Who needs surrogacy?
Only a woman with the following medical conditions can use the services of a surrogate mother in Belarus:
- Lack of uterus due to surgical treatment or congenital disease;
- Unions in the uterine cavity that are not treatable;
- Deformation of the cavity or cervix for various reasons when it is impossible to bear a child;
- The presence of diseases in which pregnancy and childbirth are contraindicated, for example, severe forms of diabetes;
- Ineffective IVF attempts: when high quality embryos were transferred, especially more than 3 attempts.
How to find and choose a surrogate mother?
The Reproductive Health Center “Bina” can completely take care of all the search and selection of candidates.
However, a married couple or a single woman have the right for an independent search of a woman to bear their child.
How much do surrogates get paid?
A surrogate mother receives a guaranteed material reward from the biological parents after the childbirth. In the reproductive medical center “Bina”, the fee starts from $ 13,000 (at the rate of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus at the time of signing the contract).
Do surrogates get paid monthly?
Yes, about 350$ is paid in monthly installments throughout the surrogacy process (usually after a pregnancy is confirmed by a physician).
Who can become a surrogate mother?
When choosing a surrogate mother, they are guided by the following conditions:
- Age from 20 to 35 years;
- Be married;
- Have at least one healthy child;
- Not to be held criminally liable for the commission crimes, not to lose parental rights, not to be recognized legally incompetent, not to be suspected in a criminal case;
- Do not have medical contraindications for surrogacy, such as tuberculosis, untreated malignant diseases, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, arterial hypertension and other conditions, which are determined by the Resolution of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus dated 01.06.2012. No. 54 "On some issues of using assisted reproductive technologies."
How is a surrogate mother examined?
In order to assess the state of health and the possibility of favorable bearing and giving birth to a child, a full medical examination is carried out.
At the stage of preparation for pregnancy, the following clinical and laboratory examinations of a surrogate mother are mandatory:
- Fluorography and electrocardiography;
- Blood test for sex hormones, thyroid hormones, prolactin;
- STD screening (chlamydia, ureamycoplasma, HIV, syphilis, markers of hepatitis B and C);
- PAP-test and a smear on the microflora;
- Determination of blood group and Rh factor;
- A blood test for the presence of antibodies to rubella viruses, CMV, herpes and the causative agent of toxoplasmosis;
- General analysis of blood and urine, biochemical blood analysis, coagulogram;
- Inspection of a general practitioner, psychiatrist.
According to indications, additional studies can be prescribed, they are determined strictly individually.
The shelf life of the survey results varies from 10 days to 1 year.
What are the options for IVF programs with a surrogate mother?
- IVF with wife’s eggs and husband’s sperm;
- IVF with donor’s eggs and husband’s sperm, when the wife for various reasons cannot get her own quality oocytes;
- IVF with donor’s sperm and wife’s eggs, if her husband has severe forms of male infertility.
Can a surrogate mother be an egg donor at the same time?
NO. According to the Belarusian law, a surrogate mother cannot bear a child conceived using her eggs. But if there is a need for a donor’s eggs they must belong to another woman. They can be purchased in our clinic as we have our own cryobank.
What is the IVF program with a surrogate mother?
The birth of a child by a surrogate mother occurs according to the following plan:
- Signing an agreement between a surrogate mother and a biological mother with the consent of their spouses with mandatory notarization.
- Clinical and laboratory examination of a surrogate mother and future biological parents.
- Preparing for the pregnancy of a surrogate mother, at least, taking folic acid.
- Hormonal stimulation of ovulation, egg collection from a biological mother, sperm delivery by a future biological father.
- IVF or IVF+ICSI is carried out, the embryos are cultured for the necessary time and frozen, it is extremely rare that they are immediately transferred to the surrogate mother’s uterus.
- As soon as a surrogate mother is prepared, they transfer the embryo(s) into the uterine cavity and prescribe hormonal drugs for successful implantation of the embryo.
- When the pregnancy is achieved close medical supervision of the surrogate mother is carried out. All the information about the health status of the mother and fetus is given to the biological parents.
- After childbirth, at the time specified by the contract, the surrogate mother transfers the child to biological parents and receives her reward.
How many embryos can be transferred?
As a rule, one or two embryos are transferred to the uterine cavity. Their number is clearly prescribed by the surrogacy agreement.
What rights does a surrogate have?
The surrogate mother has the following rights for:
- Creation of all necessary conditions for living and safe bearing of a child;
- Receiving monetary compensation for bearing and giving birth to a child;
- Reimbursement of expenses for medical care, nutrition, accommodation during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period;
- All state maternity benefits defined by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus;
The biological parents of the child must take care of all these points.
What are the responsibilities of a surrogate mother?
A surrogate mother must:
- Provide all information about the results of her medical examination and the state of health of the fetus to future biological parents;
- Undergo a medical examination at the indicated time;
- Follow all prescriptions by doctors;
- Provide prospective parents with all the information about their health and the health of the baby;
- Lead a healthy lifestyle, do not smoke, do not abuse drugs and alcohol;
- Transfer the baby after birth to biological parents on time;
- Do not disclose information about the participation in the surrogacy program and about the parties of this agreement;
- Perform other duties prescribed in the contract.
How is surrogate motherhood regulated?
All actions related to surrogacy are regulated by:
- The Law of the Republic of Belarus dated 07.01.2012 No. 341-З “On Assisted Reproductive Technologies”,
- Decree of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus dated 01.06.2012. No. 54 “On some issues of the use of assisted reproductive technologies”,
- A notarized agreement between a surrogate and a biological mother with the written consent of the spouses.
- The contract spells out all the nuances of the upcoming program: a woman’s consent to become a surrogate mother, her place of living during pregnancy, responsibilities, cost of services and payment arrangements, the number of transferred embryos, as well as health organizations in which IVF pregnancy management and childbirth will be carried out.
Who will be indicated on the birth certificate of the child?
The very fact of the birth of a child on the basis of a surrogate motherhood agreement allows already in the maternity hospital to issue a certificate of the birth of the child, which indicates their biological mother, who registers the child in the registry office.