Category Archives: Ask the Surrogacy Experts…

Questions from the Sensible Surrogacy community, answered by our team of consultants…

PLEASE NOTE: Information in this website is based on personal experience gained over many years of assisting infertile couples. Comments are intended as a Guide for those in need, but should not replace professional medical or legal advise. Any medical questions should ALWAYS be referred to a credentialed medical specialist before beginning any treatment.

Travel restrictions to be eased in Ukraine

Surrogacy Baby in Ukraine

SENSIBLE is pleased to report that travel restrictions in Ukraine will be eased as of June 15. Intended Parents soon will be able to fly into Kiev to begin their IVF cycles as well as attend the birth of their babies. The announcement was made on May 27 by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health Protection.

What insurance do we need for our surrogacy journey?

surrogacy family

If you have a surrogacy program in a country without national health service (like the United States.) then medical complications can be devastating. The U.S. health care system is painfully difficult to navigate, and the insurance market is confounding to most international parents. Here’s how to protect yourself.

What should I include in my Independent surrogacy agreement?

Surrogacy parents

Setting the terms of a surrogacy agreement is a two-way conversation. You are NOT in a position to make demands. But it is absolutely your right to make requests… do it NOW rather than later. Here are some things you may consider…

How can I increase the likelihood of a pregnancy?

Surrogacy Couple

From blood thinners to “embryo glue,” a few add-ons claim to give an embryo transfer an added boost. Maybe you’ve seen these on the Internet. Some may be promising in specific cases, while others seem just trendy memes. Honestly, we tried most of these, but I have no certainty if any of these actually improved the likelihood of pregnancy in a typical case. Depending on the situation, your clinic may recommend a variety of options.

How long does a Surrogacy process take?

Surrogacy Baby 2

The surrogacy process typically takes about a year – once you find your surrogate. But surrogate matching is complex, and certain laws can grind the process to a stop. In the U.S. it can takes a few months, but a lot will depend on your location and personal requirements.

Can the surrogate mother keep our baby?

Surrogacy Baby in Ukraine

If you have a properly executed Surrogacy Contract in a country with a supportive legal framework then the simple answer is NO, the surrogate cannot keep your baby. Unfortunately too many couples decide to skip the legal safeguards and open themselves up to all sorts of risks – including that the surrogate may have a legal claim to parental rights.

Is it possible to hire a surrogate to carry our twins?

Surrogacy Baby

If medical risks aren’t persuasive, there is also a financial argument against having twins. A twins pregnancy doesn’t mean you get an extra baby at no cost… You can expect to pay extra charges for the extra effort and risks.

Surrogacy in Canada or Ukraine: Which is the more secure?

Surrogacy with embryo adoption

You’ve likely never heard of Surrogacy in the UK because the laws in the UK make it impossibly difficult to find, manage and compensate your surrogate. Well, Canada has the same laws as the UK – and new enforcement may drastically effect the feasibility of surrogacy in Canada.

Should we transfer 1 or 2 embryos? And which ones?

My experience is that transferring two embryos does not drastically increase the likelihood of a pregnancy, but it does drastically increase the likelihood of a twins pregnancy. If you want to avoid the risks and expense of a twins pregnancy, then you should transfer one embryo at at time.

Will hiring two surrogates leave us stranded overseas for months?

Surrogacy in Ukraine

Babies born from two surrogates can be weeks (or even months) apart. When I had my journey, our two surrogates were scheduled to deliver in June and August. We left for Mumbai expecting that my husband and I would take turns staying in Mumbai for 3 months. But we learned there are ways that you can have two babies and not suffer too much.