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Making surrogacy clearer

 Francesca Steyn 18 Jul 2017

The Department of Health (DoH) have put together a project group to publish guidance on surrogacy for health care professionals.

The aim of the guidance is to provide an educational tool for health care professionals working in non-fertility settings who may not have the knowledge or experience when dealing with surrogacy cases to ensure that the correct and appropriate care and information is provided to intended parents, host surrogates and their families.

There have been a number of cases highlighted by the media where babies have been handed over to intended parents in hospital car parks or police and social workers have been called as the health care professionals caring for those patients have not had the knowledge or local guidance to be aware of the correct process for these families.

Surrogacy is an area of my practice that I am extremely passionate about. The surrogacy journey can already be lengthy, incredibly emotional and incredibly stressful for these families. The last thing they need is to be forced to hand over a new born in a hospital car park or to have the police questioning them when they have just experienced the birth of their child. I am both excited and happy to be involved with this project and very keen to ensure that those families get the care that they need.

The project group currently consists of health care professionals, representatives from the DoH and representatives from surrogacy organisations. I am part of the core project group as a fertility nurse specialist dealing with surrogacy arrangements and I also represent the RCN and the RCN Fertility Nursing Forum.

 

 

 

 

 


Francesca Steyn

RCN Fertility Nursing Forum committee member

Head of Nursing at The Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health

Francesca has been a fertility nurse for 10 years and is currently the nurse manager at CARE London, a large unit which provides a wide range of fertility treatments and services. She has a special interest in gamete donation and surrogacy, and also training and development for nurses and HCAs within the fertility setting.

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