We Need a Surrogate: What’s Next?

Now that you’ve decided to pursue surrogacy, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Whether it’s in Australia or overseas, with a donor or your own gametes,  this chart shows you all the steps involved.

If you have a surrogate or intended parents, you can get started on the surrogacy processYou might also like to familiarise yourself with the surrogacy laws in your state.

You can also download the chart, which includes hyperlinks.

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You need to make sure that you qualify for surrogacy before proceeding. Intended parents must have a medical or social need to pursue surrogacy in Australia. If you think you have a medical reason for surrogacy, you will need your specialist to approve you to go ahead.

If you are still seeking information, be sure to check out the Surrogacy & Donor Conception Blog, listen to the Surrogacy Podcast and download the free Surrogacy Handbook.

You can read more about how to find a surrogate in Australia. If you are thinking about becoming a surrogate, you can read more about it, including finding out if you qualify, and access free initial advice with Sarah.

Surrogacy is altruistic in Australia, meaning the surrogate cannot be paid a fee or reward to be a surrogate. The intended parents and the surrogate might want to think about all the costs involved and how much money is needed for surrogacy.

Many Australian intended parents travel overseas for surrogacy. You can find out about international surrogacy options which includes links to more resources and Facebook groups, as well as Surrogacy Podcast episodes with intended parents who went overseas.

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

Interested in reading real stories from real Australian surrogates? The Amazing Surrogacy Project shares stories from surrogates about the ups and downs of altruistic surrogate.

If you are a considering becoming a surrogate, you can book in for a free initial consult to discuss the processes and how it all works.

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 two 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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