The San Francisco Surrogacy Conference & Expo Returns with Gay Parenting Options in Both the USA and Canada

Chris Tye-Walker and husband Shaun Tye-Walker with son Flynn

“The conference offers gay men guidance and access to valuable resources in their journeys to fatherhood”

Men Having Babies (MHB) is a non-profit organization, led by parents and surrogates, that has been helping thousands of gay men worldwide become biological parents since 2012. For the fifth year in a row it is partnering to host its West Coast conference with the San Francisco based Our Family Coalition, an organization that promotes the equality and well-being of LGBTQ families with children.

This two-day conference brings together community activists, medical and legal experts, parents, and surrogate mothers. Prospective parents will benefit from practical and personal peer advice, and have opportunities to meet a wide range of leading providers from the USA and Canada at the Gay Parenting Expo, in breakout sessions and in private consultations.

“Our conference in San Francisco attracts prospective parents from across California, several other states, and even from some Asian countries,” said Ron Poole-Dayan, Executive Director of Men Having Babies. “For the first time the 2018 conference will offer Chinese simultaneous interpretation service. We hope to provide Asian men with guidance on how to work directly with USA and Canadian providers, avoiding the financial and ethical disadvantages of using additional layers of intermediaries.”

The conference kicks off with a panel discussion comprised of gay surrogacy dads and the surrogates who helped them in their journeys. Two workshops will be offered on planning the surrogacy journey and choosing providers, based upon the accumulated knowledge of hundreds of gay men who have already gone through the process. Other sessions will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from the latest studies about gestational surrogacy, and insurance, budgeting, legal, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy.

“Many prospective parents don’t know where to start in their journeys to becoming biological fathers and many feel overwhelmed with the vast amounts of information out there,” says Renata Moreira, Executive Director of Our Family Coalition. “This weekend is structured to offer…

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