Amanda Bates

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2017-11-07 at 05:05:53

Amanda lost her second son in 2014 when her uterus ruptured at 36 weeks due to an undiagnosed condition of placenta increta, requiring an emergency hysterectomy.  She and her husband travelled to the USA and were matched with a surrogate, but their IVF cycle didn’t produce any viable embryos to transfer.  In 2015 they started IVF cycles here in Australia. A close friend offered to be their surrogate and after 10 IVF stimulation cycles and six embryo transfers they had a baby girl in September 2017.


It has been our great pleasure and privilege to have worked with Irish couples who have pursued their route to parenthood via surrogacy. It is essential that any person who is considering pursuing surrogacy as a route to parenthood must ensure that they are as fully informed about the process as is possible, that they […]

Three Australian jurisdictions – NSW, ACT & Queensland – have laws criminalising overseas surrogacy. However like the long outdated provisions criminalising abortion in NSW, these are laws which have never been prosecuted. In fact even when the rare case has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, they have declined to take action. There […]

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