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Domestic surrogate experience

The woman in this story chose to talk about her experience of being an altruistic surrogate because she really wanted Australian women who were contemplating undertaking a surrogacy to understand what they were signing up for.  The article was published a little while ago in Vogue magazine, so this is a scanned pdf and apologies… Continue reading Domestic surrogate experience

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Positive surrogacy perspectives

The VARTA website is a goldmine for resources and personal stories of families undertaking fertility treatment, including donor conception and surrogacy. One of my absolute favourites is this one, which provides an opportunity for 3 members of the one family to tell their surrogacy stories - the child, the mum and the surrogate.  I have… Continue reading Positive surrogacy perspectives

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Surrogacy legal checklist

This resource has been around for a little while now, but it doesn't stop it being incredibly helpful for anyone exploring the option of undertaking a domestic surrogacy arrangement.  This checklist really helps you to consider the legal issues of any surrogacy arrangement to be undertaken at home - it certainly doesn't replace legal advice,… Continue reading Surrogacy legal checklist

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The (overly) complex world of domestic surrogacy

This article from the weekend West Australian newspaper discusses the complexity of domestic surrogacy, and how this is serving as a disincentive for people to find a surrogate within Australia. In my view it is complete madness to create a system which actually makes people view cross border surrogacy as being the easiest choice, and… Continue reading The (overly) complex world of domestic surrogacy

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Pathways to surrogacy

I just found this article examining various experiences of women who have become surrogates in Australia. The article is a couple of years old, but worth sharing here regardless http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/australian-surrogate-mothers-discuss-volunteering-to-carry-anothers-baby-20140911-10a931.html

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Surrogacy and Child welfare

I was curious to read this article https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2016/dec/14/what-social-workers-need-to-know-about-surrogacy published this week  about surrogacy in the UK.  I was initially rather confronted by the tone of the article - it came across as rather "anti-surrogacy". Having had a second read though, I can more clearly see the concern expressed by the author about the genuine risks associated with surrogacy... when… Continue reading Surrogacy and Child welfare

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2016 Reflections

A couple of days ago, a colleague asked what 2017 would hold for me, and I admitted I didn't yet know.  Only 12 months ago I was still in the final crazy preparations for my Churchill Fellowship (at this stage I was in the countdown - 12 days until departure).  For most of this year,… Continue reading 2016 Reflections

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Surrogacy counselling

Narelle has extensive experience in providing both pre and post surrogacy counselling.   As a clinical and health psychologist she is trained to undertake all assessment that may be required by the court to demonstrate capacity to undertake a surrogacy arrangement, and increase the likelihood of a smooth running surrogacy arrangement.  Narelle undertakes surrogacy counselling and assessment  in accordance with… Continue reading Surrogacy counselling

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Who are the surrogacy IPs?

Surrogacy is no-one's first choice to having a family. It can be a tough long road, and also often really expensive.  This young couple have an all-too-familiar story of why they are seeking a surrogate - I wish them all the luck in the world to find a woman who can help them! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3805927/Uterine-cancer-victim-searches-surrogate-mother.html

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Hidden costs of cross-border surrogacy

For any family contemplating surrogacy, either at home or overseas, it is critical that due consideration be given to medical costs associated with the pregnancy, and postpartum care of the infant (particularly if there is premature delivery or postpartum complications).  This complexity of this issue in the USA left my head spinning during my recent… Continue reading Hidden costs of cross-border surrogacy