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Angie Paterdis & Mel Kouvidis

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2016-12-13 at 22:33:41

Angie’s journey began in 2013 in Brisbane. After some highs and lows she and her husband were blessed with twins in late 2015 with the help of close friend Mel. She will discuss the ups and downs of her journey. Angie and Mel chose to undertake their IVF in the US to fast-track the process.

Mel’s surrogacy journey was a life changing, smooth-flowing experience between great friends and family.  Without a doubt it was the best thing Mel has done. No regrets and in a heart beat she would do it again.



Gay dad Rodney Cruise is something of an expert on setting expectations in Co-parenting arrangements. Over the last 14 years Rodney and his Taiwanese partner Jeff have between them fathered a child via surrogacy, four via co-parenting with two lesbian couples and five further children via ‘identity-release’ sperm donation. For many busy professionals, co-parenting seems […]

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.  […]

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