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The advocacy and research initiatives of Men Having Babies

The work of Men Having Babies includes both support for individuals and families and advocacy for the legal and institutional structures necessary to ensure equal access to ethical surrogacy and related necessary services. Read below about our work on these important issues.
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A Framework for Ethical Surrogacy for Intended Parents

As part of our mission to promote surrogacy practices that benefit all involved parties, MHB has developed a framework for ethical surrogacy principles, protocols and best practices for intended parents. The framework was a collaborative process with our Surrogates Advisory Board and individuals from partnering organizations. Selected issues from this framework are presented and discussed at our conferences and our Advocacy and Research Forums.

The International Advocacy and Research Forum for Surrogacy and LGBT Parenting

MHB’s conferences focus on providing guidance to prospective parents, but they are also a meeting place for many committed surrogacy and gay parenting supporters, including parents, surrogates, researchers, professionals, and policymakers. The International Advocacy and Research Forums for Surrogacy and LGBT Parenting were created in order to provide an opportunity for formal and facilitated discussions about the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting.

The Advocacy and Research Forums are held during MHB's major conferences in Brussels, NY, San Francisco and Taipei. Topics include current and future research, legislative development worldwide and international efforts to regulate surrogacy, underlying ethical issues, and initiatives to promote ethical surrogacy practices and wider access to such options.

Stakeholders include community activists, researchers, students, surrogates, professionals, legislators, journalists and others. Most of the Forum’s sessions take place concurrent to the guidance sessions of our conferences, and as such they are not designed for intended parents.

Gay Parenting and Surrogacy Research

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As part of our mission, Men Having Babies is proud to collaborate with researchers worldwide in recruiting gay surrogacy dads or dads-to-be for credible academic studies. Our Research section lists the studies we approved, and we also help recruit candidates by notifying the members of our Speakers Bureau and general mailing list.
Leading these collaborations is Dr. Jeff Parsons, a member of our board and the Chair of Psychology at Hunter College, who over the years has been conducting LGBT health-related research in various capacities. Academic researchers may contact us with requests for such collaborations (see page for details), or for requests to access the rich statistical data we collected in our surveys.

The Men Having Babies Surrogacy Speakers Bureau

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We often find that positive surrogacy stories go untold, while the press is much more likely to report when things go wrong. As a growing number of gay men turn to surrogacy to create families of choice, the practice started to receive more visibility. Gay men are naturally less likely to hide the origin of their children than their straight counterparts, and therefore in many countries they are at the forefront of advocacy efforts to highlight the potential benefits of this practice. To further assist in this trend, Men Having Babies has launched the first ever Surrogacy Speakers Bureau. Prospective speakers are identified through our parent survey initiative. As of September 2012 we already have in the database over 100 couples and singles, most of them parents, and some still in the process of creating their family. While most are gay, we also have some straight couples as well.