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The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 83: Sarah-Jayne

By |2020-06-16T23:12:48+11:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, counselling, intended parent, parenthood, relationships, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 83: Sarah-Jayne. Sarah-Jayne is a Perinatal and Family Psychologist, who provides counselling for surrogacy and fertility and parenting. We talked about the importance of managing our mental health and accessing support on the way to [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 84: Crystal

By |2020-06-27T16:41:45+11:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, gay dads, lgbtiq+, motherhood, relationships, single parent, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 84: Crystal. Crystal was a surrogate for friends Martin and Paul, whom she met through the online surrogacy community. You might like to listen to Martin and Paul's episode 73 as well, as this team [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Surrogacy Laws in Australia

By |2020-06-04T10:37:49+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 |2020-05-31T23:17:09+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 |2020-05-19T17:02:29+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 [...]

How Do I Find a Surrogate in Australia?

By |2020-04-23T20:56:11+11:00May 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 |2020-04-05T19:02:03+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. 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Do Surrogates Get Paid in Australia?

By |2019-12-21T04:59:57+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 [...]

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 |2020-06-04T10:28:03+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 [...]

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 [...]

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 |2020-04-21T15:39:19+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 [...]

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 in Queensland

By |2019-12-21T21:25:20+11:00April 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 Queensland includes: That the intended parents have a social or medical [...]

Surrogacy in South Australia

By |2020-06-26T12:38:05+11:00April 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 from 1 September 2020. The [...]

Surrogacy in Western Australia

By |2019-12-21T21:48:24+11:00April 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 |2020-01-01T08:39:55+11:00January 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 |2020-05-08T18:27:27+11:00February 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. It is important that we spend time setting expectations before going on our [...]

Gift Giving in Altruistic Surrogacy Arrangements

By |2019-10-15T09:26:29+11:00January 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+11:00March 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 [...]

Surrogate Partners: The Unsung Heroes

By |2019-10-12T10:17:45+11:00March 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 |2020-01-03T00:44:36+11:00April 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 |2020-02-18T12:21:51+11:00June 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 60 and 80 in total), that it is no surprise that many hospitals will only rarely come across a surrogacy birth. Some hospital surrogacy policies [...]

The Importance of Surrogacy Birth Photography

By |2019-12-22T05:09:17+11:00February 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 |2019-12-21T02:33:38+11:00May 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 Trimester

By |2020-05-25T22:46:22+11:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, pregnancy, relationships, surrogate|

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 period of massive [...]

Surrogacy Milestones & Celebrations

By |2019-11-20T09:11:35+11:00May 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 |2020-05-15T21:24:40+11:00June 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, [...]

Episode 1: Introducing Sarah

By |2020-06-27T21:46:47+11:00April 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. I've [...]

Episode 3: Troy

By |2019-04-25T06:52:30+11:00May 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 5: Rhiannon

By |2019-04-23T01:41:47+11:00May 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 7: Carla (Part 1)

By |2019-08-10T05:00:08+11:00May 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 8: Hayley

By |2019-04-23T01:27:32+11:00June 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 11: Hillary

By |2020-05-06T10:17:47+11:00June 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+11:00July 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 |2020-06-15T22:44:23+11:00July 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 16: Brett & Stuart

By |2019-09-05T22:30:53+11:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Canada, fatherhood, gay dads, lgbtiq+, overseas, premature birth, Surrogacy Podcast|

Brett and Stuart pursued surrogacy in Canada and their son Findlay was born with the help of a lovely Canadian surrogate. But things did not go to plan, and Findlay had to arrive at 25 weeks, with his surrogate suffering [...]

Episode 20: Sarah & Anna at the Surrogacy Australia Conference

By |2019-12-29T05:15:00+11:00August 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 [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 30: Anna

By |2019-12-22T04:55:07+11:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 30: Anna. "I wanted to do something big in life..." So decided Anna, a South Australian teacher and mother of two, as she launched herself into the world of egg donation and surrogacy. In this [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 31: Emmy

By |2019-04-29T11:03:44+11:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, Victoria|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 31: Emmy. When growing her own family, Emmy struggled with gender disappointment and when she finally fell pregnant with a baby girl, she promised herself that she would repay the universe somehow. She looked for [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 32: Katrina Hale

By |2020-01-03T00:44:07+11:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, counselling, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 32: Katrina Hale, surrogacy counsellor. She's been described as the guardian angel of altruistic surrogates across Australia. Really, how could I not have her on the Podcast with a commendation like that? Katrina Hale is a [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 38: Miranda

By |2019-04-29T11:01:04+11:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, chronic illness, egg donation, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 38: Miranda. Miranda is an amazing story teller, so you can understand why I barely said a word in this interview. She is an egg donor recipient, a mum through surrogacy, and had a heart [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 39: Cara

By |2019-04-29T11:01:26+11:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, lgbtiq+, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy, Victoria|

Episode 39 of the Australian Surrogacy Podcast: Cara, a transgender woman pursuing surrogacy. In celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility, this podcast episode is with transgender woman Cara. Cara, together with her partner, is pursuing surrogacy to have a child. They've [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 40: Anna and Surrogacy Australia’s Support Service

By |2020-03-04T10:35:07+11:00April 7th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy in Australia is altruistic, and there are no matching agencies such as there are overseas. Surrogacy Australia's Support Service is providing support for intended parents and surrogates to facilitate and build relationships that last. Anna McKie is the Surrogate/IP [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 42: Bree

By |2019-04-30T07:17:37+11:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, interstate surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Episode 42 of the Australian Surrogacy Podcast: Bree. Bree was a gestational surrogate, delivering baby Haesel in 2017 for her dads. This year, Bree is attempting to fall pregnant as a traditional surrogate for the same parents. Bree's intended parents [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 43: Shannon

By |2019-04-29T11:05:43+11:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, find a surrogate, gay dads, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

Episode  43 of the Australian Surrogacy Podcast: Shannon. Shannon Garner has been a surrogate, not once but twice for a lovely gay couple in NSW. Shannon went on to write about her first surrogacy experience and is now a published [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 44: Jessica

By |2019-07-15T04:21:12+11:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, chronic illness, grief and loss, overseas, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

Jessica gave birth as a surrogate for her friend Bec, who suffered with cystic fibrosis, and Bec's partner Gareth. You might like to listen to Gareth's episode, which tells the story of how Bec sadly passed away whilst Jess was [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 48: Managing our Fears with Katrina Hale

By |2020-01-01T08:39:54+11:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, counselling, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

This is episode 48 of the Australian Surrogacy Podcast - the Khale Series. Katrina Hale is a surrogacy counsellor, and in this episode we talked about Managing our Fears in our surrogacy journeys. Surrogates and intended parents have some predictable [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 50: Milestones & Rituals with Katrina Hale

By |2020-01-01T08:39:54+11:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, counselling, motherhood, Parentage Order, parenthood, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

This is episode 50 of the Surrogacy Podcast, another Khale series episode with Katrina Hale, and it makes sense that with celebrating episode 50 we discussed milestones and rituals in surrogacy. You might think a baby shower or birthday is [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 51: Michelle

By |2019-06-20T11:32:13+11:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, I want to be a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, surrogate partner, WA|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 51 is with Michelle, doula, FIFO partner and mum from WA. Michelle enjoyed pregnancy and birth so much that she went back and did it again, for WA couple Kate and Kris. Kate has MRKH, [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 52: Sam

By |2019-07-15T04:24:00+11:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, find a surrogate, interstate surrogacy, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process, Victoria|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 52: Sam. Sam is a Queensland mother of 5, who found her Victorian intended parents through an article posted online about the couples' struggles with infertility. Sam, huge-hearted and generous, reached out to the couple [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 54: Kate

By |2020-06-27T14:02:46+11:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, Surrogacy Podcast, WA|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 53: Kate. Kate is an intended parents from Western Australia, who is now the parent of Jack, who was born through surrogacy earlier this year. You may recall hearing from Kate's surrogate, Michelle, in Episode [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 56: Jeremy and Shaun

By |2020-01-10T05:35:55+11:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, gay dads, Surrogacy Podcast, Victoria|

Jeremy and Shaun are gay dads in Melbourne, and recently welcomed the birth of their son Elio, via surrogacy. They had a surrogate in Queensland, and together with her wife, the four of them made a great team despite crossing [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 58: Costa

By |2020-05-15T18:36:38+11:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Canada, gay dads, lgbtiq+, overseas, Surrogacy Podcast|

Costa and his partner Ghaith pursued surrogacy in Canada, and recently welcomed their daughter Panayiota into the world. Their story is not unique, but Costa's views on a surrogacy are particularly lovely and heart-warming. He and Ghaith are strong in [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 59: Marian

By |2020-01-10T05:35:07+11:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, chronic illness, grief and loss, induced lactation, motherhood, South Australia, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 59: Marian is an intended parent and became a mum to Hugo in 2017. You might recall hearing about Hugo in Episode 23, where his surrogate Rachel told her story (in three parts - start [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 66: The Fourth Trimester with Katrina Hale

By |2020-03-16T19:37:37+11:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, counselling, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 66: The Fourth Trimester with Katrina Hale. You might like to listen to our episodes on the Third Trimester and Birth Planning. In this episode, Katrina and I talked about the fourth trimester in a [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 67: Lara

By |2020-03-23T18:43:55+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, pregnancy, sister, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 67: Lara. Lara was a gestational surrogate for her brother, and her sister-in-law Raya, who appeared in episode 63.  Lara gave birth only three weeks before this interview, so she was in the thick of [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 70: Michelle

By |2020-04-03T12:59:58+11:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, birth and beyond, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 70: Michelle. Michelle is an egg donor and surrogate in New South Wales, and delivered a baby for two dads in 2019. She's married and has two teenage children, and is gearing up to conceive [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 73: Martin and Paul

By |2020-04-10T20:04:52+11:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, gay dads, Surrogacy Podcast, Victoria|

Martin and Paul are gay dads in Australia and recently welcomed their son Zac through a surrogacy arrangement with a surrogate, Crystal, in Queensland. They found their egg donor and surrogate via online forums, notwithstanding the daunting prospect of pursuing [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 74: Tim

By |2020-04-22T10:37:22+11:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, gay dads, intended parent, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 74: Tim. Tim is an intended parent, and with his husband Jason is pursuing surrogacy in Melbourne. In this episode, we talked about the challenges and pitfalls of looking for a surrogate or intended parents [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 77: Madeline

By |2020-05-04T21:24:19+11:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, birth and beyond, pregnancy loss, relationships, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate partner|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 77: Madeline. Madeline was a gestational surrogate in NSW, for intended parents who lived a few hours away. Madeline had a rollercoaster journey - including a false start with different intended parents, new intended parents, [...]

The Surrogacy Sisterhood Day 2019

By |2019-06-11T04:27:48+11:00June 9th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, I want to be a surrogate, sisterhood, surrogacy|

Our Surrogacy Sisterhood Day was held on 1 June in Melbourne, running alongside the Surrogacy Conference. This is the second year the Sisterhood Day has run as it's own event, and the fourth year where we've had a gathering [...]

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