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Frequently asked questions
In the sphere of surrogacy, Ukrainian legislators have proven to be far more progressive than many of their European colleagues. Today, Ukraine is one of the very few surrogacy friendly countries in Europe. Unlike other nations that limit or even ban surrogacy, in Ukraine the intended parents of child are considered to be biological parents from the moment of conception, and they are specifically named as biological parents on the birth certificate without any mentioning of the surrogate mother.
Importantly, the surrogate mother cannot legally keep the child after the birth. On the contrary, the child is considered to legally belong to the intended parents from the very moment conception. In fact, in the legal history of Ukraine, there has not been a single reported case of a disputed custody claim arising over a surrogate parenting arrangement or the validity of a surrogacy agreement. In sharp contrast, the laws in several U.S. states (and, in Russian Federation) allow a surrogate mother to keep the child after its birth, regardless of the agreements between the intended parents and the surrogate mother.
In general, applicable Ukrainian legislation lacks almost all prohibitions that are commonly found in other European countries, and offers the following advantages:
- No limits on surrogacy related payments.
- No additional legal procedures to obtain court order.
- No adoption of your own child is required.
- Ukrainian law allows issuing birth certificate to intended parents’ names regardless of their genetic links to the child.
- Donor or a surrogate mother has no parental rights over the child, who is legally the child of the intended parents from the moment of conception.
Legal aspects of surrogacy in Ukraine are regulated by Article 123 of The Ukrainian Family Code (amended December 22, 2006, No. 524-V). A couple can choose between gestational surrogacy, egg/sperm donation, special embryo adoption programs, or their combinations. No specific permission from any regulatory body is required. All that is required is a written informed consent of all parties (intended parents and surrogate mother) participating in the surrogacy program and related agreements confirming the arrangement.
Surrogacy is also regulated by Order 787 of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, which deals with medical procedure of artificial insemination and embryo implantation. Importantly, this Order requires that artificial insemination must be carried out only in specially accredited medical institutions in accordance with the methods approved by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. It also provides a checklist of information that must be provided to the couple seeking medical assistance, namely: the details of the medical procedure, the results of medical examination of the future surrogate mother and medical and legal aspects of the consequences, etc. A written informed consent of intended parents and surrogate mother participating in the program is mandatory.
Various agreements have to be signed between the parties, including contracts with (a) the medical institution responsible for insemination and further medical surveillance, (b) the surrogate mother and (c) the surrogacy agency (if any).
Surrogacy agreement is an indispensable tool. It is also one of the most difficult agreements to negotiate and draft. Unfortunately, Ukrainian legislation does not provide any useful guidance, leaving the parties to their own decisions in addressing the key issues. As a result, surrogacy agreements are usually “self-contained,” highly complicated documents, reflecting many contingencies. These agreements are enforceable legal documents that will regulate the relations between surrogate mother and the intended parents.
The surrogacy agreement must be in writing and signed before a notary prior to the embryo transfer. At a bare minimum, the following issues should be addressed: surrogate mother’s health status; conditions which surrogate mother should observe; medical institution where the procedure will be performed; surrogate mother’s remuneration, additional expenses, timing of payment(s); expenses connected with impregnation, pregnancy, act of delivery and registration of the child; procedure of child transfer and registration; any force majeure provisions, including the delivery of handicapped child, delivery of more than one child, delivery of dead child, delivery complications resulting in surrogate mother’s future infertility; confidentiality provisions and non-disclosure of information to the child or any third party, etc.
An agreement with the medical institution deals primarily with the medical institution’s services, including responsibility for choice of surrogate mother (if applicable) and her full medical examination, obligation to carry out all procedures in accordance with the methods approved by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and intended parents’ requirements, the terms and conditions of medical observation during the pregnancy, payment structure, confidentiality and non-disclosure of information to the child or any third party, among others. Some medical institutions request that intended parents “shall not submit any legal claims against the institution for any reason,” which clearly contradicts Article 3 of the Civil Procedural Code of Ukraine, namely, the individual’s right to defend his or her interests in court.
Since the Ukrainian Family Code presumes that intended parents of the child born by a surrogacy will be a married couple, a Ukrainian notary will need to see a marriage certificate of the intended parents, notarized and apostilled, translated, and translation must be notarized.
Pursuant to the “Rules for Vital Statistic Registration in Ukraine”, adopted by the Order of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine No. 52/5 on 10/18/2000, foreign citizens may apply for a birth registration to the Ukrainian Vital Statistics Office. They have to submit a medical certificate that proves their genetic relationship to a child and the surrogate’s notarized written consent to record their names on the birth certificate of the child she delivered. The names of the intended parents are written in the birth certificate upon the child’s birth. There is no need to get any special permits from any committee, court or other institution. No adoption procedure is required.
However, it is also recommended to approach the Consular Office of the intended parents’ home country and obtain the child’s passport. It is usually possible when the surrogacy is legal in the own country and the intended parents can prove they are genetically related to the child.
In conclusion, today’s options for family formation extend beyond adoption. Advances in medical science offer intended parents a number of new pathways to parenthood. Some of these paths, such as sperm donation and traditional surrogacy, have long been in existence. Other procedures, such as egg donation, embryo transfer, and gestational surrogacy, are more recent developments in the field.
As with the medical procedures, it is equally necessary to understand the legal landscape upon which a family will be built, as well as any restrictions concerning surrogacy in your country of origin. Before embarking on your surrogacy journey you should find a qualified Ukrainian legal counsel who is experienced in working with international clients. We will help you with this. And remember that surrogacy is prohibited or restricted in many European countries. Depending on your specific circumstances and citizenship you may require legal representation both in Ukraine and in your home country.
Egg and sperm donation may be used successfully in treatment of multiple causes of infertility and is a delicate process which requires matching donors with patients. Our multidisciplinary team members screen donors physically and psychologically. The tests may include a medical, psychological and gynecological evaluation, complete blood analyses including some for infectious diseases, and a genetic testing.
Rikas Medical has no waiting lists and patients are assured of exhaustive medical and genetic testing of donations, and meticulous selection with regard to the physical characteristics of our donors to ensure similarity to the intended parents.
Donations are anonymous by law in Ukraine and as such, we guarantee complete donor confidentiality.
All the family couples that need the help of surrogate mother to give birth to a child ask this question. At the same time, many women face the question of how to become a surrogate mother?
The question of where to find a surrogate mother at first does not look too hard. In printed publications and at specialized sites and forums on the Internet lots of announcements from women offering their services as surrogate mother can be found. But it should be remembered that although this search method can seem more financially advantageous, it doesn’t give a full success guaranty. Unfortunately, people who need to find a surrogate mother often become victims of fraudsters that just want to benefit from other’s trouble.
At Rikas Medical you can select a candidate fitting all your requirements in surrogate mothers’ database. We carefully select candidates willing to become surrogate mother; this gives substantial guaranties of performing the program successfully. It is clear that you will have to pay for such services, but the result – birth of your child – is worth your expenses! Besides that, you can also find a surrogate mother among your relatives. There are well-known cases when a grandmother was carrying her own grandson – her daughter’s child.
It is required to set up a contract between the two parties – intended parents and a surrogate mother. It helps to avoid many risks.
How can one become a surrogate mother? First, a woman has to fit certain requirements, which are age limitation (18 to 35 years old), having had at least one healthy child born in a natural way, and physical and mental health are a must. To get more details about all that is needed to become a surrogate mother women can contact us at any time.
Considering an individual peculiarity of every medical program performed (e.g., "Initial Care"), donor programs or surrogacy ones, it is not possible to point an exact cost of each of them – actually, we did let’s say the “golden mean” calculation.
Because of this, for your comfort, we are ready to quickly provide you with an exact price point on each of your particular requests, including all the stages of fertility treatments process (from initial diagnostics to registration and legalization of a newborn child).