Being a surrogate is an amazing thing

At Brilliant Beginnings, we help surrogates in the UK to find intended parents to help, while supporting you throughout the journey. We can also work with you to support a surrogacy arrangement if you are acting as a surrogate for a family member or friend.

We know that is a big undertaking to become a surrogate, so ensuring that you are matched with the right intended parents is key. Our role is to make sure that you have someone who can facilitate your surrogacy and support you.

In the UK there is a dire shortage of surrogates, and we hope that this will change as more incredible women become surrogates.

Contact us via our contact form, by email or by phone to discuss becoming a surrogate

Becoming a surrogate

It takes someone with a generous spirit, compassion and dedication, to be a surrogate. Someone prepared to help other people become parents and change their lives forever. It can make all the difference in the world to intended parents just to know that there are wonderful women willing to try to help them.

Surrogates who work with Brilliant Beginnings are matched with intended parents who can’t have children on their own. We care as much about our surrogates well being as our intended parents, which is why we manage the process from start to end, working with both parties.

Requirements to be a surrogate

Being a surrogate is a big commitment. There are certain requirements as a BB surrogate that need to be considered:

  • Be fit and healthy (with a BMI between 19 and 28)
  • Be over 21 and under 40
  • Be well supported by friends, family or a partner
  • Have had a baby already
  • No involvement with social services
  • Have a clean criminal record check
  • Non smoker
  • Be willing to undertake treatment at a clinic
  • Be willing to be a gestational surrogate (i.e. not a surrogate who would use her own eggs)

Additionally, it's important to note that there is a lot to think about and lots of emotions involved. You will need the support of your partner and family (particularly being sensitive to the understanding of any young children).

This is discussed in depth when you sign up as a surrogate with BB as you will need clear information about the process and implications before you decide to go ahead.

Types of surrogacy

At Brilliant Beginnings, we only match gestational/host surrogates but will happily signpost traditional surrogates to alternative organisations.

If you are not aware, there are two main types of surrogacy that one can undertake, gestational and traditional surrogacy:

  • A gestational surrogate, also known as a host surrogate, carries a baby who has no genetic link. You would have treatment at a fertility clinic to transfer to your womb an embryo, created with the eggs and sperm of your intended parents (possibly created with either donated eggs or sperm).
  • A traditional surrogate, sometimes referred to as straight surrogacy, is when a surrogate carries a baby conceived using their eggs. You may have treatment at a fertility clinic (artificial insemination or the creation and transfer of an embryo) or you could arrange artificial insemination at home, typically with the sperm from the intended father.

We can help you to understand the implications of becoming a surrogate, and the options available, so that you can reach a decision about whether surrogacy is for you.

What it’s like to be a surrogate

We have a fantastic group of surrogates and we are proud to work with all of them. So who better to tell you a little about what it’s like to be a surrogate than one of our own:

Contact us to fill in our surrogate application form

Learn more about being a surrogate

There is a lot to consider when becoming a surrogate and there are different factors which will be more or less important to you. To help you understand a bit more about being a UK surrogate, take a look at the following page:

  • Our IP matching service and surrogate support
  • Pay and expenses for surrogates
  • Common FAQs from surrogates

Contact us by email or phone to discuss becoming a surrogate.