2nd August 2021
As National Surrogacy Week is drawing to a close, we would like to leave you with a few thoughts and helpful tips on Surrogacy, the most selfless and life-changing gift of all.
Surrogacy describes the arrangement made when a woman agrees to become pregnant and have a baby for another couple. The woman having the baby is called the surrogate and the couple who will become the parents are known as the intended parents (IPs).
Surrogacy is often the only course of action available to women who are unable to carry a baby to term themselves, and to same-sex male couples.
Finding a surrogate
To find a surrogate can be a difficult start to this complex, long and challenging journey but there are fantastic surrogacy organisations available to help with this process.
The responsibility for finding a surrogate lies with the IPs as fertility clinics are not allowed to find a surrogate on behalf of any couple/individual.
However, these surrogacy organisations who specialise in helping IPs find a surrogate, also offer additional services to support throughout the journey. The services vary greatly depending on the organisation. So it’s always best to check what professional support you will receive. It’s also key to consider things such as legal advice, choosing an experienced clinic, emotional and professional support, and how your journey will be managed including supporting the surrogate.
Finding an egg donor
Once you have your surrogate and need donor eggs, we can offer you fertility treatment and help you to find a suitable donor so please contact our Egg Donation specialist, Caroline Cayley on 01992-785060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“I can honestly say that it’s both heartwarming and humbling to be part of such a personal arrangement and to help grow families through Surrogacy,” says Sarah Templeman, Nurse Manager and Head of Egg Donation & Surrogacy at Herts & Essex Fertility Centre.