Joining Surrogacy UK

Membership of Surrogacy UK is completely free for surrogates.

If you would like more information about Surrogacy UK, the support we can offer you and our joining process, then please contact Dawn Allen.  She is an experienced surrogate and would love to talk things through with you.

The joining process

You can apply for membership by completing our Information Pack for Surrogates.  You can find this by visiting our Downloads page

If you’d like us to send you a copy in the post, just email Dawn at admin@surrogacyuk.org, and she will mail one out to you for free.

The Information Pack asks about your reasons for wanting to be a surrogate, and there are also some questions about your family life and current circumstances.  There are questions about your interests, your hopes and expectations for a surrogacy relationship, and your health.  There’s also a section which your partner should fill out if you have one.

As well as a completed application form, we will need some other information from you.  This is detailed below as well as in the membership information pack.

GP medical report

We need a medical report from your GP before you can become a Member.  Don’t worry if you have any medical conditions: some will have no impact at all on whether or not you can be a surrogate.  Your GP will indicate if any health problems are relevant to surrogacy, and if necessary can arrange an appointment with a specialist for further advice.

To make things easier, you’ll find a letter in the Information Pack that you fill out and give to your GP.  The letter explains to your GP what information is needed so they can write the report.  GPs sometimes do this for free and sometimes they charge; if they do ask for a fee, don’t worry: we’ll cover the cost.  Just send us their invoice, and we’ll either refund it to you, or pay the bill directly with the GP, whichever you prefer.

BMI

On the application form we ask for your height and your weight.  This is because obesity can increase the risks of complications in pregnancy, and some IVF clinics are reluctant to provide treatment for host surrogates with a high BMI (Body Mass Index).  Your BMI is your weight in kilos, divided by your height in meters squared.  A BMI higher than 30 may be problematic for host surrogacy, though IVF clinics vary in their policies.

For straight surrogacy there are no hard-and-fast rules, so it would be up to individual IPs and Surrogates to make a decision about whether to proceed.

Please get in touch if you want to discuss this further.

Age

We have a minimum age of 21 for Surrogate Mothers.  We don’t have a maximum age, but bear in mind that the risks of pregnancy may increase over the age of about 35, and some IVF clinics do impose restrictions of their own.  Feel free to contact us for a chat about this.

DBS Check (formerly CRB Check)

Surrogates and their partners (if they have one) are required to provide a DBS check.  You may have had one for your work and a DBS certificate less than 12 months old will be accepted for your membership.  If you don’t already have a DBS certificate, you can obtain a new one from Disclosure Scotland.  We can send you the forms, and we’ll pay the fee on your behalf – just ask Dawn.  Alternatively forms can be downloaded at Disclosure Scotland or requested by telephone on 0870 609 6006.  The type of form you need to ask for is a ‘basic disclosure’.

Please send us the original document: we will note that it has been seen and return it to you.

Sexual Health Checks

If you are only considering host surrogacy, you don’t need to organise sexual health checks at this stage: the IVF clinic that you and your IPs use will sort all this out.

However if you are considering straight surrogacy, you’ll need to organise sexual health checks once you’ve chosen a couple to help.  Getting the tests done is easy, and there are three ways available:

  • At your local Sexual Health / GUM clinic
  • At your GP’s surgery (some but not all will be able to do this)
  • Using a home-test kit that is sent to The Doctors’ Laboratory

We’ll cover any costs involved, and if you want to use the home-test kit, please contact Dawn.

Here are the tests we’ll need:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • HIV
  • Genital herpes

Tests for genital herpes are not always available, so we ask you to let us know if you have ever had an outbreak of the infection in the past.  This is very important.

The tests may need to be repeated before you start inseminations, depending on how much time passes between these tests and starting to work with your IPs.  At that point it may also be agreed that your partner (if you have one) should be tested.  These decisions will be discussed at your agreement session.

The Membership Advisor Session

Once we’ve received your completed application form, we’ll get in touch to arrange your face-to-face membership advisory session.  You can have this at your own home, or somewhere else if you’d prefer, and it’s a chance to talk everything through with one of our experienced members.

 

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