Seminar: RESOLVE New England, One Day Donor Egg/Surrogacy Connect & Learn (June 2, 2012)

If you are in the New England region and are investigating Egg Donation and/or Surrogacy, you may want to consider this one day seminar through RESOLVE New England; financial assistance is available.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

9 Hope Avenue, Waltham, MA

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New for 2012: Pay for one Connect & Learn Seminar and attend sessions from BOTH Donor Egg/Surrogacy and Connect & Learn Seminars on the same day! Click here for more information about the Adoption Connect & Learn Seminar.

Program Overview

This one-day program is for those who are considering donor egg or surrogacy as a family building option. The program will provide you with “how-tos” and cover the medical, ethical, emotional, legal, and parenting issues of this family building choice. Meet others who are considering this choice and also speak with those who are currently parenting children through donor egg and surrogacy. Click here to register online now.


Seminar Schedule

9:00am – 12:30pm

Session 1: Preparing the Way for Egg Donation and/or Surrogacy

This session covers the medical overview of the egg donor and surrogacy process, and information about donor screening and the coordination of the donor with the recipient. Known and anonymous donors will be discussed. Speaker: Rachel Ashby, MD, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Session 2: Finding a Donor and Gestational Carrier and Legal Issues/Contracts:

Finding a donor/surrogate using an agency, how the process works, and the costs involved. Legal issues will be covered. Speaker: John Weltman, Circle Surrogacy, Boston, MA

12:30pm – 1:30pm


You are welcome to bring your own lunch. A list of local restaurants and places to pick up food will also be provided. Informal brown-bag luncheon discussion on family building through donor egg and surrogacy will be offered.

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Session 3: Psychosocial Issues

A therapist will discuss the emotional issues for men and women, and the ethical issues to consider. Secrecy vs. privacy will be discussed and also deciding how/when to talk with your child and others about donor egg or surrogacy. Speaker: Cliff Atkins and Kaitlyn Cashman, Circle Surrogacy, Boston, MA

Session 4: Recipient Parents Speak

This session will be a panel discussion with parents who have recently adopted and or become parents through donor egg and surrogacy. The panel will share their stories and lessons learned along the way.