ANNUAL
CONFERENCE
2024

Saturday 20th April 2024

Leicestershire

We would encourage anyone with an interest in Surrogacy to attend and find out more information. Whether you are already a member, a potential surrogate or known egg donor, or someone looking to complete your family through surrogacy, this one day event is jam packed full of information and group workshops.

For the first time we will have a dedicated networking space available throughout the Conference – attendees can use this space to network with peers or to relax and recharge between workshops and sessions. 

Navigating the Conference will also be easy due to our two themed stages which will focus on the wealth of experience SurrogacyUK has to offer and the complementary professional expertise of carefully selected speakers from outside our community.

Our Main Stage will play host to a full agenda of external speakers including professionals in assisted conception and surrogacy law. 

Our Experience Stage will draw on the considerable knowledge and experience available within our community, featuring themed panels with a wide variety of participants with lived experience of surrogacy from across SurrogacyUK. 

Meanwhile Surrogates and Known Egg Donors will find a full programme of tailored content in our dedicated Surrogate & KED Space.

In addition to the full programme of workshops and sessions, attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with guest exhibitors in our Expo area which will be open for the duration of the Conference.  Our popular childcare provision will also return and will be available to anyone attending with children.

We are able to provide childcare at a nominal fee, so the grown-ups are free to participate.

Already booked your tickets? Here's what to do next!

Book your hotel room

The hotel have offered a guaranteed room rate for all conference attendees.

These rates and a promo code will be sent to you upon booking your ticket.

Rooms at the guaranteed rate are subject to availability and will end on 19th March 2024.

**Due to the dynamic nature of hotel pricing, we encourage attendees to check that cheaper rates aren’t available elsewhere before booking.**

Get involved with fundraising!

Volunteering on one of our fundraising stalls is a great way to meet members of our community and contribute to the organisation – we’re looking for volunteers for both our raffle and the legendary cake stall! If you would like to help with fundraising, please let us know via this form: https://forms.office.com/e/7MKGuZh5PV

We’re also very grateful to receive any prizes for the raffle or baked goods for the cake stall –
every penny of fundraising goes back into our community; supporting our members.
Baking: We would love to share your baked goods – sweet or savoury.
If you can offer a cake, some cupcakes or pastries, they would be most gratefully received.
Raffle Prizes: We welcome raffle prizes – if you have unopened items that could be a
lovely prize that would be wonderful, whether it’s a nice bottle of something or a gift voucher
(just no baby or children’s items please).

Please bring along baked goods and raffle prizes to the fundraising stalls in the concourse / Rotunda
area from 8am on Saturday morning. Please email linder.pott@surrogacyuk.org if you have any questions.

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What's On

Friday 19th April

Triumph Bar

Times Session
17:30pm – 20:00pm Registrations

Saturday 20th April

Times Session
08:00am – 09:00am Registrations and Arrival Refreshments

Main Stage

Times Session
9.00am – 9:15am Welcome
9.20am – 10.30am Workshop – Intended Parent LGBTQIA+
11.00am – 11.40am Session 1 – Agora Clinic – Embryology This session offers an insightful exploration into embryology with a focus on IVF. Join an expert embryologist to learn about the development, assessment, and grading of embryos in the context of assisted reproductive technologies.
11:45am – 12:30pm Session 2 – CAFCASS – Transparency This session, run by CAFCASS, underscores the significance of transparency and openness in surrogacy. It highlights how these values, from the perspective of child advisory experts, can greatly benefit the child and aid intended parents in building a positive family foundation.
1:30pm – 2:15pm Session 3 – Dr Bianca Jackson – Consent and the Law This session, led by barrister Dr Bianca Jackson, will examine what steps the court is likely to take in respect of legal parenthood, in the event that there were issues around consent on either side.
2:20pm – 3:00pm Session 4 – Agora Clinic – Add Ons This session, conducted by an experienced IVF clinician, explores the advantages and challenges of IVF ‘add-ons’, providing an insightful analysis of their efficacy and contribution to fertility treatments.
3:30pm – 4.15pm Session 5 – Sarah Hagger Holt – Author Author Sarah Hagger-Holt, known for her impactful novels on LGBTQIA+ themes for children and young adults, will discuss her recent work, ‘Just Like Everyone Else’, a novel exploring the experiences of a teenager whose mother is a surrogate for a same-sex couple.
4:20pm – 5:00pm Session 6 – Donor Conception Network This session, in collaboration with the Donor Conception Network, addresses the significant changes to laws regarding donor anonymity. It will focus on the implications of these changes for donors, recipients, and donor-conceived individuals, exploring the evolving landscape of donor conception.
5:05pm – 5:30pm It Worked! and Wrap Up

Experience Stage

TimesSession 
09:20am – 10:30amWorkshop – Intended Parent IM 
11.00am – 11:40amSession 1 Panel – Straight Surrogacy ExperienceThis panel on straight surrogacy brings together individuals with personal experience in the field. They will share their stories, discussing their emotional journeys, how they navigated the process, and the unique aspects of their experiences.
11.45am – 12.15pmSession 2 Panel – IP Profiles What A Good One Looks LikeThis panel focuses on Intended Parent (IP) profiles, offering insights into what constitutes a compelling and effective profile. It will delve into what surrogates look for in these profiles and what elements tend to attract surrogates to certain IP profiles, based on real experiences and preferences.
1.30pm – 2.15pmSession 3 Panel – What Surrogates WantThis panel assembles a group of surrogates to discuss their expectations and desires for their surrogacy journey. They will share insights into what they seek from Intended Parents, the pregnancy experience, the evolving relationship, and their overall perspective on the entire surrogacy journey.
2:20pm – 3:00pmSession 4 Panel – Donor Conceived ExperienceThis panel convenes donor-conceived adults who will share their personal experiences. They will discuss their feelings about being donor-conceived, how they discovered their origins, and offer advice for individuals considering becoming a donor or receiving donor gametes
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Session 5 Panel – Children’s Voices in Surrogacy Law

This session shares findings from a project which gathers and analyses the views of children on surrogacy, both from those who had experience of surrogacy in their lives versus those who did not. The team collects data through interactive card games and artwork with children aged 8-18.

4:20pm – 5:00pmSession 6 Panel – Children of Surrogates ExperienceThis panel features children of surrogates, providing a unique perspective on their experiences of having a mother who is a surrogate. They will discuss their feelings about sharing their mum with the intended parents and the impact that surrogacy has had on their lives.

Surrogate & KED Space

Times Session  
09:20am – 10:30am Workshop – Surrogate and KED  
11.00am – 11:40am Session 1 – Post Partum Health This session is tailored for surrogates, concentrating on post-partum health. It offers guidance and strategies on how surrogates can prioritise and manage their health and well-being after childbirth.
11.45am – 12.30pm Session 2 – Hypnobirthing This session delves into the benefits of hypnobirthing, focusing on its role in fostering a peaceful and calm birthing environment. It will explore how this approach can be advantageous for both the surrogate and the child.
1.30pm – 2.15pm Session 3 – Nutrition for IVF This session, led by a specialist nutritionist, explores the integral role of nutrition in preparing for IVF. It will discuss how a tailored nutritional approach can contribute to overall health and potentially impact the success rates of embryo transfers.
2:20pm – 3:00pm Session 4 – Egg Donation This session, conducted by an experienced fertility nurse, provides a comprehensive overview of the egg donation process in the UK. It offers detailed insights into what donors can expect throughout their journey.
3:30pm – 5:00pm Free Session/Networking  

Networking Space

Times Session
10.30am – 5:00pm Networking

Conference Room

Times Session
09:20am – 10:30am Workshop – Intended Parent IF

Conference Room

Times Session
09:20am – 10:30am Workshop – Surrogate/KED Partner

Breaks/Lunch

Times Session
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
12.15pm – 1:30pm Staggered Lunch
3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Break

Evening Function

Times Session
7:30pm onwards