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  • Surrogacy program is a set of measures for women who can’t bear the child on their own. With the modern surrogacy programs, many families who cannot have children may enjoy the parenthood. There are two types of such programs. The first and the most common one involves the creation of an embryo using the eggs and sperm of both parents-to-be. In this case, the couple gets a chance to have a genetically related child, carried by a surrogate mother.

    There is a second option, when the donor cells (male or female) are used, but at least one intended parent must be genetically related to the future child that is carried by a surrogate mother. In the modern surrogacy programs, it is possible to select the donors taking into consideration phenotype, so that the future child is maximally similar to its parents.

    Surrogacy program may be used in the following cases:

    • Absence of uterus (congenital or acquired);
    • Deformation of the uterine cavity or cervix due to congenital malformations or as a result of surgical interventions, benign tumours that lead to the impossibility to carry the child;
    • Structural and morphological or anatomic changes of the endometrium that cause the loss of receptivity, uterine synechiae that may not be treated;
    • Severe somatic diseases that do not impact the life of the future child, but the pregnancy may endanger the health or life of the recipient;
    • Multiple failed ART (4 and more attempts) with multiple embryos of a high quality mostly transfer of which idn’t result in pregnancy.

    There are some special conditions for performing this procedure:

    • The couple who would like to start surogacy should be officially married.
    • There have to be medical indications, confirming the impossibility to bear or give birth to a child.
    • Intended parents (or at least one intended parent) has to be genetically related to the future child.

    Only a somatically and physically healthy woman may become a surrogate mother. The one has to meet all the requirements and have no contraindications to taking part in a surrogacy program.

    The potential surrogate mother should meet the following requirements:

    • Age – 18-35 years old;
    • She should have a healthy child of her own;
    • No abnormalities, miscarriages, premature labor, abortions or cesarean section in the medical history;
    • Physically and mentally healthy;
    • Negative results of HIV, RW, Hepatitis C and B tests.

    In case of need, the potential surrogate mother signs consent for the cesarean section. The probability of successful conception and bearing of a child using a surrogacy program is higher than using the convenient IVF protocol.

    In Ukraine, the surrogacy program is regulated by the Order of the MoH №787 as of 09.09.2013 and is separately specified in the legislation.

    If you are interested in arranging a consultation about surrogacy, we will be glad to provide you with all the information in our Centre.

    Iryna Shlapak