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3 surprising facts about surrogacy

surprising facts about surrogacy

One of the 3 surprising facts about surrogacy is:

Intended Parent Breastfeeding

Just because an Intended Mother will not carry her child does not mean she will not be able to breastfeed the baby.

If a woman wants to breastfeed her baby born via surrogacy, she should consult her OB/GYN. The doctor will be able to look for options and help the mother design a plan that works best for her.

This may include starting hormones months before the baby arrives. The hormones (usually some form of birth control) trick the body into thinking the woman is pregnant. At the designated time, the doctor will take the woman off the hormones and start her on other medications or herbal supplements to promote lactation.

The Intended Mother will need to begin pumping periodically to start her milk supply. It is not easy and may require supplemental feeding to fully nourish the baby.

There are also feeding systems that pump the newborn’s food through a small tube that can be attached to the parent’s nipple to mimic breastfeeding. In many instances, the surrogate mother might also agree to pump and send her breastmilk to the child for up to six weeks.

Whatever the details, if an Intended Parent is interested in breastfeeding her child it may be an option.

Surrogacy’s History Dates Back to the Bible

Surrogacy may be a modern term, but it has been around since biblical times. In the Old Testament, the story of Abraham and his wife, Sarah, documents the first traditional surrogacy.

Sarah and Abraham were not able to conceive a child, so Sarah offered her servant, Hagar, to her husband and asked him to conceive with Hagar. Hagar then gave Abraham a child that Sarah and Abraham raised as their own. The story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar is the earliest account of traditional surrogacy.

Post-Menopause Surrogacy

While the ideal surrogate candidate is between the ages 21 – 40, there have been instances where a woman over age 40 has carried a child.

In 2016, a 67-year-old woman gave birth to her granddaughter. Anastassia Ontou was heartbroken for her daughter, who suffered multiple failed attempts at pregnancy, and was eventually told she would never be able to carry a child. Ontou offered to be her daughter’s surrogate and successfully carried the child for 7.5 months. The baby girl was born via cesarean section weighing less than three pounds.

While Ontou might hold the record for the world’s oldest surrogate to date, there are other similar heroic tales. In Texas, a 53-year-old woman successfully carried and delivered her granddaughter after her daughter and son-in-law suffered several miscarriages and failed in-vitro attempts.

Surrogates in their 50’s and 60’s might not be ideal on paper but, surprisingly, they are not impossible!

Interested in learning more about surrogacy? Whether you’re interested in becoming a surrogate or Intended Parent, ADONIS managers are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the process. 

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    SURROGACY ("fresh" embryo transfer)

    Medical services:

    • Examination of Surrogate mother (before IVF)
    • Cryopreservation and storage of sperm during 12 month
    • IVF+ICSI with Surrogate mother with the medicines cost
    • Prenatal care program “Waiting for baby” (without cost of medicines)*
    • Fees for SM`s delivery (cost of delivery in natural way, without complcations), pregnancy with 1 fetus
    • * surrogate mothers are avaliable with cesarean section and without cesarean section, for a quick start – surrogate mothers with cesarean have already been selected and diagnosed

    Non-medical services:

    • Selection of Surrogate Mother
    • Translation of Patient’s documents and legalization of translation
    • Development of individual draft on Agreement of surrogacy
    • Notarization Agreement of surrogacy providing
    • Coordination Services
    • Notarization Surrogate mother`s statement after birth providing
    • Legal services for registration of Child born as a result of the Client’s participation in the SM Program, preparing documents for Embassy (without services of translation and legislation cost) special price with discount for complex offer (price without discount – 1000USD)
    • Financial compensation Surrogate mother for transportation expenses, for embryos transfer (within 3 working days after ET), for a healthy diet and clothing for pregnant woman (paid in parts, monthly)
    • Final compensation Surrogate mother (after delivery)
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    SURROGACY (thawed embryos transfer)

    Medical services:

    • Cryopreservation and storage of sperm during 12 months
    • IVF+ICSI with the medicines cost (without preparing of endometrium and ET stage) with vitrification and storage of embryos for 4 months
    • Examination of Surrogate mother
    • Cryoprogram (transfer of thawed embryos, cost of medicines for endometrium preparing included)
    • Prenatal care program “Waiting for baby” (without cost of medicines)*
    • Fees for SM`s delivery
    • * surrogate mothers are avaliable with cesarean section and without cesarean section, for a quick start – surrogate mothers with cesarean have already been selected and diagnosed

    Non-medical services:

    • Selection of Surrogate Mother
    • Translation of Patient’s documents
    • Development of individual draft on Agreement of surrogacy + Legal services for registration of Child
    • Notarization Agreement of surrogacy providing+ Notarization Surrogate mother`s statement
    • Coordination Services
    • Financial compensation Surrogate mother for transportation expenses, for embryos transfer (within 3 working days after ET), for a healthy diet and clothing for pregnant woman (paid in parts, monthly)
    • Final compensation Surrogate mother (after delivery)

     

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    SURROGACY+EGG DONATION ("fresh" embryo transfer)

    Medical services:

    • Examination of Surrogate mother (before IVF)
    • Cryopreservation and storage of sperm during 12 months
    • IVF+ICSI with Egg Donation
    • Prenatal care program “Waiting for baby” (without cost of medicines)*
    • Fees for SM`s delivery
    • * surrogate mothers are avaliable with cesarean section and without cesarean section, for a quick start – surrogate mothers with cesarean have already been selected and diagnosed

    Non-medical services:

    • Selection of Surrogate Mother + Selection of Ooctyes donor
    • Selection of Ooctyes donor
    • Translation of Patient’s documents
    • Development of individual draft of Agreement of surrogacy + Legal services for registration of Child
    • Notarization Agreement of surrogacy providing + Notarization Surrogate mother`s statement
    • Coordination Services
    • Financial compensation Surrogate mother for transportation expenses, for embryos transfer (within 3 working days after ET), for a healthy diet and clothing for pregnant woman
    • Final compensation Surrogate mother (after delivery)

     

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    SURROGACY + SPERM DONATION ("fresh" embryo)

    Medical services:

    • IVF+ICSI with Surrogate mother with the medicines cost + Donor’s sperm (one dose)
    • Donor’s sperm (one dose)
    • Examination of Surrogate mother
    • Prenatal care program “Waiting for baby” (without cost of medicines)
    • Fees for SM`s delivery
    • Prenatal care program “Waiting for baby” (without cost of medicines)* in case of observation of pregnancy by the leading obstetrician gynecologist or in the case of twins there will be an extra payment (see additional services)
    • * surrogate mothers are avaliable with cesarean section and without cesarean section, for a quick start – surrogate mothers with cesarean have already been selected and diagnosed

    Non-medical services:

    • Selection of Surrogate Mother
    • Selection of Sperm’s donor
    • Translation of Patient’s documents + Development of individual draft on Agreement of surrogacy
    • Notarization Agreement of surrogacy providing + Notarization Surrogate mother`s statement after birth providing
    • Development of individual draft of Agreement of surrogacy
    • Coordination Services
    • Legal services for registration of Child

     

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    SURROGACY+ED GUARANTEE PROGRAM*

    Medical services:

    • Examination of man before IVF (if needed)
    • Examination of Surrogate mother before IVF program (Surrogate mothers – if needed)
    • Cryopreservation of sperm (up to 3 times)
    • IVF+ICSI+ED with the medicines cost for Donor`s stimulation, without embryo transfer with the storage of embryos during 12 months
    • PGD (24 chromosomes)
    • Additional cryoteks
    • Cryoprogram (transfer of thawed embryos, cost of medicines for endometrium preparing included)
    • Prenatal care program “Waiting for baby”
    • Medicines for SM`s pregnancy support
    • SM`s delivery in natural way, pregnancy with 1 fetus (The cost of delivery by caesarean section and /or twin delivery must be paid extra)
    • Interruption of nonprogressive and progressive abnormal uterine pregnancy in terms up to 12 weeks (with the cost of pathohistological examination) – if needed
    • * surrogate mothers are avaliable with cesarean section and without cesarean section, for a quick start – surrogate mothers with cesarean have already been selected and diagnosed

    Non-medical services:

    • Selection of Egg Donor (1+ times, if needed)
    • Selection of Surrogate Mother (1+ times, if needed)
    • Surrogate mother’s stay in the Standard Room (up to 15 days)
    • Payment to SM for miscarriage (if needed)
    • Translation of Patients` documents for Medical Center (passports, marriage certificate medical documentation required to start the Program)
    • Financial compensation Surrogate mother (Surrogate mothers – if needed) for transport expenses, for the embryo transfer, for a healthy diet and clothing
    • Development of individual draft on Agreement of surrogacy with selected SM (SMs, if needed)
    • Notarization of POA
    • Notarization of Agreement of surrogacy providing (agreements if necessary)
    • Coordination Services of SM Program till delivery of SM information support and translation services
    • Notarization Surrogate mother`s statement after birth providing
    • Legal services for registration of Child born as a result of the Client’s participation in the SM Program, preparing documents for Embassy
    • Renting of a flat for SM (or rooms in an apartment or other apartment) since the 7th month of pregnancy
    • *10 or more embryo transfers depending on a case
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    SURROGACY+EGG DONATION (thawed embryos)

    Medical services:

    • Cryopreservation and storage of sperm during 12 months
    • IVF+ICSI with Egg Donation with the medicines cost (without preparing of endometrium and ET stage) with vitrification and storage of embryos for 4 months
    • Examination of Surrogate mother (fresh before IVF)
    • Cryoprogram (transfer of thawed embryos, cost of medicines for endometrium preparing included)
    • Prenatal care program “Waiting for baby” (without cost of medicines)* in case of observation of pregnancy by the leading obstetrician gynecologist or in the case of twins there will be an extra payment (see additional services)
    • Fees for SM`s delivery (cost of delivery in natural way, without complcations), pregnancy with 1 fetus
    • * surrogate mothers are avaliable with cesarean section and without cesarean section, for a quick start – surrogate mothers with cesarean have already been selected and diagnosed

    Non-medical services:

    • Selection of Surrogate Mother
    • Selection of Ooctyes donor
    • Translation of Patient’s  documents for Medical Center (passports, marriage certificate) and legalization of translation
    • Development of individual draft of Agreement of surrogacy
    • Notarization Agreement of surrogacy providing
    • Coordination Services of SM Program with ED till pregnancy of SM confirmation
    • Coordination Services of SM Program till SM`s delivery
    • Notarization Surrogate mother`s statement after birth providing
    • Legal services for registration of Child born as a result of the Client’s participation in the SM Program, preparing documents for Embassy (without services of translation and legislation cost) special price with discount for complex offer (price without discount – 1000US
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    SURROGACY (FET, embryos from another clinic)

    Medical services:

    • Storage of embryos (1 year)
    • Examination of Surrogate mother (fresh before IVF)
    • Cryoprogram (transfer of thawed embryos, cost of medicines for endometrium preparing included
    • Prenatal care program “Waiting for baby” (without cost of medicines)* in case of observation of pregnancy by the leading obstetrician gynecologist or in the case of twins there will be an extra payment (see additional services)
    • * surrogate mothers are avaliable with cesarean section and without cesarean section, for a quick start – surrogate mothers with cesarean have already been selected and diagnosed

    Non-medical services:

    • Selection of Surrogate Mother
    • Translation of Patient’s documents for Medical Center (passports, marriage certificate) and legalization of transaltion
    • Development of individual draft on Agreement of surrogacy
    • Notarization Agreement of surrogacy providing
    • Coordination Services of SM Program till pregnancy of SM confirmation
    • Coordination Services of SM Program till SM`s delivery
    • Notarization Surrogate mother`s statement after birth providing
    • Legal services for registration of Child born as a result of the Client’s participation in the SM Program, preparing documents for Embassy (without services of translation and legislation cost) special price with discount for complex offer (price without discount – 1000USD)
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    SURROGACY (thawed, oocytes - another clinic)

    Medical services:

    • Storage of oocytes (4 months) 
    • Storage of sperm (4 months)
    • Cryopreservation and storage of sperm during 12 month
    • IVF+ICSI (without preparing of endometrium and ET stage) with vitrification and storage of embryos for 4 months
    • Additional cryotek  (*up to quantity of embryos)
    • Examination of Surrogate mother (fresh before IVF)
    • Cryoprogram (transfer of thawed embryos, cost of medicines for endometrium preparing included)
    • Prenatal care program “Waiting for baby” (without cost of medicines)* in case of observation of pregnancy by the leading obstetrician gynecologist or in the case of twins there will be an extra payment (see additional services)
    • Fees for SM`s delivery (cost of delivery in natural way, without complcations), pregnancy with 1 fetus
    • * surrogate mothers are avaliable with cesarean section and without cesarean section, for a quick start – surrogate mothers with cesarean have already been selected and diagnosed

    Non-medical services:

    • Selection of Surrogate Mother
    • Translation of Patient’s documents for Medical Center (passports, marriage certificate) and legalization of translation
    • Development of individual draft on Agreement of surrogacy
    • Notarisation Agreement of surrogacy providing
    • Coordination Services of SM Program till pregnancy of SM confirmation
    • Coordination Services of SM Program till SM`s delivery
    • Notarization Surrogate mother`s statement after birth providing
    • Legal services for registration of Child born as a result of the Client’s participation in the SM Program, preparing documents for Embassy (without services of translation and legislation cost) special price with discount for complex offer (price without discount – 1000USD)
    • Biological parent’s stay in the double Standard Plus Room (3 days)
    • Financial compensation Surrogate mother  for transportation expenses
    • Financial compensation Surrogate mother for embryos transfer (within 3 working days after ET)
    • Financial compensation Surrogate mother for a healthy diet and clothing for pregnant woman (paid in parts, monthly)
    • Final compensation Surrogate mother (after delivery)
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    Doctors

    MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Fertility specialist
    Olha Tarasenko
    MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Fertility Specialist
    MD, Andrologist, Sexologist, Urologist
    MD, PhD. Deputy Medical Director for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrician-Gynecologist
    Shyianova Svitlana
    MD, PhD., Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Fertility Specialist

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