Mark Sewalt

by Sam Everingham

Posted on 2020-05-28 at 02:55:00

Sydney couple Mark (aged 38), and his partner David (33), are now dads through gestational surrogacy. They started their journey in 2016  engaged with their egg donor that year with IVF Australia, creating 10 embryos. In early 2018, they met their amazing surrogate Shell, her husband Chris, and their family in Taree, NSW. After a lot of getting to know each other, Shell and Chris offered to help them start a family. In April 2019,  their first transfer took. Mila Rose was born in December 2019 at 39 weeks.


The priority of most nations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been to close their borders to foreigners while getting their own citizens ‘back home’. Many countries have shut down government departments, closed visa applications – some have introduced night-time curfews. This repatriation focus on nationality over need has had a terrible impact on […]

How ‘twinning’ Facebook emojis connected a couple to their surrogate When Mark and David began their surrogacy search, they had no idea something as simple as a Facebook comment could lead them to their dream of starting a family. For many couples and individuals who find themselves in need of a surrogate, it can be […]

Growing Families have been working around the clock in recent months to assist parents from Australia, USA, UK, mainland Europe and Asia to travel to births. It has meant countless hours assisting with airline protocols, paperwork, embassies, visa, ground transport and that most precious commodity – love and understanding.We are sharing feedback below from just […]