Virtual Conference Guides Gay Men on Having Babies Affordably, Accessing Benefits and Financial Assistance

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The eighth annual Men Having Babies (MHB) West Coast conference is being held virtually this year, on May 15-16, 2021. This will be the nonprofit's largest, yet last, virtual conference for future gay dads, before going back to in-person conferences in September.

Men Having Babies Surrogacy Conference For Gay Men

Men Having Babies Surrogacy Conference For Gay Men

MHB’s popular Personal Stories panel will include familiar faces, as YouTubers Bart Rose (“Two Men and A Baby”) and Daniel Marzoa (“The Marzoa Family”) will share their personal surrogacy stories and answer prospective dads’ questions.

The May conference by the nonprofit organization Men Having Babies will be the last opportunity for gay men around the world who are considering fatherhood to get comprehensive guidance on surrogacy in an online-version of MHB’s signature “bootcamp” weekend-long conference. Unique programs at this event include a panel on COVID-19’s impact on surrogacy, guidance on new financial assistance options for gay men, and how to attain surrogacy benefits from employers. In addition, the popular Personal Stories panel returns featuring YouTuber gay dads.

After 7 years of holding their annual West Coast conference in SF, the nonprofit Men Having Babies, in collaboration with Our Family Coalition, is offering the program this year in a virtual format. The program will take place May 15-16, and due to the virtual format, attendees are expected from across the United States, and even from around the world. Registrants include gay men from over a dozen states, and international locations including Canada, Germany and Hong Kong.

The event will utilize the specialized REMO platform that MHB has successfully used previously in multiple conferences around the world. The platform allows for general presentations, breakout sessions, expo "tables" and effective interaction. The MHB team’s experience and feedback from past attendees allowed the organization to plan its most comprehensive virtual conference to date, with more panels and interactive opportunities than before. Nevertheless, MHB West is scheduled to be MHB’s final virtual conference, as the organization has announced the resumption of in-person conferences starting this fall.

The May program will include interactive sessions with medical, legal and financial experts, as well as practical advice on everything gay men need to know when considering surrogacy:

  • How to get your surrogacy journey started with online resources, member discounts, and financial assistance from MHB
  • Specific surrogacy budgeting considerations
  • How to evaluate various surrogacy destinations
  • Legal considerations
  • Insurance issues
  • The impact of Covid-19
  • Surrogacy benefits at your workplace
  • Medical aspects of surrogacy
  • Opportunities to meet and learn about surrogacy providers that support gay men

In addition, MHB’s popular Personal Stories panel will include familiar faces, as YouTubers Bart Rose (“Two Men and A Baby”) and Daniel Marzoa (“The Marzoa Family”) will share their personal surrogacy stories and answer prospective dads’ questions.

Dr. Susanna Park of San Diego Fertility Center, one of the conference’s Platinum sponsors, was quoted say, “Albert Einstein said, ‘The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.’ MHB changed in response to Covid by utilizing REMO for virtual conferences.” Dr. Park went on to say, “REMO is surprisingly fun to use! Covid social restrictions do not mean you have to pause your dream of having a family. We just need to change accordingly.”

The other Platinum conference sponsor, Same Love Surrogacy, has also joined MHB in several virtual conference settings this past year. Brad Spencer, from Same Love Surrogacy adds, "MHB virtual conferences through the REMO platform provide intended parents throughout the world the opportunity to meet best in class Surrogacy & IVF professionals,” He summarizes the goals of the conference succinctly in concluding, “In just a short 2-day conference, intended parents can begin their journey to parenthood even during the Covid-19 pandemic."

Proceeds from the conference’s sponsorship fees benefit MHB’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP), which provides dozens of prospective parents with over a million dollars’ worth of cash grants, discounts and free services on an annual basis, from over 100 leading service providers. The majority of the 26 exhibitors at the MHB West virtual conference are supporters of GPAP, as well as the organization’s Membership Benefits Program, including Gold conference sponsors: Circle Surrogacy, IARC Surrogacy, California Fertility Partners, ORM Fertility, Fertility Specialists of Texas, Creative Family Connections, Simple Surrogacy, Northwest Surrogacy Center, Western Fertility Institute, SurrogateFirst, HRC Fertility, Fertility & Surgical Associates of California, Los Angeles Reproductive Center, Center for Surrogate Parenting, Creative Conception, and Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine.

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