Podcast Episode 172: Should We Decriminalize Paid Surrogacy?

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 172 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to an advocate of decriminalizing paid surrogacy about common misconceptions around surrogacy and why she believes the current laws penalize families.

This podcast and the website are all about the many forms that families take, which includes the way those families are created. We’ve discussed surrogacy on a number of occasions. It’s a compelling topic, especially given that Canada has become what some call a medical tourism destination for surrogacy.

Yet there are a lot of misconceptions about surrogacy and a lot of grey area that my guest on this episode wants to see change. Leia Swanberg is the founder and owner of Canadian Fertility Consulting, or CFC, a prominent surrogacy consulting agency, and an outspoken advocate for decriminalizing surrogacy. She shares her own experience with surrogacy, personally and professionally, including a news-making run-in with the law.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Leia’s guest post on surrogacy

Canadian Fertility Consulting (CFC) website

Related Article: Surrogacy – The Ultimate Gift

Related Episode: My Sister, the Surrogate

Related Episode: The Secret World of Infertility

Related Episode: My Sister, the Surrogate

What Leia’s wishes people understood about surrogacy:

“Women who are participating are empowered and going into this for themselves just as much as for the intended parents. This beautiful right of passage and this gift is equally bestowed upon them as it is to the parents.”

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Brandie Weikle


Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.

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