Surrogacy is the act of carrying a pregnancy for a parent or parents who are unable to do so. Woman who carry other people's children are known as surrogates. Surrogacy in the UK is a viable, legal option for single men who wish to have their own biological children.
In the UK, when a women gives birth to a child she is listed as the legal mother, and if she is married her husband is listed as the legal father. In order for surrogacy to work, the intended parent/s (IPs) of a surrogacy relationship must apply for a parental order within 6 months of the birth. The parental order extinguishes the rights of the surrogate (and her husband) and affords full parental rights to the intended parent/s. Previously this right was only given to couples, but as of January 2019, single people can sign parental orders, opening up surrogacy for single men in the UK