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MHB 2021 Parenting options for European Gay Men Conference & Expo

November 6-7 2021

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Expanded two-day "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
25 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

On November 6-7, 2021, the most comprehensive conference dedicated to European gay men who want to have children is returning to Brussels!

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MHB is once again teaming up with several European partners to offer unbiased advice on surrogacy in the USA and Canada, in-depth medical and budgeting advice, and an opportunity to get to know, evaluate and connect with a wide range of surrogacy agencies, IVF clinics, law firms and other providers.

The program includes informational sessions with medical, legal and financial experts as well as practical advice specifically suitable for European gay men, and even sessions with country-specific information. Furthermore, we will offer guidance on taking advantage of MHB's expanding online resources, monthly workshops and support groups for our members, and new opportunities for significant savings on the costs associated with the surrogacy process.

In addition to advice about parenting options, we also offer in parallel the Advocacy & Research Forum, for those who are interested to further discuss and influence social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting (participation requires RSVP).

Across most of Europe gay men who want to become fathers face serious legal, cultural, and financial obstacles. With over 11,000 future and current gay parents worldwide, the nonprofit organization Men Having Babies (MHB) is dedicated to helping gay men become parents. Proceeds from sponsorship fees benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) and are earmarked for prospective adoptive or surrogacy parents from Europe.

November 6-7, 2021.

The Hotel
Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000
Brussels | Belgium
Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at The Hotel.

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.

The early bird advance cost is €55 per person (instead of €75 starting October 6th, and €95 at the door) for prospective parents (discount available to members of MHB, APGL, Homoparentalités, Meer dan Gewenst, VFLLD and SGD).

Note: we strongly encourage advance registration for both days - past events have sold out.

The conference will be mainly in English with simultaneous translation to French, Dutch, and German in all of the main sessions. Simultaneous translation is sponsored by Alcea Surrogacy.
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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. Those who are exempt from vaccination will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the event. 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, November 5:
Saturday, November 6:
  • 8:15-9:00: Registration
  • 9:00-9:30: Overview of Parenting Options for European Gay Men, including US, Canada and other international destinations
  • 9:30-10:30: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations 
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break (sponsored by Alcea Surrogacy).
  • 11:00-11:30: Comparative Panel: Surrogacy in Canada and the USA
  • 11:30-12:00: Getting started guide: picking providers, surrogacy resources and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 12:00-12:30: Q&A session: MHB Membership Benefits (MBP) and The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 12:30-12:45: Considerations for Egg Donation: locating and selecting
  • 12:45-14:00: Lunch and gay parenting resource fair - tables of surrogacy and adoption agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations (sponsored by Worldwide Surrogacy).
  • 14:00-16:00: Breakout sessions - learn more about the surrogacy and adoption providers.
  • 16:00-17:00: Expo / coffee break (sponsored by San Diego Fertility Center).
  • 17:00-18:00: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects.
  • 18:00-18:45: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and European parents (sponsored by Surro Connections).
  • 18:45-19:30: Teen Panel: Surrogacy children of gay dads share their stories
  • 19:30: Happy Hour for parents / prospective parents (sponsored by International Surrogacy Center).
Sunday, November 7:

  • 8:15-9:00: Registration
  • 9:00-10:00: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy
  • 10:30 - 10:45: Coffee Break
  • 10:45-11:30: Expert panel: Insurance & Budgeting issues (sponsored by ART Risk).
  • 11:30-11:45: IVF and Surrogacy Benefits at Work
  • 11:45-13:00Country-specific expert legal panels: Local and North American legal experts and peer advice on surrogacy for French, Belgians, the Dutch, Germans and prospective parents from the rest of Europe (UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, etc.)

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