Sarah Jefford (she/her) is a family creation lawyer in Australia, working with surrogacy, donor conception and co-parenting arrangements. Sarah was an IVF mum, egg donor and surrogate, and delivered a baby for two dads in 2018. Sarah lives with her partner and two children in Melbourne, and practises family creation law across Australia. She assists clients in all states, with surrogacy and donor arrangements.

Sarah has appeared in various media and at conferences, speaking on the issues of surrogacy law, donor conception and her life as a lawyer and being a a mother, donor and a surrogate.

Downloadable Press Materials:

Sarah Jefford Headshot

More Than Just A Baby book jacket cover

Sarah Jefford Biography & Press Release

Details about Sarah’s book, More Than Just A Baby can be found here.

Surrogacy rates in Australia are increasing due to marriage equality, the pandemic closing borders and overseas countries banning surrogacy arrangements: Modern family: Surrogacy rates in Australia are on the rise.

60 Minutes on Channel 9, 18 July 2021, ran a story about IVF, donor conception and surrogacy laws and the impacts on families. You can watch the footage (second story) on 9 Now, or on 60 Minutes’ Youtube channel.

IVF parents with embryos overseas have been impacted by COVID travel restrictions and the regulation of importing donor embryos: With embryos stored abroad, Australia’s travel ban means prospective parents face losing out on pregnancies, Crikey, April 2021.

ABC in the Northern Territory ran a story about promised new surrogacy legislation, January 2021

Sarah appeared on the Doing Law Differently Podcast with Lucy Dickens, September 2020

‘Surrogacy is about so much more than just a baby’ – Lawyer’s Weekly, August 2020

Sarah presented to the Australian College of Midwives on surrogacy arrangements and care during surrogacy pregnancy and birth. You can watch the webinar recording here.

Sarah was shortlisted for the Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Law Awards for both Thought Leader and Sole Practitioner of the Year, 2019, and for the Australian Law Awards 2020 Innovator of the Year Award.

The Australian Women’s Weekly The shocking US IVF embryo mix-up cases that have mothers giving birth to other parents’ children, February 2020

The Age: Surrogate Mothers to Claim Loss of Income Under New Laws, December 2019

The Juggle Podcast: IVF, Surrogacy and The Juggle with Sarah Jefford, December 2019

SBS Insight: Inconceivable, October 2019

Victorian Surrogacy Law Reform Update – Law Institute of Victoria, 2019

Ethical duties and dilemmas faced by practitioners working with surrogacy teams – Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference, 2019

Human Genetic Technology: Opportunities, anxieties and the future (event video recording)- La Trobe University, 2019

Surrogacy as Motherhood: The Inalienable Right to ChooseMelbourne Law School’s Health Law and Ethics Network Seminar Series, August 2019

Surrogacy in Australia – Webinar with Queer Doula Sheridon Byrne

Mamas on a Mission Podcast – Motherhood Melbourne, 2018

Credit Card Families Podcast

Creating Happiness in the Law – Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast episode 63

Stepping off the Linear Path – Women at Work Podcast with Samantha Sutherland

Expert Advisor – Intended Parents Advisors Network

Surrogates out of pocket due to restrictive laws – ABC News 24

Family lawyers critical of sperm harvesting decision  – Lawyer’s Weekly, 2018

Can you own an embryo that doesn’t contain your genetics? The Goat, 2019


For enquiries, you can contact Sarah here.

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.

more than just a baby