Not every couple that wants to start a family has the option to go the conventional route of the woman allowing pregnancy to occur so a baby can be born nine months later. For some, medical considerations, such as a heart condition, would put both mother and baby at risk during pregnancy. Others can no longer become pregnant because surgeries, like a life-saving hysterectomy to fight cancer, have removed the uterus. For these couples, adoption is one option, but surrogacy is another, more compelling choice.
Surrogacy is the practice of having another woman, who has been medically evaluated as suitable, agree to become pregnant on behalf of a couple. Once the birth occurs, the newborn is then united with the couple to start a new life together as a family. For many couples, one of the best ways to have a successful surrogacy journey is to make it a literal journey and leave their country of residence to entrust the surrogacy process to organizations in other nations.
Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia, an eastern European nation, is one such popular destination for couples around the globe considering surrogacy. But what makes Tbilisi a popular choice?
The Georgia Difference
Georgia, the country Tbilisi is located in, occupies a unique position in Europe. The country was part of the famous “silk road,” the land route traders used to bring goods to and from Asia. Its location on the fringe of Europe made it a gateway country between these two regions of the world, and the people and culture benefited from this exchange between regions. The result is a rich culture, history, and language that provides a wealth of texture and substance to the country and its citizens. This has left Tbilisi with a rich tourism environment and robust cultural and nightlife experience.
However, the country’s standard of living is very much that of the West, with world-class medical facilities, experienced medical personnel from all over the world, and top-tier treatment for the surrogacy process. One reason for this is that surrogacy itself is enshrined in Georgia’s constitution. Provided visitors follow all Georgian laws required for surrogacy, their custody rights are protected by national law, unlike some areas of the United States where there is still no legal clarification on surrogacy rights. Georgia still uses its own currency rather than the Euro, creating even more cost-effectiveness for travelers. Groups like Stork Surrogacy have considerable experience in helping couples worldwide to work with various partners to meet their surrogacy needs abroad.
Stork Surrogacy Is Based In Tbilisi
Stork Surrogacy is an agency with years of operation in the surrogacy sector and a specialization in helping foreign couples around the world to meet their specific needs in Georgia. Whether you’re more comfortable communicating in English or Mandarin, Stork Surrogacy can communicate with you in your preferred language to ensure that you’re always fully cognizant of what’s happening in the next phase of your surrogacy journey when you go abroad to Georgia.
One of the key strengths of Stork Surrogacy is its network of alliances. The agency is not just one group but works closely with some of Tbilisi’s most well-regarded medical organizations. These partnerships include groups like:
The GGRC clinic meets all the expected surrogacy needs but can also greatly help in the early phases, such as when a couple is still searching for the right surrogate mother candidate. This is a great clinic for a complete start-to-finish surrogacy journey.
Zhordania IVF Center
The Zhordania center in Tbilisi is specialized in more demanding surrogacy needs. Some hopeful parents may wish for a direct genetic descendant, despite the baby being nurtured in a surrogate mother’s womb. In vitro fertilization, or IVF is the procedure that makes this possible, and the Zhordania IVF center can accommodate this more exacting preference.
Chachava Medical Center
Chachava Medical Center is a legacy Tbilisi medical organization. The medical center has been operating for over 100 years, opening its doors to Georgian patients in 1875. Today, however, it welcomes patients the world over, not just for illnesses but for surrogacy and obstetric and gynecological-related medical needs. It provides crucial, ongoing medical support for surrogate mothers through each week and month of the pregnancy, right up until the time for delivery arrives.
Inova IVF Center
Inova IVF center is one of the newer facilities, going into operation only in 2015. However, this fresh start has also meant that this group is on the cutting edge of in vitro fertilization, able to accommodate these more specific needs, including if there’s a concern for congenital disorders being passed on.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis or PGD is one of the many services that are available to couples to ensure that not only is a fertilized egg successfully implanted in the surrogate mother, but unlike traditional conception, hopeful parents can ensure that if there’s a risk of a family disease, it is not passed down to the child.