What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is the process of hiring another woman's womb to carry the pregnancy for the intended parents. Surrogacy is recommended to those who are unable to conceive naturally due to some medical reasons including multiple miscarriages, the absence of the womb or multiple failed IVF attempts, etc. Surrogacy is also the only option to singles, Homosexual couples or Transgender for parenting.
Surrogacy services require a complete medical, legal, financial and emotional support system for uniform management of both intended parents and surrogates. Surrogacy services involve:
Screening & matching
Screening and matching are conducted depending upon the surrogacy goal of intended parents and surrogates. A mutual matching process is a primary intention for surrogacy service providers.
Counselling & support
Surrogacy is a complex emotional experience ranging from hope, excitement, stress, and doubt. Building a positive relationship between surrogates and intended parents is essential to continue the process. Surrogacy services continuously counsel both parties to facilitate and maintain a positive relationship and provide a proper support system wherever required.
Education and coordination
The detailed knowledge about the surrogacy process is very essential, especially for naive surrogates and intended parents. Professional experts of surrogacy service providing agencies give detailed knowledge about surrogacy and also oversee the whole process for better coordination.
A vast legal work is required to conduct surrogacy. Surrogacy service providers are also taking care of the country-specific legal documentation for ethical acceptance of the surrogacy procedures, which include consent and relinquishment, second-parent adoption, etc.
Fertility treatment, IVF process, prenatal care, and child delivery are different stages that require medical services. Surrogacy services take care of individual client-related medical help.
Surrogacy is an expensive procedure for intended parents. It involves financial compensation for surrogates. Surrogacy services usually manage the financial expenses fairly by providing the fee schedule and an escrow account for a transaction between intended parents and surrogates and provide financial protection for both the parties.
- First we clear all legal and health issues between surrogate and biological parents after that we match the cycle of the surrogate and biological mother/egg donor.
- Surrogate mothers play a role to carry a baby in her womb from embryo transfer to delivery. There is no genetic relation between baby and surrogate, the baby carries the genetic material of the intended parents or gamete donor.
- It is the same as an IVF process difference is only that we transfer embryos in the surrogate uterus instead of the intended mother. Once the pregnancy is confirmed the surrogate is monitored regularly by the clinic and dedicated coordinator.
- Surrogate mother visit to the hospital/clinic for a regular/routine checkup to ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy.
How does the IVF surrogacy with or without donor begins and how are the rights of the Intended parents are protected?
The first step in the surrogacy method; This process begins with the pre-tests of the couple in need of applying to our center.
Then, the process of egg preparation is started with the IVF treatment of the biological mother, which lasts 10-12 days.
Upon completion of the preparation of the eggs, egg collection is carried out in our center in Georgia. On the same day, the sperm obtained from the father is fertilized in the laboratory and the embryos obtained are transferred to the carrier mother.
Babies born with this method carry the genetics of their parents. In other words, they are the biological parents of the baby. The baby does not receive any genes from the surrogate mother.
The absence of ovaries and/or sperm, egg and/or sperm poor quality, decreased the number of eggs, genetic problems, etc. In such cases, egg and sperm donation can be done in addition to surrogacy. In this process, the eggs obtained by the IVF method from the donor are fertilized with the sperm of the father candidate and the embryos formed are transferred to the surrogate mother at the appropriate time.
Legal Procedures and Procedures in Surrogacy
To fulfill the legal requirements and protect the rights of the couple applying for this process, our team, who is an expert in surrogacy, provides a contract between the couples and the surrogate mother, including the regulations that protect all rights of the family and the baby that will be born in the notary authorized by the Georgian state is legal in Georgia and Turkey.
Thus, the baby that will be born after the mother has given birth entirely belongs to the couple and the carrier mother cannot claim rights on the baby. Also, the birth certificate contains the name of the Intended Parents only. There is no mention of surrogacy or surrogate mother name in the birth certificate.
'' Surrogacy '' and '' donation '' transactions are legally performed in Georgia and are under state guarantee. The treatment process is regulated as a whole within the framework of laws and regulations. The rights and obligations of the potential parent (the couple applying with the desire to have a baby) and the surrogate mother are determined by a mutually signed contract; It becomes official with the approval of a notary. The parties cannot be forced to anything outside the scope of the contract or make any request exceeding the contract limits. The surrogate mother cannot claim and make a saving on the baby to be born
In Turkey, thousands of women that cannot carry the baby because there is no womb or due to some underlining health problems. Couples who cannot have children for different reasons have also preferred surrogacy in recent years. In the procedure performed as a test tube, the embryo is created using the sperm of the man and the egg of the woman. These embryos are placed in the womb of the surrogate mother. The baby carries the genes of the couple using sperm and eggs.
In Turkey, the ban is for those who want to have children with this method, Georgia where surrogacy is legal, so many Turkish couples prefer countries such as Georgia for the surrogacy program.
Who can opt for a surrogate mother?
In the 21st century, the number of couples without children is increasing day by day and demand for the number of surrogate mothers is also increasing correspondingly.
In some European countries using the surrogate mother is completely banned or only non-commercial surrogacy is allowed.
Surrogacy is allowed in Georgia
Surrogacy Law in Georgia: The criteria is much simpler. The only thing is your country must allow surrogacy child/children back home and surrogacy is possible only for heterosexual couples married or in loving relationships. Please find below the Georgian law on this:
Since 1997 — egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy have been legal in Georgia.
According to the law, a donor or surrogate mother has no parental rights over the child born. The intended parents will be registered as parents of the child. Even in the case an embryo obtained from an egg donation or sperm donation, which is transferred into the uterus of the surrogate mother, intended parents will be deemed as legal parents of the child.
The birth certificate will be issued after the child's birth. The intended parents will be registered as parents on the birth certificate.
The consent of the surrogate mother is not required for registration.
The following will be required for registration of intended parents:
• Surrogacy Agreement
• Certificate of embryo transfer to the surrogate mother issued by the IVF clinic
• Certificate of the fact of childbirth issued by maternity hospital
Extracorporeal fertilization (IVF) is allowed.
a) For the purpose of treatment of infertility, as well as in case of risk of transmission of genetic disease on a wife’s or a husband’s part, by using sex cells or an embryo of the couple or a donor, if the couple’s written consent has been obtained.
b) If a woman has no uterus, for the purpose of transfer and growth of the embryo obtained as a result of fertilization to the uterus of another woman (“surrogate mother”). The couple’s written consent is obligatory.
The couple is considered to be parents in case of childbirth with the responsibility and authority ensuing from it. A donor or a “surrogate mother” has no right to be recognized as a parent of the born child.
For the purpose of artificial fertilization, it is possible to use female and male sex cells or an embryo conserved by the method of freezing. The time of conservation is determined according to the couple’s will by established procedure.
Who is the Surrogate mother? And who needs it?
A surrogate mother is a woman who carries an embryo from the egg of another woman. Day5 or Day3 embryo is transferred to the uterus of the surrogate mother. A surrogate mother gets compensation from a patient who cannot carry an embryo for 9 months due to uterine pathology or any somatic disease (eg diabetes). Since the embryo is obtained as a result of fertilization of another woman's egg, there is no genetic link between the surrogate mother and the fetus. Only oxygen and nutrients from the surrogate mother's blood are supplied the fetus. The womb of the surrogate mother is just a carrier. The womb of the surrogate mother acts as a natural incubator.
What tests are done on the surrogate mother?
- Determination of blood group and rhesus agent.
- Blood tests for syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B &C and Syphilis (valid for 3 months).
- In the section of screening infections: chlamydia, genital herpes, urea plasmodia, mycoplasmas, cytomegaly, rubella (valid for 6 months).
- General urine analysis (valid for 1 month).
- Clinical blood test + clotting (valid for 1 month).
- Biochemical blood tests: ALT/AST, Bilirubin, Sugar, Urea (valid for 1 month).
- Chest photofluorography e(valid for 1 year).
- Pap smear urethra and the path to cervical and vaginal cleaning (valid for 1 month).
- Cytology of uterine smear.
- Health contraindications to the therapists and the consequences of pregnancy (valid for 1 year).
- Review and conclusion of a psychiatrist (once).
General and specialist gynecological examination (inductive surveillance before each attempt).
Who has the right to benefit from a surrogate mother?
Under Georgian laws, only heterosexual couples can benefit from surrogate mothers.
Where can you apply for IVF, egg donation, surrogacy and legal documents like power of attorney and surrogacy agreement?
Street: Sulkan Tsintsadze 47 Apartment: 6