Despite the legal and ethical complexities that surround it, surrogacy is on the rise in Britain – and for some, it is the only solution to childlessness. Nicole Mowbray investigates.
I n the airy, chatter-filled lobby of a shared office space near London's Borough Market, people perch on vintage G Plan chairs sipping macchiatos, or tap away on Apple laptops around communal dining tables. Others, however, anxiously wait to begin one of the most emotionally arduous and legally complex journeys of their lives. Upstairs in this stylish space, with its iPad reception and aged-oak parquet floors, is the London headquarters of Brilliant Beginnings, one of only three surrogacy services in Britain.
Brilliant Beginnings was founded four years ago by lawyers Natalie Gamble and Helen Prosser, who also run a law firm specialising in helping couples unravel the complex legal framework around surrogacy. Before its inception, there were only two recognised surrogacy services in Britacontinue reading →