The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 52: Sam. Sam is a surrogate in Queensland and mother of 5, who found her Victorian intended parents through an article posted online about the couples’ struggles with infertility. Sam, huge-hearted and generous, reached out to the couple and they developed a friendship. Their journey was considerably challenging, with extra bureaucracy and delays, and dealing with the Patient Review Panel process in Victoria. Sam was patient and determined, and all paid off with the surrogate birth of Noah in Queensland earlier this year. Sam is now 10 weeks’ post-partum and enjoying the surrogacy high in the fourth trimester.

You can find out more about the surrogacy laws in your state, and the process for surrogacy in Victoria, where Sam’s intended parents live.

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

I have published a book, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates, the only guide to surrogacy in Australia.

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.

Sarah can assist with Parentage Order applications for Queensland surrogacy arrangements, and offers full service or do-it-yourself parentage order packages.

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 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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