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The Men Having Babies Annual Conferences

- Becoming a sponsor

Why support Men Having Babies?

Men Having Babies organizes 6 annual conferences, in NY, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, Brussels and Tel Aviv, each with 150-250 attendees. These attendees benefit from unbiased guidance and access to a wide range of relevant service providers. Proceeds for conference sponsorship fees benefit our Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).

Consider this:
  • Each year our conferences are sponsored by over 100 different surrogacy services providers from the USA, Canada and Israel.
  • Our surveys show that more than 58% of our USA members are from households that make over $200k annually; 73% of European and 95% of Americans are from households the make more than $100k; and over 70% of all of them hold graduate degrees.
  • Our directory now includes almost 200 providers, and in 2016 we generated 3,275 consult referrals to providers who took part in our conferences or GPAP.
  • Our assistance program keeps growing. About 150 couples annually receive substantial discounts from participating providers, and 14-20 couples benefit from direct assistance, including grants and free services donated by those providers (“Stage II”). More than 20 babies were already born to Stage II parents, and many more are on their way.

Our 2018 MHB conference schedule:

We have some exciting plans for 2018: including new venues and the introduction of a new global concept for our seminars. This concept will allow us to welcome a wider range of prospective parents around the world. In addition to the Brussels conference, our other three largest conference will also be positioned and marketed as international /multilingual:
  • The San Francisco conference in January will include content for Chinese (and possibly other Asian) IPs who are interested in learning how to work directly with USA and Canadian providers, avoiding the financial and ethical risks of using intermediaries.
  • The NEW Miami / Ft. Lauderdale conference in June will be also targeted for Latin America.
  • The New York conference (starting November 2018) will be more systematically attracting IPs from Canada.
We strongly believe there is much demand for expanding these conference in this manner, and that we have the capacity to reach out to these underserved communities.

Our two other annual conferences will continue for now as regional events: MHB South in Austin, TX (in early March), and MHB Midwest in Chicago, IL (in late April), while we make additional efforts to partner and reach out to additional communities in these regions.

See below for the full list of our 2018 events.
San Francisco / Asia
• San Francisco January 13-14

MHB South
• Austin March 3-4

MHB Midwest
• Chicago April 14-15
Florida / Latin America
• Miami/Ft. Lauderdale June 9-10

Brussels / Europe
• Brussels September 22-23

New York / Canada
• New York November 11

MHB Israel
• Tel Aviv - December 6-7 (not final)

Sponsorship fees

Rates for available sponsorship levels for the 2018 conference can be viewed here. These levels are especially suitable for clinics, surrogacy and / or egg donation agencies, and providers of complimentary services (egg banks, insurance agents or consultants, blood cord preservation, escrow, etc.).

Law firms that do not offer surrogacy matching / coordination services as agencies are can benefit from
a new sponsorship program for lawyers.

Please note:
  • We have one set of fees for the NY, San Francisco, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Brussels events, and a separate one for Chicago and Dallas.
  • As is our practice, providers who pledge free services as part of the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) are eligible for discounted sponsorship rates. To be eligible, you will need to pledge (or renew your pledge) to provide pro bono services in for 2018.
  • For 2018 we are introducing a 5% frequency discount off conference fees when you simultaneously sign up at once for:
  • 3 or more Gold / Platinum conferences - OR-
  • 2 Gold/Platinum + 2 Silver - OR -
  • 1 Gold/Platinum + 4 Silver

Sponsorship form

You may use this form to sign up for any of our 2018 conferences. Law firms please use this form.

Please note:
  • Advanced registration is available for all levels, including Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. However Bronze level opportunities are initially limited to 6 sponsors per conference, and cannot add a breakout session.
  • Regardless of the conference(s) you choose to sponsor now, you may return to this form at any time to sign up to become a sponsor for any additional conference(s). 
  • Please remember that your registration date will determine your placement within each sponsorship level (while members of our Advisory Circle receive priority placement and enhanced sponsorship benefits).
  • To reserve your priority spot you will be prompted to use a credit card to pay 10% of the sponsorship amount, with the balance payable by check or wire transfer about two months prior to each event.
  • Please review the full terms and conditions of our 2018 Event Exhibiting and Sponsorship Agreement.

Read what our partners say about the MHB conferences

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"Men Having Babies is a great organization and we love attending their events as it is great exposure for our agency! The MHB NY event was an amazing opportunity for Intended Parents and surrogacy professionals to get together at a forum full of information and opportunity. There was a great sense of warmth and collegiality as lawyers, doctors and other professionals reached out to assist hopeful parents-to-be plan for having their children through surrogacy."
— Victoria Ferrera, Worldwide Surrogacy
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"San Diego Fertility Center is very proud, and honored, to participate in the MHB conference in NYC 2015.  The conference was an informative, and truly enjoyable, opportunity to share information about our center with intended parents.  The intended parents were very receptive, interested, and engaged.”
— Susanna Park, MD, SDFC
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"The International Surrogacy and Fertility Conference [in Tel Aviv] provides an invaluable opportunity to connect, face-to-face, with intended parents from around the globe in one place, at one time in a wonderfully relaxed setting.”
— Tessa Falk, Marketing Director, Fertility Specialists of Texas
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"The MHB team put on another inspirational event! The atmosphere created at the MHB conferences inspires and energizes me, and reminds me of the reason I became a fertility Doctor, to make the dream of parenthood a reality. We are proud to support MHB and their noble cause."
— Said Daneshmand MD, FACOG, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas
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"MHB is a superb organization for men providing research, friendship and emotional support as they navigate through this remarkable journey."
— Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law
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“I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you on the tremendous success of yesterday's event. I have just completed my tenure as President of the Board of Directors at RESOLVE New England, as such, I understand more than most how challenging it is to accomplish what you did yesterday, particularly with that level of turn-out. Very impressive, indeed."
Amy Demma
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"Thank you again for an AMAZING day yesterday. It was so incredibly inspirational to meet so many gay dads who have options. Your hard work provided all of us an opportunity to meet, educate and connect on a growing community. All in all, you did a wonderful job and should be so proud. I'm thrilled we were able to attend!"
Jennifer (Jay) Palumbo, Director of Patient Care / Fertility Authority
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"Congratulations on yesterday. Unanimous feedback from professionals was extremely high."
Michael Doyle, MD