Gestational Surrogacy

A surrogacy arrangement or surrogacy agreement is the carrying of a pregnancy for intended parents.

ilaya provide a service offering gestational surrogacy, in which the intended parents provide the biological material (egg and/or sperm), and IVF is carried out to impregnate the surrogate. Egg donation or donor sperm may be required for this process and ilaya have our own, extensive donor bank of female oocytes and male sperm. No biological material is taken from the chosen surrogate. The surrogate will carry the baby but will have no legal, parental rights after the birth.

Ukrainian law states that the legal parents of a child are depicted by DNA only and therefore one or both of the intended parents will be legally cited as parent. The couple must be married in order to confirm dual parental rights.

stem-cells-woman-200Within our surrogacy program, ilaya practice PGD or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. This is the process of removing a cell prior to implantation for the testing of genetic diseases and abnormalities. PGD testing can also be used to determine the sex of the baby if requested.

Comprehensive tests are carried out to ensure all our potential surrogates are in excellent physical and mental health, have at least one natural child, are under 35 years of age and have no contra-indications to pregnancy. ilaya take full responsibility for the surrogate mothers throughout the pregnancy. All medical care, including full prenatal and postnatal care, is provided. Accommodation and living expenses are taken care of during the pregnancy.

We offer surrogacy programs that are based on modern, innovative ideas led by experienced specialists in reproduction. Personalised care is given to both the intended parents and the chosen surrogate.

From the beginning, ilaya scientists have worked tirelessly in the pursuit of innovative medical excellence.

ilaya prides itself on offering a full service where no part of the process is passed to an intermediary. At every stage of your journey with ilaya, you will receive the best possible care with no exception.

Our services include:

  • A Personal Manager assigned to each couple.
  • Preliminary consultancy to ascertain individual needs
  • Multilingual staff.
  • Travel and accommodation arranged.
  • All necessary medical tests carried by our own highly qualified staff.
  • Our own Cryobank offers storage for embryos and other bio-material
  • Excellent facilities to ensure the well-being of our surrogate mothers. Individual nursery and postnatal assistance after the birth.
  • Personal payment plans and any potential extra costs discussed in full. Insurance options for all potential extra costs.

  • ilaya was founded in Kiev, Ukraine in 2011.
  • Surrogacy in Ukraine is legal.
  • Legal procedure for surrogacy in the Ukraine is clearly set out.
  • The legal parents of a child born in the country are determined by DNA only. Therefore, the surrogate mother has no legal rights to the child.
  • The parents of a child born through surrogacy in Ukraine must be legally married. No court procedures regarding parental rights are carried out.
  • Although not in the EU, Ukraine is geographically within the European region and no visas to enter the country are required.
  • The same ethnic group and religions are observed.
  • PGD is recognised and legal in the Ukraine. PGD or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis is the process of removing a cell prior to implantation, for the testing of genetic diseases and abnormalities. It can also be used to determine the sex of a baby.
  • No age restriction for the legal parents exist. Unlimited attempts at IVF permitted.

  • Known as a surrogacy-friendly state, California has been home to many successful surrogacy programmes over the years.
  • Available for single and gay parents
  • PGD is recognised and legal in the California. PGD, or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, is the process of removing a cell prior to implantation, to test for genetic diseases and abnormalities. It can also be used to determine the sex of the baby.
  • New-born has American passport
  • Parental rights are awarded via court decision, recognised by many countries around the world.
  • Wider variety of donor types (e.g. hair, race, height etc.)
  • Easier registration for the new-born due to having American nationality.

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Stages of our
gestational surrogacy programme:

1) Selection of three suitable surrogate mothers. The final choice can be made by the parents if they wish.

2) Synchronisation of menstrual cycles between the surrogate and biological mothers if the mother’s egg is to be used.

3) Hormonal stimulation for ovulation of the biological mother.

4) Follicle puncture, selection of eggs and the sperm of the biological father (or donor).

5) Fertilisation and cultivation of embryos.

6) Transfer of embryos into the uterus of the surrogate mother.

Your personal manager at ilaya will explain all the options available to you and answer any questions you may have regarding our surrogacy program.

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Gestational Surrogacy programme Frequently Asked Questions

You will find below a selection of questions that we are often asked by our intended parents.
However, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

The initial consultation doesn’t require a visit to the clinic, and we have found that our clients appreciate the convenience and comfort of travelling to our EU facility in Valencia, with easy, inexpensive connections to most airports in Europe and passport-free travel for EU citizens (a passport will be required for travel to Ukraine). Furthermore, Valencia’s year-round blue skies and well-developed tourist infrastructure make it an ideal place for a short, relaxing break.
Yes. Payment is normally made in 5 instalments in Euros.
Of course. We actively encourage the parents to meet the surrogate mother. However, if you would prefer not to, that is perfectly acceptable.
No. Ukrainian law states that the parentage of a child is determined by DNA only.
You are more than welcome to visit us as many times as you wish; the minimum is one visit to Spain, for the initial consultation**
A minimum of two visits must be made to Ukraine, but your personal circumstances may require you to make further visits.
** If you prefer, the initial consultation can be carried out in Ukraine.
The health and well being of our surrogate mothers is of paramount importance to us. We carry out comprehensive health checks prior to implantation and during the pregnancy, and provide full post-natal care.
Yes. All efforts will be made to ensure you will be in Ukraine when the surrogate goes into labour.
You will receive custody of your baby after DNA collection has been completed and the birth certificate has been issued. This usually happens the day after the birth. The Ukrainian legal documents often take as little as five days to complete, but the embassy of the country you intend to take the child back to can take up to five weeks to process the paperwork. We will ensure that you and your new family are well cared for while you wait.
This is required by Ukrainian law. You will need to provide your full marriage certificate.
Yes. We run our own high-tech laboratories and clinical facilities, including our own Cryobank. The entire process, from diagnosis to treatment, is carried out in a single facility by our experienced medical professionals.
As ilaya has its own Cryobank facilities, we will store your bio-material for up to one year free of charge. If you wish to use the facilities for a longer period of time, a small annual charge will be made.
ilaya assist you with all the legal documentation you need to ensure a smooth return to your home country.
We place great importance on ensuring that we choose the most suitable surrogate mother for you. Many criteria have to be met, and strict testing is carried out before a match is made.
Three suitable surrogate mothers will be carefully selected by ilaya. You will make the final choice.
We are required to confirm the legality of your marriage certificate and any medical documents that you provide. Thorough, comprehensive medical and legal checks are carried out on all our surrogate mothers.
Currently there is no age limit. Suitability is determined by medical and legal circumstances only.

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