Surrogacy Pregnancy and Birth Package

If you and your team are planning a surrogacy birth, you will be keen to make sure your healthcare provider is sensitive and responsive to the dynamics and needs of your team. Whilst most hospitals are keen to do the right thing by a surrogacy team, there’s a good chance that the staff will not have had much experience with surrogacy arrangements over their careers.

Surrogacy pregnancies and births are complex, even when they go smoothly. The hospital needs to manage their duties to the pregnant person, as well as the baby. They may not be so focused on recognising or supporting the interests of the intended parents, and their resources may be stretched such that accommodating all the needs of the team is just not possible.

There are a few things that can help with navigating and negotiating hospital management of a surrogacy birth, including having a Birth Plan outlining expectations for the pregnancy and birth care arrangements.

When it comes to leaving the hospital, being discharged separately, or ensuring the surrogate and the baby are treated appropriately, many teams benefit from having a Parenting Plan in place. A Parenting Plan is not a Court Order like a Parentage Order, but it can provide a documented agreement about the birth parents relinquishing the baby into the intended parents’ care, and allow for separate discharge from hospital.

I provide a Pregnancy and Birth Package for surrogacy teams which includes:

  1. A Birth Plan that you can edit to your own needs;
  2. A Parenting Plan to provide to the hospital that recognises the intended parents as the parents of the baby;
  3. A Best Practice Policy guide for healthcare providers managing a surrogacy birth;
  4. Advice and advocacy for dealing with a hospital or healthcare provider to ensure the team is appropriately cared for.

Get in touch to find out more and let me know what you need.

Read more about Planning a Surrogacy Birth, and Hospital Management of a Surrogacy Birth.

Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford. 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.