Amy Day and Alex Miller
Amy Day has a 12 week old daughter Roxy thanks to the help of her sister Alex Miller. Alex offered to be an altruistic surrogate as Amy was born without a uterus. The sisters both say it was a positive experience despite a few tensions along the way. Alex says she was caught off guard by the emotional bond she formed with Amy’s baby, especially in the immediate days after the birth. And she finds it hard living in the US, far away from Roxy. 'I just wish I could reach out and give that little girl a cuddle," she says.
'Lisa" was an altruistic surrogate for friends who were unable to conceive. But it didn’t go to plan. At the twelve-week scan, doctors discovered the fetus had a high probability of having Edward's Syndrome. The intended parents wanted to terminate the pregnancy, but Lisa felt very uncomfortable with that - she thought there might be a slim chance the baby could be fine. However, on the wishes of the intended parents, she went through with the termination. 'It is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do," she says.
Kajsa Ekis Ekman
Kajsa Ekis Ekman says surrogacy goes against women’s fundamental rights. 'I liken (it) very much to the prostitution industry. Instead of you know being sex for sale it’s reproductive prostitution where basically women are turned into breeders and when children are bought and sold."
Cherise Tainton had four children from a previous marriage, but wanted a fifth child with her new partner. However, she was medically unable to. With limited altruistic options in Australia, she enlisted the help of a surrogacy clinic in India. She says she paid the surrogate over and above the clinic’s set fees in order to help the surrogate. 'She (the surrogate) was doing it for her family to have a better life and put her kids through education and everything so we offered her more money," she says. Her resulting daughter, Rhani, is now four years old.