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Join us for our first Midwest seminar and expo in Chicago, September 13, 2014!

Surrogacy seminars, expos and conferences

The NY based Men Having Babies nonprofit organization is offering surrogacy conferences that are unparalleled in their focus, depth and scope. While the organization is aimed at helping gay men become parents through surrogacy, the conferences and expos are always open to all, and typically about a third of attendees are heterosexual couples and singles. The seminars offer a comprehensive overview of surrogacy by panels of experts and peers, and the exhibits feature the leading clinics and agencies from the USA and beyond. In recent years the organization has been offering programs also outside of NY, starting with a panel on Ethical Surrogacy Practices in Paris (September 2011), a seminar in Barcelona (April 2012), Tel Aviv (February 14-16, 2013), and LA (May 2013).

Upcoming events:
  • Chicago 9/13/14: 1/2 day conference in cooperation with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center.
  • NYC 11/2/14: Our 10th annual MHB conference & expo
  • San Francisco 1/10/15: a full day conference in cooperation with Our Family Coalition.
  • Tel Aviv 2/12-13/15: The 3rd annual International Surrogacy Conference in cooperation with the Israeli Gay Fathers Association and the TA Gay Center.

Upcoming seminars and exhibits


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Men Having Babies Midwest / Chicago, September 13, 2014


Men Having Babies in cooperation with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center present a Gay Surrogacy seminar at 3656 N. Halsted Street in Chicago on September 13, 2014, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Parents, prospects, professionals and allies will benefit from a “Surrogacy 101” workshop, Gay Parenting Expo, reception, Exhibitor introductions, on-site consultations and information about the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and other local and national resources. Sponsorship proceeds will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

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Men Having Babies / New York City, November 2, 2014


The 10th Annual NYC Men Having Babies conference will be held on November 2, 2014, once again at the JCC in Manhattan, which is also a co-sponsor of this event. The Men Having Babies educational events are unique for offering unbiased information and resources focused on biological parenting options for gay men. Last year over two hundred parents, prospects and professionals enjoyed 11 hours of programs; more than 30 clinics, agencies and community organizations exhibited, hosted breakout sessions and offered on-site consultations; a book fair of kids books with LGBTQ themes; and a special interest panel for gay men who are HIV positive. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).

Past events


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The 2nd annual International Surrogacy Conference in Tel Aviv, February 13-15, 2014


In February 2014 Men Having Babies once again partnered with the Tel Aviv Gay Center to offer a 3-day international surrogacy conference in Israel. The conference attracted over 150 intended parents, dozens of parents who came with their children for a surrogacy family reunion, agencies and clinics from around the world, the Tel Aviv mayor, and much media attention. The program include more exhibitors that ever before and new specialty panels for both gay and straight prospective parents. The focus of the conference was on international surrogacy opportunities, mostly in the USA, but also Thailand and Mexico.

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Men Having Babies / New York City, October 6, 2013


The 2013 NYC Men Having Babies conference took place on October 6th, 2013, at the JCC in Manhattan, which also co-sponsored the event. About two hundred parents, prospects and professionals enjoyed 11 hours of educational programs. More than 30 clinics, agencies and community organizations exhibited at the expo and hosted breakout sessions, and for the first time, also offered on-site consultations. MHB provides unparalleled opportunities for any gay person considering having children through surrogacy, to get unbiased information, access a wide range of relevant service providers, and connect with others going through the process. This year the organization also added a book fair and special interest panels for gay men who are already parents, and men who are HIV positive. The conference also marked the official launch of the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

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Men Having Babies West / Los Angeles, May 5, 2013


The first ever West Coast Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo took place May 5, 2013, at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The event was organized by the nonprofit organization Men Having Babies which has previously offered similar programs in New York, Barcelona and Tel Aviv. The groundbreaking event, designed to provide the most up-to-date information to gay prospective surrogacy parents, featured 20 American and international surrogacy agencies and clinics; personal stories of surrogates and dads who have gone through the surrogacy process themselves; and panel discussions featuring legal and medical experts, a special panel on parenting for HIV positive men, and information on both independent and agency-guided surrogacy. Twenty-four breakout sessions and an expo allowed prospective parents to become more familiar with exhibiting agencies and clinics, as well as supportive community organizations. As it is our custom, proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees benefited our Gay Parenting Financial Assistance Fund.

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Men Having Babies Israel / Tel Aviv, February 2013


In February 2013 Men Having Babies partnered with the Tel Aviv Gay Center to offer a 3-day international surrogacy conference that attracted about 200 intended parents, dozens of parents who came with their children for a surrogacy family reunion, 14 agencies and clinics from around the world, the Tel Aviv mayor, and much media attention. The program was an extended version of the successful format of our programs in the USA and Europe. The focus of the conference was on international surrogacy opportunities, mostly in the USA, but also Thailand, Mexico and Nepal.

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Ethical Surrogacy Practices / Paris 2011


At the request of the French LGBT parenting association ADFH, we assisted in organizing a seminar in Paris on September 19, 2011. The well attended seminar featured several experts from the USA and France, as well as a surrogate and two parents. The focus was the practices that can allow people adjust their surrogacy journey to suite their ethical convictions. Click on the image on the left for the seminar page, or you see the entire program on YouTube (English and French).