Surrogacy Information. Get your questions answered

1. What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a kind of ART (Assisted Reproductive Treatment) according to which a gestational carrier (GC) carries a child on behalf of another couple – intended parents (spouses who because of some health problems or infertility can’t conceive and/or give birth to a child  on their own).

2. How much does the surrogacy cost?

In our reproductive clinic prices of surrogacy can vary from 24 000, 00€ till 30 000, 00€ depending on the type of surrogacy journey. You need to look through the list attentively paying special attention to the description of each journey to choose the perfect one for you.

3. What is a gestational carrier (surrogate mother)?

Surrogate mother (GC) is a woman who bears a child for the infertile spouses by using IVF (in-vitro fertilization) for pay. Surrogate mother gives birth to a child.  But as she isn’t biologically connected with a baby, only intended parents are viewed as real parents of the child.

4. How is the child "created"?

If we speak about surrogacy, we mean that the child  is “created” by using one of the most effective methods of ART – IVF (in-vitro fertilization). The key point of IVF is that the woman is stimulated by special fertility drugs to produce a number of mature eggs which then are removed from her body by the special needle and fertilized in a lab setting with her partner’s/donor’s sperm. For successful results, the embryos are cultured for 3 to 5 days, and only then 1-2 of them are transferred to the surrogate.

5. If I don't have eggs, can I take part in the surrogacy journey?

If we speak about surrogacy, we mean that the child  is “created” by using one of the most effective methods of ART – IVF (in-vitro fertilization). The key point of IVF is that the woman is stimulated by special fertility drugs to produce a number of mature eggs which then are removed from her body by the special needle and fertilized in a lab setting with her partner’s/donor’s sperm. For successful results, the embryos are cultured for 3 to 5 days, and only then 1-2 of them are transferred to the surrogate.

6. If I'm not married, can I use surrogacy?

It’s a pity, if you are single, you can’t use surrogacy. According to the legislation of Ukraine, only heterosexual officially married couples can take part in such a program.

7. If we are a couple in male/female same-sex relationship, can we take part in the program?

It’s strictly prohibited  for same-sex couples to use surrogacy in Ukraine. Only officially married spouses (a man and a woman) can take part in the program. This is stated in the Law No. 787 from 09.09.2013 by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

8. Is surrogacy legal in Ukraine?

Yes, surrogacy is legal in Ukraine. All the aspects of this issue are regulated by Clause 123 of Family Code of Ukraine and Law 24 of Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

9. Whose name will be on the child's birth certificate?

Despite the fact that a GC carries and gives  birth to child, only intended parents will be on the child’s birth certificate. Starting since the 4-5th months of pregnancy, the legal work connected with the registration of the necessary documents begins. After the child’s birth, the GC have to sign all the necessary papers which indicates her free-will agreement to register the intended parents as legal and official parents of this.

10. Does egg donation differ from surrogacy?

Yes, these are quite different processes. Egg donation (also known as ovum donation) is just a process of donorship. In other words, when a woman can’t produce eggs on her own, the eggs of another healthy woman (donor) are taken. They are conceived with the sperm of an  infertile patient’s husband and then the embryo is transferred to the patient’s uterus.

11. How is the egg donor selected?

As this procedure is usually anonymous, parents aren’t  acquainted with the donor but have an opportunity to see her photos. The selection is produced by the doctor who have to take into account the similarities in the patient and donor’s appearance, weight, height, blood group and  Rh-factor. There is a special list of required analyses and tests which the donor must pass to be accepted to the program. It’s out of the question, egg donor shouldn’t have any bad habits, genetic, chronic and gynecological diseases. But, on the other hand, only healthy women under 30 with at least one healthy child can become  a donor.

12. What are the steps of IVF surrogacy?

Procedure of IVF surrogacy can be divided into the following steps:

  1. Preparation for COH (Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation)
  2. Carrying out COH  (Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation)
  3. Egg Removal and Sperm Processing
  4. Egg Fertilization in the Lab Setting
  5. Selection of Embryos for  Transfer
  6. Embryo Transfer
  7. Pregnancy Test
  8. Reduction of the Redundant Embryos
  9. Freezing of Remaining Embryos (vitrification) – This procedure is not obligatory.

13. Are there any compensations for surrogate mothers?

Of course, there are compensations for surrogate mothers. According to the surrogacy contract, at the end of the journey surrogate will be paid compulsory defined sum. Besides, each month GC gets a special maintenance.  In the cases when GC gets some complications, by all means, all the outgoing will be compensated.

14. How can I find a surrogate mother (GC)?

It’s not an easy task to find  a surrogate mother. Of course, you can do it on your own looking at different sites and blogs where surrogates suggest their services. Some intended parents want to choose the surrogate among their relatives or friends. On the other hand, our agency has formed our own huge base of GCs who’ve passed all the necessary examinations and checkups. That’s why, we can guarantee you that surrogates correspond to all medical and psychological requirements of the surrogacy journey. You  just need to look through our catalogue  and select the best candidate to your liking.

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