The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 67: Lara. Lara was a gestational surrogate for her brother, and her sister-in-law Raya, who appeared in episode 63. 

Lara gave birth only three weeks before this interview, so she was in the thick of birth recovery and the fourth trimester. We talked about what it feels like to give away a baby, even when you are giving it to family and know that you’ll be part of their lives forever.

We haven’t had many stories of sister surrogates, so it is really nice to hear from someone who chose to do so.

This is such a heartwarming and lovely episode, and Lara was generous to give me her time only three weeks post-partum. But, as you’ll hear, she’s doing really well and even surprised herself with how smoothly the post-birth period has been going for her.

Surrogates are often expected to be grieving after the birth, and sometimes we even expect to be grieving ourselves. But most often, we do not grieve at all for the baby – in fact we feel on top of the world when we see the baby with the intended parents.

Are you a sister surrogate team? I’d love to have you on the Podcast too! Get in touch with me!

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 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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