what is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is when a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for another person or couple.
There are two types of surrogacy. Full surrogacy (also known as host or gestational surrogacy) is when there is no genetic connection between the baby and the surrogate because the eggs of the intended mother or a donor are used.
Partial surrogacy (also known as straight or traditional surrogacy) is when the surrogates’s own eggs are used and fertilised with the sperm of the intended father.
how can I find a surrogate?
There are a few options for finding a surrogate. Some people use a willing friend or family member. Where this isn’t an option or people prefer to use someone they don’t know, they will need to look for a surrogate themselves.
People can look for a surrogate in their own country or travel abroad to find one. The rules regarding surrogacy vary significantly across different countries so it’s worth doing your research.
There are some organisations and agencies who are able to help people in finding a surrogate. You can find some of these organisations listed on our site.
anything else I need to know?
In the UK, surrogates are not paid other than for any reasonable expenses they incur (things like travel expenses, loss of earnings, maternity clothes etc). Expenses will vary but Surrogacy UK reports that surrogates typically receive around £10,000-15,000.
If you’re travelling abroad, the situation may be different and you may need to pay the surrogate a fee as well as expenses.
The legal side of things can get complicated. It’s worth seeking legal advice so you understand all the issues, particularly if you’re heading abroad for treatment. In the UK, the surrogate is the legal mother of the baby (regardless of whose egg and sperm are used) unless you get a parental order from court. Don’t worry, your lawyer can support with all of this.