MHB 2022 Parenting options for European Gay Men Conference

Brussels, September 17-18, 2022


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Expanded two-day "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
30 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

The most comprehensive parenting conference dedicated to European gay men who want to have children is returning to Brussels in an immersive & responsible format!

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Known for its unbiased, comprehensive conferences for gay men, the nonprofit Men Having Babies (MHB) is once again teaming up with several European partners to introduce you to everything you need to know and everyone you need to meet to start your parenting journey. Attendees will be required to present an EU Digital COVID Certificate (such as the CovidSafeBE or Pass sanitaire), and MHB is implementing extensive COVID-19 protocols to allow you to safely interact and consult with gay dads, experts, and over 30 reputable American and Canadian gay-friendly agencies, clinics, law firms, and other surrogacy 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.

On the Friday before the conference (September 16), we will once again host the Advocacy & Research Forum to further discuss and influence social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting.

Across most of Europe gay men who want to become fathers face serious legal, cultural, and financial obstacles. With over 12,000 future and current gay parents worldwide, 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 surrogacy parents from Europe.


When
September 17-18, 2022

Where
The Hotel
Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000
Brussels | Belgium
+32-2-5041111
Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at The Hotel.

Who
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.

Registration
The early bird advance cost is €55 per person (instead of €70 starting September 2, 2022). Discount available to members of MHB, APGL, Homoparentalités, Meer dan Gewenst, VFLLD and SGD.

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

Translation
The conference will be mainly in English with simultaneous translation to French, Dutch, and German in all of the main sessions.
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Public Health & Safety Details
To ensure the safest possible conference, and in accordance with local regulations, attendees will be required to present an EU Digital COVID Certificate, such as the Covid Safe Ticket or Pass sanitaire (a digital proof that a person has either been fully vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19, or received a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to their initial arrival at the conference). Participants may be required to follow additional safety protocols, including masking unless actively eating or drinking.
In addition, our policy is that presenters, staff, and exhibitors be fully immunized and 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.

Consultations
Attendees can also book private consultations with the clinic and agency conference sponsors.
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Agenda in brief



Friday, September 16:
  • 16:30 - 17:00: Registration
  • 17:00 - 18:30: Opening session - The Brussels Advocacy and Research Forum
  • 18:30: Welcome reception
Saturday, September 17:
  • 8:15-9:00: Registration
  • 9:00-9:30: Overview of Parenting Options for European Gay Men, including USA, 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
  • 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
  • 12:00-12:30: Considerations for Egg Donation: locating and selecting
  • 12:30-14:00: Lunch and Gay Parenting Resource Fair - tables of surrogacy and adoption agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations (sponsored by Same Love Surrogacy)
  • 14:00-16:00: Breakout Sessions - learn more about participating family building providers
  • 16:00-17:00: Resource Fair / Coffee Break (sponsored by San Diego Fertility Center)
  • 17:00-18:00: A Mindful Look at Surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical Aspects
  • 18:00-19:00: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and European parents (sponsored by Western Fertility Institute)
  • 19:00: Happy Hour for parents / prospective parents
Sunday, September 18:

  • 8:15-9:00: Registration
  • 9:00-10:00: Expert panel: Medical Aspects of Surrogacy
  • 10:30 - 10:45: Coffee Break
  • 10:45-11:45: Expert panel: Insurance & Budgeting issues (sponsored by ART Risk Financial and Insurance Solutions)
  • 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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