Surrogacy may be good option if you have had repeated failure of IVF treatment even though you have created good embryos, if you are a gay couple who require a surrogate host in order to have a baby, if you suffer from Asherman’s Syndrome, if you have previously had a hysterectomy or if you do not have a womb.

Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a child for you. Though it can be an emotionally intense and legally complex arrangement, it is growing in popularity among parents as a way of having children.

Why choose surrogacy?

You and your partner may choose surrogacy if you can’t carry a pregnancy, perhaps because:

  • You have had recurrent miscarriages.
  • You have a health condition which makes pregnancy and birth dangerous.
  • Your uterus (womb) is abnormal or absent, whether since birth or after a hysterectomy.
  • Fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) have failed.
  • You are in a same-sex partnership.

How does surrogacy work?

Straight surrogacy

A surrogate mum typically conceives after being artificially inseminated though IUI with the intended dad’s sperm. This is called full or straight surrogacy because the surrogate’s eggs and uterus are used.

She will then go on to carry the baby to term. When the child is born, the surrogate mum gives the baby to you and your partner and terminates her parental rights. You, being the dad’s partner, can then apply to legally adopt the baby as the other parent.