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Our next conference: MHB Midwest in Chicago, April 18-19, 2020!

Surrogacy conferences, seminars and exhibitions for gay prospective parents

MHB offers monthly workshops and annual seminars in NYC, and teams up with LGBT parenting associations to provide annual conferences in San Francisco, Taipei, Chicago, Florida, Toronto, Tel Aviv and Brussels. Our conferences provide unparalleled opportunities to get unbiased information, access a wide range of relevant service providers, and connect with others going through the surrogacy process. Proceeds for conference sponsorship fees benefit our Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).

In 2019 we once again broke all past attendance records, and saw the introduction of the very successful conference in Taipei. In 2019 we also moved to larger venues in Chicago, NY and Brussels. For 2020 we will have a new Florida venue (The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort), and Chicago (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Magnificent Mile).
Our conferences provide unique and critical preparation for the surrogacy journey in general, and are particularly relevant for those who are budget conscious. Furthermore, if you are interested in taking advantage of Stage II benefits of our assistance program, you should also note that attendance in one of MHB’s annual conferences is a precondition for Stage II evaluation

The conferences offer program tracks for prospective parents at different stages of the surrogacy process:

  • Novices will benefit from the entire two days of programs - including peer advice on planning their parenting journey and choosing providers, presented by several of our experienced board members and staff.
  • If you have already attended past conferences and you are now actively looking for providers, you don't want to miss the Gay Parenting Expo, the 24 "meet the provider” breakout sessions, and the on-site private consultations offered by select clinics and agencies.
  • If you are already in-process, most of our conferences offer free admission for the sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. It includes socializing opportunities and in-depth specialty sessions on budgeting, insurance, and the medical, psychological and ethical aspects of surrogacy.
  • Even if you are parents already, community activists, or professionals in a related field, you would appreciate the socializing opportunities and special programs about "life after birth," and, in some locations, a panel of teenagers born via surrogacy talking about their experiences as kids of gay dads.
MHB is a nonprofit organization, and our board and staff are comprised of gay dads and surrogates. Ask around - our conferences are the most effective way to start your parenting journey, and also very useful for those already in process. Meeting experts and providers, talking to MHB's staff and board members, and networking with other prospective dads - things you cannot do online!

2020 Conference schdeule

MHB West Coast
• San Francisco, January 18-19, 2020
- The Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel

MHB Midwest
• Chicago, April 18-19, 2020
- NEWDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Magnificent Mile

Parenting Options for Asian Gay Men

• Taipei, May 16-17, 2020 (note the new date!)
- The W Taipei 

MHB Florida / Latin America
• Fort Lauderdale June 13-14, 2020
- NEWThe Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Parenting Options for European Gay Men
• Brussels, September 12-13, 2020
- The Hotel, Brussels 

MHB New York
• New York, November 7-8. 2020
- Coming Soon…

MHB Israel
• Tel Aviv, December 4-5, 2020
- EastTLV

Upcoming Conferences

MHB West Coast - January 17-19, 2020

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The San Francisco Surrogacy Conference & Expo by Men Having Babies and Our Family Coalition

MHB Midwest - April 18-19, 2020

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The Chicago Surrogacy Conference & Expo by Men Having Babies

MHB Asia - May 16-17, 2020

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The 2nd annual Taipei Conference on Parenting Options for Asian Gay Men

MHB Florida - June 13-14, 2020

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The Miami / Fort Lauderdale Surrogacy Conference & Expo by Men Having Babies

MHB Europe - September 11-13, 2020

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The Brussels Conference on Parenting Options for European Gay Men

MHB New York - November 7-8, 2020

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The 16th annual NYC Surrogacy Conference & Expo by Men Having Babies

Monthly workshops

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Planning Surrogacy Parenthood by Men Having Babies

Our monthly NY workshop provides an opportunity to discuss in depth the legal, medical, financial, social and moral aspects of surrogacy and egg donation faced by gay men. The workshop is also an opportunity to get together with other gay men considering fatherhood, share information, provide mutual support, and to build a network of gay dads. Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8pm, at the Manhattan JCC. We also suggest links to workshops elsewhere in the USA and worldwide.