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.

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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