Men Having Babies 2021 Midwest Surrogacy Options
Conference & Expo

October 9, 2021

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MHB Midwest returns in person, showcasing regional surrogacy options!

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For gay men who want to become parents through surrogacy, the MHB educational programs offer a wealth of information, advice and access to a wide range of relevant service providers — and from an unbiased non-profit organization.

MHB is returning to Chicago, following the successful collaboration with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center in previous years. The one-day conference will be held at the spacious The DoubleTree Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel, where out of town attendees will also be able to benefit from a discounted group rate.

The event will offer an overview of the unique characteristics of the Midwest as a surrogacy destination, and attendees from around the world will have an opportunity to get to know, evaluate and connect with regional surrogacy agencies, IVF clinics, law firms and additional providers.
The conference features practical and personal peer advice and opportunities to meet a wide range of leading providers from across the USA at the Gay Parenting Expo, breakout sessions and in private consultations. Based on feedback from attendees we have allocated more time for Q&A and socializing. And once more, our Gay Parenting Expo will feature both surrogacy and adoption / foster care resources!

In-depth programs will offer insights from the latest studies about contemporary gestational surrogacy, and specialty panels on insurance, budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

October 9, 2021.

Center on Halsted
3656 North Halsted,
Chicago, IL 60613.

The early bird cost is $20 per person, $10 per supporting member of MHB. (The cost increases to $40 starting September 9.)

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

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.
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 and gay parenting expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations. Courtesy of IARC Surrogacy)
  • 1:00 - 2:30pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
  • 2:30 - 2:45pm: Q&A session: 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 the community at large)

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

Highlights from last year





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