To be organized in a proper way the process of surrogacy requires:
• A semen donor.
• An egg donor.
• A surrogate mother.
Depending on your case, you or your partner (if any) can be one or two of the necessary members. You can be either a sperm donor or an egg donor. First, you must provide medical information available.
In relation to egg donation, there are two ways:
• That one of the couple members is the egg donor.
• That there is no possible egg donation (for whatever reason) and an egg donor is needed you can select among several candidates. Donors are under a strict medical supervision, and they maintain a healthy lifestyle.
In either case, the egg donor must be subjected to a process of hormonal stimulation, which is supposed to get your ovaries emit not just an egg but between 12 and 15 eggs. To do this, we use injections that the donor must apply every day, with this, the follicles where eggs are harbored make them grow faster and finally can be extracted. During this process, the donor must be under a medical monitoring (ultrasounds, blood tests etc.) but can live almost a normal life.
Once the process is completed, we do the egg extraction by an ovarian puncture (sedated) in outpatient process, then the donor is able to go home.
The stimulation process lasts about two weeks after the 2nd day of the menstrual period. This would have two weeks to travel to the destination country, with the cost and inconvenience that this may represent.
It is why, at this point there are three alternatives:
a) Start the process of stimulation in an origin country clinic, and traveling only at the end of the process, to make the donation in the country of destination.
b) Make the whole process of stimulation in the destination country remaining there the time needed.
c) If you have embryos from IVF procedures and it’s allowed in the country of origin we can generate embryos in the country of origin and then, send them to the country of destination. In Ukraine this is in compliance with the current legislation.
When the stimulation process of the donor (either the client or a chosen donor) is ready to end, at the same time it starts the process of stimulation of the surrogate mother. Meantime the laboratory prepares the embryos which are going to be implanted into the uterus of the surrogate mother to gestate the child. Once the embryos are obtained a PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) can be done, that verifies the absence of risk of transmission of hereditary diseases and/or the sex of the embryo. You can choose the number of embryos to be located (1 to 3) depending on the number of children you want to have. Our consultants will explain the advantages and disadvantages of implementing more than one embryo.
If implantation is successful, a process of normal pregnancy begins, during which the surrogate mother is subject to supervision by doctors. The assigned mentor usually visits her twice a week to make sure everything goes well. You will receive a weekly report of the status of the mother and child, with a copy of the tests that are performed (ultrasound, blood tests, etc.).
At the time of birth of the child the couple must travel to Ukraine to formalize the legal documents, and enroll the child in their name. Repromedicine is the responsible of everything in regard of legal procedures in Ukraine. You need to ensure correct child’s enrollment in the Registry of your country (where all children born by surrogate pregnancy are registered), then, the child’s record is transferred to the civil registry of the city where you reside.