The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 72: Amber, Jake and Aaron. This team is a traditional surrogacy team in South Australia.

This team broke new ground, becoming the first team to proceed with a surrogacy arrangement for gay intended dads in South Australia. You might be surprised that this was a new thing, but laws in South Australia only changed recently to allow same-sex male couples to engage in surrogacy in their own state.

To make it more interesting, Amber was a traditional surrogate for Jake and Aaron, and the team was told by IVF clinics and lawyers that it was not legal in South Australia. Why is that? Well, many people believe that traditional surrogacy is illegal – the only place where it is not legal is in the ACT. They also think that traditional surrogates WON’T GIVE UP THE BABY (guess what? they do!)

Amber, Jake and Aaron met on the Australian Surrogacy Community and now have a lifelong friendship. As they reach the end of the fourth trimester, they’re experiencing the perpetual journey that is a surrogacy relationship.

If you’ve recently welcomed a baby via surrogacy, you might be interested in what you need to do to register the birth, and apply for a Parentage Order.

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.

Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford (she/her). I’m a surrogacy, fertility and family lawyer. I’m also 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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