Sarah

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About Sarah Jefford

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.

We Need A Surrogate: What’s Next?

By |2019-11-01T11:18:16+00:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, find a surrogate, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

We Need a Surrogate: What's Next? Now that you've decided to pursue surrogacy, you're probably wondering what to do next. Whether it's in Australia or overseas, with a donor or your own gametes,  this interactive chart shows you all the [...]

International Surrogacy Options

By |2019-11-13T03:56:24+00:00October 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 [...]

Surrogacy Information for Healthcare Providers

By |2019-11-05T08:51:33+00:00November 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 you are educating them more than the other way around. Surrogacy [...]

Can I Be a Surrogate?

By |2019-10-24T03:37:56+00:00September 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 [...]

Do I Qualify for Surrogacy in Australia?

By |2019-10-17T02:06:43+00:00April 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? The first step when determining whether, as an intended parent, you qualify for surrogacy in Australia, is to work out which laws apply to you. The laws of the State where the intended [...]

Supporting Your Surrogate and Family

By |2019-10-27T09:29:37+00:00October 27th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, 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 [...]

So You Want to Be a Surrogate?

By |2019-10-19T10:48:37+00:00April 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 [...]

How Do I Find a Surrogate in Australia?

By |2019-11-03T07:42:56+00:00May 18th, 2018|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 [...]

Will the Surrogate Ask For Money?

By |2019-08-28T00:26:46+00:00August 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 [...]

DIY Parentage Order: You Can Do It!

By |2019-10-17T03:00:26+00:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, Parentage Order, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Do you want to do your 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 birth expenses for your surrogate…not to mention decorating the [...]

Care Package Ideas for Surrogates and Egg Donors

By |2019-10-27T09:33:50+00:00October 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 |2019-09-11T11:40:04+00:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, 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 |2019-09-10T10:06:44+00:00September 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+00:00August 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 |2019-09-03T12:17:49+00:00September 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 |2019-10-17T23:27:15+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, Parentage Order|

One of the first questions asked by intended parents considering surrogacy in Australia is "What if she wants to keep the baby?" And one of the first questions asked by a surrogate and her partner is "What if they don't [...]

Egg Donor Agreements

By |2019-09-11T11:40:00+00:00September 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 [...]

International Surrogacy Arrangements

By |2019-08-22T04:57:22+00:00August 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 [...]

Best Practice Surrogacy

By |2019-08-26T10:41:04+00:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, egg donation, overseas, sperm donor, surrogacy, Ukraine|

Surrogacy has been a headline again this week, with Foreign Correspondent covering 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 intended parents who [...]

Surrogacy Pregnancy and Birth Planning Package

By |2019-10-12T10:15:52+00:00August 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 [...]

Co-Parenting Arrangements

By |2019-08-16T04:54:02+00:00August 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 a creative option. Whilst I primarily assist with surrogacy and donor arrangements, I am increasingly receiving enquiries from parties seeking to enter into a co-parenting arrangement. This might be [...]

Surrogacy as a Gay Dad

By |2019-09-24T23:51:58+00:00July 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. The media is buzzing with news that [...]

One Year On

By |2019-10-17T09:53:07+00:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, gay dads, motherhood, sisterhood, surrogacy, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

One Year On 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 the baby. An [...]

Surrogacy as Motherhood: The Inalienable Right to Choose

By |2019-10-04T23:28:07+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, feminism, surrogacy laws|

I spoke at the Melbourne Law School's Health Law and Ethics Network seminar this week, 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 [...]

Surrogacy in Australia

By |2019-08-20T01:55:18+00:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy in Australia is regulated in each State, which means there are no uniform laws that cover surrogacy across the country. Surrogacy laws in all States follow the same basic principles: The Intended Parents must not be able to either [...]

The Surrogacy Process in Australia

By |2019-11-01T08:39:36+00:00September 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 [...]

South Australia Surrogacy Law Reform Update

By |2019-11-01T20:30:21+00:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: blog, South Australia, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy South Australia - Law Reform Update, November 2019 South Australia has reviewed its surrogacy laws and now passed the Surrogacy Bill - you can read the full Bill here. The Bill has passed both Houses and awaits Royal Assent, [...]

Do Surrogates Get Paid in Australia?

By |2019-08-28T05:15:52+00:00November 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 |2019-10-14T23:51:38+00:00July 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 [...]

Why Aren’t Surrogacy Agreements Enforceable?

By |2019-07-02T10:06:08+00:00June 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 |2019-06-11T04:31:23+00:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogacy process|

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 that question. Intended Parents should expect to [...]

Surrogacy Laws in Australia

By |2019-11-03T05:59:52+00:00March 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. There are currently no surrogacy laws in the Northern Territory. There is law reform [...]

Frequently Asked Questions

By |2019-06-11T04:35:34+00:00August 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 |2019-09-11T05:34:46+00:00June 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+00:00August 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 |2019-06-11T11:17:08+00:00July 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+00:00December 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+00:00September 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 |2019-09-10T10:08:53+00:00November 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. When the baby is born, the surrogate and her partner register the [...]

Parenting Orders and Parentage Orders

By |2019-06-11T04:55:41+00:00January 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 |2019-06-11T11:21:51+00:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy, surrogacy process, written agreements|

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) an intention to create a legal relationship. For example, you offer to buy [...]

Surrogacy Lawyer Australia

By |2019-08-19T23:37:17+00:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Australia, overseas, surrogacy|

Surrogacy Lawyer Australia Sarah Jefford is a surrogacy lawyer assisting people across Australia. If you are entering into a surrogacy arrangement within Australia or overseas, Sarah can provide assistance to the intended parents or the surrogate and their partner including [...]

Gestational Surrogacy in Australia

By |2019-06-11T11:15:10+00:00October 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 |2019-10-17T09:57:32+00:00October 28th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, egg donation, surrogacy process, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

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 [...]

Submissions to The Amazing Surrogacy Project

By |2019-05-05T04:52:50+00:00May 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 |2019-07-02T10:19:32+00:00April 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 |2019-10-04T04:05:10+00:00April 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 |2019-08-19T23:31:52+00:00August 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 |2019-08-10T03:48:26+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, law reform, Northern Territory, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy in the Northern Territory 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. [...]

Surrogacy Lawyer Darwin

By |2019-08-19T23:23:57+00:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Northern Territory, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy Lawyer Darwin Sarah Jefford is a surrogacy lawyer, assisting people in Alice, Darwin and across the Northern Territory and Australia. If you are interested in surrogacy in the Northern Territory, Sarah can provide assistance to the intended parents or [...]

Surrogacy in Queensland

By |2019-11-13T04:36:34+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, Queensland, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy laws|

If you are an intended parent living in Queensland or a surrogate carrying for Queensland intended parents, the Surrogacy Act 2010 applies to you. The criteria for surrogacy in QLD includes: That the intended parents have a social or medical [...]

Surrogacy in South Australia

By |2019-11-13T05:08:52+00:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, South Australia, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy in South Australia. If you are an intended parent living in South Australia or a surrogate carrying for South Australian intended parents, the new Surrogacy Bill 2019 applies to you and will come into effect in 2020. The criteria for [...]

Surrogacy in Tasmania

By |2019-07-02T10:19:32+00:00April 20th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Tasmania|

If you are an intended parent living in Tasmania or a surrogate carrying for Tasmanian intended parents, the Surrogacy Act 2012 applies to you. The criteria for surrogacy in Tasmania includes: That the intended parents have a social or medical [...]

Surrogacy in Victoria

By |2019-07-03T06:45:13+00:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Victoria|

Surrogacy is legal in Victoria, and every State in Australia. Victorian surrogacy arrangements are regulated by the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. The law is currently being reviewed, and expected to be reformed in the coming year. Read more about [...]

Surrogacy Lawyer Melbourne

By |2019-08-19T23:38:03+00:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Victoria|

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

Victorian Surrogacy Law Reform: We Made It Happen!

By |2019-07-13T10:39:48+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: law reform, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Victoria|

I'm a law nerd really, so the idea of law reform and particularly those laws that affect me, is pretty exciting. The Victorian Review of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act, has finally concluded, and the Report released this week. Recommendations [...]

Surrogacy in Western Australia

By |2019-09-24T23:51:54+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, WA|

Surrogacy in Western Australia If you are an intended parent living in Western Australia or a surrogate carrying for Western Australia intended parents, the Surrogacy Act 2008 applies to you. The criteria for surrogacy in WA includes: That the intended [...]

Conception, Consent and Death

By |2019-10-11T00:49:20+00:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, sperm donor, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, written agreements|

Conception, Consent and Death I've been thinking a lot about death lately. A few things have led to this - watching Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds on the ABC, and donating my eggs again. Life, death, and taxes [...]

8 Tips to a Positive Surrogacy Journey

By |2019-10-14T11:38:07+00:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, counselling, surrogacy|

Altruistic surrogacy is one of the most complex and amazing journeys you'll ever take, regardless of whether you're the surrogate team or the intended parent team. Even when things go right, they can still be difficult, and every team faces [...]

Setting Expectations For Our Surrogacy Journeys

By |2019-10-14T11:38:07+00:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, counselling, sisterhood, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

When travelling down the surrogacy path, the most important part is the relationship between the surrogate (and her partner, if she has one) and the intended parents. And rather than just hoping, or 'feeling' that everyone is on the same [...]

Gift Giving in Altruistic Surrogacy Arrangements

By |2019-10-15T09:26:29+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate|

Gift Giving in Surrogacy Arrangements One of the first questions asked by surrogates and intended parents, is whether the intended parents can give gifts to their surrogate, or her family members, without compromising the surrogacy agreement or the Parentage Order [...]

Money Talks, But What If We Don’t Like the Conversation?

By |2019-10-27T09:33:39+00:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogate, surrogate partner|

Surrogacy and Money Conversations It is a fact universally known, that altruistic surrogates don't like to talk about money. We don't like asking for money, and we'd rather spend our own money than burden our intended parents. We feel that [...]

Kids and Surrogacy

By |2019-10-12T10:17:45+00:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: birth and beyond, blog, children, pregnancy|

Kids and surrogacy - complex problem or privileged experience? I'm often asked about my children's responses to me being a surrogate, and for advice about preparing children for surrogacy. My kids were taught fairly early that sperm+egg+uterus=baby. They're still learning [...]

Surrogate Partners: The Unsung Heroes

By |2019-10-12T10:17:45+00:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, fatherhood, pregnancy, surrogate partner|

There's a few heroes in the story of surrogacy - but none more unassuming than the surrogate's partner. Our partners don't ask to go down this path, and the rewards for them are few and far between. But their support [...]

Planning a Surrogacy Birth

By |2019-10-12T10:17:45+00:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, pregnancy|

When planning a surrogacy, the team should think of the birth and how they will navigate the hospital system to support their surrogacy birth. Surrogates will have their own experiences of birth and have ideas of how they envision the [...]

Hospital Management of a Surrogacy Pregnancy and Birth

By |2019-10-12T10:17:45+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, induced lactation, Parentage Order, pregnancy, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

There are such a low number of surrogacy births in Australia each year (somewhere between 50 and 70 in total), that it is no surprise that many hospitals will rarely come across a surrogacy birth. As a result, hospital surrogacy [...]

The Importance of Surrogacy Birth Photography

By |2019-08-28T01:35:22+00:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog|

Surrogacy Birth Photography Birth photography is an art form. You only need to search #birthphoto on Instagram and find out how popular, and amazing it can be. I would have liked to have a birth photographer for my first two [...]

Milk and Feeding a Surrogacy Baby

By |2019-10-16T02:37:41+00:00May 26th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, induced lactation, motherhood, pregnancy, surrogate|

Milk and Feeding a Surrogacy Baby Most new parents have to grapple with learning how to feed their newborn and making the right decisions for the family. When you add in surrogacy, it can take on a whole other level [...]

The Fourth Surro-Trimester

By |2019-10-12T10:17:46+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, pregnancy, surrogate|

The Fourth Trimester Many people haven’t heard of the ‘fourth trimester,’ let alone when it applies in a surrogacy arrangement. The fourth trimester refers to the first three months after a baby is born when baby is going through a [...]

Surrogacy Milestones & Celebrations

By |2019-10-15T09:09:07+00:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, motherhood, surrogate|

Surrogacy Milestones and Celebrations When most people have a child, they celebrate milestones like a Baby Shower, and later the birth, and then Birthdays, and Mother's and Father's Days, without having to consult or think about anyone outside their own [...]

Finding Happiness Beyond Surrogacy

By |2019-10-15T09:12:50+00:00June 9th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, counselling, sisterhood, surrogacy, surrogacy process, surrogate|

Finding Happiness Beyond Surrogacy Surrogacy can be all-consuming - for the intended parents, and the surrogate family. Relationship-building takes time (particularly if we want to get it right) and so does the process. Medical appointments, counselling, legal advice, blood tests, [...]

Egg Donation

By |2019-10-16T23:35:40+00:00April 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, sperm donor|

Egg donation is one of those topics that garners interest on social media occasionally, and warrants a warm fuzzy headline now and again, but good quality information and resources are lacking. There are restrictions on advertising for an egg donor, [...]

Sperm Donor or Dad – the case of Masson and Parsons

By |2019-09-25T00:19:20+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor, surrogacy laws, written agreements|

Sperm Donor or Dad? If you are a single woman or in a same sex couple considering growing your family through sperm donation, you may have followed the case of Masson & Parsons and Anors with interest. The family law [...]

Joe Donor and the Consequences of Online Conception

By |2019-09-10T07:25:32+00:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, surrogacy laws, Victoria, written agreements|

Sperm donation options in Australia vary from friends and family, to online connections or clinic-recruited donors. If you watched  60 Minutes recently you'd know all about Joe Donor - the American man who claims to have donated sperm to over 800 [...]

Donor Agreements

By |2019-08-10T04:58:43+00:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor|

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

Egg Donation: Seeing Yourself In Someone Else’s Child

By |2019-08-19T23:51:24+00:00February 17th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, motherhood, parenthood|

I became an egg donor after having my own children. My partner and I are parents-through-IVF; survivors of infertility who inevitably became overbearing parents to our precious offspring. Archie was born after 7 embryo transfers, and he was our lucky [...]

Donor Conception and the End of Anonymity

By |2019-08-10T06:49:54+00:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor|

I recently attended the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA)’s twilight seminar The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity to hear about the experiences of donor-conceived people, and donors, from times gone [...]

Feminism & Altruistic Surrogacy

By |2019-08-28T02:04:27+00:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, feminism|

Feminism and Surrogacy A core belief of any feminist, is that a woman has the right to full bodily autonomy. That includes reproductive autonomy; the right to determine if and when she has children, how many, and the right to [...]

Making a Baby After Death: Posthumous Use of Gametes

By |2019-10-11T00:00:37+00:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: blog, grief and loss, infertility, ivf, Victoria|

Making a Baby After Death: Posthumous Use of Gametes It would be many people's idea of a nightmare - losing a partner and the ability to grow your family they way you had dreamed. Many couples will freeze gametes - [...]

Who Owns an Embryo?

By |2019-08-30T00:06:16+00:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, ivf, sperm donor, surrogacy|

Who owns an embryo? Is an embryo treated like a child in a parenting dispute? Or is it like property in a divorce? The truth is, it’s not treated like either a child or property, but in a category by [...]

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