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 even more complex. Surrogates, who have often been a leader within the team, become vulnerable and turn inward, wanting to close the doors and spend private time with their family, preparing herself for birth. Their partner may need to step up and become the conduit and communicator between the surrogate and the intended parents, to express her needs and support the team as a whole. Intended parents will want to spend some energy preparing for their new baby. It’s a time of bonding, high emotions and a lot of waiting.
If you’re a surrogate heading for the third trimester, you might be wondering how it feels when you give the baby away (don’t worry, you’ll be fine!).
Preparing for the third trimester is really important, just as important as planning for the birth and for the fourth trimester.
You can find more information about surrogacy pregnancy, birth, the fourth trimester and life beyond surrogacy on the Blog. You can also listen to other Podcast episodes with Katrina Hale and other episodes with intended parents and surrogates.
You can also find Katrina Hale if you need any support. If you need to speak to me, you can contact me at the links below or book in for a consult.
If you are entering a surrogacy arrangement, you will need to complete surrogacy counselling with a qualified counsellor.
Katrina has previously appeared on the Podcast at Episode 32. She has also created a list of Twenty Things to Think About When Choosing Your Surrogacy Relationship.
Katrina Hale appears in several episodes of the Podcast, and you can listen to other episodes of the Khale Series.
If you are considering becoming a surrogate, you can read more about that here.
You can hear stories from intended parents and surrogates on the Surrogacy Podcast.
You can find all the details of the surrogacy laws that apply to you.
You can also purchase my book, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates, the only guide to surrogacy in Australia.