IVF Legislation in Georgia
The country of Georgia has unique IVF legislation, which makes it an ideal destination for parents of certain circumstances from all around the world. We are happy to be able to offer our fertility solutions to these parents while continuing to follow the laws and legislations that have been established for the protection of our parents as they go through our various programs. These programs are offered in accordance with the following Articles:
According to Article 143, extracorporeal fertilization (IVF) is allowed in the following situations with obligatory written consent from the couple:
- Infertility treatment
- Risk of transmission of genetic disease to the child, from either the mother or the father
- To transfer and grow an embryo, which has been obtained through fertilization, to the uterus of a surrogate mother
Under this legislation, only the couple retains rights as the legal parents of the child, making it easier and faster for them to obtain the necessary legal documents (e.g., birth certificate) required before leaving Georgia with the baby to travel back to their home country.
Since the egg donor or surrogate mother are not recognized as a parent of the new baby, many of our parents enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will be able to hold their baby in their arms and take them home with no risk of complication from their donor or surrogate.
According to Article 144, frozen embryos or sex cells from either the female or male may be used for artificial fertilization. The amount of time these embryos or sex cells are conserved is dependent upon the established procedure and the couple’s will.
Surrogacy and Egg Donation Legislation
Parents from around the world facing fertility struggles seek out surrogacy and egg donation programs in Georgia for the legislation that protects the parents and child from complications involving the egg donor or surrogate mother. According to the law, children born by a surrogate or with the assistance of egg donation cannot be legally claimed by the surrogate or donor; instead, only the couple retains legal rights as the child’s parents following their birth.
Within just one day after the child has been born, their birth certificate will be issued with only the couple’s names registered as the legal parents of the baby. When the parents are registered, there is no required consent from the surrogate mother. Our parents are thrilled when they see their names on the birth certificate of their new little miracle, because it’s just like the birth certificate of any other child that may have been born without the assistance of these programs.
Issuance of the birth certificate is simple so our parents do not need to employ the help of a lawyer, but they will need to have the following required items in order to register as the parents of the baby:
- Surrogacy Agreement — Signed by the couple.
- Certificate of Embryo Transfer — Issued by the IVF clinic for permission to transfer an embryo into the uterus of a surrogate mother.
- Certificate of Childbirth — Issued by the maternity hospital.
After the birth certificate has been issued, the parents may take their child to their new, loving home!
Frozen Gametes and Embryos
According to Georgia’s legislation, parents from all across the globe are able to ship embryos from any location or take them back to their home country. To discuss the possibility of shipment of frozen materials to or from your home country, please talk to a Beta Plus Fertility representative to learn more and discuss any restrictions there may be.