In this episode, I speak with Bec, a gestational surrogate for a Canberra family, who gave birth to Holly in 2016. Bec speaks with candour and humour about her journey and has lots of insights for intended parents and surrogates alike. Bec has children of her own, and lives in Victoria with her partner and family, and her intended parents live in Canberra. Bec and her intended parents found each other on social media, before proceeding with the arrangement through their clinic. Having a long-distant surrogacy had its challenges, including in the weeks around the birth and in the fourth trimester.

Bec’s intended father, Steve, later spoke to me for the Podcast in Episode 22.

Some things we talked about in this episode:

If you are new to surrogacy as an intended parent, you might like to start with this post. If you are a potential future surrogate, this post provides some information.

I’ve written 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.

If you are new to surrogacy, you can read about how to find a surrogate, or how to become a surrogate yourself.

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

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 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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