Analysis – Surrogate motherhood in Ukraine: The rise or decline of a lucrative international market?

Published 22/02/2019 in Health, Medicine, World

Analysis – Surrogate motherhood in Ukraine: The rise or decline of a lucrative international market?

Veronika Siegl (University of Bern)

Abstract

International surrogacy in Ukraine has become a booming industry for German couples for years. This article describes this development and shows “ethical compromise” position of Ukraine in the field of surrogacy with its cheap “All Inclusive” programs. At the same time, agencies and clinics often resort to aggressive marketing strategies, multiplying the fears and hopes of people who want to become parents. That’s how Biotexcom made its name. In July 2018, there was a surrogacy scandal at the clinic that could lead to far-reaching legal changes.

Introduction

In the meantime, the bureaucratic procedure for surrogacy in the German Embassy in Kiev has turned into a “conveyor”, as an employee of the legal and consular department says. In 2014, there were only 12 German couples who came to Ukraine for surrogacy; in 2017, their number was already 89. Performing work specifically for these cases is the main part of their work. Although in 2018, the number of couples fell a little, there were 79 cases in total. However, there is no doubt that Ukraine has become one of the most popular areas for international surrogacy in the last few years. According to another member of the legal and consular department, embassies of other countries also recorded a significant increase in surrogacy cases. Along with couples from Germany, where surrogacy is prohibited by the Embryo Protection Act (ESchG), Ukraine is also visited by couples who want to become parents from Spain, France and the United States.

However, this rise can have an end. In July 2018, Ukrainian Procecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has pressed charges against BioTexCom, a “cheap provider” of assisted reproductive technologies. BioTexCom is one of the biggest and most successful clinic treating infertility among Ukrainian clinics.

According to media sources, the clinic covers about 70 percent of surrogate programs in Ukraine and has transferred more than 30 million euros to its accounts over the past three years. A director of the clinic, as well as a chief doctor, were accused of child trafficking, tax violations and falsification of documents. They were facing 15 years of imprisonment. Also, accusing the clinic the Prosecutor General’s Office relied on the case of an Italian couple in 2011. BioTexCom got out of law back then: DNA test showed that the parents were genetically unrelated to their baby, although according to Ukrainian law, at least one parent must be genetically related to the child. This might lead to changes in the Ukrainian law which could significantly limit the volume of reproductive services for foreign couples.

A new entrant in the global reproductive medicine market

The business of assisted reproductive technologies in Ukraine has flourished since commercial surrogacy in many countries has either been completely banned or restricted. These changes to the law were caused by a number of scandals. In 2014 the “Baby Gammy” case has caused a public outсry when an Australian couple left a child with trisomy 21 to a Thai surrogate mother. After that, Thailand adopted more restrictive laws. Nepal, Cambodia and Mexico followed suit, closing their doors to foreign couples wishing to become parents.
Meanwhile, Ukraine is becoming one of the few countries in which commercial surrogacy is allowed. In the post-Soviet Ukrainian city of Kharkov the first birth via surrogacy occurred already in 1991. How many children have been born annually since then thanks to this particular reproductive technology is unknown. Although there are official statistics, clinics are not obliged to transmit information to the Ministry of Health. According to estimates, the number of births via surrogacy is about 500 each year; some sources even mention 2000.

The legal framework for surrogate motherhood programs today are the Family Code and the Civil Code of Ukraine, as well as the law about basis of legislation of Ukraine about health care and the Order on approval of the application of assisted reproductive technologies in Ukraine. Based on these legal regulations, only heterosexual married couples can avail of surrogacy programs. They must prove that they cannot conceive a child in a “natural way”, that is, a woman cannot carry a baby. Along with a genetic link to the baby of at least one parent, it is also established that the surrogate mother must not be genetically related to the child. “Gestational surrogacy” from Latin (gestare – carry) thereby differs from “traditional surrogacy”, in which the surrogate mother is also the biological mother of the child. Since 1978, when the first child was born through artificial insemination and this technology was later optimized and became accessible to larger segments of the world’s population, traditional surrogacy was practiced only rarely. From the legal, ethical and emotional point of view, gestational surrogacy is considered simpler, because the difference between a woman wishing to become a mother and a carrying one is more obvious. This certainty is also important for surrogate mothers — many cannot imagine what it means to “give up a child” they are genetically related to. In a society where kinship is determined by genes, the lack of genetic helps with differentiation. Also, surrogate mothers should have a child according to the law.

Many surrogate mothers raise small children themselves and are often in financial difficulty. Thanks to surrogacy, they can combine child care and making money. Most women confess they want to buy their own apartment for the money. They do not hide their financial motives. Many consider surrogacy as a job and defining their relationship with agencies and people who want to become parents as business relationship. Even if surrogacy becomes normal practice for all participants, it is still considered illegitimate and morally condemned in Ukrainian society. Stigma is raised primarily by the conservative and religious forces in the country. Surrogate mothers therefore often try to hide their pregnancy and, starting from the 6th month of pregnancy, they hide behind fertility clinic walls to avoid curious glances and undesirable questions. They do not want to be known as sinners who sell their bodies and children for easy money.

Destination Ukraine as an ethical compromise

The development of assisted reproduction and the splitting of motherhood into three “roles” (genetic, intentional, and gestational) weakened moral doubts that surrogate mothers give up “their” children. And yet surrogacy, especially commercial, is still considered a very condemned practice. The central point of criticism is danger of exploitation. The danger that is magnified for many by the fact that pregnancy is considered an intimate, emotional and private act that does not have to follow the marketing logic. Exploitation can be expressed, among other things, by the fact that women become surrogate mothers due to their financial difficulty and people who want to become parents, agencies and clinics use this intimate situation to their advantage. If we consider discussions circulating in the media about the possible assignment of surrogate motherhood, then in this respect the “ethical hierarchy” is shown regarding exploitation issue.  The United States is considered the most ethically correct option: altruistic motives are attributed to surrogate mothers from the United States; they meet with intended parents on the same level. The surrogate mothers of the Global South, in the contrary, are often associated with poverty and exploitation.

In this ethical spectrum, Ukraine positions itself as a “compromise”. While prices for surrogacy in the United States start at 100,000 euro, in Ukraine all-inclusive packages cost between 30,000 euro and 40,000 euro. These packages cover medical and legal procedures, as well as surrogate mothers’ fees. Despite the relatively low prices, the same new-colonial aura did not cling to the Ukrainian “reproductive tourism”, as it was with Thailand and India. Intended parents and agencies continue to claim that Ukraine is sufficiently “European” and “developed” country for women to make decisions on surrogacy of their own free will.

Nevertheless, differences in income between intended parents and surrogates are so striking, as in other countries with low wages, that charitable and philanthropic discourse often manifests itself. For example, a woman at an international forum for intended parents writes: “Thanks to surrogacy in Ukraine, we help these women and their families make money”. Indeed, the profit from surrogacy greatly exceeds the Ukrainian average salary. While many surrogate mothers work hard to earn no more than 250 euros a month, they will receive about 10,000 euros for pregnancy. In the USA, for example, surrogate mothers get around 25,000 – 30,000 euros. It’s often said that with such a high fee, there can be no question of exploitation. From this point of view, surrogacy becomes a solution, not a symptom of global inequality. Regarding Ukraine, this discourse has become a fertile ground since 2014, when political and economic unrest broke out. The number of potential surrogates has increased because of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the subsequent economic downturn. Most of these women aged 20–35 come from central and eastern Ukraine. Many take part in surrogacy programs in Kyiv or Kharkiv. Some even reach Moscow or St. Petersburg – a distant journey, which they undertake due to a high reward. In addition, distance increases anonymity and thereby protects against moral stigmatization. Since the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the trip has become more difficult and the number of Ukrainian surrogate mothers in Russian clinics has fallen.

The charitable discourse of future parents and agencies should be understood as direct reaction to the heavy criticism of surrogacy. While intended parents have to serve certain legitimate discourses on the basis of this criticism, the same discourses are integrated by intermediary agencies and advertising methods. However, there are different strategies.

Aggressive marketing and fake reviews

Ukraine owes its success in surrogate motherhood not only to the lack of alternative directions. There is also an active advertising industry behind this, which is increasingly being discovered by couples who want to become parents. BioTexCom is extremely good at it. “There is no absolute infertility”, the clinic says on its website, “We treat even the most hopeless cases”. And further in the text: “BioTexCom is a paradise for older women, as confirmed by several articles. In Germany, as in Switzerland, this raises strong discussions, a 66-year-old woman who, thanks to the birth of twins, became the oldest mother of Switzerland; or already 13-times mother from Germany who gave birth to quadruplet with the help of egg donation and donor sperm at 65.

Part of BioTexCom’s advertising strategy is numerous anonymous “parents” who write comments under online articles and even on news portals, praising Ukraine as a last resort. The plot is always the same: the couple was already in many clinics in other countries, but there was no success. Exhausted emotionally and financially, they overcome their fears of “East” and go to Ukraine, where in an amazing way surrogacy immediately works. Then in a subordinate clause a name of the clinic is mentioned. Some users go so far as to spread dubious information about why surrogate motherhood in other countries cannot lead to success: in Georgia embryos are allegedly transplanted too early; in Spain they don’t use fresh eggs, but frozen ones; in Mexico, surrogate mothers are allegedly infected with dangerous diseases. Such stories multiply fears and give the feeling that only Ukrainian clinics, first of all BioTexCom, can fulfill the desire to have children. The similarity of these stories as well as errors in German and English indicates that we are talking about paid texts. These comments do not emphasize European nature of Ukraine and they do not try to emphasize the altruism of surrogate mothers or the charitable contribution that future parents make rewarding surrogate mothers for their help. Comments and messages generally follow the same example, weighing pros and cons of surrogate motherhood in Ukraine they all come to the same conclusion: despite weak Ukrainian infrastructure, BioTexCom is the top direction for surrogacy. In this respect, an article with the title: “There are the worst roads and the best reproductive medicine in Ukraine” is especially illustrative. The author of the article, a journalist, describes her experience as a future mother thanks to BioTexCom. Conditions and services were at an inadequate level, and experience was becoming “worse and worse”. Still, at the end, she concludes that although Ukraine is a “third world” country, in the field of reproductive medicine it performs miracles. A number of comments adjoin the article, almost without exception, praising the work of the clinic.

The Internet plays a big role in recruiting surrogate mothers. Agencies and private intermediaries make advertising through social networks, such as the Russian equivalent of Facebook, VK. Surrogate mothers and future parents may put their own ads online in order to avoid expensive intermediary agencies. In the so-called “direct programs”, the two parties are in close contact and can agree on the terms of their cooperation. Surrogate programs that are performed through agencies are, on the contrary, standardized and anonymous for both parties. This is a great advantage, agencies say, because close contact is redundant and surrogacy should be a working relationship, while contact may bes even dangerous. Both “money-hungry surrogate mothers” and “parents wanting to control everything” are only interested in their own benefit. In such cases, agencies position themselves to be seen as defenders. First of all, foreign intended parents lend themselves easily to this rhetoric. Based on the lack of local and language knowledge, a journey through a local agency is almost inevitable for them.

Legal conditions for German couples

However, it seems that advertising mechanism functions well for clients from Germany. The clinic indicates that in 2017 it allegedly had 750 German couples who used the services of reproductive medicine — which is three times more than in 2014. According to the statements of the embassy, ​​ nearly 90 percent of German couples doing surrogacy in Ukraine cooperate with BioTexCom. The clinic even points to “collaboration” with the embassy, ​​which the latter denies. However, the bureaucratic process is proceeding very smoothly and is already automated: after the birth of a child, the father and the surrogate mother must sign various documents at the embassy. In addition, the father signs an acknowledgement of paternity and the surrogate mother gives her consent. A genetic test — as other countries require it partially — is not needed for it. By signing that document, the child receives German citizenship and thereby a German passport. The Ukrainian birth certificate with the names of the parents, where the surrogate mother does not appear, as well as the notarized declaration by the surrogate mother indicating she has no parental rights, are not recognized according to German law. The transfer of custody from her to the intended mother happens later, after the so-called “adoption of the child of own spouse”. In the duplicate of the birth certificate, in the German birth certificate, surrogate mother’s name is mentioned. Parents should be aware that their child will find out about surrogacy sooner or later.

“Ten years ago, surrogacy red tape in the German embassy was still utterly unbelievable”, the employee commented. “Since then, a more democratic attitude towards this has emerged. Still it took more than a year earlier, while today, the process is carried out quickly and efficiently within a few weeks. Meanwhile, there is more open attitude to the matter. A few years ago, parents often tried to conceal the fact they were doing surrogacy. Now, couples mention surrogacy directly and most accurately informed about the procedure. This has its advantages, but it can also lead to the fact that parents will be more demanding of the embassy and get angry if the process lasts longer than they expect”. But there are no guarantees the process will be smooth. There is a warning on the German Embassy web-page saying that “in some cases children’s departure is impossible and they may be placed in an orphanage” and therefore they “generally do not advise taking part in Ukrainian surrogate motherhood programs”.

For the embassy employees, the current approach to the issue is “a perfectly good decision”. They are happy with the strict regulation and the fact that they do not need to play detective. But they are afraid that one day an avalanche that cannot be stopped will come down. “There won’t be an opportunity to ban surrogacy”, an embassy official said. We should find a way to demotivate parents from coming to Ukraine. At the same time, it is necessary to ensure that the children of the parents, who nevertheless chose this path, would not end up in a legal vacuum. In his opinion the best decision would be an amendment to the Ukrainian laws that prohibit surrogacy for foreign couples.

Conclusion

Due to the “legal offside” of BioTexCom, some draft laws are being discussed in the Ukrainian parliament currently. This may have far-reaching consequences: some bills allow surrogacy, as well as other assisted reproductive technology procedures only for couples with a permanent residence in Ukraine and/or for couples from countries where surrogate motherhood is allowed. In addition, an age limit should be introduced for intended parents. However, no changes to the law were introduced. Employees of the consulate doubt that an appropriate resolution will be adopted in the Parliament in the near future. The government has other priorities, and perhaps clinics and agencies want to actively discourage law amendments. These institutions are the greatest beneficiaries of the reproductive business. They struggle not only through misleading information, but also through the monopolization of information for getting a profitable market. As a body between future parents and a surrogate mother, they have a great power to influence and manipulate communication between the parties and their relations. Thy have a power, which due to current very rudimentary legislative position has various possibilities for development. If it comes to new surrogacy law adoption in Ukraine, then it would be desirable to set better protection for surrogate mothers and intended parents.

Conversations with employees of the legal and consular department of the German embassy took place in Kyiv in 2015 -2018.

About the author:

Veronika Siegl, defended her PhD thesis, but not yet approved to the degree. She is an assistant at the Institute of Social Anthropology and a visiting professor at the interdisciplinary center for gender research at the University of Bern. As part of her thesis: “Fragile Truths. The Ethical Labor of Transnational Surrogacy in Russia and Ukraine” (2018), she researched the controversial practice of commercial surrogacy.

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  • litret29 - 19/03/2019 Reply

    I’m from Germany. Don’t know about biotexcom, currently doing surrogacy at another clinic also in Ukraine. Didn’t choose that clinic because of too many couples they take. We’ve picked a smaller agency, although less experienced. It’s sad that we have to go to other countries for a baby. After years of trying surrogacy turned to be the only way to have a child even genetically unrelated to me.

    • PeterKjorth - 19/03/2019 Reply

      Why did you choose less experienced agency to work with then? Aren’t you afraid of complications that may arise any time? I would choose a company I’m 100% sure of. My wife is going through IVF now, the process is stressful itself but if something goes wrong it can be overwhelming. This cycle she has in Ukraine, hope it will work out this time.

      I thought surrogacy wasn’t allowed for Germans even abroad.

      • Morgan - 19/03/2019 Reply

        I quite agree with you. I would never go to a small and unknown place for such a serious procedure! Your future life depends on this! However, it’s up to you.
        We have been trying to conceive for 5 years and have made our decision based on a great number of feedbacks and fundamental information we gathered. It was really important for us to choose a well-known clinic with huge background and experienced professionals. I got pregnant on the second attempt of IVF and I am going to deliver in a few months. Really grateful for the doctors’ attitude and all the efforts that have been made!

      • Shani - 22/03/2019 Reply

        It’s a personal choice you should respect it. Not everyone wants to deal with baby factories operating abroad. Some couples prefer small agencies because the less clients they have, the more personalized care they provide. Small agencies are good at communication and this means a lot for many.

        • Morgan - 22/03/2019 Reply

          It goes without saying! All of us have our own view and free to share it. Nobody’s judging! I absolutely respect others’ opinion.

    • Samantha74 - 28/03/2019 Reply

      So how is your surrogacy going? I was thinking about a smaller clinic too but my husband doesn’t think it’s a good idea

      • Ava - 28/03/2019 Reply

        Why do you want to go to a small clinic rather than a big one?

        • Samantha74 - 28/03/2019 Reply

          Because I have read so many articles that say that big clinics are like conveyers. Couples are treated like money bags and nobody really cares about your problems

  • Olivia - 19/03/2019 Reply

    An informative article, I think. It’s a very important question and we should consider all pros and cons before taking such not easy decision, especially if we are talking about surrogacy programmes abroad. Must admit, that it was hard to do this step, choose the right clinic, program that fits, and hope, I am not mistaken by choosing BioTexCom

  • Agatha - 19/03/2019 Reply

    I am a UK IP with BTC. The second surrogate miscarried my baby. However, the next attempt coming soon enough I believe. Despite this bad luck, we are happy with the choice. I can understand why so many people use this clinic. We were attracted by unlimited attempts but the whole package is good. Everything is taken care of which makes the process so smooth. I know it’s early to say but hope the rest of our journey won’t get any worse.

    • Anetti - 20/03/2019 Reply

      I am with BTC too. I am from Italy. Great place I think. It goes without saying that there are several gaps, such as lack of communication, sometimes waiting-time or conditions of accommodation but all these things are so small compared with that hard work they do and support they provide!

  • Joan - 19/03/2019 Reply

    To my mind, it doesn’t really matter where it is a big company or small. The attitude of all the doctors, all the staff and their professionalism and talent pay a huge role in our success. If they do everything possible and impossible to make us parents it is worth it! Even to go to Ukraine or some other countries where the surrogacy is legal. Thanks to such clinics we have chances to witness such a miracle as a baby birth, our babies birth!

  • Christina - 19/03/2019 Reply

    Hi! I am from the Philippines and I am a mother of an amazing little boy! Thanks to the doctors of one of the Ukrainian clinics and our surrogate we are happy with our child! Despite the problems, we face, we could go through the hard path.

    • Agatha - 26/03/2019 Reply

      May I ask you which agency/clinic are you with?

      • Christina - 26/03/2019 Reply

        Sure, I am with Biotexcom

        • Agatha - 26/03/2019 Reply

          Great, me too! How many transfers did it take you to get a baby?? This is our third try soon, so the third surrogate and I do hope this one would be a success. I just want to believe this is it.

          • Christina - 26/03/2019

            For my husband and me, it was a hard path. We had our son with the second transfer. First transfer was failed. Everything seemed normal but we got pfn. We still do not know why. We took a little break and then moved forward with another surrogate. Luckily, she got pregnant and delivered an amazing boy for us. We do not blame the clinic as we understand that such things may happen with anybody. Thanks to their efforts and to our surrogate, we are happy parents now.

      • Broderik - 26/03/2019 Reply

        Hi! We had some troubles with clinics attitude towards us and surrogate as well and even had to change the clinic. We didn’t have any good results with all our efforts and don’t know what to do further. I read a lot about Biotex and want to try our luck here. We need a good surrogacy program as it is our last chance to have a baby. Unfortunately, we spent a lot of money on this and don’t want to lose our last savings. How do you think, is it worth continuing?

        • Olivia - 26/03/2019 Reply

          Hello Broderik! I am with Biotexcom and our surrogate is pregnant now. We are happy because we can socialize with her anytime via Skype and with the help of a good translator, our coordinator helps us all the time, so we are involved in the process completely. I think you can try!

          • Broderik - 26/03/2019

            Sorry for asking, but I don’t understand one thing. If there is a failed attempt with the surrogate, should I pay them for the second one? I read that in Lotus every next transfer must be paid. Is in Biotexcon the same rules?

        • Anetti - 26/03/2019 Reply

          As far as I know, all the prices in BTC are stable. you shouldn’t pay for each new attempt. If there are such clinics, I think they just want to earn money on such people as we are!

  • 555654165 - 19/03/2019 Reply

    Surrogacy must be banned like in those countries where women are treated like people with rights and not just a womb for rent. Using someone else’s body to create a family is wrong. Selling bodies for money is wrong. The lack of consciousness results in what we have now. Babies are treated as commodities and can be bought easily. Is it natural at all? You want a son? Then we will select XY human embryos. I think it’s too gross.

    • Kara Mel - 19/03/2019 Reply

      And what do you suggest people who can’t have children do? Maybe they must come to terms with it? Like ‘That’s fine, I’ll be childfree despite a baby is everything I want. That’s ok’. Or maybe just to adopt? People who know nothing are the first to advise. If you only knew how often I meet ignorant people asking stupid questions or advising ridiculous things…

      • 555654165 - 19/03/2019 Reply

        Exactly! Face it or adopt a child who needs a caring family. There are so many kids out there waiting for parents while you are so selfish and can’t give love to a baby if no link. I would take it I would face it. I know adoption is not a simple process but surrogacy too is not a piece of cake

        • Kara Mel - 19/03/2019 Reply

          Silly!

          • Tomas - 20/03/2019

            Why silly???
            Everybody knows that the world is ‘overpopulated’ and that there are many orphans whose parents have died from deceases or because of war. There are also many children who are living in children’s homes because their parents couldn’t afford to keep them.
            I think people have a moral duty to care for the already existing children in need of a loving caring family rather than proceed to make new babies into an already too crowded world.

        • Tomas - 19/03/2019 Reply

          That’s true! What about those poor kids outside? What did they do that their so-called “parents” (this title still needs to be earned) abandoned them? It would be better to help these children and give them a chance to find a full-fledged family. Maybe then the criminals would be less and mankind has become kinder

    • Putri - 28/03/2019 Reply

      I completely agree with you! I don’t understand the whole surrogacy thing and how can people even consider it. Everything is a lie! The child is conceived unnaturally, in a laboratory full of strangers… Humans are creating humans, how wild is that?!

  • Broderik - 19/03/2019 Reply

    Our journey withing Ukrainian clinics wasn’t so uncloudy. We had many problems and had to change several of them. My wife is very exhausted and I don’t know what to do. We are on the crossroad… I have read some information about BTC but still hesitating whether to go there or come back home and think about the adoption.

    • MattLia - 19/03/2019 Reply

      You do know you can’t just adopt a baby, right? It takes time, money, efforts. After my wife had a hysterectomy we decided it was our only chance. We started preparing for the process but our request was denied. We weren’t ready to be childless, we still aren’t. Surrogacy is the last resort.

      • Сhristina - 20/03/2019 Reply

        I am sorry to hear that. I share your opinion. Surrogacy was our last option as well and though it was hard to take such an important step we did it and achieved the great result! We are happy parents now and wish you the same! Our best wishes to you!

    • Olivia - 20/03/2019 Reply

      You know, I would advise you to think everything over one more time as it is your life and your family’s future. If you want to be happy and have children and if it is your dream but not just necessity, then go ahead, and don’t wast your time! It’s precious! Take a brack to rest physically and mentally and then continue your journey together! If you are able to help each other, everything will be alright! Miracles happen!
      If it interests you, I can say that I am happy with BTC in spite of some bad feedbacks and the variety of opinions.

      • Putri - 28/03/2019 Reply

        What kind of advice is that? He says his wife is exhausted! I can only imagine how emotionally draining it is! Leave the poor woman alone. Sometimes we just need to accept our destiny

        • Olivia - 28/03/2019 Reply

          First of all, don’t be so nervous and rude! Secondly, I respect your point of view but do not share.

          • Putri - 28/03/2019

            Well, who said I am nervous? And why am I rude? I am just being honest. I think that people are still believing in miracles when it’s time to wake up and face the reality

  • Tomas - 19/03/2019 Reply

    Surrogate motherhood has become a popular way for many couples in the spotlight to have children. How could this happen? The industry is not regulated. This gives surrogate clinics more power and control over the process. In addition, it brings them a lot of money! I do not agree with all this! This is the exploitation of women, I think! Many surrogates are obliged to live in surrogate dormitories administered by clinics throughout pregnancy — away from friends and family members. These are mostly young girls without education from poor families who need money for life. So why do our authorities allow such centers to use their inability to earn money for life for personal gain?

    • Kara Mel - 19/03/2019 Reply

      Women are free to decide what to do with their bodies. It’s often kind of mutual help rather than exploitation.

      • Tomas - 21/03/2019 Reply

        Just one question. Would you become a surrogate if somebody asked?

        • Ella - 21/03/2019 Reply

          Becoming a Surrogate Mother is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in life. But it is a big decision and there are many steps to becoming a surrogate mother. It’s not an easy question to answer in a few words.

        • Adelina - 22/03/2019 Reply

          I have no idea. It is so complicated to decide that I’ve been thinking about this through the whole night and haven’t found the answer. On the one hand, why not? But on the other one, to carry a child for 9 months, to go through the pain, delivery and then give him or her, or even them, away??? I’m not sure if I could.

          • Putri - 28/03/2019

            I think nobody in their right mind would ever do that!

  • Ella - 20/03/2019 Reply

    Nowadays, it is really hard to earn money for out living so some of us are ready for such procedures for money. I do not see anything wrong with that, especially if they can bring happiness to other people who are willing to have full families. It is only their choice!
    I have twins of my own but a friend of mine is so unhappy and devastated! She wants to have a baby but can’t.
    I don’t understand, how you can judge anyone without knowing all the details???
    Many men, many minds.

    • 555654165 - 20/03/2019 Reply

      It’s not an excuse at all. Supporting this industry makes it difficult to stop exploitation. Commercial surrogacy is a blooming business as long as it’s lining someone’s pockets but make it altruistic and 90% of agencies and clinics would close. No one cares about ‘building families’ it’s all just about profit.

      • xscc2 - 20/03/2019 Reply

        Even if it’s just a business it doesn’t mean people don’t get happier. Surrogates carrying babies for money however take a serious step giving consent for such a huge responsibility. Even if money is the main motivation, surrogacy takes much more. A woman must understand her mission and full responsibility for a new life she agrees to bring into this world. Intended parents are ready to pay and a surrogate is ready to be paid. I see nothing wrong with that.

        • Rebecca8 - 28/03/2019 Reply

          Some intended parents don’t even understand what having a child actually means. They think it is a toy or a puppy that they can play with and the more – the better. It is sad how even the greatest joy of life – having a baby- has turned into a lucrative business…

      • Ella - 21/03/2019 Reply

        Do you really think that all the existing clinics do this only because of money? I noticed here something about misleading information and the monopolization of information for getting a profitable market. Just will quote several words for better understanding: “As a body between future parents and a surrogate mother, they have a great power to influence and manipulate communication between the parties and their relations. They have a power, which due to the current very rudimentary legislative position has various possibilities for development.”
        I absolutely agree with @xscc2@. There is nothing wrong if intended parents are ready to pay and a surrogate is ready to be paid.
        Nobody forces women to become surrogate, they go to this completely voluntarily. They use different methods to earn money. Why is it bad? So about what kind of exploitation are you talking about?

  • Simon - 20/03/2019 Reply

    Most intended parents around the world who need the help of a surrogate currently have to travel abroad for treatment. This is because globally surrogacy is only allowed in a small number of countries. Many intended parents even from some of those countries where surrogacy is possible, such as in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, nevertheless travel abroad for treatment because of the legal framework and other restrictions as well as long waiting times to match with a surrogate. There are plenty of reasons for that but the most complicated thing is to choose the right place for that. How can we do that? How can we be sure that our choice will be right? Many articles like this one describe different clinics, programmes, and treatment. It was said here a few words about advertising strategy, anonymous “parents” and their comments, posts in social network etc. Such advertising is common everywhere, not only in BTC, not only in Ukraine and not only in this field but really, everywhere! So, tell me please, how we can make our choice if everything is fake?

    • Broderik - 20/03/2019 Reply

      You are right. Unfortunately. We selected clinics based on reviews, rating, comments and had mistaken. Twice, by the way! You will never know the definite answer until you try.

    • Sasha_m - 20/03/2019 Reply

      Agree with you. I guess it’s all about trusting your gut and thoroughly conducted research. I for one contacted a few agencies here in the UK to realize we can’t wait for so long as it may take years and may not happen at all, gah. But having too many options makes it difficult to choose. I was emailing numerous agencies and clinics in Ukraine back and forth. That’s what helped me to make the decision based on personal preferences.

      • Shani - 20/03/2019 Reply

        Did surrogacy with COTS. Took us 3 years to get a baby. Our surrogate is a gem, she is our blessing. She has become a member of our family and now when my son is 3 and I want them to meet. I want him to know the most selfless and kind woman that helped us to get our miracle. Regarding commercial surrogacy, well, I do understand why people travel abroad for that, it’s easier emotionally for many although more expensive.

        • Simon - 20/03/2019 Reply

          Maybe you are right. Nothing remains for us except to believe and trust. All of us have inner senses and we need to rely on them somehow… I really want to believe that there are still people in the world who are not obsessed with money, but who sincerely wants to help others.

        • Matt - 21/03/2019 Reply

          Why did you choose COTS? Were there any other options that you considered?

          • Shani - 22/03/2019

            We had to choose between COTS and SurrogacyUK. We ended up choosing the first one because SUK is more about friendship and warm relationship while COTS is more formal and we were happy with that. If it wasn’t possible to do in the UK, I would go to the country where commercial surrogacy is legal because of arrangements between each party.

    • Christina - 22/03/2019 Reply

      What about feedbacks? Do you believe them? There are a lot of double-faced people. I met some… At first, they say that everything is great and cool, but if something goes wrong they start to slander and insult, blaming others for all their troubles.

      • litret29 - 22/03/2019 Reply

        Well… Feedbacks are the first thing people pay attention to. Unfortunately, we are not an exception. But, I think, a normal person will notice that there is something wrong with feedback. Who will believe in absolute praise or vice versa??? it’s obvious! I won’t! Hope you too!

  • Adelina - 20/03/2019 Reply

    I am from Britain and considering Biotexcom clinic for a surrogacy. I read a lot about them and gathered as much information as I could. I emailed them and get a fully understandable answer. I haven’t felt any gaps in communication yet. They have good programmes for surrogacy as well as for donation so I see no issues to undergo their treatment. Of course, it will be a long wat but it worth going. We stopped our choice on them.

    • Olivia - 20/03/2019 Reply

      Good choice! Good luck and best wishes to you and your family!

  • Shally - 20/03/2019 Reply

    Why is it that every time someone mentions the topic of surrogacy, giant waves of powerful emotions come washing in from both pros and cons surrogacy camps? Why not be neither pro nor con surrogacy? Why not be just interested in exploring the philosophical and emotional dimensions of the ethics of surrogacy?

  • Paul - 21/03/2019 Reply

    Here was said a few words about some draft laws due to which an age limit should be introduced for intended parents. I don’t quite understand, what for? If I am 60, I have a gorgeous wife and no children, we won’t have a chance to become parents? Why not?

    • Shally - 21/03/2019 Reply

      That’s a good question I think… Probably, we need such a law for a couple of reasons. First of all, because of the IP’s health. If intended parents are older then 60, it will be more complicated to take care of a baby. They will need to feed them, bath them, run and climb, jump and swim, worry about them, cry and laugh… I do not think, that their health, in general, will allow them to do all these things.
      And the second thing is that every child wants to have beautiful and young parents! When you are over 50-60, you have already lived half the life. Facing the truth, you won’t enjoy parenthood for long. Soon, you will grow old, and your little child will have to look after you, instead of spending time with friends. What about death? Do you really want your child to go through the loss of parents at a young age? Think about it

      • Paul - 21/03/2019 Reply

        I see… I didn’t think about this side of the question at all. Thanks

  • Olivia - 21/03/2019 Reply

    That’s true. I am already 38 and I was thinking about this matter as well. I wasn’t sure if I wanted my baby to face such problems. But I understood that I have enough time and strength to take care of my sweety. I will do my best and will be near till my last inhale.

  • Matt - 21/03/2019 Reply

    Hello guys! My wife and I are going to surrogacy in Ukraine with Biotexcom and luckily have found this article. As far as I see, there are some of you who are already with Biotexcom, I’m gathering the information and feedbacks about them. I will appreciate if you share some facts that aren’t mentioned here. Many thanks!

    • Olivia - 21/03/2019 Reply

      Hi Matt! I am with Biotexcom now. In general, I am happy with them. I don’t know exactly what kind of information you need, but you’d better link to their website or email the chief of the English Department and ask for everything you are interested in.

    • Adelina - 21/03/2019 Reply

      Hi Matt. I am considering Biotexcom too for surrogacy. Email them for all the info. I got a good answer from them. They explained to me everything I wanted to know. You can find the email address on the bottom of the Home page of their website.

  • Brian - 21/03/2019 Reply

    Good afternoon to all! I looked through the comments on here and can’t help writing. I am a psychologist and maybe, my words will be a little bit bookish, so sorry for this.
    You all are talking about the pros and cons of surrogacy, but try to see the whole picture.
    Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction that helps intended parents start or grow families when they can’t do so on their own. It is a monumental journey that intended parents embark on with the help of a gestational surrogate, who will carry and care for their baby(ies) until the first moment parents hold their new bundle of joy. The process can be complex, but when you and your surrogate mother support each other, all these difficulties won’t seem so huge as they are.

  • Сhristina - 21/03/2019 Reply

    I consider surrogacy only from a medical point of view. This is a kind of treatment for infertility. We, of course, have а right to agree with it or not, and have our own opinion on this matter, but no one has the right to condemn people for their actions. Especially those who have never been in their shoes!

  • Christina - 21/03/2019 Reply

    Just curious, what would you choose, a surrogate from an agency or ask a friend or relative to be a surrogate for you?
    I am asking because before we signed a contract with a clinic a friend of mine suggested herself be my surrogate. I was thinking about that a lot and finally came to the conclusion, that this case may influence our relationships. Now, after this hard journey, I completely sure that it was the right decision.

    • Adelina - 22/03/2019 Reply

      I think I would choose a surrogate from an agency. First of all, because of doctors’ control and secondly, because it may cause some problems in our friendship. That is why I am looking for a good clinic for surrogacy.

    • Siena63 - 22/03/2019 Reply

      I was a surrogate for my college friend a few years ago. Well, all went just wonderful right after the transfer but when pregnancy was confirmed, the IM wanted to control every last detail. She literally bought food and vitamins for me, visited me more almost every day which was a bit too much. But we rarely met somewhere else. She didn’t invite me to her baby shower because she thought the others would pay too much attention to me. I counted the days until the baby is born to finally relax. I delivered a healthy baby and only saw her 5 times since that day. So if am to go through this again, I will definitely do this for strangers and for money.

  • Anetti - 22/03/2019 Reply

    Only agency. I chose BTC for this procedure because of the feedbacks, amount of understandable information, doctor’s observation and guarantees. Never considered relatives or friends for this. Its ridiculous, I think.

  • Morgan - 22/03/2019 Reply

    If I needed a surrogate, I would, probably, choose a friend of mine. I can trust her, see her very often and take care of her.

    • Siena63 - 22/03/2019 Reply

      I thought so, too, when decided to carry a child for my friend. We were quite close so what could go wrong? Everything, actually. When it’s your friend you can do things you wouldn’t do to a stranger. What you mean by ‘taking care of her’ may be something else and more about restrictions for her.

      • Morgan - 25/03/2019 Reply

        Well, if I chose a friend of mine I would try to help her with everything, spend time with her, bring some fresh food, talk to her. I’m not sure if she could do anything wrong or harmful for a baby. I don’t quite understand what things she could do that she would not do for a stranger.

        • Siena63 - 25/03/2019 Reply

          I believe she wouldn’t do anything that can harm a baby. I mean parents can be obsessive willing to control everything. That happened to me. Desire to care is great but it’s easy to cross the line.

          • Morgan - 25/03/2019

            Oh, I see. Maybe you are right.

  • Matt - 22/03/2019 Reply

    I don’t know if you will share my thoughts, but I am really glad that there are such clinics in our world which can make a lot of people happier by providing surrogacy and donation services. Thanks to them, I will have a chance to have a baby and be able to see the smile on my wife’s face.

  • Olivia - 22/03/2019 Reply

    Yes, yes, and once more YES!

  • Brad - 25/03/2019 Reply

    Hello all! Does anybody know why surrogacy illegal for same-sex couples in Ukraine?

    • Agatha - 25/03/2019 Reply

      Because same sex marriage is not legal in Ukraine. If your marriage is not recognized by the state, then you’re not eligible to do surrogacy. According to the Ukrainian law, surrogacy is only for married couple, heterosexual couples. However, surrogacy for gay couples is legal in some US states and maybe somewhere in Europe. I hope this helps.

      • Brad - 25/03/2019 Reply

        Thanks. Unfortunately, we have no rights to happiness in our world! That’s true. We are good people, frankly, kind, so why shouldn’t we have a chance to have a baby? The costs in the US are high and it’s hard to afford surrogacy. We hoped to do it somewhere else. Anyway, thanks a lot!

        • Agatha - 25/03/2019 Reply

          I’m sorry you too face this obstacle. Haven’t you thought about altruistic surrogacy in the US? You only need to find a woman who agrees to carry a bub for you and cover some expenses but you won’t deal with agency so won’t be charged a lot

          • Brad - 25/03/2019

            Thanks for understanding! There not many people who we can talk to, especially about this matter. I will read about it. You are a really good person! Good luck to you!

  • Adelina - 25/03/2019 Reply

    I think this is because the surrogate in Ukraine is considered, rather, as a way to treat infertility than as simply meeting personal needs. I know that there are very few countries that have supportive surrogacy laws which also include gay couples. These countries include the United States (which supports commercial surrogacy for gay couples); Canada (which restricts surrogacy only to non-profit altruistic programs); some states in Australia; and a few European countries including the UK, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
    Most countries that have legislated surrogacy have also imposed restrictions that exclude gay surrogacy specifically. Surrogacy for gay couples is prohibited not only in Ukraine but also in India.

    • Amir - 25/03/2019 Reply

      India has banned surrogacy at all for non citizens and made it very difficult for Indians. My wife and I are Indians but moved to the UK and became citizens. However, we aren’t eligible for surrogacy in our home country. This is insane after all those years surrogacy was a booming industry.

  • Matt - 25/03/2019 Reply

    Hey there! Wanted to thank you for the answers. We emailed Biotexcom and today got an answer. You were right, they send us plenty of information and it is a good basis, I can say. We will think everything over and hope to decide soon. Probably, we will move with them further.

  • Günter - 27/03/2019 Reply

    Hello all! I am from Germany. My wife and I want to have a baby but can’t. She tried to get pregnant for several years and we need to find a solution and probably, consultation of the fertilization specialist or some other doctors. We read that there are clinics in Ukraine such as Biotexcom can help us with that matter. Is it true? Is it legal for us?

  • Cooper - 27/03/2019 Reply

    I am from Canada and my wife’s from Australia. We met during the vacation in Cyprus 6 years ago. A year later we got married and she moved to Canada. Three years ago it turned out that she has an obstruction of the fallopian tubes and we can’t conceive. We took the decision to find a surrogate. In Canada, only altruistic surrogacy is allowed. We weren’t interested in this so we found the country where the commercial one is legal. Our daughter is two months now and thanks to the doctors and to our surrogate she is beautiful, healthy and we are unbelievably happy!

    • Matt - 27/03/2019 Reply

      May I ask you in what clinic did you undergo the treatment?

  • Cooper - 27/03/2019 Reply

    At first, we chose Lotus, but we were told that if our surrogate mother miscarried or she did not get pregnant, we would have to pay for every subsequent attempt. We could not afford it, so we chose BTC. They have an unlimited number of attempts that are included in the cost of the program.

  • Broderik - 27/03/2019 Reply

    Really? I didn’t know. That’s great, I can say. it is one more advantage for us as we haven’t much money left.

  • Christina - 27/03/2019 Reply

    Yes. That’s true. We got our baby from the second attempt and didn’t have to pay for changing the surrogate. They found another one for us pretty quickly and luckily she got pregnant. The doctors and coordinator took care of her and she delivered a healthy baby.

  • Ava - 28/03/2019 Reply

    Hello! I’d like to chat with you here if you don’t mind to:)
    How do you think, are there any issues in all of the programmes no matter what clinic you are in? I went through all of this and can give some piece of advice

  • Anastasiyaya90 - 28/03/2019 Reply

    The article is rather an ambivalent one. I don’t like how the author bashes Ukraine in some paragraphs. I think that you can’t blame a country for the “lucrative business”. If the author wants to blame someone, she better start with the countries intended parents come from. Everybody knows that any “business” starts with a demand. If the demand can’t be met in their own countries, maybe those countries are to blame? People have always and will always want to have descendants, it’s human nature. Banning surrogacy is not a solution of an existing problem but only a complication. And Ukraine is not to blame for being the last shelter.

  • Ava - 28/03/2019 Reply

    Did any of you have any problems with leaving Ukraine?

  • Christina - 28/03/2019 Reply

    Thank God, everything was okay with all our docs and we came back in several months. But as far as I see you are not so happy and you had some issues with that, didn’t you?

  • Ava - 28/03/2019 Reply

    We are from Australia and after our son was born we had to wait for a pretty long time to get our documents. I don’t know why bit for Australian couples a waiting-time is bigger than for others. I know one couple from Switzerland who left Ukraine in two months. But we had to stay there more than 4. I heard that in other clinics there are no such problems.

  • Cooper - 29/03/2019 Reply

    My wife is from Australia, does it mean that we will have to wait for so long period of time to leave Ukraine?

  • Ava - 29/03/2019 Reply

    In your case, everything is easier. If you are from Canada and your baby will be genetically yours, you will leave earlier. I don’t know the details about DNA in Canada, but despite this, you will return home in several months after the child’s birth.

  • Cooper - 29/03/2019 Reply

    THX

  • Christina - 29/03/2019 Reply

    A sort of my conclusion.
    There are several countries in the world where surrogacy is legal. Each country has several clinics with different surrogacy and donation programmes. Some of them are great some are really not. Also, there is a great number of couples who can’t have children. Every man to his own taste and everybody choose the place for the treatment based on his own preferences.
    In general, all the clinics who are engaged in this activity, help people to achieve life-important aims and desires. Yes, all of them want to earn money, but who doesn’t?
    I still can’t believe my baby is here and when I look at him all the fears and anxiety I had felt like a lifetime ago
    He smiles and I can’t believe that I have been blessed!

  • Ispania - 29/03/2019 Reply

    Hi, chatters! I’ve been ttc for a couple of years but not so long time ago I went for ICSI cycles. First one was failed. I made a little break to give my body some time to rest during which Got to know that was pregnant. I fell naturally in between two cycles and I’m due to my baby now in less than 4 weeks! Miracles do happen

  • Ella - 29/03/2019 Reply

    WOW! That’s amazing! My congratulations to you and your family!

  • Anetti - 29/03/2019 Reply

    How could it happen? That is a real miracle! My congratulations!

  • Luna - 29/03/2019 Reply

    Could someone tell me about what we should take out for birth and what we can buy when we arrive in Kiev? Our surrogate is on due in 3 weeks and we want to be present during the delivery but don’t know what will be needed((.

  • Сhristina - 02/04/2019 Reply

    I had a VIP surrogacy program so I was given the newborn package will all the necessary things for the first several weeks.

  • Matt - 02/04/2019 Reply

    I read that there are very few items that a baby actually requires: a place to sleep, diapers, a baby car seat, basic clothing, and milk/baby formula.
    Also, I read some forums and people say that it would be nice to have:
    -Swaddle Blanket
    -Moby Wrap
    -Pacifiers
    -Infant Car Seat Stroller

  • Brian - 02/04/2019 Reply

    There are many baby items not mentioned in the list above, including high chairs, bouncers, and swings. All these items can be great if your baby enjoys them. If he or she does not, however, they are a waste of money. Consider borrowing these types of items from friends and family until you determine which are worth the investment. After all, every baby is unique.

  • Luna - 02/04/2019 Reply

    Thank you, guys!

  • Frank - 02/04/2019 Reply

    I am against all of this. I have no children though I love them. I am single now and can’t have a baby because of the issues of my health but do not consider surrogacy or donation as options. I would have had a child if it would have been possible. If I met a woman with a child of her own, I would be glad to become a father for him or her. But if not, we will probably spend the rest of our life without children.

  • Crispina - 02/04/2019 Reply

    Hi Frank! I know such people as you. I have a friend of mine with a similar point of view and I completely understand you both. it is your personal choice and we must respect it in any case. I am single too but it is high time to think about my future and family.

  • Polina - 02/04/2019 Reply

    Where are you from, Frank?

  • Frank - 03/04/2019 Reply

    I am from France. In France, since 1994, any surrogacy arrangement that is commercial or altruistic is illegal or unlawful and is not sanctioned by the law.
    I read about it as wanted to be aware of this matter. I have been thinking about this for some time but came to the conclusion that I could trust another woman to carry my baby.

  • Polina - 03/04/2019 Reply

    How can you be sure that that you will love your wife’s child?

  • Frank - 03/04/2019 Reply

    I know this from my own experience. I dated a girl who already had a child. I loved her most of all. She has a wonderful baby and I adored him. It was very hard to break down, as I completely felt a part of their family, like his father. After all, a real parent is not the one who gave birth, but the one who brought up, was near in joy and grief, always supported and led through adversity, not letting you fall…
    I do not know my own father and grew up with my stepfather. My mother and he are, were and will be for me reliable support and an embodiment of love and happiness. Not a single minute, I did not regret that I called him “father”! My parents are my heroes!
    My dream is to be like my father and have a family like ours!

  • Crispina - 03/04/2019 Reply

    You are a good man! I wish you good luck!

  • Polina - 03/04/2019 Reply

    I have a 10-year old daughter from a previous marriage and wanted to have a common child with my current husband, but due to complications after childbirth, doctors were forced to make a surgery to remove the uterus. We love each other very much and for this reason, I consider surrogacy as the only option to have a child genetically related to my husband. He adores “our” daughter and always says that it is not necessary but I really want him to be happy. I want us to be happy!

  • Frank - 03/04/2019 Reply

    He doesn’t mind surrogacy, does he?

  • Polina - 03/04/2019 Reply

    Yes, he doesn’t mind. Moreover, he considers it as a very good way of infertility treatment.

  • Paloma - 04/04/2019 Reply

    Hello! I am a newbie in this discussion. It seems interesting. I am from Hawai and I am already 40+. I have a husband and two sons. They both went abroad for a living and studying. I didn’t think about having one more baby but my hubby told that he wouldn’t mind having a daughter. You know, I thought that I am too old for all of this…

  • Paul - 04/04/2019 Reply

    Hi Paloma! Welcome to the conversation
    Frankly speaking, I thought that there is no age for parenting but Shally explained that there are some shades. I am over 50 and I wanted to have a baby, but due to my wife’s infertility, we couldn’t. We used to live alone and decided not to change anything. We have many brothers and sisters so there is always somebody near who can support and help us if needed. I think that we were more afraid of changes rather than the surrogacy procedure itself. But you are still young and can still have a daughter.

  • Crispina - 04/04/2019 Reply

    Yes, Paloma, you are young and definitely can have a baby. I think your sons will be glad to take care of their younger sister)) Don’t be afraid!

  • Morgan - 04/04/2019 Reply

    Hey there. I still continue communicating with BTC and heard that they are going to introduce a new therapy for women after 40. I don’t know if they have already posted the information about it but you may check. I think it may be useful for you. Good luck!

  • Paloma - 04/04/2019 Reply

    Thank you very much. I looked through their website and, probably, I will email them.

  • Adriana - 05/04/2019 Reply

    Hey to all!
    If there are some of you from BIOTEXCOM, can you share please your successful and unsuccessful stories? I heard a lot about this clinic and not only good things. Want to hear the feedbacks from the first hand)

  • Morgan - 05/04/2019 Reply

    I was with BTC till 12th week as in my contract was written. I got pregnant on the second attempt of IVF and I am going to deliver in a few months. Really grateful for the doctors’ attitude and all the efforts that have been made!

  • Olivia - 05/04/2019 Reply

    I am with BTC now but can say for sure yet, as only several weeks passed after we’d signed the contract. I see some issues with communication and I don’t get answers in time but it is because of the number of clients. So, for me, the results are more important. Other things are just dust.

  • Anetti - 05/04/2019 Reply

    I have a VIP contract and everything is on the highest level. Now we are waiting when a surrogate for us will be found.

  • JD - 05/04/2019 Reply

    Bad clinic. I do not know why you are so delighted, but we emailed them 4 times, no one answered us within 2 weeks. A week later we got a letter where it was said that they would be happy to see us at the initial consultation and answer all our questions. We decided to come to Kiev as they pay for everything except a two-way ticket. We arrived, lost at the airport, did not find our driver – it turned out that he was waiting for us at another terminal. Phoned them and the manager answered only from the third time. We came to the hotel and the conditions didn’t pleased us much. During the consultation we had been waiting for too much time for the doctor, we were tired and exhausted. Thank God, there was tea, coffee, and some buns.
    In the end, we did not sign the contract and went home. At the present moment, we are going through IVF cycles in our home-town.

  • Paloma - 09/04/2019 Reply

    I consider my story as successful!
    I have a very low AMH and I am 41. I had 1 natural pregnancy and lost a baby a long time ago. Then I had an IVF cycle +OE after which my son was born. It was a real miracle as I had only 4 follicles, 3 eggs retrieved, 2 fertilized, 2 transferred – 1 embryo pregnancy. After that, I had 2 more failed IVF+OE. and 2 ICSE+OE but with new therapy of Mitochondrial replacement. I got bfp after the 2nd attempt and now I am on the 17th week of pregnancy! I am a happy mom!

  • Ava - 09/04/2019 Reply

    Sorry, I didn’t quite understand what Mitochondrial replacement is? Can you clarify, please?

  • Paloma - 09/04/2019 Reply

    It is new therapy which helps women after 40 and with low AMH to conceive. It is hard to explain in a few words so you’d better link to the btc website and read about this treatment for more details. It was a sort of experiment that is why we didn’t announce it. And now, as it is already in use, I can say, that it worked out for me! I am blessed again with my precious princess! Good luck to you!

  • Ava - 22/04/2019 Reply

    Thanks. I have already read about it an article on this website, by the way. Quite interesting, I consider. A new therapy – a new chance!

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