The true number of surrogate pregnancies is unknown as data are not routinely collected. Every clinician caring for pregnant women needs to understand the legal, psychological and physical challenges of surrogacy so that care can be provided appropriately. Though laws vary across jurisdictions, the key components of care are much the same. The provision of supportive care to the surrogate, to provide a good outcome must be the focus of the healthcare professional, with a full understanding of the legal processes such that the journey for both surrogate and prospective parents is as smooth as possible. This chapter aims to cover the essential healthcare and legal requirements when caring for surrogate pregnancies.
KeywordsSurrogacy Commissioning parents Surrogacy arrangement act 1985 Prenatal counselling
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