FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Men Having Babies (MHB) is a non-profit organization, led
The Florida conference (menhavingbabies.org/florida) is one of eight annual conferences held by MHB worldwide, with other conferences taking place in New York, San Francisco, Brussels, Chicago, Taipei, Toronto and Tel Aviv.
Responding to popular demand, for the first time the 2019 conference will offer prospective single fathers a unique opportunity to hear from gay fathers who've gone through the surrogacy journey without a partner, and meet like-minded prospective fathers.
"Even more than previous years, this event draws people from far beyond Florida," said Ron Poole-Dayan, Executive Director of Men Having Babies. "More than half of those who have already registered are gay men from 13 states, Latin America, and even Europe."
"The internet is flooded with people trying to push surrogacy information, but it was hard to know what is credible, or where to start," said Poole-Dayan. "The two-day events, which are held across the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia, offer an immersive experience, a combination of a 'boot camp' and a community event which cannot be done online," he said.
The conference includes a panel discussion comprised of gay surrogacy dads and the surrogates who helped them in their journeys. Two workshops will be offered on planning the surrogacy journey, based upon the accumulated knowledge of hundreds of gay men who have already gone through the process. Other sessions will cover the latest studies about gestational surrogacy, and insurance, budgeting, legal, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy.
"Our conferences are not meant to persuade to become parents ... they are meant for people who already want to become parents (and) to make the process more accessible and easier," Sherman Taylor, Board Chair of Men Having Babies.
Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit MHB's Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP), which annually provides dozens of prospective parents with over a million dollars' worth of cash grants, discounts and free services from more than fifty leading service providers. The majority of the exhibitors at the Florida conference are supporters of GPAP, including Platinum sponsors Creative Love Egg Donation & Surrogacy Agency & IVF Florida, and Gold sponsors: Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, Simple Surrogacy, San Diego Fertility Center, RMA of Connecticut, Creative Family Connection, Fertility Specialists of Texas, Family Source Consultants, CReATe Fertility Centre of Canada.
The event will take place on June 8th, 8:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., and June 9th, 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at the GalleryOne – A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel, 2670 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33304. In addition, MHB is offering a post-conference happy hour party in the hotel's lobby bar on Saturday, June 8, at 8:00pm. The event is offered in cooperating with local and national LGBT organizations, and is open to the South Florida LGBT community at large.
Go to http://www.menhavingbabies.org/florida for registration and additional information
Note: while the event is organized by a gay parenting organization, non-gay prospective parents are also welcome and will no doubt highly benefit from the information provided.
Press inquiries: Contact Shelly Marsh, Marketing Director of Men Having Babies shelly(at)menhavingbabies.org / 714-515-9602. Interviews with parents, prospective parents, surrogates and experts can be arranged by request.
About Men Having Babies With over 8500 future and current gay parents worldwide, the international nonprofit Men Having Babies (MHB) is dedicated to providing its members with educational and financial support. Each year over a thousand attendees benefit from unbiased guidance and access to a wide range of relevant service providers at its monthly workshops and conferences in NY, Chicago, Brussels, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami / Fort Lauderdale, Taipei, Toronto and Tel Aviv. The organization's Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) annually provides dozens of couples with over a million dollars' worth of cash grants, discounts and free services from over fifty leading service providers. Collaborating with an advisory board made of surrogates, MHB developed a framework for Ethical Surrogacy that has received endorsements from several LGBT parenting organizations worldwide. In addition, MHB offers extensive online resources, a directory with ratings and reviews of agencies and clinics, a Surrogacy Speakers Bureau, and a vibrant online community forum.
More information: http://www.menhavingbabies.org
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