Our Specialist Surrogacy Team

13th February 2023 in News

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Surrogacy allows those who otherwise could not carry a pregnancy, such as same-sex male couples, many queer or transgender people, and those who may have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss or failed IVF cycles, to start their families. 

As a patient-led fertility clinic we listen to what our patients and the fertility industry tell us. In 2014 there were less than a hundred parental orders applications made by intended parents of children born through surrogacy in the UK. However, by the year 2020-2021 that number had increased to more than 145!

To provide patients with the treatments they need, this year we’re investing in our surrogacy treatment offering, we’ve announced our partnership with TwoDadsUK®, a specialist independent surrogacy support organisation to help us on our journey. Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly popular method of starting a family and through our recent partnership we’ve been provided with some incredible statistics on how surrogacy treatment is growing.

Infographic depicting Parental Order Applications by UK country from 2014 – 2021, sourced from the My Surrogacy Journey website.

We want to ensure more people receive the care they need through their surrogacy journey. Which is why we’re here to talk about our incredible specialist Surrogacy Team, who ensure our patients feel supported through every step of their treatment.

Meet our Specialist Surrogacy Team

Dr Peter Kerecsenyi, Fertility Consultant

Peter is a consultant gynaecologist, he qualified from Hungary in 2000 and gained his EBCOG recognised specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2005. With over 13 years of experience as a specialist and a member and recognised trainer of the British Fertility Society, Peter is well-versed in all aspects of the surrogacy process and enjoys finding new ways to improve the quality of care his patients receive.

Dr Anamika Rao, Fertility Consultant

Anamika completed her Obstetrics and Gynaecology training both in India and the UK, and has been a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists since 2005. She is an expert not only in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, assisted conception, fertility preservation and treatment with donor gametes – but has a long history working to support intended parents and surrogates through the surrogacy process.

Paula Lynch, Senior Fertility Nurse

Paula has had a long career working in fertility care at clinics in Ireland, Essex and London. As a Senior Fertility Nurse, Paula works with all our patients at Manchester Fertility, helping them through various stages of treatment.

She has vast experience in overseeing fertility nursing teams and has a special interest in egg donation and surrogacy. She likes to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field through HFEA and nursing forums to ensure the care she provides is always at the highest standard for both intended parents and their surrogates.

Rihannah Leech-Ratchford, Patient Services Manager

Rihannah is our Patient Services Manager and is dedicated to providing outstanding patient satisfaction. She ensures every patient receives the best possible care and feels well supported throughout every step of their journey. Rihannah finds joy in supporting intended parents throughout the surrogacy process and is able to provide tailored advice to both surrogates, and intended parents.

Olivia Tindall, Senior Patient Advisor

Olivia joined Manchester Fertility in March 2020 and previously  worked in Reproductive Medicine at Saint Mary's Hospital. Olivia loves being a part of the In-Patient Team, helping patients understand what is involved in their treatment and guiding them through the process. Olivia is often the lead contact for our patients as they progress through their surrogacy treatment, she is always prepared with expert advice to help intended parents and surrogates alike feel comfortable with the surrogacy process.

Lydia Ruddick, Senior Embryologist

With qualifications in Genetics and Assisted Reproduction Technology, Lydia trained to be a Clinical Embryologist in Birmingham. With research experience in early embryo development at the French National Research Institute and clinical practice observation in Australia, she brings her wide-ranging expertise to Manchester Fertility to help intended parents and surrogates throughout the surrogacy process.

Useful Resources for Intended Parents

As a specialist fertility clinic, we understand that surrogacy is a deeply personal choice. There are a number of UK based organisations that can provide support to those on their journey through surrogacy, help you source the right surrogate for your treatment and provide more information on choosing surrogacy. Our team would recommend: 

Why Manchester Fertility?

As a Northern & Midlands Centre of Excellence for surrogacy, by choosing Manchester Fertility not only would you benefit from our state-of-the-art, purpose-built clinic and industry experts –  but our specialist team will be on hand to support you throughout the entire process and TwoDadsUK will be on hand to offer invaluable lived experience.

You can find more information and helpful advice to get you started on our surrogacy treatment page. Or if you’d like to talk to a member of our specialist team, you can call directly at 0161 300 2730, to discuss the process further.

Last updated: 13th April 2023