UK Surrogacy Support service
You may have already found a surrogate, perhaps a friend or a family member. We offer a service to support existing surrogacy teams, with both practical and legal advice.
Guidance on surrogacy
Trust is a key part of UK surrogacy, so your existing relationship is a great starting point, but there is still a lot to know about surrogacy. We will meet with you, and separately with your surrogate and her partner, to explain the surrogacy process, answer any questions you have, air any concerns and help you think through any issues you need to discuss.
We will then give you time to digest the advice and talk between yourselves. We will also provide you with a template surrogacy agreement to aid your discussions.
We will arrange a meeting with a solicitor from NGA Law to make sure you understand the legal requirements and what steps you will need to take before conception, during the pregnancy and after your child is born.
NGA Law will write to you to confirm their advice. They will also be happy to confirm to your clinic that you have had legal advice, if needed.
A professionally-mediated agreement meeting
Once you have had our guidance and template agreement and have had a chance to think about them, we will help you work through the details of your agreement to ensure that you have had the chance to talk openly and that you have recorded things clearly.
Airing topics like expenses and how you would feel if a decision needed to be made about terminating a pregnancy because there was a problem with the baby is not always straightforward and can feel awkward. Helen, who is one of our founders and a qualified mediator, will help steer you through this critical part of your journey sensitively and carefully.
As part of this step, Helen will:
- Meet with you and your surrogate/her partner separately to give everyone the space to talk through questions in confidence, before gathering everyone together to talk things through collectively
- Ensure that you all have worked through the detail and not missed anything important
- Guide you through recording things clearly and reflecting your relationship and arrangement.
From the surrogacy teams we have supported
We didn’t know where to start, but it was so reassuring to sit down with the team and know we had everything covered.
Different-sex parents working with their sister
Brilliant Beginnings helped us work through our agreement in tons of detail. We thought about issues we had completely missed! Our fertility clinic loved the fact we were so well prepared and that we had had legal advice too.
Same-sex parents working with a friend
Our UK Surrogacy Support service for friends and family costs £4,000 plus VAT. This covers our time working through the issues with you, our mediation service to go through your agreement, and a legal advice meeting. In addition to our fees you will need to budget for your surrogate’s expenses/compensation, fertility treatment costs and any legal fees associated with updating wills and your parental order.
We are happy to meet you by Skype or telephone or face-to-face at our offices in London or the New Forest.