Surrogacy Podcast

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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 |2019-04-21T07:11:04+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, 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 |2019-04-21T06:24:31+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Australia, 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 present at the Surrogacy Conference

By |2019-04-21T06:18:42+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. Sarah and Anna presented this session to the Australian Surrogacy Conference in June. You'll hear from Sarah with a broad overview of the surrogacy process in Australia, and then you'll hear [...]

Episode 21: Marnie B

By |2019-04-25T04:49:54+00:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Australia, interstate surrogacy, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 21: Marnie B. Marnie B is a gestational surrogate for interstate intended parents. Marnie and her team did a mammoth amount of research and preparation prior to proceeding with the arrangement, and the preparation is [...]

Episode 22: Steve

By |2019-04-21T06:42:35+00:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: endometriosis, fatherhood, infertility, interstate surrogacy, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

Steve is a father through surrogacy, and he and his wife Jen welcomed baby Holly in 2016. I interviewed Steve and Jen's surrogate, Bec, earlier in the podcast. Steve reflects on his journey as an intended father, and managing the [...]

Episode 23: Rachel (Part 1)

By |2019-04-21T06:40:51+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Australia, egg donation, gay dads, infertility, interstate surrogacy, ivf, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

This is Part 1 in a 3-part episode with Rachel, a surrogate who has delivered 5 babies for their intended parents. In this episode, Rachel tells her story of starting as an egg donor, and then as a traditional surrogate. [...]

Episode 23: Rachel (Part 2)

By |2019-04-21T06:39:26+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Australia, grief and loss, infant loss, interstate surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

This is part 2 of a 3-part interview with Rachel. In this episode, Rachel talks about finding her final intended parents, Marian and David, and their journey to the birth of baby Hugo. Unfortunately, Hugo was diagnosed late in the [...]

Episode 23: Rachel (Part 3)

By |2019-04-21T06:38:06+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Australia, grief and loss, infant loss, interstate surrogacy, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

This is Part 3 of a 3-part episode with Rachel. In Part 3, we hear about Rachel's final surrogacy pregnancy, with baby Matilda, for her parents Marian and David.

Episode 25: Gareth

By |2019-04-21T06:11:43+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Australia, chronic illness, fatherhood, grief and loss, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Epsiode 25: Gareth. Gareth became a father through surrogacy in January 2018, with the birth of his son Rixon. Gareth's surrogate was Jess, who was a great friend of Gareth's wife, Bec. Sadly, Bec passed away [...]

Episode 26: Renee (Part 1)

By |2019-04-21T06:09:24+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Australia, pregnancy loss, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 26 (Part 1): Renee. Renee tells us the story of her first surrogacy journey, including the ups and downs that eventually resulted in the birth of Ethan for his intended parents. This is Part 1 [...]

Episde 26: Renee (Part 2)

By |2019-04-21T06:06:50+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Australia, infertility, ivf, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 26 (Part 2): Renee. Renee shares her second surrogacy journey with us, with different intended parents. Renee and her partner approached the journey with the benefit of their first experience, but they were met with [...]

Episode 27: NT Surrogacy Laws with Rebecca

By |2019-04-26T12:01:27+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: find a surrogate, I want to be a surrogate, law reform, Northern Territory, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 27: NT surrogacy laws with Rebecca. Rebecca is a Darwin woman who would like to be a surrogate - but, as she's discovered, the NT doesn't have any surrogacy laws. This means it's virtually impossible [...]

Episode 28: The ARTA Review in Victoria

By |2019-04-21T06:00:44+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Australia, law reform, Surrogacy Podcast, Victoria|

In this episode, Sarah chats about the current Review in the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act in Victoria. Submissions are open now, and close on 21 September. If you are interested in more information, or want to know more about Surrogacy [...]

Episode 29: Rebecca F

By |2019-04-21T05:47:30+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Australia, infant loss, motherhood, pregnancy loss, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast episode 29: Rebecca. Rebecca is an intended parent, having come to surrogacy after requiring a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child. Rebecca found her surrogate in her good friend Katy, after she posted about [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 30: Anna

By |2019-04-29T11:03:41+00:00January 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+00:00February 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 |2019-04-29T11:03:48+00:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, 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 33: Marnie: Post Surrogacy Reflections

By |2019-04-29T11:03:52+00:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 33: Marnie B. Marnie B spoke to me back in Episode 21, when she was heading into the third trimester of her pregnancy with surro-bub. In our first interview, Marnie talked about all the preparation [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 34: Danny

By |2019-04-29T11:03:55+00:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Australia, fatherhood, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process, surrogate partner|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 34: Danny. Danny is one of those unsung heroes in surrogacy - the surrogate's partner. I've interviewed his lovely wife Emmy and the intended parents Henry and Lisa. Danny is like many partners of surrogates, [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 35: Paul & Jaryd

By |2019-05-16T05:50:34+00:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: gay dads, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 35: Paul and Jaryd, future gay dads. Paul and Jaryd are a gay couple living in Brisbane, and are part-way through their surrogacy with a traditional surrogate, Charli. They share their story wisdom for finding [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 36: Amber

By |2019-04-29T11:00:45+00:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: egg donation, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast: Episode 36: Amber. Amber first heard about egg donation before she had her own children, and has now donated to nine families, resulting in 7 children so far. Many of the recipients also needed a surrogate [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 37: Kate from VARTA

By |2019-04-29T11:01:00+00:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Australia, donor agreement, egg donation, sperm donor, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 37: Kate from VARTA. Kate Bourne is the Donor Services Manager at the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), which provides independent information and support for individuals, couples, and health professionals on fertility, infertility, assisted reproductive [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 38: Miranda

By |2019-04-29T11:01:04+00:00March 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+00:00April 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 Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 40: Anna and Surrogacy Australia’s Support Service

By |2019-04-29T10:59:20+00:00April 7th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

Anna McKie is the Surrogate/IP Support Manager at Surrogacy Australia, helping to launch the Support Service (SASS) which is now up and running. This episode provides an overview of the SASS, what's involved and outlining the benefits for surrogates and intended [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 41: Gail

By |2019-04-29T11:01:29+00:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: donor agreement, egg donation, motherhood, sperm donor, Surrogacy Podcast|

Episode 41 of The Australian Surrogacy Podcast: Gail Pascoe. Gail is a mother of a donor-conceived child and has been writing about her experiences of donor parenting on her blog, Donor Conception and Beyond.  She started writing about donor conception [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 42: Bree

By |2019-04-30T07:17:37+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00May 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 |2019-05-13T22:59:07+00:00May 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, and [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 46: Kim

By |2019-05-22T22:20:03+00:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: commercial surrogacy, egg donation, infertility, ivf, overseas, Surrogacy Podcast, Ukraine|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 46: Kim. Kim pursued surrogacy in the Ukraine. Kim has been through a hell of a ride to get to this point in her surrogacy journey. Infertility, IVF, donor eggs, and finally surrogacy in the [...]

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

By |2019-06-03T12:06:00+00:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, 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 49: Traditional Surrogacy with Katrina Hale

By |2019-06-05T04:01:24+00:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

This is episode 49 of the Surrogacy Podcast, another Khale series episode with Katrina Hale, where we discussed Traditional Surrogacy. You might think traditional surrogacy is just a cheaper and easier method than gestational surrogacy, but the truth is that [...]

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

By |2019-06-18T07:39:53+00:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, 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+00:00June 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+00:00July 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 [...]