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The Blog2019-05-16T02:32:40+00:00
sarah jefford

Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford, an IVF Mum, egg donor, surrogate and family and surrogacy lawyer.

Welcome to the Surrogacy and Donor Conception Blog, with posts about surrogacy, donor conception, laws, news items, and my personal experiences as a donor and surrogate. You can scroll through the posts, search by category or keyword below.

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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 that question. Intended Parents should [...]

Parenting Orders and Parentage Orders

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 [...]

Applying for a Parentage Order

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 [...]

Gift Giving in Altruistic 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 application.  And what [...]

Egg Donation: Seeing Yourself In Someone Else’s Child

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 [...]

Why Surrogacy Agreements are not like Contracts, and How to Write Your 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) an intention to create a legal relationship. For example, you offer [...]

Joe Donor and the Consequences of Online Conception

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 [...]

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