Surrogacy is when an embryo is placed in the uterus (womb) of a host (or surrogate) mother. The surrogate’s eggs may have been used, or she may have no genetic link to the baby she is carrying. Shortly after birth, the baby will be handed over to the couple who are going to raise it. There are two types of surrogacy:
Surrogacy is legal in the UK if it is carried out for altruistic reasons. This means a woman is not a surrogate for financial gain, but because she wants to help a childless couple to have a baby. She can, however, be paid expenses during pregnancy to cover the cost of maternity clothes, transport for medical appointments and nutritious food.