4.50 – 5.50pm

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2019-03-30 at 00:50:02

Parent Journeys

In-depth discussion & Q&A with Irish parents who engaged at home and offshore detailing what to expect – processes, costs,  what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles with surrogacy and egg donation

Ciara Dowling (Mum via Ukraine) Richard Shawyer (dad via USA), John Furlong (Gay dad via Ireland)


Many of us have benefited from egg donors to have a family – now its our turn to give back by becoming a sperm donor. Over the past couple of years, Australia has seen sperm donor waitlists escalate because of the pandemic. We’ve also seen increased demand for sperm, with increasing numbers of single women […]

As Australia’s 11th consumer conference on family building options approaches on 18-19 June in Sydney, Growing Families director Sam Everingham profiles one of the many woman who struggled with repeated miscarriages over more than a decade, before turning with her partner to a US surrogacy program using donor eggs and sperm from her partner’s brother.  […]

Ukrainian Surrogate

For many couples who have experienced medical complications in pregnancy, including the heartbreak of late miscarriage or still-birth, working with a surrogate to create their family becomes the best way forward. However surrogacy arrangements can be complicated emotionally and logistically. Our information days profile surrogates, egg donors and parents who have gone down this route. […]