Surrogates

Being a surrogate is an amazing thing

If you want to be a UK surrogate, Brilliant Beginnings can help you to find the right intended parents to help, and we can support you through every step of your journey. We can also support you if you are acting as a surrogate for a family member or friend.

Becoming a surrogate is a big undertaking, so ensuring you are matched with the right intended parents is key, as well as having someone to facilitate your surrogacy and support you. In the UK there is a shortage of surrogates, which we hope will change as more incredible women are supported to 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.

Brilliant Beginnings surrogates are carefully and thoughtfully matched with intended parents who can’t have children on their own. We care about our surrogates' wellbeing, and the wellbeing of 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. To become a Brilliant Beginnings surrogate you must:

  • 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
  • Have had no involvement with social services
  • Have a clean criminal records check
  • Be a 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)

There is a lot to think about and a lot of emotions involved in any surrogacy journey. You will need the support of your partner and family and you will need to be sensitive to the understanding of any young children. We will help you to decide whether surrogacy is right for you, giving you clear information about the process and implications before you decide to go ahead.

Types of surrogacy

There are two types of surrogacy:

  • Gestational surrogacy, also known as host surrogacy, where a surrogate carries a baby with whom she has no genetic link. You would have treatment at a fertility clinic to transfer an embryo to your womb which is created with the eggs and sperm of your intended parents (or possibly either donated eggs or sperm).
  • Traditional surrogacy, sometimes referred to as straight surrogacy, where a surrogate carries a baby conceived using her own eggs. You may have treatment at a fertility clinic (getting pregnant through 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. At Brilliant Beginnings, we only match gestational/host surrogates but will happily signpost traditional surrogates to alternative organisations.

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. 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 before becoming a surrogate. To help you understand a bit more about being a UK surrogate, take a look at the following pages:

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