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Do I Qualify for Surrogacy in Australia?

By |2020-07-29T18:33:45+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, [...]

Victorian Surrogacy Regulations Update

By |2019-12-20T01:57:51+11:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: blog, costs of surrogacy, law reform, Victoria|

Victorian Surrogacy Regulations Update If you know me at all, you know how much I enjoy a bit of surrogacy law reform. And this one is particularly satisfying, because the previous provisions were so ridiculously unfair that it beggared belief [...]

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 |2020-07-26T22:07:06+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 [...]

Joe Donor and the Consequences of Online Conception

By |2020-05-08T23:47:19+11:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, surrogacy laws, Victoria, written agreements|

Sperm donation options in Australia vary from friends and family, to online connections or clinic-recruited donors. If you watched  60 Minutes last year, you'd know all about Joe Donor - the American man who claims to have donated sperm to over [...]

Making a Baby After Death: Posthumous Use of Gametes

By |2019-10-11T00:00:37+11:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: blog, grief and loss, infertility, ivf, Victoria|

Making a Baby After Death: Posthumous Use of Gametes It would be many people's idea of a nightmare - losing a partner and the ability to grow your family they way you had dreamed. Many couples will freeze gametes - [...]

Episode 1: Introducing Sarah

By |2020-07-29T18:54:31+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 28: The ARTA Review in Victoria

By |2019-04-21T06:00:44+11:00October 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 [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 31: Emmy

By |2019-04-29T11:03:44+11:00February 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 39: Cara

By |2019-04-29T11:01:26+11:00April 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 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 56: Jeremy and Shaun

By |2020-01-10T05:35:55+11:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, gay dads, Surrogacy Podcast, Victoria|

Jeremy and Shaun are gay dads in Melbourne, and recently welcomed the birth of their son Elio, via surrogacy. They had a surrogate in Queensland, and together with her wife, the four of them made a great team despite crossing [...]

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 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 73: Martin and Paul

By |2020-04-10T20:04:52+11:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, gay dads, Surrogacy Podcast, Victoria|

Martin and Paul are gay dads in Australia and recently welcomed their son Zac through a surrogacy arrangement with a surrogate, Crystal, in Queensland. They found their egg donor and surrogate via online forums, notwithstanding the daunting prospect of pursuing [...]

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 [...]