The setting was especially apt. Earlier in the day I had appeared in the County Court of Victoria, and had obtained a substitute parentage order for my clients, who were the intended parents under a surrogacy arrangement. My clients had gone to India in 2012- after changes had been set out by the Indian government, and paid many thousands of dollars having their embryos frozen- but at a time when the doctor knew or ought reasonably to have known that nothing could be done with those embryos other than freezing them.
When my clients first approached me, I was of the opinion in all likelihood there was probably little that they could do about their frozen embryos (unfortunately I was right), and that they should start again- this time with a domestic surrogacy arrangement. They did so- and in the process became the first surrogacy arrangement through to completion by City Fertility Centre in Melbourne.
That arrangement had a few minor bumps ont he way, but overall went through very smoothly.
So following that court appearance, it was over to City Fertility Centre to present, for what I was told was for an hour. Well, that was the plan. Instead, I was asked so many questions by an incredibly enthusiastic audience, that I stopped speaking- exhausted- 2 1/4 hours later! I talked about the usual suspects- surrogacy, and egg and sperm donation, and the laws and practices concerning each. I gave practical examples about how when others thought that my clients would not be able to become parents, I was able to guide them through the legal maze and enable them to become parents.
A wholly satisfying day!