In 1992 in Kharkiv Implant Clinic, later reorganized into Gryshchenko Clinic-IVF, the first in former Soviet Union successful surrogacy motherhood program was conducted. On July 13th, 1993 an alive carried to full time girl was born. The function of the surrogate mother was performed by the mother of the patient and, respectively, the grandmother of the girl born.
The procedure of “surrogate maternity” (“replacement maternity”) allows biological parents to get a genetically their child in the most severe cases of infertility: in case of inborn or acquired absence of the uterus, contraindications to pregnancy or childbirth, severe diseases which prevent a woman from bearing a pregnancy and childbirth.
The only difference for genetic parents will be the transfer of embryos into the uterus of a surrogate mother, not the biological one. During the program, the genetic mother takes medicines stimulating oocytes growth. Then puncture of follicles and oocytes retrieval are conducted. The female patient’s (genetic mother’s) oocytes are fertilized with sperm of her husband (genetic father). Obtained embryos are cultivated for several days, and then transferred into the uterus of a surrogate mother. According to statistics, the rate of pregnancy onset during the procedure described above is slightly higher than during ordinary IVF programs.
In the course of treatment, it can be determined that it is impossible for one of the spouses to obtain sperm or oocytes from a biological mother or father. In this case, donors’ germ cells can be used. The Clinic has an extensive approved bank of donors’ oocytes and sperm. If it is impossible to use mother’s oocytes (or father’s sperm), Clinic’s specialists will select a suitable donor material for you. According to the legislation of Ukraine, a child born as a result of the use of a surrogate (replacement) maternity program must have a genetic connection to at least with one of the parents (i.e. donor’s oocytes with donor’s sperm cannot be used simultaneously in one surrogacy program.)
Gryshchenko Clinic-IVF conducts surrogate motherhood programs, provides patients with a database of potential surrogate mothers and with legal support if necessary.