We can help you if you need surrogacy to have a child.
Surrogacy is when a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for the couple who want to have a child. The couple are referred to as intended parents. The woman who will carry a baby is referred to as a surrogate host. The intended parents have to undergo IVF/ICSI treatment in order to produce embryo(s) which are then transferred to the surrogate host.
Who requires surrogacy?
Women who are unable to carry a pregnancy for medical reasons. Some girls are born without a uterus; some women have had their uterus removed (hysterectomy) because of disease or haemorrhage; some women have medical problems that would make a pregnancy dangerous for them. In these cases it is still possible to become a parent by using a surrogate to carry your baby for you. Men in a same sex relationship will also require a surrogate to help them become parents.
What does surrogacy involve?
Host/gestational surrogacy is when embryos created during IVF treatment are transferred into a surrogate mother’s uterus. Any resulting child born from host surrogacy will carry the intended parents’ genetic material. The child is not biologically related to the surrogate mother, although at birth the surrogate mother is the legal mother of the child. Parenthood can subsequently be reassigned via Parental Order applications through the Courts. Relevant legal advice will be needed to steer would-be parents through the process.
Treatment involving surrogacy involves the same procedures used in IVF/ICSI which our Fertility Expert can help you with.
Surrogacy arrangements and their medical management are complicated processes which take time and cannot be rushed. Although this may occasionally feel frustrating, it does allow time for the intended parents and the surrogate to build up a trusting relationship.
How do I find or become a surrogate?
Although treatment must be carried out by HFEA licensed fertility clinics, we are not permitted to recruit surrogate mothers on your behalf, so you must find your own. Contacting Surrogacy UK would be a good starting point for advice on how to do this.
Payment of a surrogate is not allowed in the UK (unlike in some other countries) but reasonable expenses may be reimbursed, and could include costs due to loss of earnings from time off work, travelling expenses, and maternity clothes.
If you’d like more information about surrogacy and how we can help you, please contact our dedicated team on 01761 434464 or fill out the form below.