Health & Safety Update
To ensure the safest possible conference experience, it is our policy that presenters, staff, and attendees are fully vaccinated. Attendees may also be required to follow additional safety protocols, including masking.

Men Having Babies 2021 Midwest Surrogacy Conference & Expo

Chicago, October 9, 2021

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Comprehensive "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
More than 20 Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
18 "meet the sponsor" breakout sessions
Panel on insurance and budgeting
Medical, psychological, and legal experts
On-site consultations available with clinics and agencies
Unbiased information & resources focused on surrogacy solutions

No need to put your dreams on hold anymore: MHB Midwest is returning with a responsible immersive format , showcasing regional and national surrogacy options!

Known for its unbiased, comprehensive conferences for gay men, the nonprofit Men Having Babies (MHB) returns to Chicago in cooperation with The Center on Halsted for the 5th annual Midwest Surrogacy Conference & Expo. Attending the conference requires proof of vaccination, and MHB is implementing extensive COVID-19 protocols to allow you to safely interact and consult with gay dads, experts, and over 20 reputable gay-friendly agencies, clinics, law firms, and other surrogacy providers.
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The program offers comprehensive guidance relevant to intended parents pursuing surrogacy in the Midwest and beyond, including:
  • The basics: medical, legal and financial aspects of surrogacy
  • Various surrogacy destinations and options
  • Illinois's NEW infertility insurance law, set to expand IVF coverage to same-sex couples and single parents!
  • The continuing impact of COVID-19 on surrogacy and IVF
  • Insurance & budgeting considerations for surrogacy
  • MHB’s member resources, discounts and financial assistance
  • Accessing benefits from employers
Make the first step towards fatherhood on October 9th!

Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

October 9, 2021

Center on Halsted
3656 North Halsted,
Chicago, IL 60613

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.

Thanks to an anonymous grant, we are able to continue the early bird price of $20 per person, $10 per supporting member of MHB. This is a heavily subsidized rate for prospective parents and includes meals.

Note: the event has limited capacity so we strongly encourage early registration, as we are likely to be sold out.
Register Now!

Public Health & Safety Details
To ensure the safest possible conference experience, it is our policy that presenters, staff, and attendees are fully vaccinated. Participants will be required to present proof of vaccination at the door. In addition, the City of Chicago has a mask mandate, so all attendees must remain masked unless actively eating or drinking.
In addition, our policy is that presenters, staff, and exhibitors undergo a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival at the conference.
Our full COVID-19 Policy can be reviewed here.

GPAP Eligibility
Attendance in this event will satisfy the conference requirement for GPAP Stage II application eligibility.

Attendees can also book online private consultations with conference sponsors.
Book a consultation!

Agenda in brief

Saturday, October 9:
  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:15am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
  • 10:15 - 10:30am: Coffee break
  • 10:30 - 11:15am: Expert Panel: Legal Considerations
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm: Getting started guide: picking providers, surrogacy resources and financial assistance
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch (courtesy of IARC Surrogacy) and gay parenting expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations)
  • 1:00 - 2:30pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
  • 2:30 - 2:45pm: Q&A session: MHB Membership Benefits Program (MBP) and The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 2:45 - 3:15pm: Coffee break & Expo (sponsored by Vios Fertility Institute)
  • 3:15 - 4:00pm: Expert panel: Budgeting and Insurance (sponsored by ART Risk)
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy
  • 5:00 - 5:15pm: Coffee break
  • 5:15 - 6:15pm: Personal stories and psychological aspects - hear from several surrogates, parents, and psychologists

Special evening activities (open to conference attendees and MHB Supporting Members)

  • 6:15pm: Parents / Intended Parents’ Happy Hour

Highlights from last year




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Supportive Community & Media Organizations

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