UK Surrogacy Pathway
The shortage of UK surrogates means that we are unfortunately not currently able to accept new applications from intended parents who would like our help to find a UK surrogate for them.
Our US surrogacy pathway, Canada surrogacy pathway, UK surrogacy support service (for those with a friend or family member as their surrogate), and our options reviews (outlining all surrogacy options) are still available.
Support as unique as you are
Our UK Surrogacy Pathway is a unique fully-managed surrogacy service, tailored to your personal needs and designed to keep you and your surrogate safe, informed and supported by expert professionals throughout your surrogacy journey. Brilliant Beginnings and NGA Law are sibling organisations which work closely together (and with other third party professionals) to offer an ‘end-to-end’ professional surrogacy service covering the practical and legal aspects of ethical UK surrogacy, all the way from match to becoming your child’s legal parents.
Trust and honesty are at the heart. The aim of all our matches is to help you create a solid relationship with your surrogate which we hope will grow into a very special lifelong connection.
Preparation for parents
To recommend a match, we need to get to know you. After you send in your application form, we will arrange a face-to-face meeting to talk through your preferences and expectations for your surrogacy journey and the match you are looking for. We will also guide you on creating embryos if you have not already done so, take up references and ask you to complete some background (including criminal records) checks.
Screening and preparation for surrogates
All our surrogates complete our screening process, which includes detailed preparation with our surrogate managers (including costing expenses in detail), background checks, references, a medical assessment, a home visit, confidential surrogacy preparation counselling with a BICA counsellor, and a full psychological evaluation with a clinical psychologist.
We are the only UK surrogacy organisation to ‘match’. We do it on a one-to-one basis, removing the pressure on you to market yourselves, ensuring that you and your surrogate are a good fit before you even meet, and dealing with the potentially tricky issues for you.
When we think we have a match, we will give you detailed information about the surrogate we are considering for you. We do this anonymously initially, and also talk to the surrogate about you. Being a good match means not just that you are aligned on key issues in relation to the surrogacy, but also that you are a good personality fit. Matching is a careful art, and we want you to form a natural relationship which will endure in the long term and give your child a positive story.
If you would like to be introduced, we will facilitate a match call by telephone, during which we will guide you through a discussion about each other and all the key issues. You both need to decide whether you want to move forward from there. If the fit doesn’t feel good you can tell us and we will look again (although that rarely happens). If you want to move forward, we will swap contact details so you can get in touch and start getting to know each other.
Your relationship with your surrogate
After match, you need time to establish a solid relationship with your surrogate and her partner. Surrogacy should never be rushed and should be based on trust and a strong relationship, so it is important you take your time. How long this takes is personal, but we will guide you.
Legal advice and support
Your legal manager from the NGA Law team will arrange a meeting to advise you on the legal issues in depth. We will guide you on how the law works in practice, including the rules around expenses, birth registration, managing the limbo period before your parental order is granted, and your parental order application. Your legal manager will continue to be on hand throughout your journey to deal with any legal issues which arise along the way, working alongside your Brilliant Beginnings client manager.
We will also separately arrange independent legal advice for your surrogate with different solicitor.
Putting things in writing
When you are ready, we will help you put in place a written surrogacy agreement.
Our qualified in-house specialist mediator has designed (and oversees) a professionally-managed agreement process to ensure you have thought through and discussed all the issues you need to and have agreed the detail clearly in writing.
Putting in place wills to safeguard everyone in the event of an unexpected death is an important part of a UK surrogacy journey. Your legal manager from NGA Law will help you create appropriate specialist wills or update your existing wills.
We will also arrange for your surrogate (and her partner) to put in place specialist wills, working with an independent solicitor.
Conception, pregnancy and birth
We will support you through your fertility treatment and the pregnancy, steering you through each step and keeping your relationship on track. We will help you prepare for the birth, including liaising with the hospital where your baby will be born and dealing with any legal authorisations. We also arrange counselling for your surrogate before and after the birth.
And when your baby arrives we will celebrate with you!
Becoming your child’s legal parents
Your legal manager will be in touch in the second half of your pregnancy to help you begin preparing for your parental order application and to answer any questions you have about the birth registration. We will gather the documents needed for the court and prepare the written statement you will need to file in support of your application, ensuring that it clearly evidences that you are eligible for the parental order.
From there we can either manage the court process for you from start to finish (which is our Premium Pathway), or we can give clear guidance you on how to manage the process yourselves (which is our Basic Pathway).
Being there for you
Most importantly, we are there for you through the ups and downs no matter what happens. Surrogacy involves risk and things do not always go to plan. Sadly some of our teams experience failed embryo transfers, miscarriages, difficult decisions if there is something wrong with the baby or even stillbirths, and sometimes issues can arise along the way which challenge communication or feel awkward to raise. While everyone hopes this will not happen, having access to good professional support can be crucial if it does. We provide a stabilising role and give guidance, encouragement and support throughout your surrogacy journey.
And we love to stay in touch in the longer term too. Some of our teams go on to have a sibling journey and we can help with that too.
What families we have helped create through UK surrogacy have to say
When it came to drawing up a surrogacy agreement Brilliant Beginnings spent many hours with us and our surrogate, making sure we covered every conceivable scenario, which became invaluable throughout the pregnancy.
Dads through UK surrogacy
We felt safe in the hands of Brilliant Beginnings – always professional with a rich wealth of knowledge that we would have been lost without.
Different-sex parents through UK surrogacy
Our professional fees for our UK Surrogacy Pathway are
£23,000 plus VAT (Premium Pathway) or
£19,500 plus VAT (Basic Pathway)
covering full agency support throughout your journey (provided by Brilliant Beginnings on a non-profit basis) and full legal support (provided by NGA Law)
Our combined professional fees are staged as you move through your surrogacy journey as follows:
On application: £1000 plus VAT (Brilliant Beginnings)
When we have a match for you: £7,000 plus VAT (Brilliant Beginnings) and £1,000 plus VAT (NGA Law)
Before your agreement meeting: £7,000 plus VAT (Brilliant Beginnings) and £1,000 plus VAT (NGA Law)
On your 20 week scan: £2,500 plus VAT (NGA Law)
On birth: £3,500 plus VAT (NGA Law) if you have opted for our premium pathway
You will also need to budget for your surrogate’s expenses (including the expenses we incur in screening) and your fertility treatment costs.