There are 3.6 million more women in Ukraine than men, 53.6% of population in 45 million people. Ukraine is located between Europe and Russia, majority of people is Slavonic nationals. 17% of people living in rural areas, and average low income level is very common in both cities and villages. There are 600 thousands single mothers in Ukraine, they are the most likely candidates to become surrogate mothers. However, family women also sometimes want to participate in surrogacy programs, with the permission of their husbands.
Taking into account overall poverty in Ukraine such cases are not rare, and that allows good family oriented women bring happiness to their families and families of new parents. Still, money is not the main motivating factor in deciding to pursue surrogacy program. Most important is a sincere desire of a surrogate to share wonder and joy of her pregnancy with the couple and opportunity to make a unique contribution in their lives allowing an infertile couple to have a child of their own.
The Order of Ministry of Health No.771 stipulates that a Surrogate has to be legally capable woman of majority age (over 18) and have at least one child of her own, to be physically and mentally healthy and capable to carry and deliver a child.
By this reason potential surrogates undergo full medical screening as well as psychological diagnostics to confirm their fitness for participation in surrogacy program.
Usually surrogates are also checked for police records clearance.
Sources of finding surrogates in Ukraine are personal contacts with gynecologists, family doctors, maternity wards and other medical professionals. There are also local regional managers, who collect and maintain surrogates databases with help of local doctors. Such managers also help to inspect surrogate during pregnancy before she moves closer to clinic after 30th week of pregnancy.
Information about surrogates is provided in the form of a profile with a photo and information about her and her health, her latest medical screening results in English or Ukrainian.
Surrogate mothers receive monthly payments to cover their expenses and salary loss during pregnancy. Regular medical examinations are carried out by our doctors. Our managers also visit surrogates in their own places of living with sudden inspections.
It is possible for parents to keep contact with surrogate mother during pregnancy period.
Main sum of remuneration is paid to surrogate after delivery.