Dozens of surrogate infants stranded in Ukraine amid lockdown


Infants in Ukraine born to surrogate moms for foreigners are stranded as a result of the nation’s borders are closed beneath coronavirus restrictions, stopping dad and mom from the United States, Europe and elsewhere from travelling to gather them.

Ukraines human rights ombudswoman has appealed to authorities to discover a resolution.


About 100 children are already waiting for their parents in different centres of reproductive medicine. And if quarantine is extended, then it will not be about hundreds, but about thousands, mentioned Lyudmila Denisova.

Ukraine has a thriving surrogate business and is among the few international locations that legally permits the service for foreigners.

Concern is excessive {that a} lengthy border closure will place a burden on clinics and misery the dad and mom.

The situation attracted extensive consideration after BioTexCom, the nation’s largest surrogate operation, posted a video displaying dozens of infants in bassinets arrayed in tight rows in two giant rooms of its Hotel Venice the place the clinic places up shoppers.

At BioTexCom, a surrogate mom receives between $15,000 and $17,000 for giving beginning to a child.

Rafa Aires from Spain managed to get in earlier than the lockdown. He was united together with his daughter Marta however can’t depart as Kyiv has suspended almost all flights and he wants to complete the paperwork.

It means a disturbing look forward to his spouse, Maria, who was unable to travel with him attributable to work.

“Every day I make video calls with my wife for one hour or an hour and a half for her to see the baby,” he mentioned. “It is very difficult.”

“Nurses and medical personnel in this hotel are wonderful. They make my life easier,” he mentioned.

BioTexCom’s video, which aimed to reassure absent mother or father that their little ones had been receiving excellent care, confirmed nurses bathing and caressing them and spurred the federal government into motion.

“The issue remains unresolved, but we are developing a mechanism to get out of the situation,” mentioned Denisova, who met with international ministry representatives on Thursday.

Under the proposed mechanism, international dad and mom must write an announcement addressed to Denisova’s workplace, which might then contact the ministry with a request to offer permission to enter Ukraine.

About 50 clinics that supply surrogate births function in Ukraine. The nation’s financial struggles drive many Ukrainian girls to develop into surrogate moms.

The authorities says it will possibly solely allow dad and mom to enter Ukraine if it receives a request from the related embassy.

Ukraine’s restrictions are to stay in place till at the very least May 22.