More and more couples are considering surrogacy and for some it may be their only chance to have a child.
There are two types of surrogacy. Straight (traditional) surrogacy uses the egg of the surrogate mother and the sperm of the intended father. This means the baby is biologically related to the intended father and the surrogate mother. Host (or gestational) surrogacy uses the egg of the intended mother and the sperm of the intended father. Sometimes donor sperm is used. A baby conceived in this way is not biologically related to the surrogate mother.
It is very important to be aware of the law surrounding surrogacy and we would recommend you contact the voluntary organisations which work in the field for advice on the legal issues.