The 1st ever Taipei Men Having Babies conference took place on March 9-10, 2019, at the W Taipei Hotel. Over 300 prospective parents from across Taiwan, Asia, and beyond enjoyed a weekend of workshops, and special in-depth panels about insurance, budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Proceeds from the conference benefited the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).

Men Having Babies Asia - 2019
Parenting Options for Asian Gay Men

Taipei, March 9-10, 2019

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Registration: 8:00 - 9:00 AM (8th Floor)
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Planning your parenting journey: 9:00 - 10:30 AM (Mega 2-3, 8th Floor)
This is the first part of our comprehensive surrogacy workshop that was developed based on the accumulated knowledge of hundreds of gay men who have already gone through the process.
Topics covered will include:
Basic terminology, types and components of typical surrogacy arrangements.
Typical sequence and timeline for gestational surrogacy journeys.
The legal status of surrogacy for Taiwanese citizens
Legal considerations in the USA and Canada.
Major decisions that shape the surrogacy journey.
Considering your family vision, financial constraints, risk tolerance and ethical preferences.
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Coffee break: 10:30 - 10:45 AM
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Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance: 10:45 - 12:10 PM (Mega 2-3, 8th Floor)
On the second part of our workshop we will provide peer advice on selecting service providers, cost saving tips, and resources for financial support. Topics covered will include:
  • Where to start (agency, clinic, surrogate or donor)
  • Selecting an agency and clinic
  • Estimated costs, and factors that affect costs
  • Cost saving best practices.
  • Financial help through the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).
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Lunch / gay parenting resource fair: 12:10 -1:40 PM (Mega 1, 8th Floor)
Enjoy a buffet lunch and explore our Gay Parenting Resource Fair: more than twenty tables where you can meet and receive information from leading clinics, surrogacy agencies, lawyers and supporting community organizations. The fair will remain open until 4:40 pm. Lunch is sponsored by the San Diego Fertility Center.
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Breakout sessions - come meet the sponsors: 1:40 - 3:40 PM (Various rooms - see table)
Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in up to 7 introductory group consultations with the various providers. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know these agencies and clinics more closely. Most sessions will be 18 minutes long (plus 2-3 minutes switch time), and a few are only 8 minutes each. They take place simultaneously in 4 meeting rooms. The Gay Parenting Resource Fair will also continue to be available during this period.

9th Floor:
Studio 1

9th Floor:
Studio 2

9th Floor:
Studio 3

8th Floor:
Mega 2-3

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1:40-1:58 PM
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Jerald S. Goldstein, MD
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Jay Cook-Wong, RN
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Sandy Chuan, MD
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Francesca Kennedy
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2:00-2:18 PM
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Jerald S. Goldstein, MD
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Guy Ringler, MD
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Sandy Chuan, MD
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Francesca Kennedy
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2:20-2:38 PM
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Eva Yu
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Guy Ringler, MD
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Staci Swiderski


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Stephanie Scott
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2:40-2:58 PM
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Teo Martinez
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Jeffrey Wang, MD
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Nurit Winkler, MD


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Samuel C. Pang, MD
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3:00-3:18 PM
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Teo Martinez
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Mousa Shamonki, MD
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Nurit Winkler, MD


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Elizabeth Barbieri, MD


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John Norian, MD
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Ashim Kumar, MD
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Optional private consultations: 3:00 - 8:00 PM (various rooms, please check with participating providers for more details)
Several clinics and agencies will be available in offices for private consultations with prospective parents that wish to explore parenting options in more depth. Prospective parents may request to coordinate consultations in advance using this form. Consultation slots may also be available last minute for those who want to first hear the providers at the conference.
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Gay Parenting Resource Fair & coffee break: 3:40 - 4:40 PM (Mega 1, 8th Floor)
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Prospective parents, parents (&children!), psychologists, social workers, students, researchers and other professionals are invited to network and exchange perspectives over refreshments. Our Resource Fair will run in parallel.
Sponsored by International Surrogacy Center.
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Supporting LGBT families: 4:00 - 4:40 PM (Studio 1, 9th Floor)
Find out about Taiwan’s Loving Parents of LGBT organization, and hear from parents and family members of Asian gay fathers about the joys and challenges of introducing these modern families to society at large.
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Personal stories panel: 4:40 - 5:45 PM (Mega 2&3, 8th Floor)
To help you further understand what surrogacy entails from the personal standpoint, you will have an opportunity to hear personal testimonies from a diverse group of of gay surrogacy dads, the surrogates who helped them, and an egg donor.

Moderator: Jay Lin, Portico media

Panelists include:

Noah Long
I and Murphy have been together for ten years since we first met in the beginning of 2009. We live in Guangzhou now with our child James. We heard about surrogacy in the US through a PFLAG "being dads sharing” event in 2011, in Guangzhou. Then we started in 2012. James was born in 2015 in Pittsburgh. We are now working on creating our second child.

Sean Chuang
Sean, whose mother worked as nanny while he was growing up, has been living in a home where there have always been babies or toddlers around. Therefore a seed of becoming a dad was planted in his mind ever since when he was a high school teenager. In 2015 he felt ready for the surrogacy journey and contacted a US-based surrogacy agency. A journey filled with emotions and affections thus began. In the autumn of 2017 his son was born in sunny California. Though being as nervous as a new dad could be, he enjoyed that one month stay in the United States with his son. After coming back to Taiwan, he was connected with a local group of gay dads and hopes his experience will encourage more gay people desiring parenthood to realize their dream.

Alejandra Santana
Alejandra is from San Diego. She is a Mom, a student currently pursuing her MBA, and a full-time employee in the healthcare field. Alejandra is a two-time surrogate, first to a gay couple from San Francisco., and she is currently matched with a single man from Spain and is awaiting her medical clearance. She had her husband have been married for 7 years and are proud parents of two beautiful girls, ages 6 and 3. Alejandra is proud to be part of the surrogacy community and finds it to be one of the most rewarding and humbling experience of her life.

Shelly Marsh

Shelly is a three time surrogate. She carried twin boys for a gay couple from the Norway, and two singletons for a gay couple from Los Angeles. She and her husband Brian live in CA with their two daughters. She currently serves as MHB’s marketing manager.

Elinor Poole-Dayan
Elinor is 18 years old and a senior in high school in the Bronx, New York. She was born through gestational surrogacy to Ron and Greg. She has a twin brother and 4 pet chickens. Elinor has previously spoken on MHB’s teen panels in New York and Florida.
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Noah and Murphy Long with their son.

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Sean Chuang with his son.

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Shelly with her Norwegian couple,
and the twins she carried for them.

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A mindful look at surrogacy - Attitudes and Ethics: 6:00 - 7:00 PM (Mega 2-3, 8th Floor)
In this session we will examine how we feel about surrogacy: the meanings and significance people tend to attribute to surrogacy in their lives, with a special focus on surrogates’ perspective. We will look at questions such as:
  • What are the dominant social perceptions of surrogacy in Asia-Pacific countries and the U.S.?
  • How do surrogates understand their experiences?
  • What are the roots for concerns about exploitation and commodification in surrogacy?
  • What are the experiences of children born via surrogacy?
We will present recent research on surrogacy, and evidence from studies about the way surrogacy affects the the welfare of the child, the surrogate, and her family. We will also look at programs meant to encourage a more mindful surrogacy experience, such as MHB's Framework for Ethical Surrogacy.

Moderator: Ron Poole-Dayan, MHB board member

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Speakers / Panelists:
  • Andrea Bryman, Andrea Bryman, LMFT
  • Lisa Schuster, surrogate mother and MHB program manager, GPAP.
  • Barney Cheng, director & writer, “Baby Steps”.
  • Marty Forth, coordinator - Rainbow Families of Hong Kong, PhD Candidate - University of Hong Kong

Optional Social Activities Post-Conference:

Post Conference Happy Hour: 7:00 PM

Join us at the Great Room (8th Floor) to close the evening with a social gathering. This casual time will be a great opportunity to discuss the information from the day’s sessions as well as network with other parents, intended parents and professionals. Sponsored by Family Source Consultants.
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    Refreshments will be served.
  • Registered attendees receive a coupon for one free drink.

Sunday, March 10, 2019


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Registration: 8:30-9:00 AM (8th Floor)
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Expert Panel: Medical Aspects of Surrogacy 9:00 - 10:30 AM (Mega 2-3, 8th Floor)
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The medical screening of future fathers, egg donors and surrogates, the creation of optimal embryos, and the IVF process. The panel is sponsored by American Fertility Services.

Moderator: Guy Ringler, M.D. / California Fertility Partners

- Ashim Kumar, M.D.
/ Western Fertility Institute
- Sandy Chuan, M.D.
/ San Diego Fertility Center
- Samuel Pang, M.D.
/ Boston IVF
- Nurit Winkler, M.D.
/ Los Angeles Reproductive Center
- Jeffery Wang, MD
/ American Fertility Services
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Optional private consultations: 9:00 - 1:00 PM (various rooms, please check with participating providers for more details)
Several clinics and agencies will be available in offices for private consultations with prospective parents that wish to explore parenting options in more depth. Prospective parents may request to coordinate consultations in advance using this form. Consultation slots may also be available last minute for those who want to first hear the providers at the conference.
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Coffee break: 10:30 - 11:00 AM
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Expert Panel: Legal Issues 11:00 - 11:45 AM (Mega 2-3, 8th Floor)
Legal status of surrogacy in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the USA ,and Canada. Addresses legal issues during the surrogacy journey, such as contracts, securing parentage rights, and returning home with the baby.

- Attorney Victoria Hsu
- Attorney Echo Yang
/ Law Offices of Robert Rettenmaier
Attorney Alfred Ip
/ Hugill&IP Solicitors, Hong Kong

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Expert Panel: Budgeting and Insurance 11:45 - 12:30 PM (Mega 2-3, 8th Floor)
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A closer look at medical insurance and surrogate compensation packages. The panel is sponsored by ART Risk.

Moderator: Ron Poole-Dayan / MHB board

- Eva Yu
/ Circle Surrogacy, LLC
- Virginia Hart
/ ART Risk Financial & Insurance Solutions
- Francesca Kennedy
/ International Surrogacy Center

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Q&A Sessions- 12:30 AM -1:00 PM (Mega 2-3, 8th Floor)
The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
- Ron Poole-Dayan
/ MHB - Executive Director
- Lisa Schuster
/ MHB - GPAP Case Manager