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Episode 28: The ARTA Review in Victoria

By |2018-11-13T02:33:58+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

In this episode, Sarah chats about the current Review in the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act in Victoria. Submissions are open now, and close on 21 September.
If you have experienced infertility or IVF treatment in Victoria, now is your time to make a submission.
You can go to and find the ART Review, where you can answer the survey or write your own submission.
If you are interested in more information, or want to know more about Surrogacy Australia’s submission, contact Sarah at

Episode 27: NT Surrogacy Laws with Rebecca

By |2018-11-13T02:30:50+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Rebecca is a Darwin woman who would like to be a surrogate – but, as she’s discovered, the NT doesn’t have any surrogacy laws. This means it’s virtually impossible for surrogates or intended parents to have a baby in the NT, which forces intended parents to move interstate or go overseas. Rebecca is campaigning for surrogacy laws to be introduced in the NT, and you can help her by getting behind the campaign, signing the petition and liking her page NT Surrogacy Advocacy Group.

Episde 26: Renee (Part 2)

By |2018-11-13T02:26:51+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: australia, infertility, ivf, motherhood|

Renee shares her second surrogacy journey with us, with different intended parents. Renee and her partner approached the journey with the benefit of their first experience, but they were met with many challenges along the way. Their friendship with their intended parents is strong, but as you’ll hear, surrogacy is about so much more than just having a baby.

Episode 26: Renee (Part 1)

By |2018-11-13T02:24:38+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: australia, pregnancy loss, surrogacy|

Renee tells us the story of her first surrogacy journey, including the ups and downs that eventually resulted in the birth of Ethan for his intended parents. This is Part 1 of Renee’s story – stay tuned for Part 2 in a few weeks!

Episode 25: Gareth

By |2018-11-13T02:20:44+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: australia, motherhood|

Gareth became a father through surrogacy in January 2018, with the birth of his son Rixon. Gareth’s surrogate was Jess, who was a great friend of Gareth’s wife, Bec. Sadly, Bec passed away during the pregnancy due to complications arising from cystic fibrosis. This is a beautiful and tragic story of Gareth and Bec’s story of becoming parents, and of Bec’s legacy.

Episode 24: Ben

By |2018-11-13T02:18:55+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: gayparents, interstate surrogacy|

Ben and his partner Terry live in Queensland, and earlier this year they became dads when their surrogate, Kath, gave birth to baby Ivy. Kath lives in Victoria, and despite the distance between them, this team had a really positive experience and have built a strong and lovely relationship between their two families.

Episode 23: Rachel (Part 2)

By |2018-11-13T02:13:38+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

This is part 2 of a 3-part interview with Rachel. In this episode, Rachel talks about finding her final intended parents, Marian and David, and their journey to the birth of baby Hugo. Unfortunately, Hugo was diagnosed late in the pregnancy with a genetic condition, and he passed away a few days after his birth. This is a truly moving, heart-wrenching and special story of how four people came together and created a family, and survived the saddest of surrogacy outcomes.

Episode 23: Rachel (Part 1)

By |2018-11-13T02:11:14+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

This is Part 1 in a 3-part episode with Rachel, a surrogate who has delivered 5 babies for their intended parents. In this episode, Rachel tells her story of starting as an egg donor, and then as a traditional surrogate. There were many bumps in the road, but Rachel’s tenacity and strength are inspiring.

Episode 22: Steve

By |2018-11-13T02:09:00+00:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Steve is a father through surrogacy, and he and his wife Jen welcomed baby Holly in 2016. I interviewed Steve and Jen’s surrogate, Bec, earlier in the podcast. Steve reflects on his journey as an intended father, and managing the challenges of infertility, and surrogacy, particularly with an interstate surrogate.

Episode 21: Marnie B

By |2018-11-13T02:06:50+00:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Marnie B is a gestational surrogate for interstate intended parents. Marnie and her team did a mammoth amount of research and preparation prior to proceeding with the arrangement, and the preparation is paying off. If you are thinking about becoming a surrogate, I recommend listening to Marnie’s interview and taking note of all her amazing wisdom.

Episode 20: Sarah & Anna present at the Surrogacy Conference

By |2018-11-13T02:02:12+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Sarah and Anna presented this session to the Australian Surrogacy Conference in June. You’ll hear from Sarah with a broad overview of the surrogacy process in Australia, and then you’ll hear Anna talking about how to make connections and build strong foundations for a positive surrogacy journey within Australia.

Episode 18: Amanda

By |2018-11-13T01:52:55+00:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: australia, gayparents, traditional surrogacy|

Amanda was a traditional surrogate for her friends Dhusk and Tim, and gave birth to Sailor earlier this year. Traditional surrogacy, where a surrogate uses her own egg, is less common than gestational surrogacy, and can be a different dynamic and journey.

Episode 17: Sara from Canada

By |2018-11-13T01:50:39+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: australia, Canada|

Sara is a Canadian gestational surrogate for Australian intended parents. She gave birth to baby Logan in January, and recently traveled to Australia and spent time with Logan and his parents. She also attend the Australian Surrogacy Conference and supported the Australian Surrogacy Sisterhood Day in Sydney.

Episode 16: Brett & Stuart

By |2018-11-13T01:46:33+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Canada, gayparents|

Brett and Stuart conceived baby Findlay with the help of a surrogacy in Canada. But things did not go to plan, and Findlay had to arrive at 25 weeks, due to his surrogate suffering with pre-eclampsia. As a result, Brett and Stuart up-ended their lives in Sydney, and lived in Canada for more than 5 months, until Findlay was big and strong enough to travel home to Australia.

Episode 15: Sarah and Sheridon

By |2018-11-13T01:42:46+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: australia, gayparents, lgbtiq, surrogacy, traditional surrogacy|

Sarah sat down and chatted with Sheridon Byrne, a Melbourne-based Doula, to talk about Sarah’s surrogacy journey. Sheridon provides Doula services to the queer community, and we talked about how surrogacy can be an option to grow a family.

Episode 14: Henry & Lisa

By |2018-11-13T01:33:55+00:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: australia, surrogacy|

Henry & Lisa are well-known in the surrogacy community, both for their support of other intended parents and surrogates, but also for their senses of humour. In this episode, we chat about the upcoming birth of their baby, conceived through egg donation and surrogacy, and how they’ve traversed the infertility terrain.

Episode 11: Hillary

By |2018-11-12T22:20:55+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Canada, cancer survivor, induced lactation, surrogacy|

Hillary survived cancer as a single mother, and when she met her prince charming years later, they decided to grow their family through surrogacy.

I am always inspired and humbled when I hear stories from women who have often gone through infertility, loss or survived cancer before turning to surrogacy. Hillary went through so much, and her tenacity and strength is amazing.

Episode 10: Mike & Glenn

By |2018-10-29T10:33:11+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: australia, gayparents, lgbtiq, parenthood, surrogacy|

Mike and Glenn pursued surrogacy overseas, but after hitting roadblocks and ultimately not having any success, they turned to Australian surrogacy – and are now eagerly awaiting the birth of their daughter, with the help of egg donor Cass, and their surrogate Kate.

You will hear Mike and Glenn mention a few things in this episode, which might pique your interest:
You can find the Australian Surrogacy Community and Egg Donation Australia on Facebook.
You can also find Shannon Garner’s book about Australian surrogacy, Labour of Love, in all good bookstores and online.

Episode 9: Phillipa

By |2018-10-29T10:29:18+00:00June 12th, 2018|Categories: australia, cancer survivor, induced lactation, interstate surrogacy|

Phillipa survived cervical cancer, and managed to create eggs from grafted ovarian tissue, and embryos with donated sperm. She’s now eagerly awaiting the birth of her baby with the help of a surrogate living on the other side of Australia. As if that’s not enough, Phillipa is inducing lactation so she can breastfeed her baby. Phillipa is an inspiration and has such an amazing story to tell

Episode 8: Hayley

By |2018-10-29T10:24:11+00:00June 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Hayley is a gestational surrogate, and she and her intended parents all live in WA. Not everything went smoothly in Hayley’s surrogacy journey, and particularly during the last trimester. Hayley has some great advice for anyone exploring surrogacy and for how to make sure you have a positive experience.

Hayley volunteers with Surrogacy Australia and organises regular surrogacy catch-ups in WA. If you are interested in finding out more, join the Australian Surrogacy Community on Facebook and go to

Episode 7: Carla (Part 1)

By |2018-10-29T10:10:47+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: australia, egg donation, gayparents, lgbtiq|

This is a 2-part episode with Carla, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate. Carla has donated her eggs to 8 couples! In this episode we explore her egg donations and her reasons for donating, and hear all about her relationships with her donor babies and their parents.
If you are interested in egg donation, join the Egg Donation Australia group on Facebook.

Episode 6: Felicity (Part 2)

By |2018-10-29T02:04:49+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: America, infant loss, infertility, motherhood, parenthood, pregnancy loss, surrogacy|

This is Part 2 of my interview with Felicity. Felicity is a parent through surrogacy in the US after suffering infertility and loss.
Make sure to listen to Part 1 first!

Episode 5: Rhiannon

By |2018-10-29T02:03:34+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: gayparents, sister, surrogacy|

In this episode you’ll hear from the sensational Rhiannon, who was a gestational surrogate for her brother and his partner not once, but twice – and is planning on doing it again!

Listen now to hear how Rhiannon took her Aunty duties to a whole new level, all the while single parenting her own three kids and with the support of her interstate intended parents.

Episode 4: Bec

By |2018-10-29T02:03:04+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: infertility, ivf, motherhood, parenthood, surrogacy|

In this episode, I speak with Bec. Bec was a gestational surrogate and gave birth to Holly in 2016, for an interstate couple. Bec speaks with candour and humour about her journey and has lots of insights for intended parents and surrogates alike.

Episode 3: Troy

By |2018-10-13T02:29:14+00:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: australia, gayparents, infertility, ivf, lgbtiq, parenthood, surrogacy|

In this episode of The Australian Surrogacy Podcast, I interviewed my husband, Troy, about his experience as the partner of a surrogate. I was often asked what Troy thought of me being a surrogate, so this week I thought it would be good to hear from Troy himself.

Episode 2: Mike & Nate

By |2018-11-13T02:38:28+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: australia, gayparents, infertility, ivf, surrogacy, traditional surrogacy|

In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing my intended parents, Mike and Nate, about their surrogacy journey and becoming dads to baby Darcey.

Mike and Nate started talking about having children on their second date, and they considered a few different options before committing to surrogacy in Australia. It was another 5 years before they welcomed Darcey, and you’ll hear about what they went through to become dads.

I might be a bit biased, but I think they’re pretty special and it was lovely chatting with them and reflecting on our journey together.

Episode 1: Introducing Sarah

By |2018-10-13T02:29:57+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: australia, gayparents, infertility, ivf, motherhood, parenthood, surrogacy|

In this first episode of The Australian Surrogacy Podcast, you’ll hear from me, Sarah Jefford, and about why I decided to make a surrogacy podcast.

I am a surrogate and a surrogacy lawyer living in Melbourne with my family. In 2015 I decided to become a surrogate, and in January 2018 I gave birth to a baby girl, Darcey, for her two dads Mike and Nate.

You’ll hear all about my journey to becoming a surrogate, as well as about me as a surrogacy lawyer.

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