Tourist? Medical tourist!
Lastly medical tourism became so popular and important direction of tourism, that almost all countries of modern
Europe are trying to get into this interesting niche and suggest the best they can in the field of medical services. Stem cells therapies, organ transplantation, cancer treatment, IVF treatment, plastic surgery and even dentistry are fighting for international clients nowadays. And it is quite understandable, because first of all, not all this practices are allowed in the country of the patient’s origin and secondly, the difference in price for treatment and medications can be perceivable. All this makes such trips abroad for treatment very attractive for international patients from both economical and medical point of view. Such trips are frequently associated by patients with their last hope to succeed in their treatment.
We, as a company, that works with International patients with infertility, want to share our experience about the level of the medical services, provided in few popular destinations for IVF treatment and surrogacy.
All information in this article should be considered as our personal opinion, based on our own experience and cannot be taken by anybody as the absolute truth. But we really believe that for somebody who is searching for the best options of treatment this knowledge could be quite helpful.
Today we are going to put some light about surrogacy tourism in Russia.
IVF and Surrogacy tourism in Russia
Location for European tourists: 9 from 10
IVF and Surrogacy: allowed
Egg Donors: allowed/both anonymous and not anonymous donors (if you
bring egg donor with you)
Requirements for couples for Surrogacy: married heterosexual couples,
Transparency of the clinic’s work: 5 from 10
Medical facilities and technology available: 5 from 10
Maternity houses and NICU departments: Public hospitals, 3 from 10
Maternal mortality rate: 25 deaths per 100,000 live births
Children’s mortality rate (infants under-5): 7.2 per 1000 live births
Corruption level: High
Epidemiological situation in the country: Bad
The other attractive destination for IVF and Surrogacy abroad for patients from Europe is Russia. Surrogacy friendly legislation, big variety of egg donors (from Slavic to Asian appearance) and possibility to use commercial surrogacy not very far from home brings many couples to Russian fertility clinics from all over the Europe. Even though the medical facilities in Russia have almost the same conditions than in Ukraine, the legislation allows to use commercial surrogacy not only for heterosexual couples in legal marriage, but also for single women, who are not able to carry a baby according to the medical indications. According to Russian legislation these women can even get the embryo-donation from another couple This is one of the biggest advantages of Russian legislation, because almost nowhere in the world single woman can apply for surrogacy and get the baby without genetic link to her.
Nevertheless, it must be noted that in such case the Сonsulate of the Intended Mother’s origin can reject baby’s recognition and most probably will not give citizenship and passport for this baby for travelling home.
Want to know about surrogacy in Ukraine? Read here!
Another thing you should be aware of, is that in Russia the surrogate mother has right to keep the baby after birth, because she is considered to be a mother of a baby until the legal birth certificate on the name of parents issued (done only after her notarized agreement). In other countries, where commercial surrogacy is widely used, a surrogate mother has no such rights.
As far as we could understand from news about surrogacy process in Russia, the level of corruption is also quite high in this country. For example, there are a lot of agencies in Internet, that offer surrogacy tourism services for single men in Russia, that in principle should be not possible, because in the end of the program these parents will not be able to register a baby in civil office and such babies will be in some kind of “legal limbo” until the court decision is obtained. However, such trials are not always decided in favor of the complainants.
Read more about other popular surrogacy destinations in our blog!