Today is the start of the first ever National Surrogacy Week and I am excited. The aims of National Surrogacy Week are:-
- To celebrate surrogacy in the UK
- To raise awareness of surrogacy in the UK
- To recognise the work of surrogacy related professionals in the UK
The fact that this week is happening underlines how far we have come in recent years. Throughout the week (1 – 7 August), I am going to be blogging on the history of surrogacy, where we are today and where we might be in the near future, giving my top tips for anyone considering surrogacy. We still have a way to go to give surrogate children and their parents the legal protection they need, but the law is progressing and in my view and experience, society has shifted to become more understanding of surrogacy and the difficulties intended parents are facing.
I have been helping clients for over 10 years to regularise their parental rights after having a child through surrogacy. It is a huge pleasure and privilege to help parents who have often waited many years and have gone through so many highs and lows to have a child. The legal system here in England can be an unwelcome surprise and not necessarily what parents are expecting, particularly if their surrogacy arrangement has taken place abroad.
I advise clients to do as much research as possible before embarking on the surrogacy journey, speaking to as many people as possible who have experience of an knowledge in this area. From clinics and doctors to lawyers, agencies and parents who have been through the process themselves. For an overview of surrogacy law in England and Wales, please listen to my podcast here