Surrogacy Legal Issues in Ukraine:
Ukraine is one of the few countries in Europe that benefits the most from the existence of the flexible legal framework that creates an exceedingly favorable regime for foreign heterosexual couples to use the services of a surrogate mother in Ukraine.
Pursuant to the Surrogacy Law of Ukraine the gestational surrogacy is totally lawful in Ukraine. The following types of both commercial and altruistic surrogacy arrangements are legal in Ukraine:
Gestational Surrogacy (GS):
In case the intended mother is not be able to carry a child to term, her egg and the intended father's sperm are used to create an embryo through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) that is implanted into and carried by a surrogate mother. This method implies that the child born is genetically related to its parents and a surrogate mother has no genetic link.
Gestational Surrogacy & Egg Donation (GS/ED):
If there is no intended mother or the intended mother is not capable of producing eggs, a surrogate mother carries the embryo developed from a donor egg that has been fertilized by sperm from the intended father. While using this method, the child born is genetically related to the intended father and a surrogate mother has no genetic link.
Gestational Surrogacy & Donor Sperm (GS/DS):
If there is no intended father or the intended father is unable to produce sperm, the surrogate mother carries an embryo developed from the intended mother's egg (who is unable to carry a pregnancy herself) and donor sperm. Such technique implies that the child born is genetically related to the intended mother and the surrogate mother has no genetic link.
Prior to commencement of the surrogacy program a written informed consent of all parties involved in the aforesaid process is a must. All parties involved into a surrogacy process are obliged to sign the surrogacy contract that outlines each party’s roles, responsibilities and rights prior, throughout and after the pregnancy.
The birth certificate of a child will contain the names of his/her/their genetic, intended parents. One of the main points is that a surrogate mother in Ukraine has no legal rights to claim custody of a newborn child and her name shall not appear in the birth certificate.
Please be informed that only legally married heterosexual couples that are able to prove the fact that they are not capable of carrying a baby themselves for medical reasons are entitled to use the services of a surrogate mother in Ukraine. Same-sex marriage is not considered a lawful matrimony in Ukraine, therefore gay/lesbian couples and other members of the LGBT community, as well as single individuals are not allowed to use the services of a surrogate mother on the territory of Ukraine.
IVF Group Surrogacy Services Legal Support:
• Detailed elaboration, consistent and uniform implementation of the optimum legal options for your contract(s);
• Extensive and comprehensive research of regulatory framework and legal regulations associated with the use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and Surrogacy Process performed by duly licensed attorneys;
• Drafting, compiling and processing the Contract for Services;
• Drafting, compiling and processing the Contract for the use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART);
• Verification of the statement of foreign medical institution to validate the fact that intended parents are unable to sustain a pregnancy due to medical conditions listed in and envisioned by the Law of Ukraine;
• Official affirmation that all parties involved into a surrogacy process are over eighteen years old;
• Drafting, compiling and processing the Surrogacy Contract that shall include the following provisions, conditions and stipulations:
❖ The surrogate shall submit to requested psychological and physical tests and exams;
❖ Setting out the legal aspects in relation to placement of fertilized embryo(s) in the uterus of the surrogate;
❖ Arrangement as to the maximum number of attempts to achieve pregnancy;
❖ Stipulation that entails that the surrogate shall refrain from engaging in intercourse at the time of the attempts to achieve pregnancy;
❖ Stipulation that entails that the surrogate shall refrain from terminating pregnancy unless her own life is at risk;
❖ Clauses that provide for that the surrogate shall refrain from drinking, smoking, using illicit drugs during pregnancy, submit to any medical exams and/or tests requested by the intended parents and/or medical specialists, maintain a proper diet, abstain from medically restricted activities;
❖ Legal issues related to financial reimbursements, compensations and payments to the surrogate;
❖ Arrangement as to the compensation should the pregnancy not proceed to the term.
• Notarial and Authentication Services;
• Building and submission of the complete documentation package to the Bureau of Vital Statistics (State Registration Service of Ukraine);
• Negotiations and coordination of post-birth legal issues with foreign agencies and domestic official organizations;
• Obtaining Birth Certificate(s) at the Civil Registry Office;
• Legal translation and interpreting services;
• Apostilization and legalization in compliance with the provisions of the Hague Convention of October 5th, 1961;
• Ad hoc legal consultations and legal support in case of unanticipated interaction with judicial institutions and/or official agencies.
Once the choice for international surrogacy has been made by the intended parents, the necessity to travel to a foreign country is practically inevitable. It is hard to say how many trips to the surrogate’s country are ahead of you, as it is up to you how many times you wish to travel to ensure your parenthood. However, it is obvious that several journeys are required in any case. You will have to be physically present in Ukraine for medical screening, signing legal contracts with the clinic, the agency and a surrogate, the embryo transfer procedure and eventually to finalize your parental rights after your child is born. During your travels you may face a lot of unexpected impediments that may in some ways jeopardize the successful outcome of your endeavor altogether.
Intended parents will probably have less communication with a surrogate that resides in a different country during her pregnancy. This fact may be inconvenient for some devoted fathers and mothers. Even nowadays with effective electronic tools available to you that allow staying constantly in touch with your selected surrogate, there are a great number of obstacles that would prevent a surrogate to assure the intended parents that everything goes the way it was planned.
You have to be aware that once you decided to go to a foreign country, you will likely experience a lot of difficulties that may include the lack of knowledge of the mentality of people of a surrogate’s country of origin, linguistic barriers, finding comfortable and affordable accommodation, proper introduction to a foreign legal system, getting an access to a qualified medical assistance, inability to effectively participate in negotiations with local government agencies to finalize your parental rights and many more others that can also turn into a major setback.
IVF Group Surrogacy Services employs a number of experienced and knowledgeable social services workers that have been hired specifically to make your trip to Ukraine memorable, trouble-free and rewarding.
IVF Group Surrogacy Services social department offers the following services to all foreign couple that come to Ukraine with a purpose of becoming happy parents:
• All types of travel reservations;
• Transportation services;
• Accommodation services;
• Recreational and cultural services;
• Mobile telecommunication services;
• Translation and interpreting services;
• Sightseeing tours;
• Orientation program to help intended parents get to know medical specialists;
• Legal services;
• Notary related services;
• Individual programs services;
You can rest assured that all your needs, concerns and expectations will be promptly addressed by IVF Group staff in line with high international standards.