Susan, Customer Service and Account Manager. I am a surrogate in Brisbane, am a mother of three adult children and I’ve been married for 22 years.
I became a surrogate because I wanted to be able to make full use of my body and child-bearing years, and help someone who had trouble doing what I can do, without even a second thought.
The best thing about my surrogacy journey was being able to give my intended father a child of his own. This would not have been possible without a surrogate and the gratitude and love he has for his little boy is amazing.
The most challenging part of my surrogacy journey was post birth. NOT handing over the baby…that’s the best part! But, those rampaging hormones and emotions can really get the better of you, and without the full physical and emotional support and understanding of your intended parents, it can be extremely difficult and upsetting.
I am going to be a surrogate again, despite the difficulties and challenges. We will be transferring next month with new intended parents who are currently a couple and we hope to help the become a family.
My advice to any woman considering being a surrogate is the two R’s…Research and Relationship. Really do your research before engaging with any intended parents. Join the forums and Facebook groups, ask as many questions as you can and then when you do venture into the world of finding intended parents, build that relationship. Take your time, get to know each other, spend time together…without talking surrogacy. Enjoy the company and really work on building the strongest, most stable, open and honest relationship you can. Get all the nitty gritty and hard stuff out of the way once you have offered and then you can feel as though everyone is on the same page and if need be, take advantage of extra counselling throughout the journey to help with this relationship. I could go on……but hey I’m a member of a few groups so feel free to ask if you come across me at some stage.
Do not contact the surrogates who have shared their stories to ask them to be your surrogate. You can read more about finding a surrogate in Australia, and how to connect with a surrogate.
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Susan joined me on the Podcast, and you can hear all about her second journey as a surrogate in Brisbane, on Episode 94.
If you are a woman considering becoming a surrogate in Brisbane, or anywhere in Australia, you can access a free initial legal advice consult – click the link at the bottom of the page.
You can find more information in the free Surrogacy Handbook, reading articles in the Blog, by listening to more episodes of the Podcast. You can also book in for a consult with me below.
Sarah is the only lawyer in Australia practising exclusively in surrogacy and donor conception, or ‘family creation’ law. Sarah has been a surrogacy lawyer for many surrogacy arrangements in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Ipswich and North Lakes, Far North Queensland and across Queensland.