2016 has been a tremendously busy year for Surrogacy UK.
Firstly, we have made huge strides in the campaign for legal reform. Following the landmark publication in 2015 of Surrogacy UK’s report “Surrogacy in the UK, Myth Busting and Reform”, 2016 saw Surrogacy UK’s involvement in Kent Law School’s legal reform conference in May and the Law Commission’s consultation in October. This culmination of effort resulted in a hugely positive debate on the need for reform in the House of Lords on 14th December. You can read Surrogacy UK Trustee, Natalie Smith’s blog about the debate here.
A huge thank you to everyone who has assisted in the campaign by writing letters and telling their personal stories. This has had a huge impact and Surrogacy UK are proud to be influencing the conversation on legal reform.
The second major success has been our influx of new surrogates as members of Surrogacy UK. Member stories in the local and national press and on social media has been key in educating the public about surrogacy and how our Friendship First ethos works. The list of publications/programmes is too long to mention here but has included positive features in national newspapers, several BBC radio stations and two teams appearing on “This Time Next Year” with Davina McCall.
Surrogate enquiries have skyrocketed and the surrogate to intended parent ratio reduced significantly enabling us to open our books to new intended parent members in time for Christmas.
In further good news, Surrogacy UK has celebrated 25 births in 2016 – congratulations to all of our teams who had their dreams come true. We look forward to celebrating a very successful 2017!