Many surrogates living outside of Ukraine are unable to have children due to the war

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A child and a nurse in an underground nursery in Kiev

More than two thousand babies are born through surrogacy every year in Ukraine.

Unlike other European countries, Ukraine records children born through surrogacy as children of parents who want to be parents in the birth certificate. That is why couples living in different countries of the world prefer Ukraine for surrogacy system.

There are about 50 breeding clinics and many intermediaries in the country. These companies match couples who want to be parents with a surrogate and provide a relationship between them.

However, with the Russian occupation of Ukraine, many parents living outside of Ukraine who resort to surrogacy cannot bear their children because of the war. Babies are born in harsh war situations.

BioTexCom, Ukraine’s largest intermediary agency responsible for about 500 surrogates, says there are 41 children in Kiev alone who have not yet been reunited with their parents. These children are cared for in a basement nursery in the city. On the other hand, Russian troops are continuing to attack the capital on the border of the city.

Agency officials report that new babies are born every day, but since the war began, only nine parents have risked traveling to Kyiv to pick up their babies, while five parents have removed surrogates from a distance.

“If the situation does not change, we could be responsible for caring for 100 children,” said Dennis Herman, Biotexcom’s legal adviser.

As the war begins and progresses toward the capital, the agency is struggling to decide whether to move the children responsible for them from Kyiv to safer areas in the west of the country. The risk of carrying children in a war environment is much higher.

Surrogate mother leaves Ukraine

The problems of surrogate mothers are not unique to Kiev.

It tells the story of Svetlana, who lives in the town of Bila Tsarkava, 80 kilometers south of the capital, and carries a couple’s child in Australia.

Emma and Svetlana have been in contact in Australia for 6 months, sharing pictures of their babies and chatting for a long time to get to know each other.

However, when Russian troops began attacking Bila Serkova, the two women desperately began searching for Svetlana’s departure.

With the help of a small surrogacy agency, Emma finds a private bus, and Svetlana and two other surrogates and their 10 children living in the same area begin an 18-hour journey to the Moldovan border.

When the bus arrives in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, the women and children begin living in a small apartment. Svetlana, who had to sleep on the floor because there weren’t enough beds for everyone, was worried about her husband leaving her in Ukraine and her mother fleeing to Germany.

Svetlana, who broke down in tears every time she spoke to her mother on the phone, said: “It hurts me that war separates families like this. I feel safe in Moldova, but my heart is in Ukraine.”

Svetlana is preparing to give birth in Ukraine near the border due to surrogacy rules in Moldova.

Those who can not leave Ukraine

Not all surrogates can leave Ukraine like Svetlana.

Nastya, who was saving to buy a house in Kharkov and living with her two sons, was nearing the end of her second surrogacy pregnancy when the war broke out and gave birth to twins a few days later.

Explaining that the hospital sheltered in Kharkov was covered with mattresses and swings from wall to wall, Nastya said she was in the hospital warehouse with her two children when the city was bombed.

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The mother is expecting to give birth in the basement of a hospital in Mykolive

As the Kharkov attack continues, Nastya and her family traveled to the border last week with the help of the agency and delivered the twin children to their parents. Nastya has never heard from the family.

Relationships with surrogate mothers are getting stronger

Because of the surrogacy rules in Australia, it was difficult for Emma and her husband Alex to find someone to give birth to their child. Only altruistic surrogates are allowed in Australia, so no pay for maternity women.

Before the war began, Emma and her husband planned to travel to Ukraine and spend time with Svetlana before giving birth. It doesn’t seem possible anymore.

But as Russian aggression continues in Ukraine, the relationship between surrogate mothers and parents is getting stronger.

This is also the case with the two women who did not want to give their real names, so we use the names Christine and Tatiana.

Tatiana is the surrogate mother of Christine’s baby.

After the attack, Tatiana and her 6-year-old son fled to Poland, living in Zaporizhiya, where a few weeks ago Russian troops attacked Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

Christine, on the other hand, went to Poland to meet Tatiana, inviting her to England. The two women reported that they enjoyed getting to know each other during the process.

Tatiana is preparing to travel to England on a three-year visa. Christine and her husband say that after giving birth, Tatiana and her son can continue living there.

Emma, ​​on the other hand, describes the bitter joy Svetlana felt at her arrival in Moldova.

“Svetlana sent me a picture of her youngest daughter with a McDonald’s ice cream in one hand, a balloon in the other and a big smile on her face. The photo reminded me that all children should live in safety and enjoy life with their families.”

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