Covid-19 Outbreak; Over 100 Surrogate Babies Stuck in Ukraine, Separated from their Foreign Parents

Ukraine has a thriving surrogate industry and is one of the few countries that allow the service of foreigners. Concern is high that a long border closure will place a burden on clinics and distress the parents.

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More than 100 babies born to surrogate mothers have been marooned in Ukraine as their foreign parents cannot collect them due to border closures imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The babies are sleeping in the cribs, crying or smiling at nurses, wrapped in clean linens and apparently well cared for, but separated from their parents due to the unintended consequences of the pandemic outbreak. Among the babies some are destined for the Israel, the US, UK, Germany, France and many other countries.

Ukraine has a thriving surrogate industry and is one of the few countries that allow the service of foreigners. Concern is high that a long border closure will place a burden on clinics and distress the parents. Ukraine’s human rights ombudswoman has appealed to authorities to find a solution for scores of infants born to surrogate mothers. Ombudswoman Lyudmila Denisova said, “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”.

The issue attracted wide attention after BioTexCom, the country’s largest provider of surrogacy services in Ukraine, posted a video showing dozens of babies in bassinets arrayed in rows in two large rooms of the hotel where the clinic put up clients. The video aims to reassure absent parents that their little ones are taken good care, showing the nurses bathing and caressing them. The director of BioTexCom Albert Tochilovsky said that, “We can unite the children with their parents”.

Denisova said there are 51 babies in all at BioTexCom, 15 of them under the care of parents who entered the country before lockdown but can’t leave. The parents are from 12 countries, China, the United States, Italy, Spain, Britain, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Mexico and Portugal.

Under the proposed mechanism, foreign parents would have to write a statement addressed to Ms Denisova’s office, which would then contact the ministry with an appeal to grant permission to enter Ukraine. She met the Foreign Ministry representative and said that, “The issue remains unresolved, but we are developing a mechanism to get out of the situation”.

The birth of a child far from the mother is unnatural. About 50 clinics offer surrogate births operate in Ukraine. And in this way, Ukraine has simply become an international online store for babies.

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Covid-19 Outbreak; Over 100 Surrogate Babies Stuck in Ukraine, Separated from their Foreign Parents
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Ukraine has a thriving surrogate industry and is one of the few countries that allow the service of foreigners. Concern is high that a long border closure will place a burden on clinics and distress the parents.
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