'Extremely difficult' Rosanna Davison supports couples travelling to Ukraine for surrogate babies
“We were fortunate to have overall a very positive experience in Kiev when Sophia was born and have happy memories of our time spent there"
Rosanna Davison has shown her support for couples who are planning to travel to Ukraine to collect their babies being born via surrogate.
The model and her husband Wes Quirke travelled to Kiev to welcome their daughter Sophia, who was born through a gestational surrogate in November 2019.
They are one of many couples who have travelled to Eastern Europe to have a child through surrogacy, but the current political climate in Ukraine has become a cause for concern for dozens of expectant parents who hope to travel to Kiev in the coming weeks.
Speaking to sundayworld.com, Rosanna said that she really feels for those preparing to embark on such a stressful journey and added that the situation is “very sensitive.”
She said: “My thoughts are very much with the Irish parents waiting for their babies to be born in Ukraine over the coming days and weeks in what is an incredibly stressful situation for everyone involved.
“We were fortunate to have overall a very positive experience in Kiev when Sophia was born and have happy memories of our time spent there.
“It was about seven weeks in total between early and late 2019, and we grew fond of the city. During the ovary stimulation and egg retrieval process in Feb 2019, we stayed close to St. Sophia’s Cathedral and decided to name Sophia to keep a link to her city of birth and to remember our challenging journey to have her.
“Nobody chooses surrogacy lightly and it’s an extremely difficult journey for a multitude of reasons, so my heart goes out to the parents expecting their babies under these circumstances after what can only have been a long and stressful road.”
She was speaking as an Irish couple prepare to travel to Ukraine tomorrow after their baby was born via surrogacy this morning in Kiev.
The couple's solicitor Tracy Horan said they are “delighted” and very positive that with the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) they can get in and out of Kiev quickly.
“Baby Luke is the first Irish baby to be born through surrogacy in Ukraine in the current climate so given that there is a potential war starting tomorrow, or imminently, the DFA is working very closely on it to try and expedite how long it takes to be there in Kiev,” she said.
“So, ordinarily, you would be there for two to three weeks so the DFA is working really hard to get people in and out of Ukraine as quickly as possible.”
The surrogacy solicitor said the plan is that the couple will fly out to Kiev tomorrow and once an emergency passport is obtained for baby Luke they can get out of the city and make their way back to Ireland.
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