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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.
Surrogacy is when a woman, known as a surrogate / surrogate mother / carrier, agrees to carry and birth a child for another person or family with the help of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Either the biological material of both parents (sperm and egg) are fertilized in a lab, then implanted into the uterus of the surrogate. A donor egg or sperm donor may also be used.
For Ukrainian surrogacy, the child must be related to either or both of the intended parents and have no genetic link to the surrogate. Therefor it is impossible to do surrogacy with both donor sperm and eggs.
At Delivering Dreams International Surrogacy we guide couples from all around the world grow their families through gestational surrogacy in Ukraine.
What is traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy
Types of Surrogacy: There are different types of surrogacy: Traditional vs Gestational Surrogacy
The surrogate mother’s eggs are fertilized with sperm from an intended father. With traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is the biological mother of the child. This was, for many years, the norm. Remember, surrogacy goes back to the 50’s in the US. Today it is not as common as gestational surrogacy.
A gestational surrogate carries an embryo created from the intended parents. A gestational surrogate is not genetically related to the fetus in any way. The intended parents may contribute both sperm and eggs, or they may use a third-party egg or sperm donor unrelated to the gestational surrogate.
Advantages of Gestational Surrogacy
If you wish to use your own existing embryos, or create embryos using your own biological material - sperm and egg, you can only use gestational surrogacy.
If you are using a donor, the characteristics of a donor and surrogate are different. For the donor, whether it is an egg donor or sperm donor, the future parents will want genetic qualities. You may want a specific hair color, eye color, hight and look. For donors, the most important think is their ability to create healthy eggs or sperm.
For a gestational surrogate, since their genetic material is not used and there is no genetic link between the surrogate and your child, you do not have to find someone who has specific genetic characteristics. Instead, you are looking for someone who will be the perfect carrier for your child. She should be extremely healthy and have had one or more successful healthy pregnancies with children born by natural childbirth. We look for a healthy and supportive living environment and women who are responsible, calm, nurturing, and have a positive outlook.
Not having a genetic connection to the child encourages a sense that a gestational carrier is more of an extreme babysitter than “mother”. There is less of an emotional connection.
Surrogacy in Ukraine: Gestational surrogacy is the only form of surrogacy legal in Ukraine. In addition, as mentioned above, one of the intended parents must be genetically linked to the child. It is not important if it is the intended mother or father. They may use a donor for either eggs or sperm, but not both. These options are available:
- Surrogacy with both the intended mother’s eggs and the intended father’s sperm
- Surrogacy with the intended father's sperm and a donor’s egg.
- Surrogacy with the intended mother's egg and donor’s sperm.
- PGD and gender selection is available for all these programs.
- Embryo adoption is available to single women and lesbian couples. All other programs are sadly only available to traditional married couples.
Gestational surrogacy success rates depend on the quality of the egg and sperm. Donor egg programs are usually more successful than programs using your own biological material. Doing PGD (NGS) 24 Preimplantation Genetic Testing will also increase the rates or successful implantation and live birth by 18% and higher. Our success rates vary from 68% to 86%. Starting the process we show your test results to our doctors and fertility specialists to give you an estimate of your personal success rate.
How much does gestational surrogacy cost
This depends on where you do it. Surrogacy is legal in only a few countries. In the US, it can cost as much as $200,000. In Ukraine gestational surrogacy costs with an all-inclusive program about $40,000 and higher. The gestational surrogacy cost is dependent on if you use a donor, PGD testing, and the cost of exit procedures for your country mostly. At Delivering Dreams International Surrogacy Agency our programs include your up front documentation all they way through what you need to get home.
Gestational surrogacy Agencies differ greatly in Ukraine. It is essential to make sure you have the very best surrogate. This means good compensation to attract the best, amazing medical screening, and constant monitoring throughout the pregnancy. When you look at gestational surrogacy cost, it pays to have the best to ensure your child is healthy and carried to term safely. At Delivering Dreams we ensure all this is done and more to make sure you have the very best conditions for success.