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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 63: Raya

By |2020-02-13T14:48:25+11:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: infertility, intended parent, motherhood, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, relationships, sister, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process, surrogate partner|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 63: Raya Raya is an intended mother in Melbourne and is due to meet her new baby in the next week! Her lovely sister-in-law, her husband's sister, Lara, is due to give birth any day [...]

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 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 [...]