What is in vitro fertilization?

This process involves the creation of an embryo by combining the egg and sperm outside of a human body, then transferring it either into the uterus of the intended mother or the surrogate.

What is egg donation?

In egg donation, eggs are removed from the donor and fertilized by sperm from the sperm donor or intended father. The fertilized eggs or embryos are then stored or transferred into the uterus of the intended mother or surrogate.

Who is a gestational surrogate mother?

A  gestational surrogate mother is implanted with an embryo created by IVF. The resulting child is genetically unrelated to the surrogate mother. A surrogate mother is a woman who carries and gives birth to a child or children so that someone else can become a parent.  The embryo(s) may be created via egg or sperm donation or using the sperm or egg of the child’s intended father and/or mother.

Gestational surrogacy may be of different types:

  • 1. Gestational surrogacy with embryo from both intended parents. A surrogate mother is implanted with an embryo created by IVF, using intended father's sperm and intended mother's eggs.
  • 2. Gestational surrogacy and egg donation. A surrogate mother is implanted with an embryo created by IVF, using intended father's sperm and an egg donor where the donor is not the surrogate. The resulting child is genetically related to intended father and genetically unrelated to the surrogate.

Why should the intended parents work with a gestational surrogate mother through an agency?

Surrogacy is a complex and costly undertaking and a very emotional experience. Working with an agency always reduces the risk of complications. An agency has the experience that you naturally don’t. They have managed and seen a variety of issues and can help you navigate them. The job of a good surrogacy agency is to eliminate as much stress as possible for both the Intended Parents and the Gestational Surrogate. Aurora-Georgia understands all aspects of the surrogacy process and can help Intended Parents navigate this complex process.

There are many issues to consider, for example:

  • Selecting the surrogate (and egg donor, if needed)
  • Checking her background and the background of her family
  • Evaluating her psychological health
  • Ensuring that her home is an appropriate place for a healthy pregnancy
  • Choosing an IVF clinic
  • Medical evaluation of the surrogate
  • Handling the financial aspects of the surrogacy

How does our agency find qualified surrogate mothers and /or egg donors?

Many potential surrogate mothers and egg donors are referred to us by current or former surrogates or donors who have had positive experiences in working with our agency. We also receive contacts via our website and other outreach efforts. 

What qualities does our agency look for in surrogate mother and/or egg donor?

Qualified surrogate mothers or egg donors must be mentally and physically healthy.  A surrogate mother must have already have given birth to at least one child of her own with no major complications during pregnancy and delivery. Qualified candidates also are asked to confirm they have met our requirements. 

How many visits will I have to make to Georgia?

You will be required to come to Georgia 2 times (for the creation of the embryos at the IVF Clinic and the eventual delivery of the child). The first preferred visit is to meet your surrogate mother once you are matched and complete the medical screening at the IVF clinic, the IVF procedure and embryo transfer . The second visit is for the birth of your child. You will not know the exact day and time when your surrogate will go into labor, you should prepare to come to Georgia at least one week prior to your surrogate’s due date. But, you can visit more frequently if you choose.

What happens to my remaining frozen embryos?

Frozen embryos are stored at your IVF clinic. If you choose to move your embryos, your IVF center will assist you in that process. 

Of course, you may use the cryopreserved embryos in a future surrogacy if you choose.

If our surrogate mother becomes pregnant with twins or triplets, shall we be required to compensate her additionally?

All intended parents are required to compensate their surrogate mother with a separate amount for each additional fetus she carries. In a multiple pregnancy, added strain will be placed on your surrogate’s body, more medical appointments will be required, and her pregnancy will be more uncomfortable.The additional compensation amount is $2,000 (per additional fetus carried).

I am a citizen of a country other than Georgia. How do I obtain a Georgian Birth Certificate and a passport or a travel document for my baby so I can return home?

The Georgian Birth Certificate can be obtained as soon as the baby is born. It takes about 10 working days. In the Birth Certificate there are intended parents’ names written as a mother and a father of the child and there is no surrogacy mentioned at all. In order to get the Birth Certificate of the child parents need to submit the following documents to the House of Justice of Georgia:

  • notarized contract between the intended  parents and the surrogate mother which is done before the embryo transfer takes place;
  • embryo transfer report given by the IVF clinic where the embryo transfer procedure takes place;
  • notarized passports of both of the intended parents. 

As soon as we get the enquiry from the parents, we highly recommend them to contact their embassies and a surrogacy law attorney in their home country and get as much information as possible about the baby`s passport or travel document. The intended parents should have the detailed information about the paperwork the embassy requires registering the child. The intended parents should be ensured they are properly informed of the requirements in their own country once they return home. The intended parents have 9 months of the pregnancy which is a sufficient period of time in order to start collecting necessary documents before the baby birth. Our agency is not involved in this part of the process.

You may need to establish your child’s citizenship in your own country in order for your child to receive your country’s passport.

Why Georgia?

Georgia is one of the few countries permitting international surrogacy. Georgian legislation makes it more advantageous for foreign intended parents to undertake a surrogacy program here rather than in their home country. According to the Georgian legislation, gestational surrogate mothers cannot keep the baby after delivery. And the most attractive point is that the cost of surrogacy and egg donation is 60-70% less in Georgia than the cost of same programs in the United States or European countries.

How long should I expect to be in Georgia after the delivery?

As a general rule, we advise international intended parents to plan on returning home after 4 weeks, to allow ample time for any DNA testing, getting the baby Birth Certificate and the application for travel document and/or passport. Besides, it is not recommended to take the newborn baby on board the plane at least one month as it may negatively influence his/her health.

 Does Aurora-Georgia work with all types of Intended Parents: single, heterosexual or LGBT?

No. Aurora-Georgia helps only Heterosexual Couples. According to the legislation of Georgia only heterosexual couples can legally participate in the surrogacy (donation) program.

If an Egg Donor is needed, do I have to use Aurora-Georgia to find her?

Yes. We can find a suitable egg-donor for you.