Surrogacy is the practice of a woman (“the Surrogate”) becoming pregnant with a child that may or may not be genetically related to her, carrying the child, and giving birth to the child for another family (“the Intended Parents”). Surrogacy is on the increase (for instance, fertility in Europe has dropped by about 50% in the last 40 years). The first successful birth through a gestational surrogacy arrangement took place in 1985.
Embryo adoption is a form of third party reproduction and an option for many couples who go through fertility treatment and can’t use their own cells.
Sometimes couple going through in vitro fertilization (IVF), have fertilized eggs (embryos) remained and frozen for later use. The couple can decide what to do with remained number of embryos and one of the option is to donate them to a couple who is unable to conceive.
Nowadays, the infertility problems relate to a number of couples around the globe and some of them decide to choose surrogacy as the solution to the problem and embark upon a journey to parenthood. Ukraine is one of the few countries in the world where surrogacy is not only permitted by law, but also effectively protected and regulated. In Ukraine, surrogacy was legalized in 2004, when the new Family Code of Ukraine came into force.