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Surrogacy Conference & Gay Parenting Expo

New York, September 18-19, 2021

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Expanded two-day "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
37 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

No need to put your dreams on hold anymore: MHB is returning with a responsible immersive format with everything you need to know and everyone you need to meet to start your parenting journey!

Known for its unbiased, comprehensive conferences for gay men, the nonprofit Men Having Babies (MHB) returns to New York for its 17th annual Surrogacy Conference & Gay Parenting 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 35 reputable gay-friendly agencies, clinics, law firms, and other surrogacy providers.
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Learn about:
  • The basics: medical, legal and financial aspects of surrogacy
  • Various surrogacy destinations and options
  • New opportunities brought about by the NY Surrogacy Reform
  • 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 September 18-19!

On the Friday before the conference (September 17), we will once again host the Advocacy & Research Forum, to discuss the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting. The topic this year will be the Intensified Commercialization of the Surrogacy Field.

September 18-19, 2021

The Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036

Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at The Westin.

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 $55 per person for both days, ($45 for member). This is a heavily subsidized rate for prospective parents and includes meals.
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Public Health & Safety Details
To ensure the safest possible conference experience, it is our policy that presenters, staff, and attendees are fully vaccinated. To the extent allowed by local law, those who are exempt from vaccination may be able to participate upon submission of a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Participants will be provided a link to upload documentation of their status in advance to streamline the check in process. Based on prevailing public health circumstances, participants may be required to follow additional safety protocols, including masking. Our full COVID-19 Policy can be reviewed here.

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

Attendees can also book online private consultations with the clinics and agencies.
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Agenda in brief

Friday, September 17:
  • 3:30 - 4:00pm: Registration
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm: Opening session - The NY Advocacy and Research Forum: Intensified Commercialization of the Surrogacy Field (sponsored by EMD Serono)
  • 6:00pm: Welcome reception (sponsored by EMD Serono and Warshaw Burstein Fertility Law Group)

Saturday, September 18:

  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:00am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
  • 10:00 - 10:30am: Comparative Panel: Surrogacy in Canada and the USA
  • 10:30 - 10:50am: coffee break (courtesy of Alcea Surrogacy)
  • 10:50am - 11:40pm: Getting started guide: picking providers, surrogacy resources and financial assistance
  • 11:40 - 12:10pm: Q&A session: MHB Membership Benefits Program (MBP) and The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 12:10 - 12:45pm: Considerations for Egg Donation: locating and selecting
  • 12:45 - 2:00pm: Lunch (courtesy of San Diego Fertility Center) and Gay Parenting Expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations)
  • 2:00 - 4:10pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
  • 3:00 - 7:00pm: Optional private consultations
  • 4:10 - 5:00pm: Coffee Break & Expo (courtesy of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists)
  • 5:00 - 5:55pm: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects
  • 5:55 - 6:10pm: coffee break (Sponsored by Alcea Surrogacy)
  • 6:10 - 7:00pm: Personal stories - hear from several surrogates and parents (Sponsored by Alcea Surrogacy)

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

  • 7:00: Parents / Intended Parents’ Happy Hour (sponsored by Carrying Hope Surrogacy)
Sunday, September 19:

  • 8:15 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30am: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy
  • 9:00 - 1:00pm: Optional private consultations
  • 9:00 - 1:00pm: Optional legal clinic
  • 10:30 - 10:45am: coffee break (courtesy of Alcea Surrogacy)
  • 10:45 - 11:30am: Expert panel: Budgeting and insurance (Sponsored by ART Risk)
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm: IVF and surrogacy coverage at workplaces or via health insurance (in collaboration with RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association)
  • 12:00 -12:45pm: Q&A session: Legal experts
  • 12:45 -1:45pm: Advice for prospective single fathers (optional)

Highlights from last year




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