There are all kinds of reasons why you might need treatment with a surrogate. You could be:
When considering a surrogate there’s a lot to think about, and it might not be an easy decision to make. That’s why we’ll be with you every step of the way to talk through your needs, worries, and all the possible implications with dedicated support and counselling sessions.
Our teams at CARE have been helping people to have a child using Surrogacy for many years, and we use all that experience to make your journey as supported and informed as possible. Our surrogacy coordinator and one of our consultants will begin looking after you as soon as you contact us. Before you do anything else, if surrogacy is something you’re considering we advise you to seek legal advice and support to work through all the legal implications. We’ll also offer you counselling with CARE so we can help you to be sure you’re happy with your decision and understand all the different aspects of your treatment.
If you decide you’d like to go ahead, you’ll need to find a surrogate – this can be someone you know, or someone you’ve found through a surrogacy agency. If you’d like us to, we can give you the contact details of some non-profit agencies that could help you find your surrogate; we’ve worked with COTS , Surrogacy UK , and Brilliant Beginnings; ask your surrogacy coordinator about "gestational surrogacy". Once you've found your surrogate mother, it's time for treatment.
To make your embryos you can use the sperm and eggs of you and your partner, or donated sperm and/or donated eggs, as part of IVF or ICSI treatment. It’s really important to remember, though, that finding the right surrogate can take time - so if at the time of your treatment you haven’t managed to find someone, we can take you through your cycle and freeze your embryos to use later.
When your embryos and surrogate are both ready we can proceed with embryo transfer – and if treatment’s successful, your gestational surrogate will then carry the pregnancy as your embryo grows.
In the UK, the law states that no payment can be made to a Surrogate. It is perfectly legal though for the Intended Parents to cover all reasonable expenses for their surrogate. Typically, expenses may include loss of earnings, travel or childcare.
Surrogacy UK suggests a cost range for expenses from around £7,000 up to £15,000. However, you must remember that every situation is different, and you may wish to formalise an outline of reasonable expenses with your surrogate before entering into a surrogacy agreement.