Men Having Babies South - 2016
Surrogacy & Gay Parenting Conference

Dallas, June 19, 2016

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The first MHB South Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo was held in Dallas, Texas on Father’s Day, June 19, 2016. The Dallas conference received wide support from leading LGBT establishments and groups in Texas including the Resource Center (the primary LGBT organization in North Texas), the Dallas Voice, Rainbow Roundup, Cathedral of Hope, The Handsome Father, and the Teddy Bear Party. With our partners’ help we welcomed to the event 25 Gay Parenting Expo exhibitors, and over 150 attendees from all over Texas, as well as Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Nevada and California. The full-day program will included an overview of surrogacy and step-by-step guidance and peer advice on picking providers and budgeting, plus a resource fair, breakout sessions, and on-site private consultations with leading agencies and clinics from around the USA. Proceeds from the event benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).
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Thorough ”how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
25+ Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
Twenty-four "meet the sponsor" breakout sessions
On-site consultations available with clinics and agencies
Unbiased guidance & resources focused on surrogacy solutions
Information about available financial assistance
Discounted accommodations for out of town attendees

The 1st Men Having Babies South Conference is coming to Dallas, TX, on June 19th, 2016!

Are you a gay man looking to become a biological father through surrogacy? Well, Father's Day 2016 may be the turning point in your parenting journey!

Men Having Babies (MHB) is an international non-profit organization that has helped thousands of gay men worldwide become biological parents. On June 19th we're bringing our comprehensive Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo to Texas. Our full-day program will include an overview of surrogacy, step-by-step guidance for prospective parents, peer advice on budgeting and picking providers, plus a resource fair, breakout sessions, and on-site private consultations with leading agencies and clinics from around the USA.

The Dallas conference is receiving wide support from leading LGBT establishments and groups in Texas, including the Resource Center, the Dallas Voice, Rainbow Roundup, The Cathedral of Hope, The Handsome Father, All Things Surrogacy and the Teddy Bear Party.

Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

Note: 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.
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June 19, 2016: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. See below for more information.
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The conference will take place at the Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central, 7800 Alpha Rd, Dallas, TX 75240. Discounted accommodations are available for out-of-town attendees.
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Admission is $15 per person in advance ($20 at the door - space permitting) and will include lunch and a coffee break.

We strongly encourage advance registration - our events often sell out
. Registration and payment in advance will speed up your sign-in on the day of the event and allow us to send you updates on logistics and the event's agenda.

Online registration will end when we reach capacity, and no later than Saturday, June18, at noon CDT.

Agenda - Sunday, June 19

(more details below or see the official digital program here)

  • 8:30-9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00-10:45am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
  • 10:45-11:00am: Break
  • 11:00-12:00pm: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 12:00-1:30pm: Lunch (courtesy of Fertility Specialists of Texas) and gay parenting resource fair - tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations (sponsored by Dallas Voice)
  • 1:30-2:30pm: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and parents
  • 2:30-4:30pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
  • 4:30-5:30pm: Resource fair & networking reception (courtesy of StemCyte)
  • 3:00-8:00pm: Optional private Consultations

Optional pre-conference programs - Saturday, June 18

(All are also at the Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central)

bullet_ball_glass_blue_12 11:00am - 1:00pm: Father's Day Brunch

Join local gay dads (and some of their children) hosted by our friends at The Handsome Father. This is their 3rd Annual Handsome Father’s Day Brunch, held in three different locations including New York City, Austin and Dallas. A portion of the proceeds from the brunch will benefit MHB's Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

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bullet_ball_glass_blue_12 5:00pm - 6:30pm: Insights from the latest surrogacy research

Laboring to Conceive: The Organization and Experience of Gestational Surrogacy Work in the United States

Hot off the press: In her recently released book, Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies, professor Heather Jacobson presents the first ethnographic examination of contemporary gestational surrogacy in the United States. For the book, Dr. Jacobson spent over three years interviewing not only surrogate mothers, but also their family members, intended parents, and various surrogacy professionals. In this talk, Dr. Jacobson will present the main findings from her research, centering on her analysis of the complex set of social attitudes underlying cultural beliefs about surrogacy and how they shape the organization of the practice and the experiences that many surrogates have helping others bring children into the world.

bullet-arrow_icon-blue_12 Open to all, free admission; Please RSVP via email.

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