In some cases, potential parents need the help of another person to carry and deliver their baby for them – a process known as surrogacy.
We were the first clinic to offer IVF treatment with surrogacy to both heterosexual and same-sex couples; the first IVF surrogacy baby was born in 1989. Our experienced team will guide and support you throughout the surrogacy process.
Please contact us to discuss the options for starting a new treatment cycle if you are a patient needing IVF with surrogacy.
How does it work?
You will have IVF treatment to create your own embryos, which will be transferred to the uterus of your chosen surrogate host. She then carries the pregnancy and gives birth. Donor sperm or donor eggs can also be used in surrogacy treatment.
Is it right for me?
Surrogacy may be appropriate if you have a medical condition that makes it impossible or dangerous to get pregnant and give birth. For example, you may have had a hysterectomy or you have a medical condition where pregnancy would be detrimental to your own health. In the case of male, same-sex couples, it’s clear that a surrogate host is needed.
Following a panel of medical investigations you will have a cycle of IVF treatment – with or without ICSI – to create your embryos. They will be frozen and stored ‘in quarantine’ for an appropriate period. You and the surrogate host will attend medical consultations and independent counselling where all aspects of IVF surrogacy will be discussed in detail.
Ideally, surrogates should be aged under 36 and already have their own family, or have decided they do not want to become parents themselves. The surrogate will be medically screened, including HIV testing.
Your embryo(s) will be transferred to your host using a standard hormone replacement cycle.
We appreciate that surrogacy is a big step that needs careful consideration by everyone involved. Before undertaking treatment, we strongly recommend that all parties involved take advice, including legal advice, from one of the surrogacy support organisations and from a solicitor with a specialism in surrogacy law. We can give you contact information for both.