MHB 2020 Parenting options for European Gay Men Virtual Conference & Expo

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November 7-8, 2020

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MHB's 2020 Brussels conference goes virtual with the advanced REMO platform. Please review MHB's REMO user guide page for tips on how to navigate the event!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

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Overview of surrogacy destinations and considerations on how to evaluate them: 17:00-17:25 (Building A)
In this session we will review of MHB’s Guidelines for Safe, Legal and Ethical Surrogacy Abroad.
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Overview of surrogacy in Canada: 17:25-17:45 (Building A)
At this session we will present the aspects of pursuing surrogacy in Canada, including the ways in which this option differs from surrogacy in the US.

- Nir Keren
/ CReATe Fertility Centre
- Sara Cohen, LLB
/ Fertility Law Canada
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Getting started guide: Surrogacy resources and financial assistance - 17:45 - 18:15 (Building A: English, Français, Nederlands, Deutsch)
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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Expert Panel: Budgeting and Insurance issues for non-USA residents 18:15-19:30 (Building A)
A closer look at medical insurance and surrogate compensation packages. This panel addresses specific surrogacy budgeting considerations for non-USA residents.
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Sponsored by Art Risk

Moderator: Ron Poole-Dayan, MHB board

- Brad Spencer
/ Same Love Surrogacy
- Diane Hinson, Esq.
/ Creative Family Connections LLC
- Virginia Hart
/ Art Risk
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Country-specific expert panels: 19:30 - 20:30 (France: Building A, Germany: Building D, Netherlands: Building C, and the rest of Europe: Building B).
This session will provide in-depth advice for prospective parents in four different groups: Belgians, Dutch, French, Germans and European in general (from the UK, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, etc.). The sessions will be facilitated by experienced surrogacy parents from the various countries. Panelists will include American and European legal experts to discuss how parental rights can be established in the USA, and specific legal arrangements needed for each country in order to bring the babies back, and to secure residency and parental rights in each country.

Legal experts
  • Attorney Wilma Eusman / The Netherlands
  • Maître Catherine Clavin / France
  • Attorney Fabian Gaudry / Belgium
  • RA Thomas Oberhäuser / Germany
  • Adv. Colin Rogerson / United Kingdom
  • Victoria Ferrara, Esq. / Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists
  • Stephanie Caballero, Esq. / Surrogacy Law Center
  • Steve Snyder, Esq. / International Assisted Reproduction Center (IARC)
  • Scott Buckley, Esq. / Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation
  • Sara Cohen, LLB / Fertility Law Canada

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

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Expert Panel: Medical Aspects of Surrogacy, and European treatment options 17:00 - 18:00 (Building A)
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The medical screening of future fathers, egg donors and surrogates, the creation of optimal embryos, and the IVF process. A discussion on components of the surrogacy process that can be done remotely or in Europe in order to reduce the need for travel.
Sponsored by New England Fertility.

Moderator: Guy Ringler, MD / California Fertility Partners

- Jerald Goldstein, MD
/ Fertility Specialists of Texas
- Amanda Hurliman, MD
/ ORM Fertility
- Said Daneshmand, MD

/ San Diego Fertility Center
- Marjorie Dixon, MD
/ Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health
- Clifford Librach, MD

/ CReATe Fertility Centre
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Q&A session: The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) and the Membership Benefits Program (MBP) - 18:00-18:30 (Building A)
- Ron Poole-Dayan
/ MHB - Executive Director
- Lisa Schuster
/ MHB - GPAP Program Manager
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Virtual expo: 18:30-21:30 (Building A, floor 2-4)
Let the interaction begin! From now on you can use branded tables to visit expo tables with providers. Look for providers’ logos and names at their tables. Double-click to join their table and speak with them.

Expo interaction: Note that you may see other people already at the 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. However, if the table is full or you are blocked from entering the floor due to capacity, all providers will have another table on Floor 3.
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Breakout sessions - come meet the providers: 18:30-20:15 (Buildings B, C, D, any floor - see table)
Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in introductory group consultations with the various providers. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know these agencies and clinics more closely. Sessions will be 15 minutes long and take place simultaneously in 3 parallel virtual "buildings".

Navigate within Remo or use the links in the table below to move every 15 minutes to the building where your chosen session takes place. While you will still be randomly placed in a table, the experience will be that of a presentation.

Remo Building B

Remo Building C

Remo Building D

18:30 - 18:45

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18:45 - 19:00

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19:00 - 19:15

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19:15 - 19:30

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19:30 - 19:45

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19:45 - 20:00

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20:00 - 20:15

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