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.

Gay Dads and Surrogacy

By |2019-08-19T00:46:30+00:00August 18th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, fatherhood, gay dads, surrogacy|

Gay dads can pursue surrogacy to grow their family and within Australia or overseas. Surrogacy is an arrangement between the intended parents and the birth parents, whereby a woman carries a baby with the intention that the intended parents will [...]

Surrogacy Pregnancy and Birth Planning Package

By |2019-08-17T02:37:29+00:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, Parentage Order, surrogacy process|

If you and your team are planning a surrogacy birth, you will be keen to ensure that your healthcare provider is sensitive and responsive to the dynamics and needs of your team. Whilst most hospitals are keen to do the [...]

Surrogacy as Motherhood: The Inalienable Right to Choose

By |2019-08-06T05:28:00+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 [...]

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 [...]

DIY Parentage Order: You Can Do It!

By |2019-06-11T04:42:11+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 [...]

Pursuing Surrogacy as a Gay Dad

By |2019-08-14T12:16:57+00:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: blog, find a surrogate, gay dads, surrogacy|

Gay dads are growing in numbers around Australia as they pursue surrogacy to grow their families. The media is buzzing with news that Ian Thorpe and his partner Ryan Channing, are planning to have a baby via surrogacy. Channing was [...]

Surrogacy in Australia

By |2019-08-19T00:50:51+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 |2019-06-11T04:30:02+00:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

These steps are generally followed for surrogacy arrangements facilitated by a clinic. For traditional surrogacy arrangements not utilising a clinic, parties need to obtain counselling and legal advice prior to conception. Note that the laws vary from State to State [...]

Do I Qualify for Surrogacy in Australia?

By |2019-06-11T04:38:42+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, blog, infertility, Northern Territory, NSW, 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 [...]

So You Want to Be a Surrogate?

By |2019-06-11T04:35:27+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, amazing surrogacy, America, 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 |2019-06-24T07:12:18+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 [...]

Do Surrogates Get Paid in Australia?

By |2019-06-11T04:39:13+00:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogacy|

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 hurt, and undermine the altruism of [...]

When Surrogacy Isn’t Really Surrogacy

By |2019-07-04T11:20:04+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, traditional surrogacy|

The law surrounding children, adoption, parentage and surrogacy is complex. There are several legislative instruments that cover children, and the Family Law Act dedicates almost 200 pages to clauses regarding children’s issues. There’s also many cases that provide some insight [...]

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 |2019-08-17T02:37:36+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. Surrogacy in Australia is regulated in each State, which means there is no uniform [...]

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 [...]

Will the Surrogate Keep the Baby?

By |2019-08-01T10:11:40+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 [...]

Overseas Surrogacy

By |2019-06-11T04:33:16+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 |2019-08-18T10:42:37+00:00August 18th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate|

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 South Australia and 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 |2019-04-25T05:21:09+00:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

Do you need a surrogacy broker or consultant? 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 in international relations and event management. You did all that [...]

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 |2019-04-25T06:13:08+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 |2019-08-10T12:04:43+00:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Australia, overseas, surrogacy|

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 all advice, drafting [...]

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 |2019-04-25T05:21:12+00:00October 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 from a donor. It is different from gestational surrogacy, where the surrogate becomes pregnant with an embryo created with an egg [...]

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 |2019-07-02T10:19:32+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 |2019-08-10T03:34:42+00:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Australian Capital Territory, surrogacy process|

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 and their partner [...]

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 |2019-08-10T04:00:55+00:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Northern Territory, surrogacy process|

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 the surrogate and [...]

Surrogacy in Queensland

By |2019-07-02T10:19:32+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 |2019-07-02T10:19:32+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 Family Relationships Act 1975 applies to you. The criteria for surrogacy in SA includes: That the [...]

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 |2019-08-05T23:59:59+00:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Victoria|

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 their partner including [...]

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 |2019-07-02T10:20:05+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 [...]

8 Tips to a Positive Surrogacy Journey

By |2019-07-26T03:13:22+00:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, 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 |2019-06-11T11:11:03+00:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, 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 |2019-06-11T04:52:23+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate|

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 application.  And what sort of [...]

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

By |2019-05-11T12:34:30+00:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogate, surrogate partner|

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 any talk about money [...]

Surrogate Partners: The Unsung Heroes

By |2019-06-11T11:12:06+00:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, fatherhood, 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 |2019-08-17T02:37:22+00:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog|

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 |2019-08-17T02:37:25+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, induced lactation, Parentage Order, 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 |2019-07-21T22:26:58+00:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog|

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 births, but we [...]

Milk and Feeding a Surrogacy Baby

By |2019-07-25T03:26:17+00:00May 26th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, induced lactation, motherhood, surrogate|

Milk and Feeding of 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 |2019-06-09T22:55:34+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, 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 |2019-05-14T06:35:53+00:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, motherhood, surrogate|

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 household or immediate family. [...]

One Year On

By |2019-06-19T12:29:29+00:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, gay dads, motherhood, sisterhood, surrogacy, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

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 anniversary of survival, [...]

Finding Happiness Beyond Surrogacy

By |2019-06-09T22:50:46+00:00June 9th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, sisterhood, surrogacy, surrogacy process, surrogate|

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, police checks, psychological assessments, [...]

Egg Donation

By |2019-08-10T04:59:28+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 & Anor

By |2019-08-10T04:58:43+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 |2019-08-10T04:58:44+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 |2019-08-10T04:59:28+00:00February 17th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, motherhood, parenthood|

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 last. Shortly after Archie’s second birthday, we conceived his brother, [...]

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 |2019-04-25T03:07:51+00:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, feminism|

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 make decisions about [...]

Episode 1: Introducing Sarah

By |2019-04-25T06:51:43+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, gay dads, infertility, ivf, motherhood, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process, traditional surrogacy, Victoria|

In this first episode of The Australian Surrogacy Podcast, you'll hear from me, Sarah Jefford, and about why I decided to make a surrogacy podcast. I am a surrogate and a surrogacy lawyer living in Melbourne with my family. In [...]

Episode 2: Mike & Nate

By |2019-04-21T07:22:06+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Australia, gay dads, infertility, ivf, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing my intended parents, Mike and Nate, about their surrogacy journey and becoming gay dads to baby Darcey. Mike and Nate started talking about having children on their second date, and they [...]

Episode 3: Troy

By |2019-04-25T06:52:30+00:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, fatherhood, gay dads, infertility, ivf, parenthood, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, surrogate partner|

In this episode of The Australian Surrogacy Podcast, I interviewed my husband, Troy, about his experience as a surrogate's partner. I was often asked what Troy thought of me being a surrogate, so this week I thought it would be [...]

Episode 4: Bec

By |2019-04-21T07:15:42+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: infertility, ivf, motherhood, parenthood, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

In this episode, I speak with Bec, a gestational surrogate who gave birth to Holly in 2016, for an interstate couple. Bec speaks with candour and humour about her journey and has lots of insights for intended parents and surrogates [...]

Episode 5: Rhiannon

By |2019-04-23T01:41:47+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, gay dads, sister, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Epsiode 5: Rhiannon In this episode you'll hear from the sensational Rhiannon, who was a gestational surrogate for her brother and his partner not once, but twice - and is planning on doing it again! Listen [...]

Episode 6: Felicity (Part 1)

By |2019-04-28T00:50:06+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: America, Canada, chronic illness, grief and loss, infant loss, infertility, motherhood, overseas, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

This is Part 1 of my interview with Felicity, a parent through surrogacy in America. Felicity and her partner suffered with infertility, miscarriage and the loss of her baby daughter Lily, before eventually having a child through surrogacy in the [...]

Episode 6: Felicity (Part 2)

By |2019-04-28T01:01:52+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: America, Canada, infant loss, infertility, motherhood, overseas, pregnancy loss, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 6 (Part2): Felicity. This is Part 2 of my interview with Felicity. Felicity is an intended parent and pursued surrogacy in the US after suffering infertility and loss. Make sure to listen to Part 1 [...]

Episode 7: Carla (Part 1)

By |2019-08-10T05:00:08+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, donor conception, egg donation, gay dads, lgbtiq+, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

This is a 2-part episode with Carla, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate. Carla has donated her eggs to 8 couples! In this episode we explore her egg donations and her reasons for donating, and hear all about her [...]

Episode 7: Carla (Part 2)

By |2019-08-10T05:00:07+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Australia, donor conception, gay dads, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Traditional surrogacy is not as common as gestational surrogacy. This is Part 2 of my interview with Carla. Carla talked about her journey as an egg donor in Part 1; in Part 2 she tells us how she leaped from [...]

Episode 8: Hayley

By |2019-04-23T01:27:32+00:00June 5th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 8: Hayley. Hayley is a gestational surrogate, and she and her intended parents all live in WA. Not everything went smoothly in Hayley's surrogacy journey, and particularly during the last trimester. Hayley has some great [...]

Episode 9: Phillipa

By |2019-04-21T07:10:01+00:00June 12th, 2018|Categories: Australia, cancer survivor, induced lactation, interstate surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

Phillipa survived cervical cancer, and managed to create eggs from grafted ovarian tissue, and embryos with donated sperm. She's now eagerly awaiting the birth of her baby with the help of a surrogate living on the other side of Australia. [...]

Episode 10: Mike & Glenn

By |2019-04-21T06:22:32+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Australia, gay dads, lgbtiq+, parenthood, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

Mike and Glenn are gay dads that pursued surrogacy overseas, but after hitting roadblocks and ultimately not having any success, they turned to Australian surrogacy - and are now eagerly awaiting the birth of their daughter, with the help of [...]

Episode 11: Hillary

By |2019-04-21T07:07:10+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Canada, cancer survivor, induced lactation, motherhood, overseas, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

Hillary is a cancer survivor, having suffered with cancer as a single mother, and when she met her prince charming years later, they decided to grow their family through surrogacy. I am always inspired and humbled when I hear stories [...]

Episode 12: Kate

By |2019-05-27T02:19:37+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, birth and beyond, find a surrogate, gay dads, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

Kate is a gestational surrogate for a gay couple, Mike & Glenn (listen to their story at Episode 10). Kate is due to give birth any day now, and in this episode you'll hear all about her plans for a [...]

Episode 14: Henry & Lisa

By |2019-04-25T04:53:09+00:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, egg donation, fatherhood, find a surrogate, motherhood, pregnancy loss, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

Henry and Lisa suffered with infertility and turned to surrogacy to grow their family. Henry & Lisa are well-known in the surrogacy community, both for their support of other intended parents and surrogates, but also for their senses of humour. [...]

Episode 15: Sarah and Sheridon

By |2019-04-21T07:03:53+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Australia, gay dads, lgbtiq+, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Sarah Jefford sat down and chatted with Sheridon Byrne, a Melbourne-based Doula, to talk about Sarah's surrogacy journey. Sheridon provides Doula services to the queer community, and we talked about how surrogacy can be an option to grow a family. [...]

Episode 16: Brett & Stuart

By |2019-04-21T07:40:01+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Canada, fatherhood, gay dads, lgbtiq+, overseas, premature birth, Surrogacy Podcast|

Brett and Stuart conceived baby Findlay with the help of a surrogacy in Canada. But things did not go to plan, and Findlay had to arrive at 25 weeks, due to his surrogate suffering with pre-eclampsia. As a result, Brett [...]

Episode 17: Sara from Canada

By |2019-04-21T07:38:55+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Australia, Canada, Surrogacy Podcast|

Sara is a Canadian gestational surrogate for Australian intended parents. She gave birth to baby Logan in January, and recently traveled to Australia and spent time with Logan and his parents. She also attend the Australian Surrogacy Conference and supported [...]

Episode 18: Amanda

By |2019-05-13T03:02:43+00:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Australia, birth and beyond, gay dads, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Amanda was a traditional surrogate for her friends Dhusk and Tim, and gave birth to Sailor earlier this year. Traditional surrogacy, where a surrogate uses her own egg, is less common than gestational surrogacy, and can be a different dynamic [...]

Episode 19: Charmaine

By |2019-04-23T01:22:59+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Australia, find a surrogate, infertility, ivf, motherhood, pregnancy loss, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Epsiode 19: Charmaine. Charmaine was a gestational surrogate and birthed James for his parents in 2017. Not everything was sunshine and rainbows, and Charmaine has a lot of wisdom for other intended parents and surrogates. If [...]

Episode 20: Sarah & Anna at the Surrogacy Australia Conference

By |2019-08-06T23:50:51+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, interstate surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 20: Sarah and Anna present at the Surrogacy Australia conference. Sarah and Anna presented this session to the Conference in June 2018. You'll hear from Sarah with a broad overview of the process, and then [...]

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