Surrogacy is when a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for another individual who wishes to have a child but cannot do so naturally or with the help of other fertility treatment.
Surrogacy may be needed by women with medical conditions that make it impossible or dangerous for them to get pregnant and give birth. These include:
- women who were born without a womb, or have a malformation of the womb.
- women who have had a hysterectomy (removal of the womb) e.g. for treatment of cancer from which they have fully recovered.
- women who have a damaged womb lining e.g. following severe scraping of the womb causing extensive scarring
- women who have had many miscarriages
- women who have had many unsuccessful attempts at fertility treatment e.g. in vitro fertilization (IVF)
- women with severe medical conditions for whom a pregnancy could be dangerous e.g. cystic fibrosis
Surrogacy is also an option for male same-sex couples who wish to have a family.
You can read more in our patient information leaflet on Surrogacy options and procedures
Please get in touch if you would like to talk to us about surrogacy.