We hosted a free online event on Surrogacy in the US and maximising embryo quality

We hosted a free, online event discussing Surrogacy in the US and how embryo quality is maximised in the US. This event (recording at the end of this post) is ideal for anyone in the UK newly considering the US, those at the early stages in their journey or for intended parents who want to know more about how embryo quality is measured and controlled. 

Event Speakers

Stephen Ashe, Brilliant Beginnings

Level-headed, professional and methodical, Stephen is one of the client managers at Brilliant Beginnings. He has a varied background in management and also as a police detective, and is a father to two children born through surrogacy, giving him a strong desire to help others achieve their dreams of having children.

Stephen is involved in every aspect of supporting our intended parents, offering support and guidance from the first point of contact onwards, and with responsibility for developing effective relationships with intended parents, surrogates and the professional partners we work with. He also supports our surrogate program, and believes passionately in helping to drive surrogacy law reform in the UK law.

Simon Burrell, single parent through US surrogacy

Simon is a single dad through surrogacy in the US. Simon’s decision to pursue surrogacy in the US was based on a number of factors including both the legal framework in the US, and the shorter timescales for a surrogacy journey. He was supported on his journey by Brilliant Beginnings and NGA Law has a little boy called William that was born in 2019. They both live happily on the south coast of England.

Dr Guy Ringler, California Fertility Partners, US

In clinical practice in Los Angeles for over twenty−five years, Dr. Guy Ringler has developed an international reputation – including the UK and across Europe – for excellence in all aspects of reproductive care, especially third-party reproduction utilizing egg donation and surrogacy. He was one of the world’s first physicians to use assisted reproductive technologies to help gay men have children. Dr. Ringler graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan before attending the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago and completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ringler was awarded a Family Building award from the American Fertility Association for his work, and he has been named a Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine. He has lectured around the world to help educate members of the LGBT community about family-building treatment options. He continues to work and live in Los Angeles with his husband, architect Mark Rios.

California Fertility Partners is a worldwide medical leader in addressing men’s and women’s reproductive issues. It is our goal to provide comprehensive and compassionate fertility care. Our physicians are fellowship trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and have been at the forefront of this highly specialized area of medicine for over thirty years. They are recognized internationally for their expertise in reproductive medicine. They have each developed loyal patient and physician referrals from around the world due to their high success rates and personalized care. Our new state of the art facility combines clinical offices, laboratory facilities, and a surgical suite in one convenient location.

Natalie Gamble, NGA Law

Natalie is known internationally, not only as the UK’s leading fertility lawyer, but also for her gentle tenacity which has enabled much needed changes in the UK legal system. She has campaigned for many years for same-sex parents and fertility patients, winning key legal changes on surrogacy and donation both in Parliament and in the High Court, and representing the parents in virtually all the key court cases which have shaped UK law on international surrogacy.

She is a regular voice on the Today Program and Woman’s Hour and has been quoted in Parliament, ranked in the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List, invited to meet the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, and nominated for the Stonewall Hero of the Year Award. She works closely with charities such as the Donor Conception Network and Stonewall and is a former trustee of Infertility Network UK. She has two donor-conceived children as a same-sex parent, and has herself been an egg donor.


Would you like to hear more about surrogacy options in the USA?

Surrogacy options for intended parents can be daunting and confusing. With travel to the US now being possible again many are looking to surrogacy and are keen to find out what the options are and how to get started.

The USA offers clear and reliable paths for a joyous and positive surrogacy journey for many. Clinical excellence, timely matches with surrogates, and legal certainty to name but a few. We are proud to be hosting an event bringing together key professionals and an opportunity to hear how they can help you on your US surrogacy journey, and to ask any questions you might have.

At Brilliant Beginnings and NGA Law we provide clarity on what your options are, now and in the future. We give you guidance on the key things to consider at each and every stage, from the outset of your journey, through to coming home with your baby and resolving legal parentage. Our combined US surrogacy pathway offers all of this, and ensures that intended parents have support throughout.

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