Workshop in Helsinki organized by the Finnish Fertility Association and IICO


12:00 – 18.00



Tarvaspää- café  (Gallen-Kallela Museum)

Gallen-Kallelan tie 27,

02600 Espoo



Café Tarvaspää is situated next to Gallen- Kallela- Museum in city of Espoo.

Here is a map in english  where the bus routes can be explored:

The bus-trip takes about 40-45 minutes. There is about 1,2 km walk from the bus stops, follow the signs ”Gallen-Kallela-museum”.





Offspring and Access to Donor Records

All presentations will be in English

Together with the Finnish Fertility Association, the International Infertility Counselling Organization (IICO) is offering a half-day workshop for colleagues interested in third party reproduction, offspring and access to donor records. The programme will focus on international development in these areas. The workshop will also provide opportunities to discuss and share experiences with international colleagues. We are looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki!


Programme 2.7.2016


12.00                             Introduction

Petra Thorn Vice-Chair of IICO; Chair of German Society for Fertility Counseling, Germany


12.15                          Welcome to Helsinki” and Counselling for third-party-reproduction in Finland- short review

Maiju Tokola and Riikka Toivanen , Psychologist, psychotherapist Psychotherapy clinic Tunnetila, Finland


12.30                             Infertility patients in Finland: the journey to openness

The Finnish Infertility Association Simpukka Chief executive Johanna Repo, Finland Accociation secretary Satu Rautakallio-Hokkanen, Finland


13.15                             The future connections and arrangements with the donors and recipients

Mirka Paavilainen, Psychologist, psychotherapist Fertility-clinic Ovumia, Finland


13.45                             Pause and Press conference


14.30                             Society´s response to donor-conceived families: what do we know?

Astrid Indekeu, lic. psychologist, postdoctoral researcher, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Catholic University Leuven, Belgium


15.15                             Carpe fucking diem”-
An artistic photographic autobiographical documentary of involuntary childlessness and experiences of infertility treatments of a Finnish Photographer Elina Brotherus, Finland


15.45                           Pause


16.00                             The 1985 Swedish legislation on identity-release donation – follow-up 30 years later

Claudia Lampic, lic. psychologist, associate professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden


16.45                             Recruitment of donors in Swedish identity-release programs – psychological and social aspects

 Gunilla Sydsjö, lic. psychotherapist and social scientist, University Hospital Linköping, and professor, Linköping University, Sweden


17.30                             Discussion


18.00                             End


19.00                             Dinner in the restaurant Kappeli

Restaurant Ravintola Kappeli

Eteläesplanadi 1, 00130 Helsinki

Registration:             To register, please send your name, and address until 18.6.2016



Registration fee:     EURO 50,– per person (press free of charge), to be transferred to the Tunnetila until 18.06.2016
IBAN: FI38 1426 3500 1753 26, BIC: NDEAFIHH until 01.06.2016