Surrogacy law reform has been our passion at NGA Law and Brilliant Beginnings for more than 12 years. We were the first UK voice to call for surrogacy reform and we have contributed to many steps forward through our...
The law surrounding parentage is complex and ever-changing. In days gone by the question of who were a child’s parents was simple. The woman who gave birth was the mother and her husband was the father. The social climate...
Many of the dozens of surrogates I have encountered over the last decade share a common trait – a refusal to give up. Kate Fruin-Smith is a great example. Yorkshire-based, Kate was about 31 when she first looked into surrogacy....
Choosing to become a single mother is becoming increasingly common today, and it is now seen as an accepted way of starting a family.  However, it is still a big decision to become a single mother and there are...
Surrogates have been crucial in the making of families from the beginnings of human history - from the ancient Middle East to the Spanish Royalty in the 12th siècle, to today. Even though it is not a new concept,...
Since we started to talk openly about our fertility journey back in 2015, the feedback has been generally very positive and public support has been better than we hoped.  We set out originally with a couple of basic missions,...
Being a Dad for me (Michael) was one of the single most important desires I think I’ve ever quite possible had as an adult, the other was most definitely securing tickets to Kylie’s ‘On a Night Like This’ Stadium tour in 2001.
As I’m sure you’re aware being a same-sex family sometimes has its challenges, don’t get me wrong its nothing we can’t overcome or combat, because in our eyes the love we feel for our children, and the way we...
"I am no longer with pot belly.....I am now with child". BBC Breakfast's Steph McGovern has revealed that she is expecting her first child with her partner. The presenter and journalist confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: "I see my news...
There are thousands with health or fertility issues or simply a lack of the necessary anatomy that might a generation ago have prevented them from raising a genetically connected child. Not anymore. When Film-maker and activist Lance Black and Tom...
Maureen O’Halloran is best known as a celebrity fashion stylist with over 30 years of experience in image & style consultancy for Irish celebrities and female politicians, including clients around Europe. Maureen is also. Qualified Breast care specialist in...
Back for its third year Fertility Fest has proven itself to be a total phenomenon with it’s biggest show ever taking place over the next four weeks at the Barbican in London.
New York ban on surrogacy close to being lifted
The key players in third party reproduction are not in fact the doctors, embryologists and fertility lawyers you are paying. They are the surrogates, egg donors intended parents and their support networks. So it is surprising that few fertility seminars...
As Families Through Surrogacy’s consumer-led seminar series returns to the UK in October, SAM EVERINGHAM catches up with Stacy Owen, one of a growing number of UK citizens engaging in Ukraine for surrogacy. Stacy and her Morrocan-born husband Simo live...
The term co-parenting is not one that has a formal legal definition but is a term that is becoming more widely used by the general public. Previously, a reference to co-parenting usually meant a situation where parents who were in...
With all the recent Newspaper headlines about celebrity couples using surrogacy as a way of creating or extending their families, it is perhaps unsurprising that the number of couples exploring surrogacy as an option in the UK is on...
There have been huge changes in surrogacy availability in recent years. UK couples have in the past engaged in Thailand, India, Nepal and Cambodia. But these countries have now closed their doors to foreign surrogacy, pushing renewed interest in...
Craig Reisser, a parent via egg donation and surrogacy in the USA, shares some advice for intended parents who are looking for guidance on how to start their surrogacy journeys. When my partner and I decided that we were ready...
Sue Mahoney and her husband Dean adopted their two children, a brother and sister, from Wales, seven years ago. Their adoption story is not uncommon. Like Sue and Dean, people often only begin to turn their thoughts to adoption...
Same sex couples need no reminder of the impact the law can have on their private lives. As we mark 50 years since the 1967 Act, and rightly celebrate the enormous progress that has been made – equalisation of...
The Families Thru Surrogacy fourth annual conference for intended parents and surrogates in London is on the 11th March, followed by Dublin on 12th March 2017. Please visit the website for more information http://www.familiesthrusurrogacy.com/london-surrogacy-conference/ Surrogacy At Home In the UK...
Richard Westoby interviewed Georges Sylvestre MD, a very well respected High-Risk Pregnancy obstetrician that I know in the US, about his opinions on singleton vs twins.  He has 20+ years of experience in the field, and just happens to...
Cross-border surrogacy often involves surrogate, intended parent and clinic coming together from different cultures. Navigating foreign medical systems, surrogate relationships, acquiring citizenship, and the question of legal parentage are just a few complexities of cross-border arrangements.
International commercial surrogacy once again hit the headlines in December 2015, as Mexico was the latest country to say that they were going to stop the ability for international intended parents (IPs) to have a child born through surrogacy...
After three failed attempts at IVF, former supermodel and now CEO of By Caprice products, Caprice Bourret’s hopes of having the children she so desperately wanted were fading fast when she made the difficult decision to pursue surrogacy. But in...
Nancy Block RN, Vice President of International and Major Client Relations for Fertility SOURCE Companies, writes... In the last few months I’ve noticed a trend in potential surrogates’ decisions regarding termination when completing their applications. These young women seem to...
As surrogacy becomes a more familiar route to parenthood, for both same-sex couples and infertile heterosexual intended parents, surrogacy industry expert Sam Everingham looks at what drives parents to engage overseas, assesses the Thailand shutdown in 2014, and considers future projections.
A couple frustrated by restrictive UK laws regarding gay surrogacy have commenced an internet campaign that aims to start a conversation about inequalities in the way the family unit is created for same-sex partners. Brits Rory O’Connell and Nick Mills...
Parents Group Aims For International Surrogacy Standards at Windsor Surrogacy Conference 8-9 March London – On 8-9 March, Windsor will host the UK & Europe’s first surrogacy conference bringing together intended and current parents to network and hear from 25 experts...