Many couples’ greatest wish is to become parents, but for a variety of reasons, this is not always possible. In this case, many turn to reproductive medicine for help. This is a rapidly-growing field, offering couples many options to help start a family. One of these options include gestational surrogacy services.
Surrogacy is a type of IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) that aids women who are unable to bear pregnancies due to a variety of health conditions. In the case of surrogacy, the biological mother’s egg is fertilized with her husband’s sperm. But rather than the biological mother carrying the fetus, the embryo is instead implanted into the uterine cavity of the surrogate mother.
The surrogate mother carries the unborn child, and after the birth of the baby, the biological parents become his or her legal guardian and raise the child. A surrogate mother solely carries the pregnancy, and legally cannot claim to be the baby’s mother.
There are several types of gestational surrogacy:
1. The first option involves both the oocyte and sperm of the biological parents of the future child, meaning the child will be genetically related to both parents.
2. In the second case, donor sperm is used and an oocyte is taken from the biological mother of the child. In this case, the child will only be genetically related to the biological mother.
3. The second option often works both ways, meaning a donor oocyte may be used in combination to the biological father’s sperm. This is referred to as a “traditional variant” of surrogacy, as the child will only be genetically related to his/her biological father. When searching for a surrogate mother for this type of surrogacy, there are often more strict requirements.
4. The fourth option is to use both donor sperm and a donor egg. With this case, the child will not be genetically related to his/her legal guardians.
How Does Gestational Surrogacy Work?
And who can surrogate motherhood help?
Gestational surrogacy procedures are most commonly used to treat either female or male infertility. But nowadays, there are a variety of social factors to consider within these services.
In terms of medical reasons to use parental services, we can note some that may appear on the male or female side.
On the male side:
- Certain genetic factors.
- Hormonal disorders.
- Infectious diseases in childhood (such as parotitis), which have contributed to infertility.
- Trauma to the genitalia, or surgery disrupting the childbearing function.
On the female side:
- Surgical procedures impacting the uterus, such as hysterectomies.
- Repeated ineffective IVF attempts, in which successful embryos simply did not implant after transfer.
- Various cervical and uterine malformations.
- Concomitant chronic diseases which have resulted in an inability to get pregnant.
- Certain adhesive processes that are left untreated.
We go to lengths to organize this whole process and accompany couples from the beginning to the end of their journey towards parenthood.
We provide the following procedures and services:
- Careful selection of all egg donors.
- Help in undergoing all necessary medical examinations, such as PGS (preimplantation genetic screening), PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis), fertilization, and IVF/ICSI treatment.
- Aid in selecting a surrogate mother.
- Support during the prenatal period, in terms of both monitoring and maintaining communication.
- Dealing with possible legal complications involving gestational surrogacy in Georgia, such as enlisting the involvement of a Georgian attorney to collect any necessary documents and close the contract.
The cost of gestational surrogacy is often quite high, and the process itself is very complicated, requiring a lot of patience from all involved. It is important that both the parents and the surrogate mother realize what a big step they are taking, and make the best choice possible when it comes to picking a clinic.
Why Choose Us?
The Secure and Legal Process
Cost of the Procedure
Stages of Gestational Surrogacy Process
The surrogacy process typically includes the following stages:
- Getting to know the future parents and discussing all the details of the program, including any possible risks.
- Signing an agreement with the couple in accordance with Georgian legislation on surrogacy issues.
- Selecting a surrogate mother and, if necessary, an egg/sperm donor.
- Examination of the surrogate mother.
- IVF program implementation.
- Medically preparing the gestational surrogate mother for pregnancy.
- Monitoring and maintaining pregnancy.
Our clinic takes the couples’ choice of a gestational carrier very seriously. Women who would like to take part in this program and help a childless couple become parents must meet the following requirements:
- Must be at least 20-35 years old.
- Cannot have any physical or psychological diseases or conditions.
- Cannot have any unhealthy habits (such as smoking or drug use), and must be willing to implement healthy habits during pregnancy.
- Must have at least one healthy child of her own.