Welcome to Conversations, the podcast with Surrogacy Australia.

Join Anna McKie in conversation with surrogates and parents who have navigated Australian altruistic surrogacy. Anna is a gestational surrogate, high school Math teacher and surrogacy educator working with Surrogacy Australia and running SASS (Surrogacy Australia’s Support Service). 

On this page you will find episodes from surrogates. On the main podcast page you will find recent episodes and links to other categories: surrogates, gay dads, straight mums and education episodes.

These podcasts were recorded as part of our free, fortnightly webinar series. If you would like to attend one, check out our dates and registration links. The recordings can also be found on our YouTube channel so you can see the photos that are described in the recordings.
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Episode 50 – Inducing Lactation

Shadi and his partner are also dads themselves through surrogacy twice. He takes us through:

❤️ What’s the name of the protocol you follow?
🧡 When do you need to start taking meds/tablets?
💛 What pump did you use?
💚 How much should I expect to get each pump?
💙 How often to pump?
💜 Did you see a lactation consultant?
🤎 Did you have enough milk?
🤍 How long did you breastfeed for?

Episode 44 – Dr Shadi Khashaba

Shadi and his partner are also dads themselves through surrogacy twice. He takes us through:

❤️ How are the eggs collected from my donor?
🧡 How are the embryos made and genetically tested?
💛 What tests will the surrogate need?
💚 How is a surrogate’s menstrual cycle tracked prior to embryo transfer?
💙 Who is present at embryo transfer?
💜 Can a surrogate have a natural cycle instead of medicated?

Episode 36 – Partners of surrogates

  • What were your first thoughts when she brought up the idea of being a surrogate?
  • How did you find IPs?
  • How did your children feel about their mum being a surrogate?
  • How did your extended family react?
  • How was the pregnancy?
  • How was the birth and those first few weeks/months after?
  • Surrogates usually feel a high after surrogacy by birthing a child for their friends – how did you feel?
  • Do you still see the parents and the child?
  • What would you do differently?

Episode 30 – Is Traditional surrogacy ‘riskier’ than Gestational surrogacy?

We hear from Narelle as she explores the findings of her research:
❤️ Is TS harder on the surrogacy relationship?
🧡 Are TS more/less supported by their IPs?
💛 How do TS/GS perceive the surrogate pregnancy compared to their own?
💚 Do TS have a harder time relinquishing the baby?
💙 Is there more conflict between the surrogate and IPs in TS?
💜 Are there greater mental health challenges in TS?

Episode 23 – How to find a surrogate (from 3 Intended Parents who did)

Guests: Trudy, Alex and Carlo, Sue
How do I find a surrogate from family/friends?
How do I find an unknown surrogate?
How long will it take to find a surrogate?
What does it mean to be ‘active’ in the community – online and in person?
How do I put myself out there without being fake?
How do you stay positive when others find a surrogate before you?
What else can I do to increase my chances of finding a surrogate?
When do you decide to stop looking or go overseas for surrogacy?

​Episode 14 – Love Languages with Katrina Hale

Katrina is a Psychologist and Infertility Counsellor with over 25 years counselling experience.

In this episode, hear how Love Languages look for surrogacy teams and how best to plan for them so everyone has a full cup!

Episode 7 – Sarah-Jayne (SJ) Duryea – Psychologist

SJ has worked in the industry for more than 15 years as a Registered Psychologist, working with women and couples who are pursuing their dream of having a family, whether via IVF, surrogacy, sperm or egg donation, or adoption. 

As well as a mum, through surrogacy, to two children herself, she is passionate about helping parents manage parenting trials and create secure attachments to their young children. If you’d like to arrange your own session with SJ, you can find her at happyminds.net.au