ABOUT THE EVENT

The world of parenting is constantly changing, with an ever-increasing number of people choosing to become parents in an ever-expanding variety of ways. With modern medicine men and women can now create a baby by means other than the traditional man meets woman, has sex and a baby is born. With society now becoming less judgemental, we are finding new ways to create and grow our families.

For instance, Co-parenting is of consideration for single men and woman who have not yet found the right partner, especially if they find that their biological clock is ticking.

In addition, same-sex couples may opt for co-parenting, if they wish for both biological parents to be involved in the parenting. For example, a gay couple may share parenting with a single woman, giving the child extra financial and practical parenting support. Or a lesbian couple may wish for the biological dad to play an active role in bringing up the child. There are many different ways that a co-parenting situation may work.

The Co-parenting network has been set up in partnership with Pride Angel and F2F Events Ltd to provide the perfect live event for people to come and meet, learn and discover new ways in which they can create their families.

The internet provides a great base for information and digital social interaction, but also provides a huge amount of misinformation and an element of uncertainty and risk.

If you are thinking about starting one of the most important, if not the most important journey in your life, creating a family. Then there is no better or safer way to learn, discover and meet potential parenting partners than face to face.

Built around the fabric of learning the benefits and pitfalls of Co-Parenting the Co-Parenting network is an event to help you make the right decision for you. With the huge additional benefit of meeting people who have experience in parenting this way, and meeting like-minded people who are looking to understand and potentially be Co-Parents themselves, so you may even meet your future family partner?

MEET OUR SPEAKERS

The line-up of speakers will include some of the world’s experts in co-parenting. They will provide an in-depth and comprehensive overview on co-parenting covering everything you need to know. Topics covered will include: Legal, financial, medical, health, psychological, case study experiences by our panel of experts and peers.

To become a sponsor contact David McAllister at F2F Events on:
email: david@f2fevents.co.uk
phone: 01442 289920 

Natalie Gamble

Natalie Gamble is a solicitor who co-owns and runs leading specialist family law firm NGA Law.  She and her team have worked with hundreds of families and been involved in numerous leading cases which have helped shape UK law on known donation and co-parenting.

Natalie has also been at the forefront of UK legal change over the past ten years.  A same-sex parent herself, she was influential in shaping the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 which enabled same-sex parents to be recorded on their children’s birth certificates. She has been quoted as an expert on alternative family issues in the Houses of Parliament and named in the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List as one of the 100 most influential gay and lesbian people in the UK.  Her cases often make front page news and Natalie is a well-known commentator on the BBC Today Programme and Woman’s Hour.  In 2013 she launched the UK’s first professional surrogacy agency Brilliant Beginnings which, on a non-profit basis, is supporting families and campaigning for a better framework for UK surrogacy.

Erika Tranfield

Scientist and co-founder of Proud Angel, a leading co-parenting website wich matches co-parents and donors within the UK and globally. Having personal experience of trying to create her familiy over a four year period, Erika and her partner are now delighted to have a 6 month baby daughter conceived with the help of a known donor through Pride Angel. Erika believes there are many advantages of co-parenting and known donor families, however understands the importance of getting the right advice regarding health screening, legal advice along with being emotionally prepared and communicating effectively with any potential donor or co-parent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Leeson

Heather Leeson is an experienced Nutritional Therapist and runs Glenville Nutrition clinics and courses throughout Ireland.  Heather specialises in nutritional support for male and female fertility and with her team works closely with individuals, IVF clinics and other fertility experts.  She believes in providing evidence-based,  practical support to enable people to make long term positive changes to their diet and health. In addition to her clinical work, she is also the Nutritionist for a national weekend TV show in Ireland and regularly contributes in local and International media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Gilman

Manchester University Sociology – Recent decades have seen a move towards greater openness and flexibility in the practice of donor conception, with identity-release, known donation and co-parenting arrangements increasingly common. In such arrangements, ‘biological parents’ may adopt a range or roles in relation to their offspring: from uninvolved donor at one end of the spectrum, through to primary carer at the other. If conception occurs through a fertility clinic then consent forms will be signed to confirm the legal rights and responsibilities of all involved. Alternatively, or in addition, recipients and donors/co-parents may draw up formal or informal contracts outlining the rights and responsibilities of all parties

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Schedule

Timetable

Welcome, Introduction and Overview of Co-Parenting

13:00 – 13:30

Erika Tranfield Scientist and co-founder of Proud Angel, a leading co-parenting website wich matches co-parents and donors within the UK and globally. Having personal experience of trying to create her familiy over a four year period, Erika and her partner are now delighted to have a 6 month baby daughter conceived with the help of a known donor through Pride Angel. Erika believes there are many advantages of co-parenting and known donor families, however understands the importance of getting the right advice regarding health screening, legal advice along with being emotionally prepared and communicating effectively with any potential donor or co-parent

Preparing the Mind

13:30 – 14:15

Tasmin Mitchell Adult Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Preparing your Body

14:15 – 15:15

Heather Leeson – Nutritionist. From her own experience, Heather has a keen interest in the role of nutrition in improving fertility and in helping couples to optimise their fertility and realise their dreams of having a family. In addition to nutrition for male and female fertility issues, Heather specialises in weight management, gastrointestinal issues and a variety of female hormone-related health problems

Comfort Break

15:15 – 15:30

Managing the legal Issues

15:30 – 16:15

Natalie Gamble – If you are planning a co-parenting or known donation arrangement it is important to understand how the law works, including who will be recorded as the parents on your child’s birth certificate and the legal rights and responsibilities you will all have.  Following a number of cases heard in the family court involving co-parenting and known donation arrangements which have ended in dispute, understanding potential problem areas and setting the best foundations to avoid them is a critical part of family planning for known donation and co-parenting.

How do donors and co-parents manage everyday family boundaries?

16:15 – 17:00

Leah Gilman – Manchester University Sociology – Recent decades have seen a move towards greater openness and flexibility in the practice of donor conception, with identity-release, known donation and co-parenting arrangements increasingly common. In such arrangements, ‘biological parents’ may adopt a range or roles in relation to their offspring: from uninvolved donor at one end of the spectrum, through to primary carer at the other. If conception occurs through a fertility clinic then consent forms will be signed to confirm the legal rights and responsibilities of all involved. Alternatively, or in addition, recipients and donors/co-parents may draw up formal or informal contracts outlining the rights and responsibilities of all parties

Real life case study

17:00 – 18:00

2 different Coparents share their experiences. Including a Q/A session:

Emma Harvey – A personal account of our coparenting journey so far. I will cover our reasons for wanting to co-parent, our search for a donor and our choice to inseminate at home rather than involve a clinic. I also cover some of our big decisions such as sorting out the legal status for all involved, deciding on contact time, financial support and general parenting decisions.

Finally I look at the impact it has had on us as a couple to open up our lives and homes to create a whole new family

Social Networking

18:00 – 19:30

Including finger buffet and refreshments

Tickets available in Spring 2019

Where and When

Date TBC July 2019

Millennium Gloucester, Kensington, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4LH

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