in Ukraine

Ukraine Service Providers

Compensated (commercial) surrogacy has been legal in Ukraine since 2000, but only for married heterosexuals (foreigners or locals)

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, intended parents are strongly urged not to engage in new surrogacy arrangements in Ukraine due to the instability of the country

Surrogate mothers tend to come from lower social classes, yet live in clean and modern homes and be employed.

Gender testing can be done in Ukraine, but only for medical purposes, not for gender selection.

Legal regulation of surrogacy is determined by the Family Code of Ukraine of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

The Family code of Ukraine law states that where embryos created by IVF by the intended parents are returned to the womb of another woman, the intended parents are the legal parents.

The law in Ukraine specifically states that the baby belongs to the intended parents and the surrogate mother has no prenatal rights. Both intended parents names appear on the Ukrainian birth certificate.

There are laws determining who can serve as a surrogate mother, what clinics can do IVF and surrogacy procedures and the procedure of registering the intended parents and registering the baby as theirs.

Ukraine Surrogacy Eligibility

Intended Parents (IPs) should provide medical reports or conclusion from a doctor justifying their decision to proceed with a surrogate mother (SM). This can be medical confirmation about unsuccessful IVF with embryos of high quality in the past, for example

Your doctor needs to certify that one of the following is true:

Advice on Agencies

Growing Families dos not currently recommend Ukraine as a destination for surrogacy, given the ongoing war and consequent instability.

If you have a current pregnancy in Ukraine, please contact your agency for support

Contact us for advice at [email protected]

Practical Issues

If you do need to travel to Ukraine for an upcoming birth, you should minimise your length of stay in Ukraine through careful co-ordination with your agency and your own government to ensure your infants birth certificate and travel documents can be expedited.


Surrogacy & Egg Donation is a complex area and you deserve to know everything involved. Too often intended parents engage without full awareness of the risks and how best to minimise the chance of problems. To book in for a Surrogacy Advice Consultation with Growing Families Director Sam Everingham see our Fill our consultation form.


Expert providers and parents who have completed their family via this destination frequently talk at Growing Families Events. To attend an event to learn more about this destination and other options see our Event Schedule.