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It's a job you can't quit: Carrying a child for other people. With the war raging in Ukraine, the country's large surrogacy industry has unraveled, leaving both surrogate mothers and intended parents in limbo.

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Camouflage-patterned sleeping bags, shelves stacked with cans, baby cribs side by side with gas masks. Shortly before the outbreak of the war, Ukraine's largest surrogacy agency, BioTexCom, published a video on its website — a tour of an air-raid shelter, accompanied by the sound of wailing sirens, where Ukrainian surrogate mothers were supposed to find refuge in the event of war. The message was clear: The pregnant women and the children they carry would be looked after.

Marina (not her real name), however, tells a different story. In early March, she gave birth to a baby in the company's air-raid shelter. It was cold and dark, and she said there was not enough food, water or medication. For three days, she didn't hear heard a word from the agency. When BioTexCom employees finally showed up, she said, they picked up the babies — but did not bring food or water.

All-inclusive surrogacy

The war has exposed the ugly face of an industry that was already considered inhumane during peacetime. Commercial surrogacy is legal in Ukraine, where, each year, an estimated 2,000 children are carried to term for foreign parents.

It's an attractive sector: transferring parenthood to foreign couples is comparatively uncomplicated. Agencies mediate between what are called intended parents and surrogate mothers. All-inclusive packages cost between €30,000 ($33,000) and €40,000. At times, the companies also offer special deals. For instance, on Black Friday last year, BioTexCom offered a 3% discount on surrogacies.

Intended parents, and surrogate mothers — the industry's terminology is concrete and harsh. It raises hopes and toys with dreams on both sides: would-be parents who have often spent years in the offices of reproductive specialists and adoption agencies, and the Ukrainian women, who earn about €15,000 to €20,000 — that's several times more than the average annual salary — for renting out their wombs and carrying a child to term.

Old contracts, new realities

The war in Ukraine, however, has thrust all parties involved into an unprecedented dilemma, facing challenges unforeseen in the surrogacy contracts. The situation raises several questions: Should the surrogate mother flee to save her life? Or to save the baby she's carrying in her belly and is not hers? What if the surrogate mother doesn't want to leave because her own family is still in the country? What if they want to stay to defend their country?

BioTexCom obtains assurances from women who flee that they will be back for the baby's birth. Since the surrogate mothers are paid in installments, the company has quite some leverage. Meanwhile, the agency is building a bunker in central Ukraine.

Susan Kersch-Kibler, founder of the agency, Delivery Dreams, hastily moved her surrogate mothers abroad but then ordered them to return to Ukraine for the delivery date. Some reports say other agencies have threatened their surrogate mothers by telling them they could face 15 years in prison if they left Ukraine.

Unintentional motherhood

Once outside Ukraine, surrogate moms face a different legal situation. In Ukraine, a woman can give birth to a child without being considered the child's mother. Until now, that meant that after the birth, the surrogate mother agreed to the paternity of the intended father. The child received a passport and could leave the country — to then be adopted by the father's partner.

However, in many of the countries currently sheltering Ukrainian refugees, a woman automatically becomes the mother of a child by giving birth. It does not matter that the surrogate mothers are not genetically related to the children they had carried. By giving birth in an EU country, they would be considered the mother of the child — a label and role they possibly never wanted.

Marko Oldenburger, who has provided legal advice to German intended parents for 10 years, suspects other reasons why some agencies want to prevent their surrogate mothers from fleeing Ukraine, such as concerns that confidential information might be leaked, the business model might come under closer scrutiny or possible financial losses.

For some surrogate mothers, fleeing is not even an option as they are too far along in their pregnancy. One agency reported that a surrogate mother whose intended parents had insisted on the implantation of two embryos — despite warnings that twin pregnancies are more often associated with health complications. It's not easy to find a woman who will take that on, and four doctors tried to discourage her, but the woman became pregnant with twins. She has been bedridden for three months, so relocating her is out of the question. The foreign parents, meanwhile, are angry that "their" mother and "their" children are not taken out of the country.

Parents track down 'their' mothers

Most of Ukraine's reproductive clinics are located in the embattled areas around Kharkiv and Kyiv. Many agency employees have fled the war zone and are difficult to reach for foreign parents, who feel abandoned and are desperate.

On social media, many intended parents are looking for their surrogate mothers, and vice versa. As far as the agencies are concerned, the two contracting parties are not supposed to be in touch. It seems many agencies are still doing their best to keep it that way.

Marina told DW she was forbidden to contact the intended parents. A friend of hers who is also a surrogate mother was tracked down by the intended parents, who made sure she was provided with food and money in the air-raid shelter with the help of a volunteer. That prompted the agency to threaten the surrogate mothers.

Meanwhile, a growing number of babies are waiting in underground infant wards to be picked up by their parents. BioTexCom currently has about 600 pregnant surrogate mothers and at least one child is born every day.

Intended parents who travel to Ukraine to save their babies from the war face closed offices and deserted embassies. They need the newborn to be documented in the birth register and be issued a passport so that they can take the baby out of the country and be recognized as legal parents. But, none of that is possible in the current situation. "So you just have nothing," says Oldenburger, adding that the parents are left with an undocumented infant.

From Kharkiv to Paris

Sometimes, parents arrange for the surrogate mother to leave Ukraine. Cyril and his partner had no more than a photo of the woman who would carry the French couple's baby. For ten years, they had yearned for a child. They considered co-parenting and adoption, then finally, a year and a half ago, they turned to a Ukrainian surrogacy agency. In December 2021, their surrogate was pregnant. Two months later, war broke out.

For two long weeks, Cyril did not hear from the agency before he finally received the surrogate mother's contact details. She asked him to help her flee Kharkiv. Cyril organized and financed her departure. The journey to Paris took a week. Cyril was careful to make sure it would not be too exhausting for her and that the baby would be safe.

Tatiana is now in Paris. She is restless and anxious because her family is still in Ukraine. Cyril has hired a lawyer to ensure that if the child is born on French soil, it will not be Tatiana's child, but his. This is entirely new legal territory for everyone involved. "We are all kind of groping in the dark here," Cyril says.

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Russia's invasion is making it harder to deliver babies and provide birth control, abortion services, and other essential care.

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THE WAR IN Ukraine is becoming a crisis of reproductive health. Over the next three months, more than 80,000 Ukrainian people are expected to give birth, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). That’s about 1,000 deliveries per week. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 15 percent of pregnancies—in a war zone or not—will require skilled medical care for a potentially life-threatening complication.

Women have already given birth in underground shelters and in subway stations. UNFPA posted a woman’s firsthand account of delivering a baby in Kyiv on the first day of the conflict. “I was lucky,” she wrote, “it did not happen in the basement.”

“Babies don't wait because there's a war. Periods don't stop because there's a war,” says Caroline Hickson, the European regional director for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Experts are raising concerns about both the short- and long-term tolls of neglecting sexual and reproductive care in Ukraine, including surrogacy and abortion services, disease prevention, and help for survivors of sexual assault. “More than 50 percent of the population are women. And these are non-negotiable needs,” Hickson says.

And yet people are running out of options for safe places to seek care. More than 3 million Ukrainians have fled the country, and others have sought refuge in cities less affected by Russian attacks. The war has strained food, power, and water supplies and cut people off from emergency and routine medical care. According to an online tracker maintained by the WHO, as of Tuesday, attacks had affected 34 health care facilities in Ukraine since the invasion began. These include a maternity and children’s hospital in Mariupol that was destroyed last week in an air attack, an action the US condemned as “barbaric.” (A pregnant woman and her baby died following the attack.)

“Sexual and reproductive health services should be at the core of our assistance to both women refugees crossing the borders and also women staying behind,” Isabel Yordi Aguirre, technical officer of gender and health for the WHO, told WIRED during a press briefing last week. Ukraine’s rate of maternal mortality, or when a mother dies from a pregnancy-related cause, has historically been high, due in part to insufficient access to family planning services. Aguirre notes that conflict and displacement threaten to increase that mortality rate. “Those women may have moved from having a life-changing experience to a life-threatening experience,” she says.

GALYNA MAISTRUK SAW this coming. Maistruk is a gynecologist-oncologist from Kyiv who also directs Women’s Health & Family Planning for Ukraine. Maistruk has helped fill gaps in humanitarian aid for reproductive health care in eastern Ukraine since the Russian invasion of Crimea eight years ago. She had helped supply equipment to Mariupol’s maternity and children’s hospital—the one destroyed last week.

It’s been clear to her that the conflict would inevitably expand. Still, when it finally did approach Kyiv, she couldn’t avoid the shock. “I understood that it would be very bloody,” she says. “Because I saw this Russian world in Donetsk and Luhansk—how it looks, how people are suffering.”

Medication is now hard, if not impossible, to access because supplies have been depleted or destroyed and logistical chains broken, says Maistruk. Terminals and storage are generally located near Kyiv, Ukraine’s most populous city. “Now everything is in very poor condition. Unfortunately many companies lost the possibility to transport,” she says. Some health care workers have fled for safety, including Maistruk, who recently left Kyiv to go west. Her husband stayed behind to continue work in a maternity hospital. Emergency supplies are short: oxygen, blood, antibiotics, antiseptics—all of which can be ​​critical ​in emergency obstetrics.

And a family’s needs don’t stop once the baby is safely born. “The women stay in their clinics for two, three days and then they need to go home,” says Maistruk. “And home is under bombing. Home is under air alarms, when you need to leave everything and in one minute go to the shelter. Imagine: How can you breastfeed—how can you organize your care?”

Global health infrastructure had already been pushed to its limits by the pandemic, says Ann Moore, a researcher with the Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based research and policy organization for sexual and reproductive health and rights. “This humanitarian crisis is starting with depleted resources,” she says. “Health care provider resources, commodity shortages—a weakened health infrastructure overall, globally. That puts all of these reproductive health care needs at even greater risk.”

A rush of humanitarian aid has streamed into Ukraine and bordering countries to help fill this gap. The UNFPA has delivered essential supplies and has made sexual and reproductive health a priority. Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has done the same and begun training health care workers in the west on war zone trauma care. Unicef has provided 62 metric tons of supplies, including midwifery kits. The UNFPA also deploys packages of equipment meant to help with normal deliveries, complicated ones, and C-sections. (Maistruk remembers these kits as “excellent” when she previously used them in Luhansk. “It includes the whole operation room,” she recalls. “You can open the box, and in one, two hours you can organize the operation room.”)

Unicef supplies dignity kits containing underwear, soap, a bucket, and other hygiene products, plus basics for safety: a flashlight, a whistle, and information about gender-based violence. “We know that when social norms break down, sexual violence—especially among the most vulnerable—always follows,” says Moore, pointing out that young women and girls, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ and disability communities are always at the most risk. Survivors may have injuries that require immediate medical attention and treatments: antibiotics, post-exposure HIV prophylaxis, and emergency contraception.

People will still need access to routine medications, too, like hormonal birth control. “If people can’t access contraception, they may be confronted with unintended pregnancies at a point which is just perhaps the very worst time in one's life to have to manage that,” says Hickson. “If you are a person with HIV and you're taking antiretroviral therapy and it suddenly stops, that's going to be massively detrimental. There are transgender people who are taking hormone therapy, that's massively detrimental if they no longer have access.”

The Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises (IAWG), identifies these on its list of priority services for humanitarian aid, which includes safe abortion and post-abortion care. All of these may be in demand among Ukrainians. Some people may have been separated from their partner, as Ukraine banned men ages 18 to 60 from leaving. Pregnancies that were previously desired may no longer feel sustainable.

Still, these medical needs are among the last to receive attention during crises, says Sara Casey, a public health and humanitarian aid expert at Columbia University. “There are no excuses for this. None of these services are highly complicated to provide,” she says, including providing abortion via pills, typically a combination of misoprostol and mifepristone.

But such services can also be politically fraught. Ukraine has liberal abortion policies. Some of its neighbors, countries into which people are fleeing, do not. Poland has a near-total ban on abortion. It is only permissible there in the case of rape, incest, or threat to a mother’s health. (Poles have been known to travel to Ukraine for abortions.) “And that ban will apply equally to a Ukrainian refugee woman as it would to a Polish woman,” says Hickson. “That is a huge challenge.”

Post-abortion care—to prevent problems like sepsis—is less controversial, says Casey. “Essentially, no country is going to say the person should die, even if they think abortion itself is wrong.”

Ukraine has one of the largest networks of surrogacy in the world; an estimated 2,000 children are born to surrogate mothers there every year. Agencies have raced to ensure the safety of those women. Susan Kersch-Kibler, founder of Delivering Dreams Surrogacy Agency, says her agency took seriously the early reports that Russia might invade, and managed to relocate all but one surrogate mother to the western city of Lviv weeks before the war began. She says personnel risked their lives to rescue biological material from Kyiv, such as eggs, sperm, and embryos. “These are people that are older, and sometimes have gone through tons and tons of IVF. So the embryos we have are extremely precious,” she says.

But despite the peril, there is some room for hope. Aid has gotten better and smarter, Casey notes, thanks in part to advocacy groups that have fought for years to make policymakers and NGOs focus on reproductive health. In the 1990s, during the crisis in Bosnia, she says, services for sexual assault were so bad that humanitarian organizations “would set up places with signs that said, like, ‘rape center’ and then wonder why nobody came to them.” But the response was much better in 2016 in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, she says, noting that aid organizations rallied resources to provide access to safe abortion. "I would say that's probably the first major humanitarian emergency where I felt like safe abortion care really was available in the camps fairly quickly after arrival," she says.

The job of these aid groups, Hickson says, is now to support Ukrainian health care workers who already know their communities well. “They are there even when the bombs are falling,” says Hickson. “Doctors and nurses working in incredibly tough situations to deliver babies and care for people, no matter what.”

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Thursday, 28 October 2021 04:55

The Surrogacy Process

The intake process will differ depending on the agency and clinic that you are working with.
You should expect an application and a medical questionnaire. These documents will help your agency determine if there are any legal or medical concerns they need to address with you or if there are any reasons you might not be eligible for the Ukrainian surrogacy program.

Process Steps And Timing

Most agencies follow these stages. We at Delivering Dreams do it a bit differently, and I will outline how and why.
After your application and medical questionnaire:
Stage 1: Contract with Agency. (Usually, your first payment will be at this stage)
Stage 2: Collecting the necessary documents from you. Some agencies will have you do this stage without assistance.
Stage 3: Official approval into a Ukrainian surrogacy program. This should take days.
Stage 4: Choosing a surrogate. Most often surrogates are tested and screened after you have chosen. (Usually, your second payment is due after choosing a surrogate or signing the contract with the surrogate.)
Stage 5: Preparing the surrogacy contract.
Stage 6: Signing the surrogacy contract in person or by power of attorney through your agency. (Some agencies and clinics require your physical presence.) If you travel in person, only a two to three-day stay is necessary. You will meet your surrogate, tour medical facilities and provide sperm.
If you are contributing eggs, they would be retrieved. For this, the timing will be critical and planned in advance. At least one parent must be genetically linked to the child. (Another payment may be due after signing.)
Stage 7: IVF with ICSI. At this point, the egg is fertilized on the same day the biological material is provided.
Stage 8: Five days later: If you wish PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) for genetic diseases, it will be done at this stage. After completion, the best embryos will be chosen and implanted into the surrogate’s uterus. You have the option of one or two embryos. The pros and cons of each option are discussed in chapter 5.
If you wish to freeze the remaining healthy embryos for further implantations, if the first is not successful, or you may want more children in the future, that will be done at this stage.
Stage 9: In 10-14 days, blood pregnancy test (beta hCG) will be taken. (Often this triggers another payment)
Stage 10: About 10 days after the positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound diagnosis is done to confirm pregnancy.
If there is a negative result in either stage 9 or 10, the process of implantation may be repeated. Each surrogate is legally permitted only 3 implantation attempts.
Stage 11: The first and second trimester: Your surrogate attends frequent doctor’s appointments and should be under constant supervision by your agency. An agency representative should accompany your surrogate to all doctor’s appointments and tests. You should receive frequent updates. This differs from agency to agency. At a minimum, provide weekly updates and all test results.
Stage 12: Best practices are considered moving the surrogate near the maternity hospital approximately at the seventh month of the pregnancy. Exact timing depends on the recommendation of the surrogate’s doctors. It has been found that a surrogate that spends the majority of her pregnancy in a comfortable, known environment with friends and family close is less stressful for her and hence your child.
Stage 13: Delivery! By monitoring your surrogate carefully, we always try to make sure that you will be by her side during the birth of your child. Ask your agency:

  • Are you allowed in the delivery room? Some charge more or don’t allow it at all.
  • Generally, surrogates will stay in the maternity hospital for 1-3 days after birth. Be sure to find out how much time you will be allowed to spend with your child.

Stage 14: Post-birth: it is the event you have been waiting for and you should relish every moment. Since it’s likely a new experience for both parties, an agency can help you through this process as your surrogacy journey comes to a happy end.
Stage 15: You will receive the child’s birth certificate with the name you have chosen for your child and your names as parents with no reference to a surrogate or donor.
Stage 16: The documents are filed for your child’s US passport. This can take 4-6 weeks, depending on the agency and the time of year. They don’t work on both Ukrainian and American holidays. The process, documentation, and timing differ for other countries.
Be sure to know if your agency handles Stage 16. Often, they are charged as additional work, and in some cases, they do not provide this service, and you will have to find a lawyer or other professional to assist.
The timing of all payments can differ based on the agency. Make sure they are on quantifiable, not subjective steps and the contract instructions are clear so there are no misunderstandings.

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Surrogacy can be a wonderful option for couples who can’t have children. However, there are individuals who believe that surrogacy is unethical and exploits women.
One of the reasons Delivering Dreams only works in Ukraine is the high level of regulation for intended parents, surrogates, and donors, thus preventing many issues of concern.

In addition, we at Delivering Dreams have put in place protections for intended parents and surrogates.

These are some of the concerns raised by those who object to surrogacy, counter-arguments and how Ukraine and Delivering Dreams does all it can to eliminate these worries.

Risks and Concerns

Protecting the human rights of surrogates. The counter-argument is that each human being is allowed to choose what they do in life and with their bodies. The essential thing for Delivering Dreams is that the surrogate completely understands what she is doing and what her obligations and responsibilities are.
Poor women being exploited. In many countries, surrogates are illiterate and uneducated. Ukraine has an extremely high level of education. Our surrogates are not in poverty. We make sure that all our surrogates have good living conditions and a healthy and supportive environment. Most often, women who are poor do not have the healthy diet and habits that middle-class women will have. They would not be acceptable candidates for our program.
Unreliable and/or incomplete information about the surrogacy process, for the surrogate or intended parents and their responsibilities and rights. We will introduce you to independent lawyers specializing in surrogacy to give you confidence.
Reliable and quality medical care. With over 20 years’ experience, a great track record and high success rate, reliable and very high-quality health care are essential. 
Lack of physiological support. We see this as a vital part of a healthy pregnancy for your surrogate and a healthy surrogacy journey for you as intended parents. Both you and your surrogate will get support throughout the process.
Provision of safe and comfortable living arrangements of their choosing. We believe allowing our surrogates to live in their familiar and comfortable homes prevents stress and provides stability for your surrogate. From month 7, we will move her to a very comfortable apartment near our facility, so she can be under constant medical observation. Her family and friends are welcome to visit and spend time.

Contracts in languages they do not speak or read. All our contracts between surrogates and intended parents are side-by-side Ukrainian and English. We recommend a lawyer or translator check this for you to make sure it is accurately represented in English.

Forcing a woman who does not want to be a surrogate into surrogacy. This is just not possible in Ukraine. There are too many checks by the government to allow surrogates into the program and our process to be sure they are 100% committed and looking forward to the process of nurturing your child for 9 months in a healthy and happy environment.

Making it difficult for a surrogate to give informed consent. They speak the language and always have access to independent lawyers.

Medically unnecessary cesarean sections for the convenience of intended parents and to increase the speed and volume of births. This is outright illegal and unethical. The medical facilities and practices are inspected, and this would not pass.

Lack of recourse when problems arise. This can be an issue for intended parents as the contracts are read and enforced under Ukrainian law. This is why Delivering Dreams, as an American company, contracts with the intended parents under US law. This provides recourse in a viable jurisdiction. The surrogate contract is still under Ukrainian law. This is a significant reason behind our guaranteed not-to-exceed pricing.

Lack of additional medical advice. At Delivering Dreams, we involve your IVF clinic and/or doctors in your home country as much as you would like. If there are questions we will be right on them. With us, you also have the right to change physicians if there are concerns.

Lack of information or misinformation throughout the process. Make sure you know what information you will receive throughout the process, how often and in what form. You don’t want to receive documents in Ukrainian! Also, test your agency’s responsiveness. If they are unresponsive before you start the process, they probably won’t be very responsive once you have signed.

Not being able to get your child out of the birth country, or into your home country. Not all agencies provide the documentation and do the work necessary to get your child’s US passport or documents required by other countries. Be sure to check on this before signing.

Fraud: unfortunately, there are many kinds. Please refer to Chapter 11 on Avoiding Fraud.
Intended parents and surrogates have a right to know about all possible challenges and options available to them, as well as risks to future children, so they can participate in arrangements that minimize harm.

In these ways, Delivering Dreams and the laws of Ukraine work to mitigate these risks as much as possible.

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The children born through egg donation and surrogacy are most always beloved, prized, and cherished and enveloped in love. These children are more than likely to grow up healthy, both physically and psychologically. They will have the support from their parent they need to thrive.
If you are not convinced, here are the results of a clinical study* that revisited the same children born through surrogacy in the UK from the age of one to ten years of age and compared them to children born through traditional conception.

Early on, both mothers and fathers in surrogacy families reported lower levels of stress associated with parenting than did those with naturally conceived children, and mothers also showed lower levels of depression. Parent-child relationships were again more positive for the surrogacy parents than for the natural conception parents.
Surrogacy families indicated greater psychological well-being and adaptation to parenthood than by the comparison group of natural conception parents.
Mothers of children born through surrogacy showed higher levels of pleasure in their children, greater feelings of competence as a parent and lower levels of anger, guilt, and disappointment with their children. Surrogacy fathers reported lower levels of parenting stress.
By age seven they balance out. The surrogacy children were generally well-adjusted but faced higher levels of adjustment problems which disappeared by the age of ten. (This finding is similar to that of children adopted internationally.)
The study concludes that some of the fears that have been expressed about the consequences of surrogacy for children are based on speculation, rather than fact.
That families created through surrogacy are generally functioning well, suggesting that the absence of a gestational link between the parents and the child does not jeopardize the development of positive family relationships or positive child adjustment.
* Susan Golombok, 2015, published by Cambridge University Press, reproduced with permission. 'Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms'
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Tuesday, 25 May 2021 11:54

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo and Surrogacy

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo is an American actress and producer. One of the world's highest paid actors since 2017, she has made multiple appearances on the Forbes’ year-end lists. Her accolades include a Screen Actors Guild Award and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award. You might know her from Grey's Anatomy. 

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Sunday, 02 May 2021 09:18

Jimmy Fallon's surrogacy journey

The Tonight's Show, television host, Jimmy Fallon's surrogacy journey is no secret as he and his wife have been quite open about their fertility problems.

When they first brought their little daughter into this world, Jimmy and his wife, Nancy Juvonen Fallon, disclosed what a difficult ride it had been. “It’s hard if you can’t have children,” Fallon said. “We struggled for a good five years trying to have a kid.” Fallon revealed this piece of news two weeks after the birth of his daughter, Winnie Rose, who had arrived in this world with the help of IVF and surrogacy.

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Enrique Martín Morales, better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, actor, author, record producer and humanitarian who is known as the "King of Latin Pop" and the "Latin Music King". Ricky married his spouse Jwan Yosef, a Swedish painter and artist in 2017.
The "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer and his husband, Jwan Yosef, are parents to twin boys Valentino and Matteo, 12, daughter Lucia, who turns 2 next month, and son Renn, 1, who were all born via surrogate.
Ricky Martin has opened up about how his sexuality impacted his quest to become a father. He welcomed his twins as a single father. Regardless of his sexual orientation, Martin’s means of becoming a father is worthy of discussion. His decision to have a child via gestational surrogacy, which means donor eggs are fertilized in vitro and then implanted in the womb of a woman. The child is later given to the legal parent.
In a new interview with a magazine, the singer reflected on his years-long dream of becoming a father, as well as his fears that he wouldn’t be able to become a parent as a gay man.
“Many years I dreamt of being a father, and many, many, many times I went through this grieving process of I am gay, I am a closeted gay man, and I’m not going to be able to be a daddy,” he said. But luckily, Ricky Martin is a father of four and looks forward to welcoming more.
Surrogacy is a choice that you can have if you want kids. Kids are happiness and everyone deserves happiness.

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Nicole Kidman’s IVF journey has been a difficult path as she struggled with infertility over several years and is known to have experienced a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy. She also faced many difficulties in her IVF treatment, before being able to conceive.
Despite her difficult journey, Nicole Kidman is a mother to four children, a son and a daughter who are adopted, a daughter that she gave birth to, and a daughter born via surrogacy. She had the biological daughters with her husband, Keith Urban, whom she married in 2006.

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You must have come across the name Kadarshian on the internet or perhaps on the tabloids, they're quite everywhere. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, the infamous rapper turned to surrogacy to have their third child.

"I had something called placenta acreeta where the placenta grows inside your uterus," she went on to tell, "It's honestly what people would die from in childbirth, so you have to get the placenta out within a certain amount of time and you just can internally bleed. So, there's no choice — this is so graphic and gross — but he had to literally cut the placenta off with his hands, with his fingernails, inside of you. And it left a hole in my uterus, and so that muscle doesn't grow back. So I could not get pregnant with Saint."

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I’ve known Susan for several years now, and I’ve always been impressed by her attention to her clients’ needs. I’ve known her to work ardently and diligently to solve whatever challenges, no matter how unique, that prevent her clients from completing their families. She is a problem-solver, and she earnestly believes in providing the best options and in making surrogacy opportunities realities: this is not merely a business for Susan. She will help customize the process for your needs and to ...
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Susan has a keen sense of business and goes to the max to solve her clients’ problems. She is super knowledgeable on business, laws and how things work in surrogacy in general, and specifically on Ukrainian surrogacy. She is an advocate for transparency in a market that’s often opaque and full of hidden risks. I really enjoyed working with Susan. She really pays attention to detail and was always looking out for my best interest above all. Highly recommend!
Laurie Tham
Delivering Dreams goes above and beyond what other surrogacy agencies offer. After speaking with Susan, I see how they anticipate every part of the process, down to details that I had never even considered. I didn’t know what I didn’t know! Surrogacy can be really complicated and confusing. What an amazing sense of relief to have a company so dedicated to managing the WHOLE process and taking away as much of the stress as possible.
Kate Varness
I have gotten to know Susan through a group where we are members. I have found her to be a genuine and caring person. Her consideration for others and love of her work with Ukrainian surrogates and parents-to-be are evident in all her decision making. She is passionate about being a force for the greater good and helping where she can. I have been amazed at the way she is able to smoothly navigate the complicated maze of requirements in the surrogacy process. I am happy to give her my highest...
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Rose Anne Barbour Huck
Susan Kibler is kind.  She clearly loves those she works with and loves what she does.  Susan listens deeply and compassionately and can make you laugh all in the space of one conversation.  She is wonderful!  If you are feeling worried, she'll hear you.  If you have questions, she will find answers for you. If you need help, she does her very best to support you.  I feel so fortunate to have found her and imagine you will too.
Frances Russell
Susan has the ability to really connect on a personal level quickly.  I have found her easy to talk to and have been so grateful for her guidance.  She is one of those people who offers so much to her clients.  She sees the big picture and has a heart for the most intimate concerns.  She is highly skilled and able to manage what can certainly be challenging and uncomfortable experiences, making them feel easier.  She will take charge at the perfect times and guide you when you really need her...
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Susan Seare
The international surrogacy world is complicated. Susan Kibler knows its ins-and-outs. She knows the people and outfits you can trust and the ones to avoid. She insists on the best for her clients and handles the details so they don't have to worry about them. If you want to take the international surrogacy journey, you can trust Delivering Dreams International Surrogacy Agency to guide you on that path.
Nancy Linnerooth
My friend and I had a positive experience working with Susan. Susan is always super responsive and caring. She is very professional, helpful and reliable. My friend has soo much troubles trying having a baby for many years. My friend and her husband were about to give up their dream of having a baby. Susan Kersch Kibler found the way to help. She has unlimited energy, attentive to detail and super efficient. Great to work with!
Polina Clend
Susan is passionate about helping people become families. She is a trustworthy confidant to have on your side.
Kristen Ancker
Our experience with Delivering Dreams has been overwhelmingly positive. The team seems to be genuinely dedicated to helping us to realize our dream of having a child. The constant communication leading up to the trip and the numerous touch points made us feel comforted in what has been a very challenging and uncomfortable situation. We always had streamlined communication through the group chat and was frequently checked on during our stay.

Under Ukrainian law, surrogacy is a legal affordable option for traditionally married couples to have children using their own embryos, or with either an egg or sperm donor. There must be a medical reason you can’t carry a child. You are also able to participate if you have had 4 unsuccessful IVF attempts.


Under Ukrainian law, surrogacy is a legal affordable option for traditionally married couples to have children using their own embryos, or with either an egg or sperm donor. There must be a medical reason you can’t carry a child. You are also able to participate if you have had 4 unsuccessful IVF attempts.