UK Department of Health & Social Care

07/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/23/2021 02:34

Having a child through surrogacy


Having a child through surrogacy

Information for intended parents, surrogates and health professionals about the surrogacy process in England and Wales.

From:Department of Health and Social CarePublished28 February 2018Last updated 23 July 2021 - See all updates
Applies to: Wales and England



These documents explain how surrogates and intended parents can start a family through a surrogacy arrangement in England and Wales.

The guidance also sets out best practice for healthcare professionals providing care to people having a child through surrogacy.

Published 28 February 2018
Last updated 23 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. 23 July 2021

    The guidance has been updated to include an additional national altruistic surrogacy organisation.

  2. 1 November 2019

    The guidance has been updated to reflect a change in legislation, made in January 2019. The change to the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act 2008 allowed an individual applicant to obtain a parental order, which transfers legal parenthood after a surrogacy arrangement.

  3. 28 February 2018

    First published.