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Preparing for the Parentage Order

By |2020-05-27T16:59:13+11:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: blog, DIY Parentage Order, Parentage Order, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

If you're expecting a baby through an Australian surrogacy arrangement, you'll be keen to make sure you have done everything to prepare for the Parentage Order application after the birth. Firstly, if you are not sure what I'm talking about, [...]

We Need A Surrogate: What’s Next?

By |2020-04-20T23:32:57+11:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, find a surrogate, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

We Need a Surrogate: What's Next? Now that you've decided to pursue surrogacy, you're probably wondering what to do next. Whether it's in Australia or overseas, with a donor or your own gametes,  this chart shows you all the steps [...]

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 [...]

DIY Parentage Order: You Can Do It!

By |2019-12-02T06:27:04+11:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, Parentage Order, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

DIY Parentage Order - You Can Do It! Do you want to do your surrogacy Parentage Order yourself? By the time you have your baby in your arms, you’ve spent considerable money on IVF, legal expenses, counselling and pregnancy and [...]

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 [...]

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 Counselling

By |2020-01-01T08:38:33+11:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: birth and beyond, blog, counselling, Parentage Order, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy Counselling - what should we expect? Intended parents and surrogates are always keen to know what they can expect from the surrogacy counselling. Perhaps you've never had counselling and are expecting to open Pandora's Box on all your private [...]

Are We All Equal?

By |2020-02-12T11:16:29+11:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: blog, qualifying for surrogacy, surrogacy, surrogacy process|

Are we all created equal, when it comes to surrogacy? Are all intended parents equally entitled to pursue surrogacy? Are all women who want to be surrogates, good candidates for surrogacy? Maybe this post is really just a big bunch [...]

Registering the Birth

By |2020-05-27T16:50:17+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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Overseas Surrogacy

By |2019-12-26T00:38:38+11:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: America, blog, Canada, overseas, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Ukraine|

Do you need an Australian lawyer to assist you with your overseas surrogacy journey? The short answer is, mostly not. You can engage a lawyer in your destination country, who will guide you through the Surrogacy and Donor Agreements. You [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]

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 Lawyer Canberra

By |2019-12-21T23:10:35+11:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Australian Capital Territory, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy Lawyer Canberra Sarah Jefford is a surrogacy lawyer assisting people in Canberra and across Australia. If you are entering into a surrogacy or donor arrangement in the ACT, Sarah can provide assistance to the intended parents or the surrogate [...]

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 Victoria

By |2020-06-08T16:15:04+11:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Victoria|

Surrogacy is legal in Victoria, and every State in Australia. Victorian surrogacy arrangements are regulated by the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. The law was reviewed in 2018-9, and expected to be reformed in the coming year. Read more about [...]

Surrogacy Lawyer Melbourne

By |2020-05-18T20:53:34+11:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Victoria|

Surrogacy Lawyer Melbourne Sarah Jefford is a family and surrogacy lawyer in Melbourne, practising across Australia. Sarah was an IVF mum, egg donor and a surrogate, and delivered a baby for two dads in 2018. If you are entering into a [...]

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 [...]

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 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 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 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 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 34: Danny

By |2019-04-29T11:03:55+11:00February 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 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 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 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 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 78: Anne

By |2020-05-18T10:34:44+11:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: intended parent, motherhood, Parentage Order, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 78: Anne. Anne (not her real name) became a mother through an unconventional arrangement with her neighbours. It was similar to surrogacy - and similar to adoption. The team didn't know anything about surrogacy laws [...]

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