Hi, lovelies. I'm on the other side of the fence and mine was the case of donor egg IVF. Still we've always counted on surrogacy as our last option is case there's no luck with any other treatment. So we did a huge research on the point while undergoing IVF shot at Ukrainian clinic. From what we've got to know, it's absolutely surrogacy friendly country. Meaning the IP are considered to be the only legal parents of the baby born. The birth certificate is issued with their names. (even though donor egg was used). The surrogate has no right to keep the baby after deliver (even though she changes her mind - you WILL GET your baby in every case). Ukrainian law protects all the sides of the process, so there could be hardly a thing to worry about. If you're from the UK, I'd definitely recommend you looking through oursurrogacyblog.wordpress.com which is absolutely awesome for the details of surrogacy treatment for the UK citizens in particular. In brief, surrogacy process in Ukraine goes on like this:
Initial consultation. It usually contains the following activities: A set of tests depending on the program (fasting is mandatory). Consultation with a fertility specialist who will be in charge of your program (in case of stimulation you will need to have the transvaginal ultrasound check done). Consultation with a manager who will guide you through the program step by step. Signing of contracts. Before any initial consultation you will receive the Guidelines for the Initial Consultation – failure to follow these recommendations may affect the initial consultation in a negative way. Search &amp; confirmation of a surrogate mother, matching process. Waiting time depends on the type of contact. Stimulation &amp; synchronisation stage (about 2 weeks). The cycle of egg donor or the biological mother is synchronised with the cycle of a surrogate mother. According to your contract you have to follow all doctors instruction. In case of self-treatment or violation of the treatment protocol, the clinic may cancel the cycle and terminate the contract. Fertilization day, embryo transfer – the 2nd visit. In case the biological mother undergoes hormonal stimulation and is being prepared for egg retrieval, the second visit may take up to 10 days. If we are talking about surrogacy using own eggs it is not recommended to leave the same day. Flying the following day is fine.The rules for sperm donation are similar as for the initial consultation – a man needs to abstain from ejaculation from 3 to 5 days before. After fertilisation the embryo development is monitored by embryology unit. The embryo transfer takes place on the 5th day. You will receive the protocol of embryo cultivation and transfer within 3 working days after the embryo transfer. HCG test, pregnancy confirmation. The first ultrasound scan is carried out in 2 weeks after the positive HCG test by the doctor in charge of the program. The report will be send the same or the next day after the check.
Pregnancy monitoring. Delivery. Obtaining of the birth certificate for the baby (up to 1 week).
This is some general outline of the process, all cases are different though. I hope it's helps. May your surrogacy journey be smooth and fast, so that you could hold your LO soon. Good luck!!
I am visiting them for my process. So far things are going really well. Their blog really attracted me as well. It is full of information. I really liked how the manager had mentioned each and every detail. I still check it every day. They give eall the information about the clinic on the blog. It is amazing to see how so many surrogates and IVF patients are being able to give birth. The doctors are really professional and amazing. So far things with them are going. My surrogate is in her 3rd trimester. I am really excited and hoping for the best. Good luck to you. Sending baby dust your way. I hope things work out.
Glad to hear you're experiencing things well with them too.
You know, one fact which makes me a bit hesitant is that if waited a bit longer, we could try their new method of mitochondrial donation. Have you heard anything about it??
It allows women 40+ with low AMH to conceive with own eggs!! They stimulate donor and you at the same time, like in any IVF. Then they take some healthy active mitochondria from the donor's egg and place it back to your egg. Mitochondrion is one of the most important components of any living cell, including the egg. In simple words, mitochondrion is the cell’s energy station. Essentially, its work consists in supplying the cell with vital energy for its normal functioning. So if your eggs aren't of the expected quality or their quantity is low, you can ''refresh'' them with donor's mitochondria. Moreover it won't affect the baby's DNA!! So you'll get genetically related to YOU baby in the end!!
I cannot say I regret this, as I'm currently in the 3rd trimester with our DE IVF little one. I'm a couple of days from seeing him for the first time lol. Still I know he's resulted from the donor's egg, So I lost this genetic link..I think I'd definitely have tried this new method if it was in the operation earlier..Or am I just overthinking..? Thank you for all your kind words x