Donor Conception and Surrogacy Connect & Learn Seminar

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wellesley College Club, 727 Washington St., Wellesley, MA

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 “This was just what we needed. We would highly recommend this seminar to others. Thank you!”

Program Overview

This one-day program is for those who are considering donor egg, sperm 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.

Registration Fees

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

  • RNE Members: $100/individual, $175/couple
  • Non-Members: $135/individual, $260/couple
  • Financial assistance is available and you can apply for full and half scholarships right from the online registration form.

Winter/Spring 2017 Seminar Schedule

Workshop schedule is subject to change.

9:00am – 11:00am

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. Speakers: Mary E. Sabatini, MD, PhD, Julie L. Gold, RN, BSN, & Alicia M. Abdella, MSW, LICSW, Vincent Center for Fertility and IVF, Massachusetts General Hospital

 11:15am – 12:30pm

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.  Speakers: Lisa J. Marino, Esq., Wilson, Marino & Bonnevie, P.C. and Gina-Marie Madow, Esq., Manager of Circle Egg Donation

12:30pm – 1:30pm


Lunch will be provided. If you prefer, a list of area restaurants will also be available.

1:30pm – 2:45pm

Session 3: Psychosocial Issues

Clinical therapists discuss the emotional issues for men and women, and the ethical issues to consider. Secrecy vs. privacy will be discussed and deciding how/when to talk with your child(ren) and others about donor conception and/or surrogacy. Speaker: Katie Lynch, LICSW, Present Heart Counseling

 2:45pm – 4:30pm

Session 4: Parents Panel

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