It is a decade since Australia hosted its first conference on family formation options for infertile Australians, gay singles and couples. Since that time around 3000 infants have been born to Australians utilising surrogacy – around half this number to same-sex couples.
Back in 2011, most Australian gay intended parents were engaged in India, USA (and later Thailand). Many of these (including our family) now have children aged eleven or twelve. These kids are starting to hit puberty and teenage rebellion lies just around the corner.
Surrogates And Egg Donors In Australia
Increasing numbers now work with surrogates and egg donors right here in Australia. From embryo transfers in 2019, the most recent year available, 73 babies were born via Australian surrogates. Over half of these are carried for gay singles or couples.
Panels will feature parents who have completed their family in Australia and overseas as well as three pre-teens (one of them my daughter!) talking about identity, growing up with dads instead of a mum, telling friends at school and their relationship with their donor or surrogate.
Tickets include networking drinks on Saturday night with parents, surrogates, donors and experts.