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.

Can I still pursue surrogacy if I have fragmented sperm?

Compared to women, the man’s role in making babies is pretty simple and straightforward, so the possibility that the man is responsible for failed pregnancies or unsuccessful IVF cycles is often overlooked. But male infertility is common, and high sperm fragmentation is a big reason.

Is Surrogacy in Ukraine safe in the political climate?

Yes, Kiev is safe and daily life has been totally unaffected by the tensions with Russia. One of our returning parents told us “Kiev is perfectly safe and the media has blown things out of proportion… any fear comes from the mainstream media bull**it.”

What’s the best health insurance for my surrogate mother?

Surrogacy insurance

UDPATED: I strongly urge all couples to get health insurance for their surrogate. In most cases it’s a legal requirement. In many other cases it’s a personal requirement of the surrogate herself. She will definitely need to know you will take generous care of all the prenatal requirements, and she won’t get stuck with any of the medical bills.

Can sperm sorting improve our chances of having a baby girl?

Every client secretly hopes for a boy or a girl — even if they pretend otherwise. There are various techniques to select the gender of your baby. PGS is now the standard technique in the United States. But an old technique called sperm microsorting (which was banned by the FDA) is having a renaissance.

How old is “too old” for a surrogate mother?

It’s inspiring that women of all ages can be so generous. If you doubt, just search on Google for news reports of women delivering their own grandchildren… it’s truly amazing.

Our ultrasound says our surrogacy baby is much older than he should be.

what is Gestational Age

If you’re planning your travel to pick up your baby, you may be tempted to buy your airline tickets to arrive on the Estimated Due Date (EDD). That’s a bad idea because the date shown in the report is not the actual number of weeks of the pregnancy. The EDD is based on the “Gestational Age” of the fetus, not the “Chronological Age”.

Is Surrogacy in Greece legal for international couples?

To circumcise or not

When I started my surrogacy journey 6 years ago, Greece was closed to foreigners. Recently there have been some changes that have opened the country up for international couples. However, the law was extended in 2014 to allow foreign citizens to pursue surrogacy in Greece as well.

Amid scandals, some ‘Sensible’ advice for surrogacy in Ukraine

Surrogacy in Ukraine

No worries… it’s still legal to pursue surrogacy in Ukraine — and there’s no reason to believe that will change soon. That said, two bills have been introduced to the Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian parliament] in response to the scandals caused by surrogacy behemoth BioTexCom. So we’re advising all Intended Parents to be smart when considering surrogacy in Ukraine.

Where in the World can Gay Couples afford Surrogacy?

ask the experts

Surrogacy options suck for gay couples. It’s even worse for gay couples in the UK. The United States is the only destination where commercial surrogacy for gay couples is legal. Here’s a quick rundown of the “affordable,” legal options worldwide.

Can I save money with a cheap IVF clinic overseas?

There are excellent IVF clinics in many countries overseas – and many are much more affordable than a typical US clinic. So it’s tempting to perform your IVF overseas and then bring your embryos to the US for the surrogacy part of the journey. But wait! It’s not that easy.