We are working hard to improve birth experiences for UK surrogacy.
UK hospitals and midwives currently lack clear national guidance on how to manage surrogacy births. As a result there is often confusion about the hospital's legal responsibilities and how to handle things in practice. In some cases, hospitals even get social services involved (which they do not need to do). As a result many parents and surrogates find the birth a difficult and stressful process and feel that their situation has not been properly supported. Ultimately, it means that surrogate children do not get the best start in life.
We want to see a policy addressing these issues for every maternity hospital in the UK which should consider:
In the meantime, we have helped write government guidance on care of surrogates and parents through surrogacy, published in February 2018.