Why Engaging in Ukraine Surrogacy Is a Terrible Idea

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If you have embryos still in Ukraine, it may be tempting to initiate a new surrogacy arrangement in Ukraine, particularly if your surrogacy agency and surrogate are agreeable. This is a highly risky proposition.

Why is it Unsafe?

  • Various foreign governments have announced that they cannot support safe travel or exit arrangements for newborns via Ukraine surrogacy.
  • Ukraine surrogates are usually unwilling to relocate to other countries for births
  • Ukraine remains inaccessible by commercial aircraft
  • No foreign government staff can enter Ukraine to support you, without risk of antagonising the political situation with Russia
  • Dislocation of Ukraine nationals due to bombing remains an ongoing threat

Who else can I discuss this with?

There will be a Ukraine surrogate and Ukraine IVF professional speaking at Growing Families Dublin conference on 10 September about the current danger in Ukraine

Can I send my embryos elsewhere?

Countries with surrogacy programs such as Greece, USA and Canada can accept your embryos, even if an anonymous donor was used. Growing Families is working with cryoshippers every month for such transfers

What are the alternatives?

There are equivalent options in other countries with much safer domestic security arrangements.

At Ireland’s 7th conference on 10 September in Dublin for example, three agencies from Georgia who are already working with many couples, including Irish nationals, will discuss their programs,

I dont know anyone who used Georgia?

A Local mum who engaged in Georgia will talk at the Dublin event in September.

Growing Families WILL NOT support intended parents who engage in embryo transfers in Ukraine after February 2022.