Deciding to start a family is often one of the most momentous decisions a couple can make together. It’s not like buying a car, or even a home, but a commitment to bringing another life into this world and trying to do right by that life, raising the child with love, safety, and the hope that his person will grow up to do the right thing and be a productive member of society.
For most people, the hurdles, responsibilities, and challenges of having a child begin once the child is born. However, for many couples in different circumstances, just having a child is a significant obstacle in and of itself. Some women have had the misfortune of multiple miscarriages, indicating that their bodies carry a high risk to a developing child’s safety. Due to earlier crucial medical procedures, others may no longer be able to bear children naturally, such as women who have had their uterus removed to prevent ovarian cancer or address uterine prolapse medical concerns.
This doesn’t mean that having a child is impossible, but it does mean that having a child through traditional, natural conception may be too risky for the mother and child or even physically impossible if a uterus is no longer present. The alternative is surrogacy, and some parts of the world, such as the city of Tbilisi in the European nation of Georgia, can help facilitate this process through groups known as surrogacy agencies.
The Surrogacy Process
Surrogacy is where a woman that has been medically diagnosed as fit to conceive and carry a child to birth safely agrees to become pregnant on behalf of a hopeful family. There are a few ways that the surrogacy process can work. The most straightforward route is to have the father-half of the hopeful couple donate sperm. At the same time, the surrogate mother uses her own egg for fertilization. If the hopeful father doesn’t have sperm to donate, then another sperm donor can be combined with that of the surrogate mother/
Another, more expensive option is for hopeful parents that want a child with a “traditional” genetic mix between the hopeful parents themselves. In this case, the In Vitro Fertilization or IVF process is where a hopeful mother’s egg is fertilized by a hopeful father’s sperm in a lab setting. Once fertilization has been confirmed, that egg is then transplanted into the surrogate mother. The usual course of pregnancy ensues for the surrogate mother until the time of birth.
Surrogacy In Georgia
Surrogacy is now offered in many parts of the world, but there are some countries, like Georgia, in Europe, with its capital city of Tbilisi, that is uniquely positioned to offer a better surrogacy experience. Georgia as a country finds itself at the crossroads of having access to top-class, modern medical facilities and the qualified staff to use them. At the same time, however, because it is not a significant economic power such as the United States, the economy is much more affordable for everyone to access these facilities and services.
Georgia is a country that has a modern constitution and legal mechanism. This means that the laws of the country take the legal considerations of surrogacy into account. There is no question in Georgia of who the parents of a surrogate child are, so the often heartbreaking stories of custody battles in the United States between surrogate mothers and hopeful parents simply can’t happen in Tbilisi, Georgia. The law prevents it from ever getting that far. Georgia is also a country that allows for “compensated surrogacy.”
In other countries, surrogacy is only legally permitted if it is voluntary. This means that aside from covering certain expenses, such as medical care, the surrogate mother receives no financial recognition for what she’s done. Compensated surrogacies mean that surrogate mothers receive compensation for their contribution, which considerably widens the pool of available candidates.
A Complete, Guided Journey
Many surrogacy agencies in Tbilisi provide a “one-stop-shop” experience for people seeking a surrogate mother. Many agencies worldwide play the role of “match-maker,” helping hopeful families find the surrogate mother to undertake this journey with them, and then their role ends.
For Tbilisi agencies, this is sometimes only the start. These agencies can facilitate the needs of both the hopeful family and surrogate mother. They can provide medical supervision for IVF procedures, if required, and then assist the surrogate mother in maintaining a lifestyle that keeps the growing baby safe. When the time comes, medical and recovery facilities can be provided for the birth. Even legal considerations can be carried out so that parents returning with a new surrogate child to their country of origin ensure that the child is granted citizenship. All this and more are part of the surrogacy experience in Tbilisi, Georgia. If you’d like to know more, we’d be happy to answer your questions and inquiries.