Links

Here are some useful links that people have asked us to list, Surrogacy in the UK, Other Organisations, Groups and Government Bodies.
Please note C.O.T.S. does not sanction any of these external links and cannot be held responsible for any of their content. Should you find a link that isnt working please email us with details to kim@surrogacy.org.uk.

 

Counselling

BICA Accredited counsellors are recognised by the HFEA.

https://www.bica.net/find-a-counsellor

 

Adoption & Fostering   

 

http://www.coram.org.uk

 

www.first4adoption.org.uk

 

https://www.bemyparent.org.uk

 

http://www.pathwaycare.com

 

http://www.barnardos.org.uk

 

 

  

Breast feeding your child


La Leche League GB 
Website http://www.laleche.org.uk

 

 

National Breast Feeding Helpline
Website http://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/

 

 

  

Cancer Support

Cancer Research UK
Website http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

 

Daisy Network 

Early Ovarian Failure Support Group and Endometriosis.
Website http://www.daisynetwork.org.uk/

 

 

Childbirth                                

 

National Childbirth Trust
Website: https://www.nct.org.uk/

 

Active Birth Centre

Website http://activebirthcentre.com/

 

Birthchoiceuk 
Website http://www.which.co.uk/birth-choice

 

 

Conception & Kits     

   

SME Fertility
Ovulation & Pregnancy Kits etc. 
Website http://www.sme-fertility.co.uk/
 

 

Babystart Ltd
Website https://babystart.co.uk/

 

 

Medisave (UK) Ltd

Website http://www.medisave.co.uk/

 

 

 

Government Bodies          

British Medical Association
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP  Telephone: 020 7387 4499 - Fax: 020 7383 6400  Website http://bma.org.uk/
 

 

Department of Health
Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS
0207 210 4850 (line open from 10.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday).
Website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health
 

 

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Paxton House, 30 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS
Tel 0207 291 8200 (line open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday)  Fax: 0207 291 8201  Website http://www.hfea.gov.uk/

Surrogacy Act
Some links on the HFEA site that may be of interest - Section 27/28/29/30 regards surrogacy

HFEA ACT 1990  (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/37/contents)
Section 27  (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/37/contents#mdiv27)
Section 30 (http://www.surrogacy.org.uk/pdf/section30hfea.pdf)
Children's Act (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1989/41/contents)
Surrogacy Act  (http://www.surrogacy.org.uk/pdf/Sur-act.pdf)

 

 

Independent Midwives        

  

Independent Midwifery UK
Website: http://www.imuk.org.uk/

 

 

Infertility Support Groups   

 

Fertility Friends
Website http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/

 

Infertility Network UK
http://www.infertilitynetworkuk.com/

 

 

 

Insurance   

Life insurance for surrogate mother's. Single policy for Two year for at least £500,000 on life. If you can afford it please add critical illness cover.  Please make sure that the policy is set in place before any attempts at inseminations/transfers take place.
 

Sovereign Finance
 

Website http://www.sovereignfinance.org/  

 

Aviva
http://www.aviva.co.uk/insurance/

Maternity Rights

Childrens and Family act new information (includes new maternity rights and pay information)


https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-children-and-families-act-2014-gains-royal-assent

 

https://www.gov.uk/legal-rights-when-using-surrogates-and-donors/maternity-leave 

 

Additionally a surrogate can get advice through the ACAS Helpline which is the official organisation that helps resolve issues

between employees and employers. http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2042 

 

Medical Tests

The Doctors Laboratory
58 Wimpole Street, London W1M 8LQ
Telephone +44 (0)20 7307 7373 - Fax +44 (0)20 7307 7374
Website http://www.tdlpathology.com/  Email tdl@tdlpathology.com
For all medical tests required by COTS ie HIV etc. + DNA testing

 

 

DNA Diagnostics Centre

Non Evasive Pre Natal DNA Testing

http://www.dna-bioscience.co.uk/prenatal-testing.php

 

 

Miscarriage/Recurrent Miscarriages  

 

Miscarriage Association
http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/    

 

 

 

 

Legal Support

Please note COTS cannot recommend one solicitor over another. Please check their fees before proceeding.

https://crbdirect.org.uk/

For the writing of wills any local solicitor can be used. Parental Orders do not always require a solicitor, it's your choice entirely. Surrogacy Agreements are unenforceable by law so no solicitor required for them either.

Almond Wills 


Telephone: 0843 886 5767

Email: enquiry@almondwills.com

www.almondwills.com

Very reasonable fees.

Freeths LLP is a firm of solicitors providing specialist help and advice to parents and parents-to-be. We guide our clients through all of the legal issues around domestic and international surrogacy, fertility treatment and donor conception.

 

http://www.freeths.co.uk/legal-services/individuals/family-law/surrogacy-law/

A City Law Firm

64 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4HB

Tel: 020  7426 0382

Contact is Andrew Spearman

https://acitylawfirm.com/practice-areas/child-law/surrogacy/

Mills & Reeve 

www.mills-reeve.com

Two Specialist Contacts

Amy Starnes tel 0207 648 9256

email: amy.starnes@mills-reeve.com

Rose-Marie Drury tel 0161 235 5443

email:rose-marie.drury@mills-reeve.com

Stowe Family Law. Are the largest family law firm in the UK with 18 offices all over the country, Bethan Carr is based in their Winchester office in Hampshire. She can travel or do meetings over Skype/telephone etc. She is the specialist contact for surrogacy.

Tel is 01962 850408 email is bethan.carr@stowefamilylaw.co.uk.  https://www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk/children/surrogacy/ her profile is https://www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk/team/bethan-carr

Fiona Lyon:  Partner & Head of Family Law- London Region, fiona.lyon@simpsonmillar.co.uk , 0345 357 9490,
Office Address: 16 Upper Woburn Place, Euston, London, WC1H 0AF

 

-Paul Hicks: Solicitor, paul.hicks@simpsonmillar.co.uk, 0345 357 9661

Office Address: Broad Quay House, Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4DJ