Research on Surrogacy


The Study
We are looking for couples willing to take part in a study examining the legal experiences of UK commissioning couples who have successfully used a surrogate outside of the UK.


Who is behind this Study?
Rita D’Alton-Harrison, Researcher, School of Law, University of Leicester. Rita is a University Lecturer (University of Hertfordshire) and non-practising Solicitor. The study has been approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Leicester.


What is the nature of this Study?
The purpose of this research is to describe the legal experiences of commissioning couples involved in surrogacy arrangements that take place outside the UK. The study is concerned with the post birth legal process and this will involve discussions about experiences of the legal processes involved in securing entry clearance for the child into the UK and in applying for a Parental Order. These experiences will then be examined to analyse whether the current law and policy in the UK in this area is adequate or requires change.


How do I qualify to take part in the Study?
In order to take part in the research you must have:

1. Used a surrogate mother outside the UK between 2008 – 2013.

2. The surrogate must have given birth to your child(ren) between 2008 – 2013.

3. You must have been and must still be part of a couple (in an existing relationship heterosexual or homosexual) at the time of the birth.

4. Have successfully applied for entry clearance to bring your child(ren) into the UK following the birth

5. Have successfully applied or be in the process of applying for a Parental Order.

If you decide to take part in this study you will be sent further information and will be asked to complete consent forms. You are still free to withdraw from the study at any time without giving a reason.


Will the information I provide be confidential?
If you agree to take part in this study you will be asked to give identifiable information including your personal details. However, the information provided will be kept confidential. Your personal information (that is the name and address of yourself your partner and children) will be anonymised as will any information that could identify you. However, your answers given in the interview will be quoted and analysed as part of the research and will form part of the findings of the study but will not identify you.


How do I sign up to take part in the research?
To take part in the research you should contact the researcher:

Rita D’Alton-Harrison
Tel: 0845 166 8711

You will then be contacted to arrange a suitable time and date for the interview to take place.