After a decade of managing hundreds of surrogacy journeys and egg donation processes, we have gathered the most common questions asked by our Intended Parents. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We would be delighted to set up a meeting at your earliest convenience!

What is surrogacy? How much does it cost? How does one choose an egg donor? Can people living with HIV go through surrogacy? All these questions and more are answered in detail below!

Surrogacy is an arrangement, supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant, carry the pregnancy to due term, and give birth to a child or children, all of this for another person or persons, who are or will ultimately become the parent of the child or children. There is Gestational Surrogacy and Traditional Surrogacy.

Gestational Surrogacy takes place when an embryo created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology is implanted in to a surrogate, sometimes referred to as a gestational carrier. Gestational Surrogacy may take a number of forms, but in each form the resulting child is genetically unrelated to the surrogate:

  • The embryo is created using the intended father’s sperm and a donor egg where the donor is not the surrogate. The resulting child is genetically related to the intended father.
  • The embryo is created using the intended mother’s egg and donor sperm. The resulting child is genetically related to the intended mother.
  • A donor embryo is implanted in a surrogate. Such an embryo may be available when others undergoing IVF have embryos left over, which they donate to others. The resulting child is genetically unrelated to the intended parent(s).

Gestational surrogacy is allowed in various countries including the USA, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, UK and Greece.

Traditional Surrogacy involves natural or artificial insemination of a surrogate. If the intended father’s sperm is used in the insemination, then the resulting child is genetically related to the intended father and genetically related to the surrogate. If donor sperm is used, the resulting child is not genetically related to either intended parent but is genetically related to the surrogate.

USA – Allows surrogacy for everyone.
Colombia – Allows surrogacy for everyone.
Ukraine – Allows surrogacy for heterosexual married couples only.
Albania – Allows surrogacy for single men.
Russia – Allows surrogacy for married heterosexual couples and singles.
Greece – Allows surrogacy for heterosexual married couples or common-law couples and single women.
Canada – Allows altruistic surrogacy for everyone.
England – Allows altruistic surrogacy for British citizens only.
Georgia – Allows surrogacy for heterosexual married couples.

Surrogacy costs vary depending on the country and where the journey is taking place. In general, the cost for a surrogacy journey starts at $46,000USD in Ukraine and can cost up to $125,000USD in the USA. However, IP’s must take into account the additional costs such as travel, accommodation, legal services, insurance for the surrogate in the USA and more.

HIV+ IP’s can pursue a surrogacy journey in the USA and Colombia. The IP’s sperm must be ‘washed’ at the Western Fertility Institute, our clinic in LA or in our partner clinic in Bogotá. Sperm washing allows sperm to be removed from the fluids that contain the virus. No known cases of transmission of the virus after sperm washing have been noted.

Sure, single men can do surrogacy in the USA, Colombia and Albania. Single women can go through the process in the USA and in Colombia.

Sure! Tammuz has changed the way gay men build their families, and over the past decade hundreds of gay men have fulfilled their dream of having a baby via surrogacy. Gay men can do surrogacy in the USA, Colombia and in Albania.

Most of the plans we offer at Tammuz involve the IP’s meeting their surrogate. In the USA you are advised to maintain regular contact throughout your journey. In Ukraine and Colombia, you will meet the surrogate once you visit the clinic and sign the agreement with her and also for the birth. In Albania you will meet the surrogate just before the birth.

All of our surrogates undergo a lengthy and rigorous screening process before being accepted in to the program and they must have had at least one healthy baby derived from a successful pregnancy. Blood and gynaecological tests are required for all plans, and psychological evaluations and criminal background checks are required for all plans in the USA.

Approximately 15- 18 months.

Waiting times for a surrogate vary from country to country and also from plan to plan.

USA- the waiting time is between 1-3 months
Colombia- there is no waiting time
Georgia- there is no waiting time
Ukraine- the waiting time is approximately 3 months
Albania- the waiting time is approximately 7 months

The Guarantee Plans were designed to give IP’s as much financial assurance as possible. The various Guarantee Plans will offer you an unlimited number off egg donations, surrogate matches, and legal services in the country where the surrogacy process is taking place. However, not all plans are all inclusive. For more information please see the various plans we offer.

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