Last week marked National Fertility Awareness Week. Set up by Fertility Network UK, the week aims to make sure that the 3.5 million people in the UK facing fertility issues, whatever the stage they are at, have the support and information they need.
When it comes to fertility there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Whether you are trying to conceive, undergoing treatment, or living without children, Fertility Network UK offer a wide range of resources and support.
An increasing number of couples are now considering surrogacy and for some, it may be their only chance to build that often long awaited family. However, in today's modern world, infertility and surrogacy is often talked about in hushed voices. To help to increase awareness, earlier this year we recorded 'The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast' a three-part series exploring the legal implications of growing a family via surrogacy. This was intended to help couples and individuals get to grips with the landscape at the outset, so as to ensure that their journey to parenthood is smooth and safe for all involved.
Over the series we looked at the full surrogacy lifecycle, the practicalities that need to be considered and the law that currently governs the process in the UK. We reflected on the proposed reform in the law in England and Wales to bring this country up-to-date, creating a system that is fit to cater to today’s modern family structures.
The podcast series is intended to provide an overview of the law regarding surrogacy and current developments in this area. It should not be relied on as a substitute for professional advice.
Please note since recording the podcast, the legal reform has been delayed and my thoughts on this can be found here, as published in The Times last month.