The 17th Annual NY Men Having Babies
Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo


September 18-19, 2021


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Friday, February 5:

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The NY Advocacy & Research Forum - A Focus on Fertility Equality: 5:00-6:30 PM
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MHBpartnered with Resolve: the National Infertility Association and Equality NY to set an ambitious agenda for removing financial obstacles for surrogacy by promoting an LGBTQ-equitable definition of "infertility," working to expand surrogacy applicable insurance for IVF, egg donation, maternity and delivery; and encouraging initiatives that can make becoming a parent through surrogacy more widely affordable in the realms of taxation, employer benefits, affordable financing, and charitable donations. More than 150 community advocates, professionals, prospective parents and allies joined on February 5, 2021, to hear about promising developments in these areas, and join a discussion about effective strategies and opportunities to take part in national and regional initiatives.
More details and full video coverage of the event are at the Forum's page.
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(Virtual) Networking Reception! : 6:30-7:30 PM
Meet the Forum's presenters, dozens of surrogacy professionals, community activists, and prospective parents.

Saturday, February 6:

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Introductory Statements by Sponsors
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The video recordings of the various introductory statements of the providers who exhibited at the conference are are now available for viewing.

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Overview of surrogacy destinations & and considerations on how to evaluate them, and a comparison of surrogacy options in the U.S. and Canada: 9:00-10:15 AM (Building A)
In this session we will review of MHB’s Guidelines for Safe, Legal and Ethical Surrogacy Abroad. We will then have a panel of legal experts in surrogacy in the USA and Canada to answer questions about topics such as the role of surrogacy agencies, sources for egg donation, screening and the selection of surrogates, and differences in the process of attaining parental recognition and citizenship.

Moderator: Frank Nelson, MHB - Board Member

Panelists:
- Asaf Rosenheim, MHB Board Member
- Julia Ross, Canadian Surrogacy Options
- Lisa Schuster, GPAP Program Director
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Legal Panel: Legal Considerations and New York Surrogacy Reform: 10:15-11:00 AM (Building A)
Legal Considerations and New York Surrogacy Reform

Moderator: Ron Poole-Dayan, MHB - Executive Director

Panelists:
- Scott Buckley, Esq., Circle Surrogacy
- Amelia Demma, Esq., Law Offices of Amy Demma
- Vicki Ferrara, Esq., Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists
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Getting started guide: picking providers, surrogacy resources and financial assistance - 11:00-11:30 AM (Building A)
An overview on online resources, support groups and other guidance MHB offers to prospective gay fathers, suggestions on how to effectively gather information and select surrogacy providers, and on how to make the process more affordable with discounts and financial assistance.
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Virtual expo: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM (Buildings B,C,D)
Let the interaction begin! In the expo look for providers’ logos at their tables then double-click to join their table and speak with them.

Expo interaction: Note that you may see other people already at a provider's table, but as long as there is room, feel free to join. You can listen to the conversation and chime in when your turn comes. If you are not yet ready to have a conversation with providers, but do want to view their information, please visit floor 2 where tables will be unstaffed, but the whiteboards will still be on display.
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Expert Panel: Medical Aspects of Surrogacy 12:30-1:30 PM (Building A)
The medical screening of future fathers, egg donors and surrogates, the creation of optimal embryos, and the IVF process.
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The panel is sponsored by San Diego Fertility Center.

Moderator: Mark Leondires, MD, RMACT

Panelists:
- Susanna Park. MD,San Diego Fertility Center
- Dan Skora, MD, Fertility Specialists of Texas
- Allison Bloom, MD
, Main Line Fertility
- Jeffrey Wang, MD, American Fertility Services
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Anate Aelion Brauer, MD, Shady Grove Fertility New York

Sunday, February 7:

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Expert Panel: Budgeting and Insurance for U.S. and Canadian surrogacy 9:00-9:55 AM (Building A)
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A closer look at medical insurance and surrogate compensation packages. The panel is sponsored by ART Risk.

Moderator: Lisa Schuster, GPAP Program Director
Panelists
:
- Diane Hinson, Esq., Creative Family Connections
- Virginia Hart, ART Risk
- Kristen Hanson, Simple Surrogacy
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IVF and surrogacy coverage at workplaces 9:55-10:10 AM (Building A)
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An overview on opportunities to receive coverage of surrogacy related medical costs as part of employee benefits or state-mandated insurance. The panel is offered in collaboration with RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association.

Presenters
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- Betsy Campbell, RESOLVE
- Ron Poole-Dayan, MHB - Executive Director
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Q&A session: The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) and the Membership Benefits Program (MBP) - 10:10-10:40 AM (Building A)
Panelists:
- Ron Poole-Dayan, MHB - Executive Director
- Lisa Schuster, MHB - GPAP Program Director
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Optional: Find Support Through RESOLVE 10:10-10:40 AM (Building B)
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Find out about the resources offered by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association — including a vast community of free local and national support groups (now meeting virtually), telephone HelpLine, online forums, and resources to help all who need support in their pursuit of family building resolution. Pop in for support from a RESOLVE support group host and intended parent, Candace Wohl, and learn more about how you can access free support and/or help support others in their path to resolution.
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Breakout sessions - come meet the providers: 10:40 AM-12:40 PM (Buildings A, B, C, D - see table)
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The video recordings of the breakout sessions with providers are now available for viewing. To view a session please click on the corresponding logo.


Remo Building A


Remo Building B


Remo Building C


Remo Building D

10:40-11:00 AM

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Virtual expo: 12:40-1:30 PM (Buildings B,C,D)
One last opportunity to get advice and connect with the many surrogacy professionals that are here to help! In the expo look for providers’ logos at their tables then double-click to join their table and speak with them.

Expo interaction: Note that you may see other people already at a provider's table, but as long as there is room, feel free to join. You can listen to the conversation and chime in when your turn comes. If you are not yet ready to have a conversation with providers, but do want to view their information, please visit floor 2 where tables will be unstaffed, but the whiteboards will still be on display.