Single mums can now opt for surrogacy more easily as UK law now includes single parents. However the law only includes single parents who are conceiving with their own eggs or sperm, which unfortunately does not cover all the single mums who need the help of a surrogate.
If you are planning to conceive with your own eggs as a single mum (or your own sperm if you are a trans woman), Brilliant Beginnings can help you understand your options through our Options Review service, and we can guide and support you through a surrogacy journey in the UK, USA or Canada.
If you will not be your child's biological parent, then surrogacy may still be possible for you but will need careful legal planning and we would recommend you seek legal advice (our sister organisation NGA Law can help you).
The complexities and logistics of surrogacy for single mums can seem daunting, but our support and experience can alleviate that worry. Surrogacy is available to you with a secure legal framework in the UK, US and Canada and we can help you to work out which one is best for you. You will need to consider:
Which is the right surrogacy path is a very personal choice and we can help you decide and work through a plan step by step.
If you are at an early stage of your planning and need some personalised advice, then we suggest booking an Options Review meeting with us. We will spend a couple of hours with you and afterwards write with a personal letter confirming our advice on your options for both UK and international surrogacy (covering not just our own services, but other organisations and destinations as well). We can meet with you face to face at our offices in London or the New Forest, or arrange a Skype or telephone meeting.
Options Reviews are available at £500 plus VAT.
We offer support and management services for surrogacy journeys in the UK, US and Canada.
Our UK Matching and Management service is run by our professional team of surrogacy case managers. We work hard to match intended parents with a surrogate who is aligned with you and has been screened and fully prepared for the process ahead. We aim to guide you from the outset through every step, so that you have the key decision-making information upfront and are supported comprehensively through each stage from matching, getting to know your surrogate, putting an agreement in place, fertility treatment, pregnancy, birth and bringing your baby home. Find out more about our UK surrogacy Matching and Management service.
Unfortunately we are not currently accepting applications from new intended parents for our UK Matching and Management service. This is due to the huge demand and our concern to manage expectations and wait times. However, we hope to be able to do so shortly and review our position regularly so do keep an eye on our website.
If you have already found a surrogate, we also offer a UK Surrogacy Support Service to guide you through your journey. We can if you wish screen and prepare your surrogate as we would with a Brilliant Beginnings surrogate. Alternatively if you are working with a friend or family member you already know well, we offer a Friends and Family service which through mediation and legal advice helps you discuss all the issues you need to consider and put a written agreement in place.
Surrogacy in the US and Canada are popular choices for single mums given the legal certainty and the surrogacy matching services available internationally. There are a variety of options available to you and all have their advantages and disadvantages, so choosing the right path and the right professionals to work with is critical. You will need to follow the legal requirements in the country where your child will be born, and take into account how you bring your child home and become legally recognised as a parent in the UK.
We will help you navigate all the legal and practical steps you need to take as an international intended parent conceiving through surrogacy in the USA or Canada, working with proven professionals and walking you through the international surrogacy process step by step from the planning stages to beyond the birth. Find out more about: