Surrogacy 2021

Family creation through Surrogacy at Herts & Essex Fertility Centre, will provide you with support from our highly experience specialist team who was awarded the Best Surrogacy Clinic of the Year Award in 2018.

What is surrogacy?

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 male gay couples.

There are two forms of surrogacy: Full/host surrogacy and Partial/straight surrogacy.

Full/host surrogacy

In this scenario, the intended parents use IVF treatment to create embryos using their own sperm and eggs. The embryos are then placed in the uterus of the surrogate. Where the treatment is a success, the intended parents are the genetic parents of the baby. It is also possible to use donated eggs or sperm.

Partial/straight surrogacy

Partial surrogacy involves the surrogate becoming pregnant by artificial insemination or IVF, using the sperm from the intended father together with her own eggs. In this instance, the child shares the surrogate’s genes and is a less popular option for treatment.

If you have decided that surrogacy is the right fertility treatment for you and your partner, we’ll carry out our usual fertility assessments on you both to give you a clear idea of your chances of having a successful treatment cycle. As your gametes will be carried by a third party we will need to screen you both, just as if you were egg or sperm donors. This means that you will need to have blood tests for genetic screening as well as screening for diseases.

It’s important to note that the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) does not regulate most aspects of surrogacy. It’s illegal to become a surrogate for commercial reasons. Therefore the only payments that can be exchanged between the Intended Parents and their surrogate are those that can be classed as reasonable expenses. We charge our usual fees for any necessary IVF and insemination procedures.

We strongly recommend that you take legal advice before embarking on a surrogacy journey, either as the would-be parents or as a surrogate. The laws surrounding surrogacy and the rights of each party are complicated.

We also provide free, mandatory counselling for everyone involved in surrogacy, so you can be sure that you have talked through, and understand all the moral and emotional implications and are happy with your decision to continue.

Finding a surrogate

The responsibility for finding your surrogate lies with you. As a licensed fertility centre, we are not allowed to find a surrogate mother on behalf of any couple/individual.

However, there are some great organisations that can help, such as:

Brilliant Beginnings –

My Surrogacy Journey –

Surrogacy UK –

The surrogate recruiting agencies specialise in finding your surrogate, and will help you manage the relationship with a surrogate mother.

Finding an egg donor

If you need donor eggs, we can offer you treatment within two to nine months of application, depending on your requirements. As one of the busiest egg donation centres in the UK, we can offer you a 54% (Jan 2016-Jan 2017) chance of achieving a clinical pregnancy.

Click here to find out more about Egg Donors

Fees for Surrogacy Package UK - 2022*Cost (£)
Intended Parents
Consultation & Counselling
ICSI Surrogacy Cycle£12,525
ICSI for 2nd male Intended parent
Consultation & Counselling
HFEA Fee£85
Female donor screening HE6£775
Male donor screening HE7 (x 2 if required)£700
Post quarantine HE7a£155
Semen assessment, prep & Freeze (up to 1 year)£575
Egg Donor  
Recruitment fee£500
Egg donor screening (HE6)£775
Female donor repeat HE6a£155
Consultation and counselling£300  
Surrogate screening (HE3)£240
Partner screening (HE1)£125
Additional Laboratory fees  
Embryo freezing and 1 year storage£735
Additional years storage (if required)£360
Embryo glue£250
Pregnancy test£55
Surrogate medication in pregnancyApprox £500  
Pregnancy scan£195
* This costs apply to patients who will require us to match them with an egg donor as a part of their treatment.

Once eggs have been donated to and used by the surrogate, the cycle will be deemed to be complete. A refund of £200 will be paid if embryo transfer does not occur (e.g. if failure of eggs to fertilise or all embryos are frozen)
Fees for Host Surrogacy - 2022*Cost (£)
Intending Parents  
ICSI Surrogacy Cycle£8,730  
HFEA Fee£85
Female MedicationApprox. £2,000  
Intending parents screening  
Female donor screening (HE6)£775  
Male donor screening (HE7)£700  
Semen assessment, prep & freeze (up to 1 year)£575  
Male donor screening post quarantine (NAT test)£155  
Female donor repeat HE6a£155  
New Consultation (inc. AMH)£300  
Surrogate Screening £240  
Surrogate drugsApprox. £500  
Partner screening £125  
Saline Infusion Sonography£485
Pregnancy test£55  
Pregnancy scan£195
Surrogate medication in pregnancyApprox £500  
* These costs apply to patients who will be using their own eggs or using donor eggs from a known donor.

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