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Surrogacy UK Conference 21st September 2019

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Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel

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Burbage

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Our very popular Surrogacy UK Conference will be held in Leicestershire on Saturday 21st September 2019.

About this Event

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 someone looking to complete your family through surrogacy, this one day event is jam packed full of information.

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

Families through surrogacy from outside our organisation are very welcome.

The conference fee includes all the seminars, entertainment, and lunch on Saturday; please note all bookings are strictly non-refundable. Book before 8th June 2019 to take advantage of our special Early Bird rate of up to £10 off per ticket.

Please ensure you scroll through all the ticket types available to select all those applicable to all persons in your booking.

We have the exciting opportunity for you to book a DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy workshop session that is tailored specifically for surrogacy. This session runs from 9.35am-5.10pm and the numbers are strictly limited. You can read more about the DCN here https://www.dcnetwork.org/

DONOR CONCEPTION NETWORK: TELLING AND TALKING WORKSHOP

OPEN TO ALL – DCN MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS

This year DCN is presenting a day-long Telling and Talking Workshop alongside Surrogacy UK’s Conference.

DC Network has been running workshops both for those who are thinking about creating their family using donor gametes and for those who already have young children, for over 10 years. If you are a family through surrogacy and have used donated eggs and/or sperm, then this is a great opportunity to explore the issues involved in explaining to your children what this means.

WHO IS THE WORKSHOP FOR?

It’s for everyone who has children aged 0-7 born through surrogacy and who have used donated eggs, sperm or both. All family types are welcome. The workshop is equally appropriate whether your surrogacy journey was in the UK or abroad, and whether your donor(s) were known, identifiable or anonymous.

You may be wondering how to start talking to your child both about their surrogacy and donor-conceived origins. Alternatively, you may have already begun this process and would like to explore what may come up in the future.

If you are part of a couple, we strongly recommend you attend together; if you are single, you can come alone, or bring a family member or friend. In order to ensure that everyone has the maximum opportunity to get what they want from the day, the maximum number of attendees will be 18. (There will also be a minimum number, of around 10 people).

WHO RUNS THE WORKSHOP?

There will be two DCN facilitators, one male and one female. One facilitator has a child through surrogacy, and both are long-standing members of DCN with their own donor-conceived children; they bring a huge amount of professional and personal experience.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WORKSHOP?

The workshop will provide a comfortable and confidential space to explore personal feelings and experiences. We will focus on the impact of these feelings on how we share information about surrogacy and donor conception, both with our children and family and friends. We look at why it’s important to feel comfortable with this subject, and reflect on our hopes and anxieties about it. There are opportunities to discuss and practice what you might say in these situations to enable you to grow in confidence. You will also receive an email pack of information in advance of the workshop.

Those who attend DCN workshops always feed back to us how much they have gained from sharing their experiences, hopes and concerns with others in the group. As one delegate put it:

'It was great to meet others who have undergone what I did to have a child. I feel much better about dealing with questions as they arrive. A great opportunity to network with others who share my concerns, hopes and fears!'

If you would like to attend this workshop, please add a DCN workshop ticket to your order. Please note the DCN workshop tickets are only valid with the purchase of an Intended Parent ticket to the conference.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Agenda

8.30am-9am Registration and refreshments

9am-9.15am Welcome and introductions

9.15am-9.35am SUK update/how you can help

9.35am-10.20am Introduction to Surrogacy, What next for Surrogacy UK, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

10.20am-11am (repeated workshops) Surrogacy and the Law, IVF for Beginners, Natural IVF - an alternative for surrogacy, Straight Surrogacy, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

11am-11.30am Morning break

11.30am-12.15pm How to get the best out of Surrogacy UK as an IP, Surrogates and Surrogate Partners - How to support each other, Supporting each other on longer journeys (IPs), Best practise for professionals, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

12.15-1.15pm Combining the wishes of Surrogates and IPs - her body our baby, Surrogate workshop, Surrogate partner workshop, Best practise for professionals, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

1.15pm-2.15pm Lunch

2.15pm-2.55pm (repeated workshops) Surrogacy and the Law, IVF for Beginners, Natural IVF - an alternative for surrogacy, Straight Surrogacy, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

2.55pm-3.55pm IF same sex workshop, IF heterosexual workshop, IM workshop, Communication, contact, control - common issues and how to solve them (surrogates), DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

3.55pm-4.25pm Afternoon break

4.25pm-5.10pm Supporting surrogates families - How to include surrogate partners and surrogates children, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

5.10pm-6pm - It Worked/Round up

6pm-8pm Evening break

8pm onwards Quiz/Disco/Social event

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