Crystal Brouwers

by Sam Everingham

Posted on 2020-05-28 at 04:25:54

Crystal (CJ) met her IF’s via the Egg Donation Australia Forum in May 2018 and commenced the steps towards surrogacy in late 2018 through Melbourne IVF. Crystal achieved a successful pregnancy after only a few transfers and after a reasonably easy pregnancy,  gave birth to a baby boy in December 2019. Crystal came to surrogacy after being an egg donor and as a means to ‘pay it forward’ after using donor sperm to create her own children,  aged 9 and 4. She lives in Brisbane and her IFs are in Melbourne.


In my capacity as an expert on cross-border surrogacy globally, I was invited to an International Forum In Cambridge, UK on 29-30 June this year. Experts were weighted towards lawyers and non-profits from the UK, US & Australia, with reasonable representation from Switzerland,  China, Hong Kong, South Africa & New Zealand and much smaller representation of […]

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What is a surrogate? The word surrogate just means appointed to act in the place of.  Surrogacy refers to an arrangement whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant for the purpose of gestating and giving birth to a child for a couple or single person with the intention of giving that child to that person/people […]

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 However like the long outdated provisions criminalising abortion in NSW, these are laws which have never been prosecuted.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 […]