Egg Donor Agreements

Are you considering growing your family with the help of an egg donor and thinking of having an agreement between you? Many families grow with the help of an egg donor, whether it’s a clinic-recruited or overseas donor, a friend or family member, or someone they’ve met with the purpose of them being their donor.

If you are sharing your eggs with your female partner, that’s a bit different and doesn’t require the same considerations as an egg donor arrangement.

You can read more about egg donation within Australia. Many intended parents and donors connect in Australia, which is good for the future children to have a connection with their donor and her family. If you are looking at donor options overseas, you should consider whether you will be able to import or export gametes to and from Australia.

If you are entering a donor arrangement, you may like to consider setting expectations with your donor.

Regardless of how you might create your family, you should consider the complexities of donor conception, and the perspectives of donor-conceived people. You can read more about donor conception, and listen to Podcast interviews with Kate Bourne from VARTA and Gail from Donor Conception and Beyond.

The clinic will provide you and your donor (if they are known to you) with appropriate counselling to talk about you expectations and intentions in your arrangement.

Some families choose to have written Egg Donor Agreements before entering into the arrangement. Sarah provides a legal advice package for donor arrangements, including:

  •  A Zoom consult
  • A Donor Agreement, and
  • A final Review and advice before the parties sign the Agreement.

Sarah can also review overseas Donor Agreements on request. You can contact Sarah below.

If you are considering surrogacy to grow your family, you can find more information in the free Surrogacy Handbook, reading articles in the Blog, by listening to more episodes of the Surrogacy Podcast. You can book in for a consult with me below, and check out the legal services I provide.

Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford (she/her). I’m a family creation lawyer, practising in surrogacy and donor conception arrangements. I’m an IVF mum, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate, and I delivered a baby for two dads in 2018

I advocate for positive, best practice surrogacy arrangements within Australia, and provide support and education to help intended parents make informed decisions when pursuing overseas surrogacy.

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