The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 59: Marian is an intended parent in South Australia and became a mum, via surrogacy, to Hugo in 2017. You might recall hearing about Hugo in Episode 23, where his surrogate Rachel told her story (in three parts – start with Part 1). Rachel’s partner Simon was interviewed for Episode 57.

Sadly, Hugo passed away at four days old, but the friendship between Marian and Rachel and their partners David and Simon has withstood not only the test of time but the challenges of an incredibly complex and emotional surrogacy journey. They went on to have baby Matilda earlier this year.

Marian has some amazing insights to share for intended parents and surrogates alike, and her generosity and authenticity is inspiring. Marian and David are in South Australia, where the South Australia surrogacy laws changed in late 2019.

You can find out more information about some of the things we discussed, including:

Sarah has written a book, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates, which is the only guide to surrogacy in Australia.

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 also 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 her 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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