Neil McDonagh

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2016-12-23 at 06:00:51

Neil (28) & Andrew (27) live in Northern Ireland and have been together for nine years and work in banking and air travel respectively. Their son Oisin was born in November 2016 in the UK via gestational independent surrogacy after four years of planning. Neil and his partner looked at many different options before deciding on the UK. They met their surrogate through an online surrogacy forum in April 2015. Whilst they experienced some challenges, they feel so lucky to have overcome these and to be bringing up the child they have long dreamed of.


Growing Families have been working around the clock in recent months to assist parents from Australia, USA, UK, mainland Europe and Asia to travel to births. It has meant countless hours assisting with airline protocols, paperwork, embassies, visa, ground transport and that most precious commodity – love and understanding.We are sharing feedback below from just […]

Surrogacy can fall into the categories of altruistic or commercial. Altruistic surrogacy means that the surrogate derives no financial benefit from being a surrogate with the exception of having her reasonable expenses of the surrogacy paid. Commercial surrogacy is the opposite, being an arrangement whereby the surrogate obtains a financial benefit beyond her expenses for […]

Three Australian jurisdictions – NSW, ACT & Queensland – have laws criminalising overseas surrogacy. However like the long outdated provisions criminalising abortion in NSW, these are laws which have never been prosecuted. In fact even when the rare case has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, they have declined to take action. There […]