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Charli Lee

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2017-10-26 at 04:17:12

Australian surrogate (QLD)

Charli’s journey started with local Intended Parents local with whom she had a long term relationship. That faltered after two failed transfers. Saddened, Charli attended the FTS Brisbane conference in 2016. It was there she met a heterosexual couple who had also had a recent breakdown with their surrogate. They became friends and began supporting each other.  Charli ultimately offered to carry for this couple. Theirs has been a loving journey, albeit with ups and downs due to Australian laws being so difficult and unsupportive of surrogates and unenforceable for IPs.  Charli birthed Lucia in early December 2017.

Charlie then had a third journey with a local same-sex couple as a traditional surrogate and birthed in March 2021.


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