Health & Safety Update
To ensure the safest possible conference experience, it is our policy that presenters, staff, and attendees are fully vaccinated. Those who are exempt from vaccination will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Should it be appropriate, attendees may also be required to follow additional safety protocols, including masking.

Men Having Babies 2021 Midwest Surrogacy Conference & Expo


Chicago, October 9, 2021


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Comprehensive "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
25 Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
18 "meet the sponsor" breakout sessions
Panel on insurance and budgeting
Medical, psychological, and legal experts
On-site consultations available with clinics and agencies
Unbiased information & resources focused on surrogacy solutions

MHB Midwest returns in person, showcasing regional and national surrogacy options!

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For gay men who want to become parents through surrogacy, MHB educational programs offer a wealth of information, advice and access to a wide range of relevant service providers — and from an unbiased non-profit organization.

The program offers comprehensive guidance relevant to intended parents pursuing surrogacy in the Midwest and beyond. Attendees will have an opportunity to get to know, evaluate and connect with regional and national surrogacy agencies, IVF clinics, law firms and additional providers.

In-depth programs will offer insights from the latest studies about contemporary gestational surrogacy, and specialty panels on insurance, budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.


When
October 9, 2021

Where
Center on Halsted
3656 North Halsted,
Chicago, IL 60613

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 cost is $20 per person, $10 per supporting member of MHB. (The cost increases to $40 starting September 9.)

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

Public Health & Safety Details
To ensure the safest possible conference experience, it is our policy that presenters, staff, and attendees are fully vaccinated. Those who are exempt from vaccination will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the event. Participants will be provided a link to upload documentation of their status in advance to streamline the check in process. Based on prevailing public health circumstances, participants may be required to follow additional safety protocols, including masking. 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 online private consultations with conference sponsors.
Book a consultation!


Agenda in brief



Saturday, October 9:
  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:15am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
  • 10:15 - 10:30am: Coffee break
  • 10:30 - 11:15am: Expert Panel: Legal Considerations
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm: Getting started guide: picking providers, surrogacy resources and financial assistance
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch (courtesy of IARC Surrogacy) and gay parenting expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations)
  • 1:00 - 2:30pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
  • 2:30 - 2:45pm: Q&A session: The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 2:45 - 3:15pm: Coffee break & Expo (sponsored by Vios Fertility Institute)
  • 3:15 - 4:00pm: Expert panel: Budgeting and Insurance (sponsored by ART Risk)
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy
  • 5:00 - 5:15pm: Coffee break
  • 5:15 - 6:15pm: Personal stories and psychological aspects - hear from several surrogates, parents, and psychologists


Special evening activities (open to the community at large)

  • 6:15pm: Parents / Intended Parents’ Happy Hour


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