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MRKH & IVF SURROGACY. National Centre for Congenital Abnormalities of the Genital Tract Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital Gillian Rose Keith Edmonds Julie Quek. SURROGACY DEFINITIONS. FULL/HOST SURROGACY:

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mrkh ivf surrogacy

MRKH & IVF SURROGACY

National Centre for Congenital Abnormalities of the Genital Tract

Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital

Gillian Rose

Keith Edmonds

Julie Quek

surrogacy definitions
SURROGACY DEFINITIONS
  • FULL/HOST SURROGACY:

Commissioning couple use IVF to create embryos of own sperm/egg to replace in uterus of surrogate – commissioning parents are genetic parents

  • PARTIAL/STRAIGHT SURROGACY:

Surrogate woman becomes pregnant by self-insemination of intended father. Commissioning father and surrogate mother are genetic parents

qcch hammersmith ivf unit
QCCH/Hammersmith IVF Unit
  • Lead Consultants: Mr Geoff Trew and Mr Stuart Lavery
  • Infertility Counsellors arranged for all those involved to ensure full information and opportunity to talk through all aspects
  • No charge for counselling – 0208 383 8184
screening tests
SCREENING TESTS
  • Blood Group, Rhesus typing
  • Hepatitis B, C
  • HIV, TPHA, CMV
  • Chromosomes
  • Cystic Fibrosis screening
  • Ultrasound scan of uterus – surrogate
  • Laparoscopy – commissioning mother for ovarian accessibility
  • ALL WITHIN 3 MONTHS OF TREATMENT
screening quarantine
SCREENING & QUARANTINE
  • Embryos (like gametes –eggs and sperm) need to be frozen for 180 days before replacement into uterus for rescreening for viral infections
the legal issues
THE LEGAL ISSUES
  • 2 Acts of Parliament regulate surrogacy:
  • Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985
  • Section 30 of Human Fertilistion and Embryology Act 1990
the legal issues1
THE LEGAL ISSUES
  • Illegal to advertise to find or be a surrogate
  • Illegal to receive payment for involvement in surrogacy
  • Only reasonable expenses paid to surrogate (suggested up to max £12,000 & 2 year life insurance policy)
  • Agencies can assist so long as no payment for services
  • Woman who gives birth to baby is legal mother when born
  • Legal father at birth is surrogate’s husband, surrogate’s partner if consented, commissioning father if surrogate has no partner
the legal issues2
THE LEGAL ISSUES
  • Not possible to enforce a surrogacy arrangement
  • The surrogate has the right to keep the baby
  • The commissioning couple can decide not to take the baby
  • Surrogate parents are legal parents until legal parentage is transferred to the commissioning couple
parental orders
PARENTAL ORDERS
  • In order for commissioning parents to become legal parents, need Parental Order
  • Forms available from Family Proceedings Court/Magistrate’s Court or County Court in local area
  • If comply with HEFA, legal advice not necessary. Help from Parental Order Reporter
legal conditions for parental order
Legal Conditions for Parental Order
  • Child carried by woman other than commissioning mother and genetically related to at least 1 of the couple
  • Surrogate and husband/father must freely and unconditionally give consent
  • Consent > 6weeks < 6 months
  • Commissioning couple must be married and both >18 years old
  • No money other than reasonable expenses

to surrogate

  • Couple must be domiciled in UK and child living with commissioning couple
registration via parental order
Registration via Parental Order
  • Entry in separate PO Register to re-register child.
  • Cross-referenced with original entry in Register of Births
  • Public cannot access link
  • Child > 18 years can have copy of original birth certificate after offered counselling
  • Intended parents receive new birth certificate stating they are legal mother and father of child
  • Until PO granted, surrogate can apply for Residence Order to seek return of child
further information
FURTHER INFORMATION
  • COTS (Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy)

Lairg, Sutherland IU27 4EF

Tel: 0844 414 0181

AP/FAX: 01549 402777

www.surrogacy.org.uk

  • SURROGACY UK

PO Box 24, Newent GL 18 1YS

Tel: 01531 821889 (10am-2pm)

E-mail: admin@surrogacyuk.org

www.surrogacyuk.org