Michelle Fenwick

by Sam Everingham

Posted on 2019-09-24 at 07:43:43

Michelle is 42 years old, married to husband Glenn with two kids aged 16 & 13. She offered to be a gestational surrogate for a friend that she knew through work. As gay intended dads, surrogacy was their preferred option to start a family. They had two embryos banked wit IVF Australia in Sydney, and when the first failed to thaw, they had just remaining embryo to work with. They were incredibly lucky to be successfully pregnant after that one transfer. After a pretty smooth pregnancy, Michelle gave birth to baby Alice Michelle in March 2019 and carried a second child, Isaac for the same Sydney couple in November 2020.


Surrogacy can fall into the categories of altruistic or commercial. Altruistic surrogacy means that the surrogate derives no financial benefit from being a surrogate with the exception of having her reasonable expenses of the surrogacy paid. Commercial surrogacy is the opposite, being an arrangement whereby the surrogate obtains a financial benefit beyond her expenses for […]

If your surrogate is due to give birth prior to 30 July in a country with travel restrictions, please contact your surrogacy agency for advice. The following ‘source’ countries have set up channels of communication with governments in respect to emergency travel and fast-tracked document processing. If you are from one of these countries, email […]

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 […]