- If we choose to undergo surrogacy in Russia, Ukraine or Belarus, can we expect a decent level of medical services?
Of course, assistive reproductive technologies in these countries are developing very successfully. Joint centers are being created, in particular with the participation of Israeli specialists: reproductive specialists, embryologists, gynecologists, neonatologists. The clinics are equipped with advanced equipment for the implementation of the newest and most advanced IVF methods, including embryo ripening before the fifth day (blastocyst stage), and cryopreservation of ova and embryos by vitrification. The quality of medical procedures in the framework of surrogacy programs of SurMom Company is strictly controlled by Israeli specialists.
- Is the surrogate mother definitely not going to claim the baby in the future?
Today, surrogacy is an area that is regulated by law in most countries. For the implementation of programs SurMom Center chooses the countries with a favorable legal climate in this area. As a rule, biological parents are immediately recorded in the birth certificate of the child. The surrogate mother has no right to it, and is not related to the child genetically. Our company has a powerful legal service that provides high-quality support for all phases of the program. The child will be only yours, and no one else will be able to claim it.
- Can single women also use the services of surrogate mothers?
Yes. And in many countries this right is fixed at the legislative level. At the same time, there is a common misconception that single women do not have this right. This often prevents the opportunity to feel the immeasurable happiness being a parent brings in the absence of a spouse.
- Perhaps it is easier for us, as a homosexual couple, to use the procedure of surrogate mother insemination with the sperm rather than look for another donor of oocytes?
In this case, the woman would be a full-fledged mother of the child. It would be impossible to avoid unpleasant consequences in the distant future. According to the laws, the child is the heir of the first stage. If anything happens to you, he will inherit your property. At the same time, until the age of majority, the legal representative of the child is his mother. In fact, this woman could inadvertently receive the right to use your inheritance for your child. This conflict can be completely avoided by using the procedure of ovum donation.
- What medical procedures will be necessary for the biological mother to go through the surrogacy program?
Without a doubt, you are striving for the birth of a child, related to you genetically. If possible, the surrogaсy procedure involves the use of male and female germ gametes of the biological parents to obtain an embryo. To obtain ova you need to take special medication and then puncture the ovaries. By taking hormonal drugs, the menstrual cycles of the biological and surrogate mothers are synchronized. The embryo obtained in the laboratory is inserted into the surrogate mother’s uterus under the condition of the prepared endometrium (the embryo has the opportunity to attach to the inner layer of the uterus).
- Can I see a photo of an ovum donor?
Yes. On customers request we provide this opportunity. However, approximately 20% of future parents ask to pick a donor of oocytes for the phenotype (external characteristics) and do not want to see the photo. This position is also completely logical: in the future they do not want to associate the child with the particular woman in the photo.
- Can a surrogate mother be inseminated with my husband’s sperm?
In most countries, this practice is prohibited at the legislative level. A surrogate mother is considered as a “gestational courier”, that is, a kind of vessel for bearing the fetus. A child should not be connected with her genetically. If the quality of your ova does not allow their use for the IVF procedure, you can use the donation of oocytes. Likewise, you avoid the complex emotional situation when a surrogate mother is at the same time the genetic mother of the child.
- It’s said that the donor eggs obtained after one cycle of ovarian hyperstimulation are divided between several clients. Is it true?
No. In the International SurMom Center this procedure is not practiced. You will receive at your disposal all the oocytes that can be extracted in one cycle of ovarian hyperstimulation from the donor. We propose to freeze unused ova. Perhaps you will want to re-participate in the surrogacy program in the future. These female germ gametes are useful for the birth of another child.
- Can a single man use the services of a surrogate mother?
Yes. The International SurMom Center provides such an opportunity. In such cases countries where the relevant legislation operates (in particular the USA (Arkansas, California, Florida)) are selected for surrogacy programs. Employees of the New Born Company are convinced that absolutely every person has the right to continue the bloodline regardless of gender and marital status.
- I have cryopreserved embryos after unsuccessful IVF attempts. Can I use them for surrogacy abroad?
Yes, of course. The International SurMom Center provides services for the transportation of embryos under special conditions to the country of the surrogate mother’s residence. According to the medical practice of recent years, the chances of pregnancy do not decrease with the use of frozen embryos. The only caveat is the use of a new method of freezing: vitrification.