Embryo Donation is possible when a surplus frozen embryo(s) remaining after one couple’s IVF cycle are released for the treatment of another person or couple. It is legally considered a transfer of property and not an adoption by law. Most often, the embryos are donated after the woman for whom they were originally created has completed her family.
The donor-conceived child is considered the child of the woman who carries it and gives birth and her husband/civil partner at the time of the donation. The donor male and female partner have no parental rights or responsibilities for a child born following their donation.
The woman receiving the donor embryos and carrying the donor-conceived child is the legal parent. The donor male and female partner have no parental rights or responsibilities for a child born following their donation.
We adhere to the strict screening guidelines for embryo donors as set by the HFEA in the UK. Both the recipient couple and donor couple are required to have counselling before entering into the program.