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When Surrogacy Goes Wrong

By |2020-06-22T11:08:27+11:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Australia, blog, counselling, relationships, surrogacy|

Surrogacy isn't always sunshine and roses. Sometimes, it can go wrong. Even when it is good, the relationships are complex and challenging and sometimes really hard. I am often asked for examples of surrogacy-gone-wrong. Intended parents and surrogates want to [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Coronavirus and Surrogacy

By |2020-04-29T21:13:35+11:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, coronavirus, news, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

The original post was written  in March 2020. It has since been updated in late April 2020. A free webinar, exploring the issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on surrogacy teams, happened on 28 April 2020. You [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

International Surrogacy Options

By |2019-11-13T03:56:24+11:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, commercial surrogacy, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

International Surrogacy Options for Australians When you're considering surrogacy in Australia or overseas, you're likely to become overwhelmed with the options and processes and getting to grips with the laws surrounding international surrogacy. I cannot recommend a particular option or [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Is It Harder To Give Up Genetics?

By |2020-02-25T11:07:23+11:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Australia, blog, motherhood, surrogacy, traditional surrogacy|

Is it harder, to give up a genetics, as a traditional surrogate? If you know me well , you'll know that I often get on my high horse when I hear misinformation spread about IVF, donor conception or surrogacy. Traditional [...]

Parenting and Chronic Illness – Parenting Beyond Exhaustion

By |2020-02-14T17:24:14+11:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: surrogacy|

Parenting and Chronic Illness- Parenting Beyond the Exhaustion. This is a guest blog from Miranda Hill. Miranda is a parent through egg donation and surrogacy, a heart transplant recipient, writer and motivational speaker. You can find more of Miranda's writing [...]

Surrogacy and Fertility Bulletin – March 2020

By |2020-03-02T19:23:52+11:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: blog, law reform, news, surrogacy|

Surrogacy & Fertility Bulletin - March 2020 Looking for updates for all things surrogacy and fertility, in Australia and overseas? Consider this your one-stop-shop with all your news. Melbourne couple Tim and Celeste opened up about the challenges and pressures [...]

Surrogacy and Fertility Bulletin – January 2020

By |2020-01-27T21:40:13+11:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: blog, law reform, news, surrogacy|

Looking for updates for all things surrogacy and fertility, in Australia and overseas? Consider this your one-stop-shop with all your news. In Victoria, new Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulations came in effect on 13 December, allowing surrogate mothers to claim loss [...]

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 [...]

How Does It Feel, To Give Away a Baby?

By |2020-05-01T14:31:56+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? Good question, and probably the most common question I've received since I gave birth. And usually the follow up comment is "I could never give away a baby." Don't worry, I [...]

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 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 [...]

Importing and Exporting Embryos

By |2020-01-03T05:58:53+11:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor, surrogacy|

Importing and Exporting Embryos and Gametes If you are considering surrogacy and fertility treatment options in Australia and overseas, you need to consider where the embryo creation will take place and whether that will have an impact on your plans. [...]

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 [...]

Sperm Donor Agreements

By |2020-05-31T11:46:27+11:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, surrogacy|

Sperm Donor Agreements Are you considering growing your family with the help of a sperm donor? There are a number of options, and it is important to obtain legal advice about the implications, your rights and responsibilities and the consequences [...]

Surrogacy, Medicare and Centrelink

By |2020-06-24T12:58:41+11:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, Medicare and Centrelink, Parentage Order, surrogacy|

Surrogacy, Medicare and Centrelink Big questions for birth parents and intended parents - who is eligible for Centrelink's Paid Parental Leave, and will the parents be able to access Medicare benefits for the baby? As with all things bureaucratic, there [...]

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 [...]

Best Practice Surrogacy

By |2020-05-21T00:28:58+11:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, egg donation, overseas, sperm donor, surrogacy, Ukraine|

Surrogacy sometimes ends up as a headline such as in 2019 when Foreign Correspondent covered surrogacy in the Ukraine. Unfortunately, rarely when it is a headline is it a positive story, and my heart broke for the women, babies and [...]

Surrogacy as a Gay Dad

By |2020-05-20T11:53:21+11:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: blog, find a surrogate, gay dads, qualifying for surrogacy, surrogacy|

Pursuing surrogacy as a gay dad. Are you considering surrogacy as a single or partnered gay dad? Gay dads are growing in numbers around Australia as they pursue surrogacy to grow their families. Last year, the media was buzzing with [...]

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 [...]

South Australia Surrogacy Law Reform Update

By |2020-06-26T12:34:54+11:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: blog, South Australia, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy South Australia - Law Reform Update, June 2020 South Australia has reviewed its surrogacy laws and now enacted the Surrogacy Act 2019. The Act comes into effect from 1 September 2020. This is the first time that South Australia [...]

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 [...]

International Surrogacy Arrangements

By |2019-08-22T04:57:22+11:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: America, blog, Canada, commercial surrogacy, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

International Surrogacy Arrangements Are you considering surrogacy options overseas? You need to do your research and consider the laws, options and processes. Be prepared to take your time and research, research, research! What are the laws about surrogacy? There are [...]

Do I need a Surrogacy Broker?

By |2019-11-10T10:06:26+11:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, costs of surrogacy, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

Do I need a surrogacy broker? Or a surrogacy consultant, or third party to be your concierge? Surrogacy is bit like Project Management. In fact, by the time you’re home with your baby, you’ll feel like you deserve a PhD [...]

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) [...]

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 the Northern Territory

By |2020-03-04T10:58:34+11:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, law reform, Northern Territory, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

In the Northern Territory, surrogacy is neither legal or illegal. This is because there are no surrogacy laws in the Northern Territory at all. All the States and the ACT have their own surrogacy laws, but the NT has none. [...]

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 Tasmania

By |2019-12-30T10:47:35+11:00April 20th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Tasmania|

If you are an intended parent living in Tasmania or a surrogate carrying for Tasmanian intended parents, the Surrogacy Act 2012 applies to you. The criteria for surrogacy in Tasmania includes: That the intended parents have a social or medical [...]

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 [...]

Victorian Surrogacy Law Reform: We Made It Happen!

By |2019-07-13T10:39:48+11:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: law reform, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Victoria|

I'm a law nerd really, so the idea of law reform and particularly those laws that affect me, is pretty exciting. The Victorian Review of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act, has finally concluded, and the Report released this week. Recommendations [...]

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 [...]

Conception, Consent and Death

By |2019-10-11T00:49:20+11:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, sperm donor, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, written agreements|

Conception, Consent and Death I've been thinking a lot about death lately. A few things have led to this - watching Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds on the ABC, and donating my eggs again. Life, death, and taxes [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Who Owns an Embryo?

By |2019-08-30T00:06:16+11:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, ivf, sperm donor, surrogacy|

Who owns an embryo? Is an embryo treated like a child in a parenting dispute? Or is it like property in a divorce? The truth is, it’s not treated like either a child or property, but in a category by [...]

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 2: Mike & Nate

By |2019-10-17T10:01:49+11:00April 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+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 4: Bec

By |2019-04-21T07:15:42+11:00May 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+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 6: Felicity (Part 1)

By |2019-11-13T03:36:18+11:00May 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+11:00May 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 2)

By |2019-08-10T05:00:07+11:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Australia, donor conception, 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 10: Mike & Glenn

By |2019-04-21T06:22:32+11:00June 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 |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 15: Sarah and Sheridon

By |2019-11-13T05:25:48+11:00July 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 22: Steve

By |2019-04-21T06:42:35+11:00September 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 3)

By |2019-09-05T07:28:22+11:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Australia, grief and loss, infant loss, interstate surrogacy, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 23 - Part 3. This is Part 3 of a 3-part episode with Rachel - make sure to listen to Part 1 and Part 2 before jumping to this episode. In Part 3, we hear [...]

Episode 26: Renee (Part 1)

By |2019-04-21T06:09:24+11:00October 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 [...]

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 Surrogacy Podcast Episode 49: Traditional Surrogacy with Katrina Hale

By |2020-05-16T23:58:59+11:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: counselling, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Traditional Surrogacy - Episode 49 of the Surrogacy Podcast, another Khale Series episode with Katrina Hale. You might think traditional surrogacy is just a cheaper and easier method than gestational surrogacy, but the truth is that it is more potentially [...]

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 55: Ella

By |2020-01-10T05:36:32+11:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: America, commercial surrogacy, ivf, overseas, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 55: Ella.  Ella is an IVF mum with a background in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked in the Australian surrogacy industry for a number of years. Ella now works for the Fertility Center of [...]

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 60: Dr Lynn

By |2020-01-10T05:35:04+11:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: egg donation, infertility, ivf, sperm donor, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, Victoria|

Dr Lynn Burmeister of No. 1 Fertility. Dr Lynn was gracious enough to talk to me about fertility and infertility, and what we can expect from surrogacy fertility treatments. She also gave a few pointers for people trying to conceive, [...]

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 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 69: Henry and Lisa

By |2020-04-06T17:02:52+11:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: counselling, intended parent, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

You may remember Henry and Lisa from episode 14, when they were patiently waiting on the birth of their son via surrogate, Emmy (episode 31). Now, in a 'where are they now?' retrospective, we're checking in with Henry and Lisa [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 71: Ric

By |2020-04-06T16:04:46+11:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: Canada, grief and loss, law reform, qualifying for surrogacy, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Surrogacy Podcast, WA|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 71: Ric. Ric is a single man pursuing surrogacy in Western Australia to grow his family. Unfortunately, the surrogacy laws in Western Australia prohibit single men and same sex male couples from pursuing surrogacy within [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 72: Amber, Jake and Aaron

By |2020-04-11T11:11:50+11:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: gay dads, South Australia, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 72: Amber, Jake and Aaron. This team broke new ground, becoming the first team to proceed with a surrogacy arrangement for gay intended dads in South Australia. You might be surprised that this was a [...]

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 76: Liz

By |2020-05-04T14:07:20+11:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: overseas, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 76: Liz. Liz and her partner have been wanting and trying to grow their family for many years, and eventually it led them down the surrogacy path. They researched many options, and finally landed on [...]

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 [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 79: Pat

By |2020-05-25T11:18:10+11:00May 24th, 2020|Categories: egg donation, grief and loss, intended parent, motherhood, pregnancy loss, South Australia, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 79: Pat. This story explores infertility and pregnancy loss. This episode of the Podcast is part of the Stories Series, which recognises the power of storytelling and sharing our experiences that brought us to surrogacy. [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 80: Ashlee and Chris

By |2020-05-31T18:26:42+11:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: chronic illness, intended parent, motherhood, Queensland, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 80: Ashlee and Chris are intended parents living in Brisbane, Queensland and they're sharing their story as part of the Stories Series of the Surrogacy Podcast. Ashlee and Chris consider themselves 'crazy cat people' and [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 81: Helder & Mark

By |2020-06-05T14:11:52+11:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: Australia, fatherhood, gay dads, intended parent, lgbtiq+, NSW, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 81: Helder and Mark. Helder and Mark live in NSW and love travelling and experiencing other cultures.They're now settled in Sydney, NSW and hoping to grow their family through surrogacy. Helder is an agriculturalist, originally [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 82: Ben and Matt

By |2020-05-24T11:47:19+11:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: fatherhood, gay dads, intended parent, lgbtiq+, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, Victoria|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 82: Ben and Matt are intended parents and are sharing their story as part of the Stories Series of the Podcast.  What we know about Ben is that he's a magician and entertainer! And Matt [...]

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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