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Sarah Jefford presents the Australian Surrogacy Podcast - sharing stories about surrogacy, from intended parents and surrogates.
Sarah is a surrogate and a surrogacy lawyer in Australia. Join Sarah as she shares information and surrogacy stories from around the country.

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Sarah Jefford

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9, 31 Ratings

Sarah Jefford presents the Australian Surrogacy Podcast - sharing stories about surrogacy, from intended parents and surrogates.
Sarah is a surrogate and a surrogacy lawyer in Australia. Join Sarah as she shares information and surrogacy stories from around the country.

    Emma and Alex

    Emma and Alex

    The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 89: Emma and Alex. Emma and Alex are intended parents in Canberra, hoping to grow their family through surrogacy. They have one child, Felix, and after Emma was treated for cervical cancer they are hoping to grow their family through surrogacy. Emma has been doing IVF (and more IVF) with ovarian grafting treatment in Melbourne. Emma is a teacher, but she would love to be a pastry chef! Alex's hobby is painting tiny wartime figurines!

    • 12 min
    Episode 88: Hayley

    Episode 88: Hayley

    The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 88: Hayley. Hayley is a donor conceived person in Victoria, and her parents shared with her that she was donor conceived when she was 12 years old. When she was older, Hayley did a DNA test with consumer-DNA sites (like Ancestry and 23andme), and worked out who her biological father was, and connected with several donor-conceived siblings. Hayley later connected with her biological father through the Central Register which is managed by VARTA.

    • 52 min
    Anthony And Patrick

    Anthony And Patrick

    The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 87: Anthony and Patrick. Anthony and Patrick are gay dads in Sydney, and they became dads through surrogacy when their daughter was born in 2017. Their surrogate, Bree, was on Episode 42 of the Podcast, and she and her family live in Victoria. The team progressed with a gestational surrogacy arrangement to have Haesel, and later entered a traditional surrogacy arrangement to try and have a a sibling for Haesel. They are now putting themselves out there for the possibility of meeting new friends who might help them grow their family.

    • 1 hr
    Adelle

    Adelle

    The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 86: Adelle. Adelle became a mother almost two years ago when she gave birth to her son, Lincoln. The birth was smooth, but the aftermath was anything but. Adelle suffered a significant injury arising from the birth, which resulted in her having an ileostomy, which ultimately saved her life. Part of her journey of recovery and healing from her birth trauma including setting up her personal Instagram page at Overnight Ostomate where she found support and solidarity from other people with ileostomies.

    Adelle now runs Haven Legal Co, (also on Instagram @Haven_Legal_Co) where you can get your wills and estate planning sorted. Whether you are an intended parent or surrogate, you should make sure your will is up to date to reflect your intentions for where you want your estate to go if you or your partner die.

    • 36 min
    Emma Lee

    Emma Lee

    The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 85: Emma-Lee. Emma-Lee is an egg donor, and is also a genetic genealogist - she researches genetic histories as a hobby. This means she can find out all sorts of information about someone, based on them, or their genetic relatives, having uploaded their DNA to a consumer site, such as Ancestry.com.

    • 41 min
    Crystal

    Crystal

    The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 84: Crystal. Crystal was a surrogate for friends Martin and Paul, whom she met through the online surrogacy community. You might like to listen to Martin and Paul's episode 73 as well, as this team has some great advice from all their perspectives.

    Crystal and I recorded this interview during the COVID pandemic, when she was about six months' post birth. The pandemic meant that the Parentage Order was made in the Judge's chambers, and that Crystal couldn't travel to see Martin, Paul and Zac for the planned hearing and celebration. Crystal reflects on the hormonal roller-coaster post-birth and the fourth trimester, and her experiences of maintaining the relationship and connections when they can't be in each other's company.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Hunnybear3 ,

Essential listening for anyone who is part of a surrogacy arrangement or wider family

Absolutely awesome podcast that puts you in the shoes and emotions of all the different arrangements of surrogacy teams. Educate yourself to understand how different teams work through the challenges of navigating the rollercoaster of making families the modern way. Sarah is the person you want to take you on this journey.

Thorondor11 ,

A wonderful resource for our surrogacy community

Thank you Sarah for all of the podcasts you have shared with us. There is such a variety to listen and every surrogate and Intended Parent, if they're engaging in surrogacy in Australia or overseas, will find another person who has been through a similar experience. It makes surrogacy less daunting. I have listened to every single episode (groupie!) and the recent episode with Costa had me smiling the whole time. Exactly what surrogacy is about, what joy!
Thank you, Anna from Adelaide.

cherry court ,

Great resource and document

Thank you Sarah for this fantastic documentation of the current experience. It has been a trove of information for us as IPs and useful to show our extended friends and family for a deeper understanding.

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