellowship in the country. After fellowship, Dr. Shamonki spent one year perfecting his skills at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, where he performed thousands of ultrasounds and procedures, providing him unique and high-volume training thereby giving him experience rivaling any clinician in the country. In 2006 Dr. Shamonki joined his alma mater UCLA and, as Director of In-Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction, quickly developed the IVF Program at UCLA into a center of excellence. He has published numerous papers and has won several awards, including the Carbee Award for excellence in OB/GYN, the Patients’ Choice Award and America’s Top Doctors Award.
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Nici Shipway


After years in the birth community Nici Shipway chose a path of a Birth Doula, supporting women throughout their pregnancy, birth and postpartum. After Leia Swanberg began development of the Sacred Surrogacy Program she appointed Nici Shipway to be its curator. Since then the single stream program has developed into a three part company providing support, guidance and programming for Surrogates, Egg Donors and Intended Parents from any agency, anywhere in the world. Sacred Programs for Surrogates, Egg Donors and Intended Parents are meant to be used as tools to honor each participant along each of their journeys. We encourage each participant to create an open relationship with Nici as she will be able to help guide you along your beautiful journey with grace, reverence and thankfulness.
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Steven H. Snyder, Esq.

Steven H. Snyder, Esq., is the founding and principal partner of Steven H. Snyder & Associates in Maple Grove, Minnesota. He is also the Director of the International Assisted Reproduction Center (IARC), a U.S. surrogacy and egg donation matching agency. Mr. Snyder is an active leader in numerous professional organizations, including RESOLVE, the American Fertility Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the American Bar Association Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee. Mr. Snyder is an expert and a frequent national and international speaker on assisted reproductive technology topics.
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Leia Swanberg.
Leia’s passion for alternative family building began at age sixteen, when she was a birth mother to a daughter placed in an open adoption. Since then, she has had three children of her own – ages 19,11, and a new baby. She has been a gestational surrogate twice and an egg donor several times. Leia’s approach to surrogacy is simple – taking a holistic approach to ensure that all parties are supported, encouraged and protected. She has made great industry connections and working partnerships with professionals worldwide to ensure that she can help to develop the fertility plan that best suits your needs. Having owned Canadian Fertility Consulting since 2007, she has had the opportunity to help hundreds of couples become parents. Leia’s previous experience as a small business owner and background in management and small business development has helped her grow CFC into Canada’s foremost surrogacy consulting service. Leia and CFC have been featured many times in Canadian media, including Canada AM and The National Post, helping to depict third-party reproduction as a tangible and approachable subject in the country.
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Ellen Trachman, Esq.


Ellen is an attorney who left corporate law years ago to make a difference in people’s lives. She founded Trachman Law Center, LLC, specializing in family formation law, and loves representing men and women who are building their families through assisted reproductive technology. The creation of Colorado Surrogacy was the natural next step in the evolution of Ellen’s commitment to growing families through surrogacy. She can’t imagine more rewarding, meaningful and enjoyable work. Ellen is affiliated with several professional associations devoted to family formation and was named Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year in 2015 by the Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Originally from northern New Mexico, Ellen did her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her law degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Ellen has four children and loves living in colorful Colorado.
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Charlie Spiegel


Charlie Spiegel's SF law practice includes adoption and surrogacy for gay and straight couples and single people. Charlie is a former co-chair of Lambda Legal's National Board, one of the founding Executive Directors of Our Family Coalition, and recent board member of www.CPCal.org and www.KidsTurn.org. He educates regularly for Adoption Connection and Our Family. He graduated with honors from New York University School of Law. While advocating for marriage equality over 25 years, Charlie became a parent through private infant adoption. Charlie won JFCS's Fammy Award, is an annual volunteer in the Gender Spectrum free legal clinic, and does other volunteer mediation and education work through the SF Family Court and Community Boards.
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Deborah Wald, Esq.


Deborah Wald is the founder and managing partner of The Wald Law Group, a full-service family law firm in San Francisco. She focuses her practice on adoption, assisted reproduction, parentage and custody litigation. She has been practicing assisted reproduction law for over a decade, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys as well as the Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers. She also teaches at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Ms. Wald is standing Chair of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and an active member of the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association. She and her partner have raised two sons, both now in college. There is no part of her work she enjoys more than assisting other members of the LGBT community with fulfilling their dreams of becoming parents.

MHB speakers


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Anthony M. Brown, Esq., Board Chairman


Anthony currently is a senior associate at the law firm of Chianese and Reilly Law,P.C., heading their family and estates law division serving married and unmarried individuals, couples and families. Anthony is the Executive Director of The Wedding Party and has been a Board member since its inception in 1999. Anthony is the founder of TimeForFamilies.com, a web environment dedicated to assisting gay and lesbian couples create their own families. Anthony has worked as a law guardian at The Children’s Law Center, representing the legal needs of children in Brooklyn Family Court. Anthony also worked as a legal intern for Lambda Legal in the summer of 2002. Anthony was appointed as a board member and Secretary of the board of Men Having Babies upon its incorporation in July 2012 and has served as Board Chairman since 2013.
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A.J. Edge, Director of Operations & Finance


A.J. began working with Men Having Babies in October 2013 in conjunction with the launch of the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP). His day-to-day responsibilities include conference production and logistics, managing GPAP including Stage II matching and case management, finance, and budgeting. His past professional experience includes working for an array of not-for-profit organizations including a Children’s Museum, an Opera company, and a Zoo. A.J. graduated summa cum laude from Walden University with a BS in business administration and completed his MBA also from Walden University in August 2016. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, he now resides in North New Jersey with his husband, Daniel, a veterinarian who works within the animal health industry for a large pharmaceutical company. Together they have two boys through adoption, Jackson and Peyton.
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Rachelle Myers-Nelson, MHB Surrogates Advisory board member


Rachelle and her husband have one son who is 7 years old. Rachelle is a surrogate mother who has completed two journeys for two different gay couples from Italy. She delivered a singleton boy in April 2013 and twin boys in March 2015. She loves sharing about her relationship with the intended parents, minimizing the use of injectable medications, the support she received from her husband, friendships lost and gained, and really anything surrogacy related. Rachelle has served as an advocate and public speaker on matters including surrogacy, gay marriage and gay parenting, and in 2016 gave several media interviews to Italian and Belgian media on these subjects.
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Ron Poole-Dayan, Board Member / Executive Director


Ron is the executive director and founding board member of Men Having Babies. He has over 20 years of experience in marketing and business strategy development both in the USA and internationally. Ron earned his Masters degree in political economy and comparative politics from Columbia University, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ron is married to Greg Poole-Dayan, the Administrator of the Jewish Home Lifecare Nursing Home in the Bronx. The couple met in 1994, and are among of the first same-sex couples in the nation to father children through gestational surrogacy. The twins, born in 2001, were conceived with the use of eggs donated by Greg's sister, and carried by a gestational carrier. Ron has been the MHB program coordinator since 2005, and was appointed as the Executive Director of Men Having Babies upon its incorporation in July 2012.
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Georges Sylvestre, M.D., Board Member


Georges Sylvestre is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist specialized in High-Risk Pregnancies, currently Chairman of OBGYN at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Queens. Georges and his husband David Margolis live in Manhattan, and are the proud fathers of Tristan and Noah, born in 2010 and 2013 via gestational surrogacy. Having grown up in France, Canada and Switzerland, the Sylvestre-Margolis boys speak French and English at home, and has traveled extensively across the world, making a point of meeting other LGBT gay couples raising children. Georges' profession and personal experience give him a unique advantage in understanding the medical, psychological, ethical and financial challenges of the IP/couple –egg donor – Gestational surrogate triad.

Breakout sessions


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Said T. Daneshmand, MD, FACOG

Dr. Said Daneshmand is an internationally recognized fertility specialist with extensive experience in providing third-party reproductive services. Dr. Daneshmand serves on the board of several surrogacy advocacy groups. He has collaborated to develop in vitro fertilization (IVF) protocols to improve pregnancy rates, including PTEC (post-thaw extended culture), which is one of the most successful IVF regimens currently available. These groundbreaking findings were published in the internationally respected medical journal, Fertility and Sterility, where Dr. Daneshmand also served as a reviewer. Dr. Daneshmand completed his fellowship and residency at UCLA. He is specialty board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and sub specialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology. Among his achievements, Dr. Daneshmand is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eileen Pike Medical School Valedictorian Award and the PCRS Fellowship and Practicing Physician Research Award. He has served as the President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (Iota Chapter) and is a member of the Decherney Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Dr. Daneshmand speaks French, Spanish and Farsi.
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John Chally, J.D.


John Chally, J.D. is one of the Directors and Founders of Northwest Surrogacy Center, LLC. He has 20 years of experience as a surrogacy attorney, with a focus on securing the legal relationships between intended parents and their children. He also has nearly 40 years of experience practicing in the areas of adoption and adoption litigation. He has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, indicating the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards, and is ranked as a Super Lawyer. He is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.
One of the early promoters of open adoption, John is a former member of the State of Oregon Task Force on Adoption Services and the Oregon Law Foundation Adoption Committee. In 1985 he co-founded Open Adoption & Family Services, Inc., one of the largest adoption agencies in the Pacific Northwest. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on adoption and frequently speaks at adoption seminars.
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Victoria T. Ferrara, Esq.

Victoria Ferrara is the Founder and Legal Director of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, LLC, a successful surrogacy matching agency, through which she has helped many couples and individuals have children. One of her achievements is the landmark decision of Raftopol v. Ramey, 12 A.3d 783 299 Conn. 681 (2011), a Connecticut Supreme Court case that essentially created a new way to establish legal parentage in Connecticut, i.e., by being a party (Intended Parent) to a valid gestational agreement regardless of genetic connection to the child to be born to the gestational surrogate. Attorney Ferrara appears frequently in courts throughout the State of Connecticut for all matters in involving assisted reproduction law, pre-birth orders, and adoptions, including co-parent and step-parent adoption matters. She is a member of the Academy of Assisted Reproductive Law Attorneys, the Family Law Institute, the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association.
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Carl Herbert, M.D.


Dr. Herbert graduated from the University of Florida as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed both a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Herbert joined the Vanderbilt teaching faculty upon completion of his fellowship and served as the Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Division from 1989-90. He is an accomplished clinical researcher and author of numerous articles and chapters for professional medical publications. In 1982 Dr. Herbert was instrumental in the development of one of the first assisted reproductive technology programs in the United States at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is an internationally recognized fertility specialist who has been performing in-vitro fertilization longer than any other physician in the Bay Area. This experience provides him with a unique perspective as he incorporates the latest developments in reproductive technology into patient care. Dr. Herbert is Board Certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
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Jennifer White


Jennifer is Co-Director of Colorado Surrogacy. She loves helping people realize their dream of becoming parents and is honored to play a role in this intimate and life-enhancing journey. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Justice and Public Safety from Auburn University Montgomery, Jennifer spent 15 years as a paralegal, most recently in the ART field. She’s also worked in the insurance and medical fields, making her uniquely qualified to help intended parents and their surrogate sort through any bumps in the road. Thanks to a spouse in the Air Force, Jennifer has lived in every region of the country as well as Germany and England—and she’s been to every state in the U.S., with the exception of Alaska. She’s the proud mom of one daughter and two fur-babies. With several half-marathons under her belt, including San Francisco, she’s keen to fulfill a major life goal and run the full 26.2 miles. When you get the chance, ask Jennifer about the playground in Amersham, England, named after her.
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Donna Raidy


Donna Raidy is our Vice President of Operations and oversees all operations at Fertility Source Companies. Donna has over 30 years of experience in business management and takes tremendous pride in directing our great team of professional and compassionate staff who all truly understand and appreciate the journey our Intended Parents are on. Donna is a longtime advocate for children’s rights and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the dependent care system. Donna’s love for family and children, coupled with her extensive management experience is a unique blend that she brings to Fertility Source Companies and our Intended Parents.
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Vicken Sahakian, MD


Dr. Sahakian is the Medical Director of Pacific Fertility Center-Los Angeles. Founded in 1992, PFCLA was one of the first private IVF clinics in the United States. Dr. Sahakian has established one of the most successive IVF programs in the world using the most advanced technologies available and has performed over 8000 IVF procedures that have resulted in the birth of over 4000 babies all over the world. Dr. Sahakian has special interest in gestational surrogacy and egg donation thus helping the LGBT community to build families. Over the last 25 years, he has performed over 2000 IVF cycles with third party parenting such as egg donation and/or gestational surrogacy. Recent success rate in this subgroup has been so elevated that he has instituted comprehensive financial programs aimed to practically guarantee the birth of a child through IVF. The Unlimited Livebirth financial package allows intended parents to pay a single comprehensive fee to the doctor for unlimited attempts of transfers until a live birth.
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Peter Uzelac, MD, FACOG


Dr. Peter Uzelac is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a member of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI). He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and has established practices in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, San Francisco, and Marin County areas. Graduating first in his medical school class at St. Georges University, he completed a four-year Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Loma Linda University-White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Uzelac spent the next four years practicing high-risk obstetrics with the University of Southern California Perinatal Group where he developed a concern for how disease states of early pregnancy can have a lasting impact upon offspring. He now brings this one-of-a-kind perspective and unusually holistic approach to caring for his patients in reproductive medicine. Dr. Uzelac was part of one of the first successful IVM (in vito maturation) programs in the United States while completing a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Louisville. He launched his own IVM program at Marin Fertility Center and, in March of 2015, announced the live birth of the first IVM baby born on the West Coast of the United States.
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Cora Jenson


Cora Jenson is the founder and President of Modern Family Surrogacy Center, located in San Diego, California. Cora has built a decade old reputation in the Surrogacy and Egg Donation field by first being a successful 4 time Surrogate, delivering a set of twins, three separate singletons, being an Egg Donor, and then ultimately founding Modern Family Surrogacy Center. Cora takes pride in operating an agency that gives personalized service to each and every Surrogate, Egg Donor, and Intended parent. Surrogacy is her passion and having been through the process personally several times she believes that making the best possible match between all parties concerned ultimately makes for the best possible journey for all.
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Brad Spencer


Brad Spencer is co-owner and co-founder of Same Love Surrogacy, a full service gay owned and operated egg donor and surrogacy agency based in West Hollywood, CA. Brad partnered with close friends Jay Cook and Danny Wong for the inspiration of Same Love Surrogacy – the personal experience of three gay dads who created their families via surrogacy and egg donation. What all this personal experience taught us is that more and more LGBTQ individuals are seeking to become parents via assisted reproductive technology, and we want to assist intending parents through their journey to parenthood will giving back to the LGBTQ community. Brad was born, raised and resides with his husband and two twin boys in Los Angeles, California. He has worked as a successful investment professional for nearly 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from California State University Northridge (CSUN). Brad’s hobbies include tennis, golf, travel, and spending time with his family. Brad is also an active supporter and volunteer for The Trevor Project, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth.
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Amy Stewart Kaplan


Amy Stewart Kaplan, President/Founder of West Coast Surrogacy, began her career in reproductive medicine in 1990, and has since devoted her life to the field. Amy got her start at a Southern California IVF center. It was there she began to realize her passion for reproductive technology, as well as a desire to assist others in this worthy pursuit. Amy then donated her eggs for two couples, resulting in the births of three children. After giving birth to her second child, Amy chose to leave her management position to be a stay-at-home mom. However, she soon resumed her career as a consultant for a surrogate/egg donor agency, working closely with intended parents, donors and surrogates. Years later Amy realized a longtime desire to become a surrogate mother. Amy calls the experience as a surrogate “life altering” and an event that “had a profound impact on who (she is) today.” Her participation as a gestational surrogate gives her a unique insight into the surrogate mother process that is appreciated by carriers and intended parents alike.
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Christina Thursby


Some search a lifetime to find their passion. It’s a calling that changes not only their world but ultimately brings joy to others. The result is personal happiness. Christina Thursby, found her calling. She has made dreams come true for five families by becoming a surrogate. With her personal and professional experience, Christina continues to help others from all over the world complete their family as Co-Owner of It's Time Surrogacy. No matter what you’ve faced, or familial obstacles you’ve attempted to overcome, having a family is one goal Christina wants to help you achieve. Whether you are a parent, a surrogate, or an ITS agency partner, you’ll find Christina to be devoted, sincere, compassionate and knowledgeable.
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Carly Gonzalez


Carly is a wife to Jose and mother of 2 beautiful children. Lily (10) and Jacob (8) are her very world and the joy and love they have brought her and her husband has been amazing! Carly and Jose decided after her son was a year old, that their family was complete. Carly loved being pregnant and decided that she would love to help someone else have their own child, so she looked into becoming a gestational carrier. Carly has been a Gestational Surrogate, blessing 3 different families with their children. She has had 2 sets of twins, and 2 singleton surrogate pregnancies. The families she has blessed are forever grateful and have a wonderful relationship with her. Carly started working in 2012 for other surrogate agencies. Learning how to navigate the ins and outs of the process and developing relationships with other professionals in the industry. Once she felt comfortable to branch off on her own, she opened Baby Bump Journeys, and with the help of the professionals she works with, has been able to match wonderful couples with the best surrogate candidate for them.