The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 75: Elyse. Elyse and her partner went through many years and many rounds of fertility treatment before researching donor conception and overseas surrogacy. They eventually created embryos with an Australian donor with a Thai clinic, and went on to have twins via surrogacy in Thailand. The babies were born not long after the surrogacy situation in Thailand changed dramatically, with the Baby Gammy saga.

Several years later, when they were preparing for the twins to graduate from childcare to school, Elyse discovered she was pregnant – naturally! She went on to deliver her daughter in 2019. She’s now one of ‘those women’ who conceived naturally after infertility – a unique and rather special place to be.

Elyse and I talked about her journey in Thailand,  and returning to Australia with the babies, and parenting after surrogacy. As Elyse says, ‘if you’re gonna go through all of that, you definitely want a baby. These kids are going to be the most loved children in the entire world because their parents fought so hard to have them.”

Some additional resources that you might find helpful when exploring international surrogacy:

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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