MHB 2021 Parenting options for European Gay Men Conference & Expo

November 6-7 2021

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Expanded two-day "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
25 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

On November 6-7, 2021, the most comprehensive conference dedicated to European gay men who want to have children is returning to Brussels!

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MHB is once again teaming up with several European partners to offer unbiased advice on surrogacy in the USA and Canada, in-depth medical and budgeting advice, and an opportunity to get to know, evaluate and connect with a wide range of surrogacy agencies, IVF clinics, law firms and other 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.

In addition to advice about parenting options, we also offer in parallel the Advocacy & Research Forum, for those who are interested to further discuss and influence social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting (participation requires RSVP).

Across most of Europe gay men who want to become fathers face serious legal, cultural, and financial obstacles. With over 11,000 future and current gay parents worldwide, the nonprofit organization Men Having Babies (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 adoptive or surrogacy parents from Europe.

November 6-7, 2021.

The Hotel
Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000
Brussels | Belgium

Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at The Hotel.

The early bird advance cost is €55 per person (instead of €75 starting October 6th, and €95 at the door) for prospective parents (discount available to members of MHB, APGL, Homoparentalités, Meer dan Gewenst, VFLLD and SGD).

Note: we strongly encourage advance registration for both days - past events have sold out.

The conference will be mainly in English with simultaneous translation to French, Dutch, and German
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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.

GPAP Eligibility
Attendance in this event will satisfy the conferences requirement for GPAP Stage II application eligibility.

Attendees can also book online private consultations with the clinics and agencies.
Book a consultation!

Agenda in brief

Friday, November 5:
Saturday, November 6:
  • 8:15-9:00: Registration
  • 9:00-10:00: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations  
  • 10:00 - 10:30: Surrogacy outside the USA: Canada and other destinations.
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:30: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 12:30-13:00: Q&A session: The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 13:00-14:30: Lunch and gay parenting resource fair - tables of surrogacy and adoption agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations.
  • 14:30-16:30: Breakout sessions - learn more about the surrogacy and adoption providers.
  • 16:30-17:30: Expo / coffee break
  • 17:30-18:15: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and European parents.
  • 18:15-19:30: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects.
  • 19:30: Happy Hour for parents / prospective parents.
Sunday, November 7:

  • 8:30-9:00: Registration & Complementary Services Expo
  • 9:00-10:30: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy
  • 10:30 - 11:00: Coffee Break & Complementary Services Expo
  • 11:00-12:00 Expert panel: Insurance & Budgeting issues 
  • 12:00 - 13:00Country-specific expert 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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