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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Someone Else's Child : A Surrogate's Story
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'On a summer morning in Canberra, Sue Phillips gave birth for the fourth time. Sue's husband was by her side, along with Lily, the baby's genetic mother. Labour was brief, but excruciating; and only minutes afterwards, Sue wrapped the newborn in a blanket and handed her over to Lily.

What does it take to carry someone else's child? What does it feel like to give her up?

'Motivated by a strong desire to help, Sue first approached Lily after hearing about her health problems from a mutual friend. Facing a childless future, Lily and her husband were ecstatic, but Sue's surrogacy commitment was only the first step in a long, often difficult, journey for both couples.

Someone Else's Child is the story of Sue's experience as a "gestational carrier" - at the age of thirty-nine, with a family of her own, when surrogacy in Australia is still rare, and commercial surrogacy illegal. In her own words, Sue describes the emotional highs and lows, bureaucratic hurdles, physical challenges, family pressures, legal confusion and social scrutiny that followed her decision to become a surrogate.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: To my gorgeous husband, my delightful children, and 'The Clan'. I love you all. To my mother and father, for believing I could do anything I set my mind to and supporting me when I tried.

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Works about this Work

The Things Nobody Tells You Frances Stewart , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 9 May 2010; (p. 27)
Untitled Paula Grunseit , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 89 no. 7 2010; (p. 39)

— Review of Someone Else's Child : A Surrogate's Story Sue Phillips , 2010 single work autobiography
Untitled Paula Grunseit , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 89 no. 7 2010; (p. 39)

— Review of Someone Else's Child : A Surrogate's Story Sue Phillips , 2010 single work autobiography
The Things Nobody Tells You Frances Stewart , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 9 May 2010; (p. 27)
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