Having a child through surrogacy

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



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 1 November 2019 + show all updates
  1. 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.

  2. First published.