However you select a surrogate, whether it is someone you know, a friend or a member of your family, or your surrogate is unknown to you found with the assistance of a clinic, we understand that it is not an easy process.
Our Surrogacy team can guide you every step of the way. We have helped married couples, civil partners and single people with a variety of domestic and international surrogacy law cases all over the world, including the USA, India and Eastern Europe.
What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is when a woman (the surrogate mother) agrees to bear a child for a couple (the intended parents) and surrender it at birth. There are two types of surrogacy:
- Partial (also known as traditional or straight surrogacy) – this method uses the egg of the surrogate mother and the sperm of the intended father or donor sperm. This can be performed in an IVF clinic or by artificial insemination at home. In this situation the child is biologically related to the surrogate mother and possibly the intended father.
- Full (also known as gestational or host surrogacy) – this method uses the egg of the intended mother combined with the sperm of the intended father or donor sperm. In this case an IVF clinic is always required. If your child is conceived by this method they have no biological connection to the surrogate mother.
It is important to understand the legal position and prepare for the legal process. As well as that, it is essential for all of you involved in a surrogacy arrangement to make or update your wills and take out appropriate life insurance. Taking these steps should ensure that the surrogate and her family are protected and that you as intended parents achieve some recognition as parents if the surrogate dies.
We know that every family and their circumstances are different, which is why we’re on hand to advise you with our invaluable knowledge and expertise in this area during the surrogacy process.