Surrogacy, surrogate motherhood, surrogate wombs
What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy or surrogate motherhood is a type of assisted reproduction process through which a woman carries the pregnancy and ultimately gives birth to the baby or babies of another person or couple.
In which countries can a surrogacy process be performed?
Surrogacy is allowed only in some countries of the world, or in certain States. The most known countries are Ukraine, Georgia and Greece, although in recent years in Mexico City, there is no prohibition to perform a process, being totally valid contracts between the intended parents and the surrogate. There are also options such as the Czech Republic and signing contracts with a Ukrainian woman, ideal for single men and couples of boys.
Is the surrogacy process safe and legal?
Of course. In Ukraine, Georgia and Greece there is legislation, while in Mexico City, without specific legislation, the contracts signed before a notary with the surrogate mother are enforced. In the Czech Republic there is no legislation in this regard, and that is why the contracts are signed with a Ukrainian surrogate mother, which will enforce all your rights.
What contracts must be signed abroad?
The corresponding contracts will be signed with the foreign agency, with the assisted reproduction clinic and before a notary public with the surrogate mother. These contracts will enforce all your rights and obligations.
How long does a surrogacy process usually take?
The process would last a minimum of 12 months, including pregnancy, but in case more embryo transfers are needed to achieve pregnancy, the process could be extended for 18 or 24 months.
What are the requirements for intentional parents?
In countries such as Ukraine or Georgia, only heterosexual married couples whose women cannot gestate or carry a pregnancy without serious risks for the mother or the fetus can access the process. In the case of Mexico City, both heterosexual married couples as well as single men and same-sex couples can access without any limitation. The programs with birth in the Czech Republic are indicated for single men and couples of boys. As for surrogacy programs in Greece, the intended mother must be under 50 years of age.
How many trips must be made to the destination country?
Usually 2 trips are more than enough. The first trip to the country of destination will be to sign the contracts and provide genetic material. The last trip will be at birth.
Is it possible to abandon the surrogacy process?
If pregnancy has not been achieved, yes, it would be possible to abandon the process. In case of pregnancy we will have to go all the way.
How will the baby be registered?
The baby will usually obtain the nationality and passport of the intended parent(s), but this is not always the case, as it depends on the existing legislation in their country. If the country of the intending parents refuses to register the baby, the baby will obtain the nationality by birth.
What are the requirements for surrogate mothers?
Your surrogate must be over 18 years of age, be the mother of at least one healthy child, and not be over the recommended age for carrying a pregnancy, in addition to being in good health. On the other hand, the pregnant woman must undergo a series of medical tests to ensure that she will be able to carry a pregnancy with the best guarantees.
Must the parents sign an agreement with the pregnant woman?
The Intended Parent(s) must sign a contract with the surrogate mother before a notary, but it is also possible to sign a power of attorney in favor of our representative in the country of destination to sign on your behalf such agreement.
Who performs the pregnancy follow-up?
The follow-up is coordinated through the agency or clinic in the destination country. Through Go4Baby you will receive all the information with total transparency.
What rights does the surrogate mother have over the baby?
Absolutely none. After birth, it will be the intended parent(s) who will have full rights to the newborn.
Can the surrogate provide her own eggs?
No, the gestational carrier and the donor must be different people, basically to guarantee that the surrogate mother will not have any genetic relationship with the baby.
Can the intended mother contribute her eggs?
Yes, always after passing a series of tests that guarantee that the quality of your eggs is sufficient and that an ovarian stimulation procedure would not be counterproductive.
How many attempts can be made with my own eggs?
In case the intended mother is able to provide her own eggs, it will be possible to perform IVF with these eggs and up to 3 transfers.
What medical tests must donors pass?
Egg donors must undergo a gynecological examination, a genetic study and a blood test, including a serological study.
Is it possible to meet the egg donor?
In Ukraine as well as in Mexico City and Greece, you will have access to generic information about your donor, including her photographs. In the case of Georgia, you will also have the opportunity to meet the donor in person.