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Sarah is a family and surrogacy lawyer in Melbourne, who helps families across Australia. Sarah is an IVF mum, an egg donor and a surrogate. Sarah advocates for positive, empowered altruistic surrogacy arrangements within Australia, and provides support and education to help intended parents make informed decisions when pursuing overseas surrogacy.

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 89: Emma & Alex

By |2020-08-02T23:41:34+11:00August 2nd, 2020|Categories: cancer survivor, infertility, intended parent, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 89: Emma and Alex. Emma and Alex are intended parents in Canberra, hoping to grow their family through surrogacy. They have one child, Felix, and after Emma was treated for cervical cancer they are hoping [...]

Book Release: More Than Just a Baby

By |2020-07-26T21:55:20+11:00July 26th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, intended parent, surrogacy|

I am so excited to launch my book, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates. It is now available to pre-order as a Kindle edition, and paperback editions will be available really soon! [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 88: Hayley

By |2020-07-28T21:34:58+11:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 88: Hayley. Hayley is a donor conceived person in Victoria, and her parents shared with her that she was donor conceived when she was 12 years old. When she was older, Hayley did a DNA [...]

When Surrogacy Goes Wrong

By |2020-06-22T11:08:27+11:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Australia, blog, counselling, relationships, surrogacy|

Surrogacy isn't always sunshine and roses. Sometimes, it can go wrong. Even when it is good, the relationships are complex and challenging and sometimes really hard. I am often asked for examples of surrogacy-gone-wrong. Intended parents and surrogates want to [...]

Surrogacy Lawyers! What are they good for?

By |2020-06-22T17:44:01+11:00June 13th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, relationships, surrogacy laws, surrogate, written agreements|

Surrogacy Lawyers - huh, what are they good for? If you answered 'absolutely nothing!' well... fair enough. But bear with me! Read on and hopefully you'll learn more about what surrogacy lawyers are good for, and how you can have [...]

Sharing Your Story for Surrogacy

By |2020-07-18T10:30:47+11:00July 17th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, find a surrogate, gestational surrogacy, intended parent|

Sharing your story for surrogacy. If you are new to surrogacy, you might like to start by reading this post. If you are interested in becoming a surrogate you can read more about that here. Many surrogacy arrangements in Australia [...]

Preparing for the Parentage Order

By |2020-05-27T16:59:13+11:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: blog, DIY Parentage Order, Parentage Order, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

If you're expecting a baby through an Australian surrogacy arrangement, you'll be keen to make sure you have done everything to prepare for the Parentage Order application after the birth. Firstly, if you are not sure what I'm talking about, [...]

Connecting With A Surrogate

By |2020-05-31T11:38:14+11:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, find a surrogate, I want to be a surrogate, surrogacy|

How do I connect with a surrogate? It's one thing to ask - how do I find a surrogate - and then follow all the advice given to put yourself in places where surrogates hang out. But it's another thing [...]

Expectations for Donor Agreements

By |2020-05-31T11:44:55+11:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Australia, blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, written agreements|

Expectations for Donor Agreements When entering a donor agreement, it is important for the parties to talk about their intentions and expectations, before attempting to become pregnant. Whether the donor is a friend, family member or someone you have met [...]

Coping with COVID-19 in a Surrogacy Arrangement

By |2020-06-28T09:13:07+11:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, birth and beyond, blog, coronavirus, relationships|

Coping with the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions make a surrogacy arrangement all the more complex. Published 29 April 2020. The situation changes from day to day, and you should check that the information you are seeking is up to date. [...]

Coronavirus and Surrogacy

By |2020-04-29T21:13:35+11:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, coronavirus, news, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

The original post was written  in March 2020. It has since been updated in late April 2020. A free webinar, exploring the issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on surrogacy teams, happened on 28 April 2020. You [...]

We Need A Surrogate: What’s Next?

By |2020-07-29T18:35:34+11:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, find a surrogate, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

We Need a Surrogate: What's Next? Sarah has written a book, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates, the only guide to surrogacy in Australia. Now that you've decided to pursue surrogacy, you're [...]

Surrogacy Laws in Australia

By |2020-07-29T18:34:16+11:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy Laws Australia Are you exploring your options for growing your family through surrogacy? Below is an overview of Australian surrogacy laws as they stand today. If you are new to surrogacy, you can read more about how to find [...]

So You Want to Be a Surrogate?

By |2020-07-29T18:34:45+11:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, amazing surrogacy, Australia, blog, I want to be a surrogate, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate|

So you want to be a surrogate? I remember when I first considered becoming a surrogate - searching everywhere for information and ending up down many an internet rabbit hole. I was excited and nervous; my husband was skeptical. How [...]

Do I Qualify for Surrogacy in Australia?

By |2020-07-29T18:33:45+11:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, blog, infertility, Northern Territory, NSW, qualifying for surrogacy, Queensland, South Australia, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Tasmania, Victoria, WA|

Do I qualify for surrogacy in Australia? This post is about qualifying for surrogacy as an intended parent. If you are a woman considering becoming a surrogate, you might be interested in this post. The first step when determining whether, [...]

The Surrogacy Process in Australia

By |2019-11-01T08:39:36+11:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, qualifying for surrogacy, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

The Surrogacy Process in Australia is similar in all States, and applies to all arrangements regardless of how the parties know each other or their relationship with each other. Before proceeding past step one, you should find out if you [...]

DIY Parentage Order: You Can Do It!

By |2019-12-02T06:27:04+11:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, Parentage Order, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

DIY Parentage Order - You Can Do It! Do you want to do your surrogacy Parentage Order yourself? By the time you have your baby in your arms, you’ve spent considerable money on IVF, legal expenses, counselling and pregnancy and [...]

International Surrogacy Options

By |2020-07-31T17:55:25+11:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, commercial surrogacy, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

International Surrogacy Options for Australians When you're considering surrogacy in Australia or overseas, you're likely to become overwhelmed with the options and processes and getting to grips with the laws surrounding international surrogacy. I cannot recommend a particular option or [...]

How Do I Find a Surrogate in Australia?

By |2020-08-04T20:32:31+11:00July 25th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, find a surrogate, surrogacy process|

How do I find a surrogate in Australia? So you've decided to explore surrogacy as an option to grow your family. You've done some google searches and are finding the information-overload a bit overwhelming. Rest assured, you're not alone and [...]

Donor Agreements

By |2020-05-31T11:45:41+11:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, lgbtiq+, sperm donor|

Donor Agreements involve an agreement between a donor and recipient parent/s that clarifies the relationships and expectations between the parties. Donor Agreements are often used between sperm donors and their donor recipients, and not so often with egg donors. The [...]

Can I Be a Surrogate?

By |2019-12-28T11:45:53+11:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, I want to be a surrogate, surrogacy|

Can I be a surrogate? Many women who consider becoming a surrogate assume they will be eligible, often because they consider themselves fertile and have had smooth pregnancies and births of their own babies. But it's worth considering whether you [...]

Will the Surrogate Ask For Money?

By |2019-12-21T04:59:53+11:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Will the surrogate ask for money? We know that surrogacy is altruistic in Australia. That means that payment of any type, or a reward or material benefit, is illegal. That includes cash payments as well as large gifts like a [...]

Surrogacy as Motherhood: The Inalienable Right to Choose

By |2020-06-27T21:08:50+11:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, feminism, surrogacy laws|

I recently spoke at the Melbourne Law School's Health Law and Ethics Network, on the subject of surrogacy and ethics. Below is my speech. Thank you for having me and giving me the opportunity to speak about my experiences as [...]

Co-Parenting Arrangements

By |2020-04-17T00:29:35+11:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: blog, co-parenting, donor agreement, egg donation, fatherhood, lgbtiq+, motherhood, parenthood, sperm donor, written agreements|

There are many ways to grow a family, and co-parenting is one creative option. There are as many different ways to co-parent as there are families choosing this model of parenting. A co-parenting arrangement might involve two singles, or one [...]

Surrogacy Counselling

By |2020-01-01T08:38:33+11:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, blog, counselling, Parentage Order, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy Counselling - what should we expect? Intended parents and surrogates are always keen to know what they can expect from the surrogacy counselling. Perhaps you've never had counselling and are expecting to open Pandora's Box on all your private [...]

Is It Harder To Give Up Genetics?

By |2020-02-25T11:07:23+11:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Australia, blog, motherhood, surrogacy, traditional surrogacy|

Is it harder, to give up a genetics, as a traditional surrogate? If you know me well , you'll know that I often get on my high horse when I hear misinformation spread about IVF, donor conception or surrogacy. Traditional [...]

Surrogacy and Fertility Bulletin – March 2020

By |2020-03-02T19:23:52+11:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: blog, law reform, news, surrogacy|

Surrogacy & Fertility Bulletin - March 2020 Looking for updates for all things surrogacy and fertility, in Australia and overseas? Consider this your one-stop-shop with all your news. Melbourne couple Tim and Celeste opened up about the challenges and pressures [...]

The Surrogacy Sisterhood Retreat

By |2020-03-04T11:21:16+11:00February 2nd, 2020|Categories: blog, I want to be a surrogate, sisterhood|

Registration for the 2020 Surrogacy Sisterhood Retreat have now closed. If you are still interested in attending, you can be placed on our Wait List by emailing me at sarah@sarahjefford.com. We shall advise you if any places become available. Unfortunately [...]

Surrogacy and Fertility Bulletin – January 2020

By |2020-01-27T21:40:13+11:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: blog, law reform, news, surrogacy|

Looking for updates for all things surrogacy and fertility, in Australia and overseas? Consider this your one-stop-shop with all your news. In Victoria, new Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulations came in effect on 13 December, allowing surrogate mothers to claim loss [...]

Are We All Equal?

By |2020-02-12T11:16:29+11:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: blog, qualifying for surrogacy, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

Are we all created equal, when it comes to surrogacy? Are all intended parents equally entitled to pursue surrogacy? Are all women who want to be surrogates, good candidates for surrogacy? Maybe this post is really just a big bunch [...]

How Does It Feel, To Give Away a Baby?

By |2020-05-01T14:31:56+11:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: birth and beyond, blog, I want to be a surrogate, motherhood, surrogacy|

How does it feel, to give away a baby? Good question, and probably the most common question I've received since I gave birth. And usually the follow up comment is "I could never give away a baby." Don't worry, I [...]

Registering the Birth

By |2020-07-31T19:16:17+11:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, birth registration, blog, Medicare and Centrelink, Parentage Order, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

Registering the Birth of a Surrogacy Baby Congratulations! The baby has arrived! After the birth, registering the birth  is the responsibility of the birth parents. As the birth parents, the surrogate and her partner must be listed as the baby’s [...]

Surrogacy Information Sharing and Privacy

By |2020-01-03T00:38:36+11:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, blog, counselling, healthcare provider, pregnancy, relationships, surrogacy, surrogacy process, surrogate|

A surrogacy arrangement necessarily involves people sharing experiences with each other that would otherwise be reserved for the most intimate of relationships. Besides discussion about your views on pregnancy termination and whether the surrogate will drink alcohol during pregnancy, there’s [...]

Uniform Surrogacy Laws? Yes please!

By |2019-12-22T04:30:28+11:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, law reform, surrogacy laws|

Uniform Surrogacy Laws? Yes please! The Council of Attorneys General met today in Adelaide for their regular bi-annual meeting. The Council is made up of the State Attorneys General and the Federal Attorney General, and they talk about all the [...]

Victorian Surrogacy Regulations Update

By |2019-12-20T01:57:51+11:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: blog, costs of surrogacy, law reform, Victoria|

Victorian Surrogacy Regulations Update If you know me at all, you know how much I enjoy a bit of surrogacy law reform. And this one is particularly satisfying, because the previous provisions were so ridiculously unfair that it beggared belief [...]

Surrogacy and Social Media

By |2019-11-18T23:27:38+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Australia, birth and beyond, blog, relationships, surrogacy|

Surrogacy and Social Media You might be surprised to discover that something as simple as social media can cause a rift in surrogacy teams, particularly if the expectations and rules are not established early on. Many intended parents want to [...]

Surrogate Bodily Autonomy

By |2020-01-03T00:43:13+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Australia, birth and beyond, blog, counselling, pregnancy, surrogacy|

Surrogate Bodily Autonomy. What exactly do we mean when we talk about the surrogate having bodily autonomy? A surrogate is just like any other person, and can make decisions about her body just as any other person can. This is [...]

Importing and Exporting Embryos

By |2020-07-19T00:11:08+11:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor, surrogacy|

Importing and Exporting Embryos and Gametes If you are considering surrogacy and fertility treatment options in Australia and overseas, you need to consider where the embryo creation will take place and whether that will have an impact on your plans. [...]

Surrogacy Information for Healthcare Providers

By |2019-12-22T04:43:34+11:00November 5th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, birth and beyond, blog, gestational surrogacy, healthcare provider, ivf, qualifying for surrogacy, surrogacy|

Surrogacy Information for Healthcare Providers If you are an intended parent or future surrogate and need to visit your healthcare provider to talk about surrogacy, you may find that they have not dealt with many surrogacy cases in their careers. [...]

Supporting Your Surrogate and Family

By |2020-01-01T08:39:55+11:00October 27th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, counselling, pregnancy, surrogacy, surrogate partner|

Supporting Your Surrogate and Family Intended parents carry the pressure of wanting to be appreciative, supportive and caring for their surrogate and her family, and not wanting to be intrusive or overbearing. With that in mind, there are a few [...]

Care Package Ideas for Surrogates and Egg Donors

By |2019-10-27T09:33:50+11:00October 26th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, pregnancy, surrogacy, surrogate, surrogate partner|

Care Package Ideas for Surrogates and Egg Donors During a recent egg donation cycle, my lovely friend and recipient gave me an enormous box labelled 'Sarah's Donor Cycle Care Package.' Thinking it was probably a box of chocolates and a [...]

Sperm Donor Agreements

By |2020-05-31T11:46:27+11:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, surrogacy|

Sperm Donor Agreements Are you considering growing your family with the help of a sperm donor? There are a number of options, and it is important to obtain legal advice about the implications, your rights and responsibilities and the consequences [...]

Surrogacy, Medicare and Centrelink

By |2020-07-31T19:15:35+11:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, Medicare and Centrelink, Parentage Order, surrogacy|

Surrogacy, Medicare and Centrelink Big questions for birth parents and intended parents - who is eligible for Centrelink's Paid Parental Leave, and will the parents be able to access Medicare benefits for the baby? As with all things bureaucratic, there [...]

Birth Certificates and Surrogacy: Recognition or Erasure?

By |2019-10-15T08:54:41+11:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, law reform, surrogacy laws|

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about birth certificates, and donor conception and surrogacy, after attending the AFCC Conference in Sydney and listening to many donor-conceived people speak about their experiences and identity. What is a birth certificate? According to [...]

Single Parent Surrogacy

By |2020-06-27T21:30:37+11:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, America, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, blog, Canada, donor conception, find a surrogate, qualifying for surrogacy, single parent, South Australia, surrogacy, WA|

Single Parent Surrogacy Are you a single intended parent considering surrogacy to grow your family? The good news is that mostly, there are no barriers to single intended parents entering into a surrogacy arrangement in Australia or overseas. What's the [...]

Will the Surrogate Keep the Baby?

By |2020-07-31T17:55:16+11:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, Parentage Order|

If you are new to surrogacy in Australia, this post will get you started. Sarah has written a comprehensive surrogacy guide, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates, which you can purchase in [...]

Egg Donor Agreements

By |2020-05-08T23:36:56+11:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, ivf, written agreements|

Egg Donor Agreement Are you considering growing your family with the help of an egg donor and thinking of having an agreement between you? Many families grow with the help of an egg donor, whether it's a clinic-recruited or overseas [...]

Best Practice Surrogacy

By |2020-05-21T00:28:58+11:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, egg donation, overseas, sperm donor, surrogacy, Ukraine|

Surrogacy sometimes ends up as a headline such as in 2019 when Foreign Correspondent covered surrogacy in the Ukraine. Unfortunately, rarely when it is a headline is it a positive story, and my heart broke for the women, babies and [...]

Surrogacy Pregnancy and Birth Planning Package

By |2019-10-12T10:15:52+11:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, Parentage Order, pregnancy, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy Pregnancy and Birth Package If you and your team are planning a surrogacy birth, you will be keen to make sure your healthcare provider is sensitive and responsive to the dynamics and needs of your team. Whilst most hospitals [...]

Surrogacy as a Gay Dad

By |2020-05-20T11:53:21+11:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: blog, find a surrogate, gay dads, qualifying for surrogacy, surrogacy|

Pursuing surrogacy as a gay dad. Are you considering surrogacy as a single or partnered gay dad? Gay dads are growing in numbers around Australia as they pursue surrogacy to grow their families. Last year, the media was buzzing with [...]

One Year On

By |2020-01-01T08:39:55+11:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, counselling, gay dads, motherhood, sisterhood, surrogacy, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

One Year On - January 2019 Surro-baby, Darcey, turned one last weekend. Her dads threw her a party, of course, and like all first birthdays, it was more of an anniversary for the parents than it was a party for [...]

Surrogacy Australia

By |2020-04-04T13:40:03+11:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy arrangements in Australia are regulated in each State, which means there are no uniform laws that cover surrogacy across the country. Surrogacy laws in all Australian States and the ACT follow the same basic principles: The Intended Parents must [...]

South Australia Surrogacy Law Reform Update

By |2020-06-26T12:34:54+11:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: blog, South Australia, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy South Australia - Law Reform Update, June 2020 South Australia has reviewed its surrogacy laws and now enacted the Surrogacy Act 2019. The Act comes into effect from 1 September 2020. This is the first time that South Australia [...]

Do Surrogates Get Paid in Australia?

By |2020-07-31T17:55:06+11:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogacy|

Do Surrogates Get Paid in Australia? The number one question that every surrogate is asked is "how much do you get paid?" And whilst we expect the question, and can even understand why someone may ask, the question itself can [...]

When Surrogacy Isn’t Really Surrogacy

By |2020-05-16T22:47:29+11:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, traditional surrogacy|

The surrogacy laws and other laws surrounding children, adoption and parentage is complex. There are several laws that cover children, and the Family Law Act dedicates almost 200 pages to clauses regarding children’s issues. There’s also many cases that give [...]

International Surrogacy Arrangements

By |2019-08-22T04:57:22+11:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: America, blog, Canada, commercial surrogacy, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

International Surrogacy Arrangements Are you considering surrogacy options overseas? You need to do your research and consider the laws, options and processes. Be prepared to take your time and research, research, research! What are the laws about surrogacy? There are [...]

Why Aren’t Surrogacy Agreements Enforceable?

By |2019-07-02T10:06:08+11:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, written agreements|

Somewhere in the Top 10 Questions about Surrogacy is: Why aren’t surrogacy agreements enforceable? The answer is both simple and complex, and comes back to two primary concepts. Firstly, the rights and best interests of the child are paramount. You [...]

Altruistic Surrogacy: How Much Does it Cost?

By |2020-07-31T17:54:48+11:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogacy process|

Altruistic surrogacy: how much does it cost? Intended parents are always keen to know how much surrogacy will cost them. There are so many variables depending on individual circumstances, so it can be hard to give an exact answer to [...]

Frequently Asked Questions

By |2019-06-11T04:35:34+11:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, find a surrogate, ivf, Parentage Order, surrogacy process, traditional surrogacy|

Wondering if surrogacy is legal in Australia? Thinking about pursuing surrogacy to grow your family? Thinking about being a surrogate to help someone grow theirs? Here's some answers to questions you might have. Don't forget to download your free copy [...]

Overseas Surrogacy

By |2019-12-26T00:38:38+11:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: America, blog, Canada, overseas, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Ukraine|

Do you need an Australian lawyer to assist you with your overseas surrogacy journey? The short answer is, mostly not. You can engage a lawyer in your destination country, who will guide you through the Surrogacy and Donor Agreements. You [...]

Surrogate Age Limits

By |2019-10-24T03:36:18+11:00August 18th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate|

Surrogate Age Limits There are some surrogate age limits applied to surrogacy in Australia, and each State has it's own requirements and restrictions. In most States, the surrogate must be over 25 years of age. In the ACT, the surrogate [...]

Commercial Surrogacy and Parentage Orders

By |2019-12-02T05:52:34+11:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: America, blog, commercial surrogacy, NSW, overseas, Parentage Order, Queensland, surrogacy laws|

People entering into commercial surrogacy overseas are often anxious to know about returning home to Australia with their baby, any consequences, and whether they need to get court orders when they return to Australia. Parentage Orders are made to transfer [...]

Do I need a Surrogacy Broker?

By |2019-11-10T10:06:26+11:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, costs of surrogacy, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

Do I need a surrogacy broker? Or a surrogacy consultant, or third party to be your concierge? Surrogacy is bit like Project Management. In fact, by the time you’re home with your baby, you’ll feel like you deserve a PhD [...]

Kickin’ back with the Kickbacks

By |2019-06-11T11:16:06+11:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: America, blog, Canada, costs of surrogacy, overseas, Ukraine|

Intended Parents may be forgiven for thinking that everyone they talk to about surrogacy has their best interests at heart. If someone seems kind, knowledgeable and generous, surely they're only wanting to help you have a baby, right? But, surrogacy [...]

Applying for a Parentage Order

By |2020-05-27T16:58:53+11:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, interstate surrogacy, Parentage Order, parenthood, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate, written agreements|

After a baby is born through an Australian surrogacy arrangement, a Parentage Order is required to transfer parentage from the surrogate and her partner to the intended parents. If you are nearing the end of the surrogacy pregnancy, you will [...]

Parenting Orders and Parentage Orders

By |2019-06-11T04:55:41+11:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, America, Australia, blog, Canada, overseas, Parentage Order, surrogacy laws, Ukraine|

Parentage Orders are made to transfer parentage from a surrogate and her partner, to the intended parents. These are made in State Courts. These Orders provide for the Birth Certificate to be changed, removing the surrogate and her partner, and [...]

Why Surrogacy Agreements are not like Contracts, and How to Write Your Own

By |2020-06-13T15:13:55+11:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy, surrogacy process, written agreements|

Why are surrogacy agreements not like contracts? How can we write our own? A surrogacy agreement is not the same as a commercial contract. The elements of a basic contract include (1) an offer, (2) acceptance, (3) consideration (usually money) and (4) [...]

Gestational Surrogacy in Australia

By |2020-05-21T22:06:40+11:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, egg donation, gestational surrogacy, ivf|

Gestational surrogacy, in which the surrogate is not the genetic mother of the baby she is carrying, is the most common form of surrogacy both in Australia and overseas. Gestational surrogacy is different from Traditional Surrogacy, where the surrogate conceives [...]

Traditional Surrogacy

By |2020-08-03T13:25:07+11:00October 28th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, egg donation, surrogacy process, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

Traditional surrogacy is where a surrogate uses her own eggs to conceive, with sperm from an Intended Father or a donor. It is different from gestational surrogacy, where the surrogate becomes pregnant with an embryo created with an egg from [...]

Submissions to The Amazing Surrogacy Project

By |2019-05-05T04:52:50+11:00May 5th, 2019|Categories: amazing surrogacy, I want to be a surrogate|

Welcome to the Amazing Surrogacy Project. You can make a submission to the Project by emailing sarah@sarahjefford.com with answers to the following questions: First name, location, family make-up, occupation… I was a surrogate and gave birth [date] to [baby boy/girl/name] [...]

Surrogacy in the ACT

By |2019-12-21T21:20:37+11:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, blog, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy in the Australian Capital Territory is regulated by the Parentage Act 2004.  If you are an intended parent living in the ACT, then the surrogacy laws that apply to you are those of the Australian Capital Territory. This is [...]

Surrogacy in New South Wales

By |2020-06-16T13:48:45+11:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, NSW, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy in New South Wales is regulated by the Surrogacy Act 2010.  If you are an intended parent living in NSW, then the surrogacy laws that apply to you are those of New South Wales. This is the case, even [...]

Surrogacy Lawyer Canberra

By |2020-07-26T22:08:37+11:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Australian Capital Territory, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy Lawyer Canberra Sarah Jefford is a surrogacy lawyer assisting people in Canberra and across Australia. If you are entering into a surrogacy or donor arrangement in the ACT, Sarah can provide assistance to the intended parents or the surrogate [...]

Surrogacy in the Northern Territory

By |2020-03-04T10:58:34+11:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, law reform, Northern Territory, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

In the Northern Territory, surrogacy is neither legal or illegal. This is because there are no surrogacy laws in the Northern Territory at all. All the States and the ACT have their own surrogacy laws, but the NT has none. [...]