In all honesty the answer is very simple – we felt that the tried and tested legal framework in the US would offer us and our children the best protection. The US is a country where surrogacy has been going for years and as such it is an “understood” concept.
We wanted our family to be created in a country where we would be recognised as the parents of the children immediately and have all of the associated rights.
In the UK surrogacy contracts are unenforceable and the surrogate mother has rights for the first 6 weeks of the child’s life. We felt that Eastern Europe and Thailand were not advanced enough for us to gain the level of comfort we wanted and that left the US.