The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 9: Phillipa. Phillipa survived cervical cancer, and managed to create eggs from grafted ovarian tissue, and embryos with donated sperm. She’s now eagerly awaiting the birth of her baby with the help of a surrogate living on the other side of Australia. As if that’s not enough, Phillipa is inducing lactation so she can breastfeed her baby.

We talked about induced lactation and you can read more about milk and feeding a surrogacy baby. Another intended parent who induced lactation was Hillary, who also spoke to me for the Podcast.

If you are new to surrogacy in Australia, you can start with this post which takes you through the steps depending where you are up to.

Phillipa is in Victoria, and her surrogate is in Queensland. The laws that apply in each surrogacy arrangement are the laws where the intended parents live. You can read more about the laws that apply to you.

Many women who survive cervical cancer consider surrogacy to grow their family. There are other single intended parents pursuing surrogacy, including Marnie and Ric who both shared their stories for the Podcast.

Sarah has published a book, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates, 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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