The Surrogacy Process Chart: A step-by-step guide of an expected timeline and estimated cost breakdown of Australian surrogacy.

This amazing infographic was created by intended dad and surrogacy community member Tyson Smith, with input from the community and experts in the field. The infographic was developed to help intended parents and surrogates answer the age-old questions – how much does surrogacy cost in Australia, and how long will it take?

While the figures are of course estimates and each arrangement is different, this visual tool can help teams develop realistic expectations for the process, timeline and costs.

If you are new to surrogacy, you can read about how to find a surrogate, or how to become a surrogate yourself. You can also download the free Surrogacy Handbook which explains the processes and options.

Looking for a surrogate and not sure where to start? We Need a Surrogate – What’s Next? And if you have a surrogate or intended parents, you can get started on the surrogacy process.

You can find more information about what things cost money in a surrogacy arrangement, with a helpful list for the team to work through together.

Surrogacy Process Chart v2.5


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 read a broad overview for surrogacy in Australia and how it works.

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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