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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 Counselling

By |2020-08-08T10:34:55+11:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, blog, counselling, Parentage Order, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy Counselling - what should we expect? If you are new to surrogacy, you can read about how to find a surrogate, or how to become a surrogate yourself. You can also download the free Surrogacy Handbook which explains the [...]

How Does It Feel, To Give Away a Baby?

By |2020-08-08T10:35:18+11:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: birth and beyond, blog, I want to be a surrogate, motherhood, surrogacy|

How does it feel, to give away a baby? If you are new to surrogacy, you can read about how to find a surrogate, or how to become a surrogate yourself. You can also download the free Surrogacy Handbook which [...]

Registering the Birth

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

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

Surrogacy Information Sharing and Privacy

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

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

Surrogacy and Social Media

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

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

Surrogate Bodily Autonomy

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

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kids and Surrogacy

By |2019-10-12T10:17:45+11:00April 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 [...]

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 [...]

Episode 18: Amanda

By |2019-05-13T03:02:43+11:00August 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 [...]

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 45: Simone

By |2019-12-22T04:58:00+11:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: birth and beyond, find a surrogate, South Australia, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate partner|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 45: Simone. Sometimes it takes a village to create a child, and in this case it took a cast of 10 people. Simone delivered a baby as a surrogate for intended parents in Adelaide, South [...]

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 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 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 62: The Third Trimester with Katrina Hale

By |2020-02-18T07:38:03+11:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, counselling, pregnancy, relationships, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 62: The Third Trimester with Katrina Hale. The third trimester, or 'the pointy end' of pregnancy, is hormone-fuelled and can be raw, emotional, challenging and overwhelming. When you throw in surrogacy, the third trimester becomes [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 64: Birth Planning with Katrina Hale

By |2020-03-03T08:23:55+11:00March 3rd, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, healthcare provider, induced lactation, pregnancy, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 64: Birth Planning with Katrina Hale. In this episode, Katrina and I spoke about the importance of planning ahead with your surrogacy birth. You might think it's a matter of deciding if the surrogate will [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 65: Birth Education & Support with Sheridon Byrne

By |2020-03-09T21:59:07+11:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 65: Birth Education and Support with Sheridon Byrne. In this episode, I spoke with Sheridon Byrne about the importance of birth education and support in surrogacy births. Sheridon is a Birth Doula and Educator in [...]

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 68: Jessica

By |2020-03-30T16:50:41+11:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, counselling, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, Victoria|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 68: Jessica. Jessica was a gestational surrogate for friends living nearby in regional Victoria, and delivered a baby in November. She's right at the end of the fourth trimester, so it was great to check [...]

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 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 Podcast Episode 86: Adelle

By |2020-07-08T23:58:52+11:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, grief and loss, intended parent, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 86: Adelle. Adelle became a mother almost two years ago when she gave birth to her son, Lincoln. The birth was smooth, but the aftermath was anything but. Adelle suffered a significant injury arising from [...]