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It was a crazy rush to get here once we saw boarders getting shut, but we're glad we both were able to work from home so could set up here quickly and other than the timezone shift it's all good. We have heard of some babies being born now with no parents able to arrive to look after them! Really sad to hear this  :-[

Tbilisi has been pretty calm and proactive about covid but it has meant shops etc all being shut for quite a while which is a challenge to buy some baby things :) but we're managing and the NL people are really helpful translating emergency announcement texts and everything for us.

For reference if you ever need to be here, there's a website called wishlist.ge that you can order lots of baby things from. They have a shop where you can see the products, if the restrictions ever finish, but they're fully loaded with baby equipment. We've been using google translate and the pictures ;D to figure out the website and have been able to contact them on ******** messenger to organise deliveries  ;D

I can understand about the 4d scans, we were not allowed into the hospital to attend scans. There is restrictions on all non-essential people and activities. We loved our 4d scans they were so clear and brilliant so I'm sorry to hear you won't have the same, but rest assured the surrogates are being well looked after by NL from what we've seen so far.
 

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Thanks for the update Alekasandruib,


So glad you made it out there all ok and within time- when is your little one due? Glad you are also able to get things you need with the help from the team!
Can i ask which area you are are  staying in?

Also, as you over there, do you mind if I ask a question? The NL team informed me the that situation over there is  under control, and as you say the SM are still being really well looked after (being driven to and from appts)  and so some embryos transfers planned still can be done.....  Do you think its wise carrying on with my planned ET this month or should we wait a while?  we have 3  PGS screened normal embryos on ice, and only really want to do it once!


Many thanks for any thoughts more in regards to the situation out there.


M81- great news about  your little boy- how exciting.


WaF

 

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@aleksandrauib - great news in those times. I just read on ** a relation of a woman who lives in Tbilisi, and she says she is very happy being in this country as their goverment took the situation under the control almost immediately, they do not have any death related to c virus so far. Stay safe x
 

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Good to hear aleksandrauib!

And thanks for the tip about the website for baby things, we will need it in july :)

We just heard back from NL that they have done the 4d ultrasound now, but our SM has them, so we will get them after the next ultrasound which is april 21st, we are so happy and excited to see our little baby boy! To be honest the ultrasound pictures so far haven't been great, so hopefully the next ones will be!

Wantafamily, thank you, we are so very happy that we are having a boy, and even more so that he is now more than 24 weeks!

All the best of luck, and stay safe everyone.
 

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M81 - amazing news, please keep us updated after 21th.
 

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At M81, I am so happy for you! Our surrogate mother is scheduled for US on April 22nd  ^Heart^

We are expecting twins this August with NLG. We are planning to visit end of July! I hope we will be able to communicate and meet with each other if you are still in town.
 

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mary313 - awesome news xx
 

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Hello everyone

Just an update from us on our little baby boy who is doing very well, and he looks so cute, we got a 4d video from when he was just over 23 weeks and some pictures from now when he is 27 weeks and some days, it was amazing and it got so real now! :)

Mary313

Congratulations on your twins, very exciting! We were hoping for twins, but we now have our beautiful baby boy on the way, so we're perfectly happy :D And yes we would love to communicate and meet when in Tbilisi, we are going there in july, or at least I hope we can with this virus going around. We will be there for 3-4 months probably. Where are you from? And how was your ultrasound?


 

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@ M81 that is amazing almost there close to due date!

We are from Toronto, Canada! We plan to travel mid July. I really hope it will settle down by July. I am hearing some parents are not allowed to visit hospital due to virus if they are born these days. I hope that is not the case in July  :-\

US were beautiful! Within normal limits. Next US due in May.
 

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Hey all :)

I have been on the forum for some years but I am relatively new to surrogacy :)  I have narrowed my choice down to NL Georgia and just wondered which package you chose and if it took more than one go, any borderline sperm analyses etc ANY INFO really!

TIA  :)
 

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Hello BigMama67  :)

We are expecting a lovely baby boy in july and are doing a surrogacy program with NL Georgia, we chose the cheapest package and used donor eggs and were succesful on our first attempt, so lucky! Also things are going great, even now with the Covid-19 situation. NL have been and still are great, you get different coordinators through the program regarding where you are in the proces, we recently got our after birth care coordinator and paid the delivery fee, so it's definitely getting close!

I'm so happy we chose NL, and we are sooo excited to meet our baby boy, it's been a long time waiting!

If you have other questions feel free to ask, hopefully you will succeed on your surrogacy journey as well  :)
 

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Hey M81 :) 

Thanks for your reply!  How exciting - July is just about upon us ;)  Will this be your first child?  I watch a lot of cooking shows and Anthony Bourdain is one of my faves!  He did a program in Georgia - it looks beautiful and the people seem to be beautiful souls too :)  When you say the cheapest package, does that mean no guarantee?  WOW, what a gamble and how lucky!  Happy to hear anymore of your story if you have time ;) 
 

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Hi everyone,


hope everyone is doing well!


Aleksandrauib- how are you in Tbilisi? i hope everything is going well and smooth for you?


M81- thats great news- July will be here soon!! Did you do PGS on your embryos? can i  ask where you are and what are you planning re travel? i see that Turkish airlines in the UK will open after the 28th May?
And great news that your first attempt worked!! did you buy the surrogate insurance?


BigMama67- I've looked into the Guarantee  package, but as we have 3 PGD tested blasto embryos, and we will only do these transfers singularly, we have gone for the pay as you go, but with surrogate insurance. We will not do the guarantee, as we have been trying for 14 years, and this will be our last chance. but their Guarantee package does  look really good to me, especially if we were younger and had more time. I went to Tbilisi  in Sept last year and it was such a lovely place- great food and weather, and it felt so great to be somewhere so different.


Mary 313- i hope the US went well this month? when are you planning to travel?


We are just waiting for the Notary  office in Tbilisi to open again, which i think is this week and then we can start the paperwork to have our first transfer! fingers crossed.


well its nice to see this board is being looked at, and theres a few of us involved with NL. Good luck everyone.


WaF



 

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Hello again BigMama67

Yes july is not far away at all! And yes this is our first child, we want to have more, but we'll see about that, I'm 38 and my husband is 33. And no we have no guarantee, I read about their succes rate, and it's very good, especially when using donor eggs, however NL have their own guarantee for everyone, that if it doesn't work after 3 tries, they pay until it works. But we indeed got very lucky that our first try worked!
I'm not really sure what you mean about my story, but here's some of it.

I can't have children due to radiation therapy in the pelvic area, also it ruined my eggs, so that was definitely though to get over. I had cervix cancer, however I'm very good now and it's more than 6,5 years ago, and that was when I started looking into surrogacy.
First a friend offered to carry for us, so I asked my younger sister if she could donate eggs, but she said no (she has no children of her own), and then my friend changed her mind about helping us, and she didn't really tell us, she just began talking about other options for us, and we had already decided on surrogacy either way, so we found it very rude and unsoppurtive, and we're currently not so good friends.

Anyway in january 2019 I didn't want to wait any longer with the surrogacy proces because I'm not getting any younger  ;D First we thought about going to Ukraine, but then I heard some negative things about surrogacy there, how the surros were treated and apparently one clinic made a mistake and used the wrong sperm, so we didn't want to risk it. And then thankfully I found NL Georgia, and I wrote them, and they seemed so kind and trustworthy right away! So in august 2019 we decided to travel there, and even though they were kind of on holiday we were at their office and met 2 potential egg donors, and we were at the clinic where my husband took care of stuff you know, and we talked to an embryologist. We were only in Georgia 5 days, so we didn't really experience that much, since we were busy with our project, as I like to call it. But we found georgian people friendly and NL were very helpful with everything! We even rented an apartment from our patient coordinator. Also we signed the contracts and chose the egg donor before we went home again.

Once we were back home came the long wait, first it was the egg retrieval which went very well, we still have 5 blastocysts left. And then came the wait for the surrogate and after they found or matched her, they did the embryo transfer november 2nd, and we almost held our breath for two weeks, suddenly one day before two weeks had passed we got an e-mail saying that first pregnancy test came back positive, we were very happy, but cautious at the same time and this resulted in our baby boy, who is due july 19th.

And this was way too long, so sorry about that.

And hello Wantafamily

YES, july is almost here! We did no testing actually, other than those that were included, we didn't even do NIPT, because they kept saying how good our results were and so on, and it's not usual to do the NIPT here, unless the mother is over 35, and our egg donor had just turned 23.
We are actually in The Faroe Islands, and we have no idea how to get to Georgia, but it sounds good if we can travel through UK, however I'm not sure our airline will fly to UK for a while, since they fired a lot of people today :(  For now the only routes are to Denmark, so we're hoping to fly there and then via one other country on the way to Georgia, but we'll just have to wait and hope that baby boy doesn't come early!

We don't have surrogate insurance either, we just took a chance, and so far so good :)

By the way our country is Covid-19 free! And has been for a while, so maybe that makes our chances better for travelling? I'm not sure!

Good luck to your journey as well, hope everything will go well!

 

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Thanks for sharing your story M81!  So happy for you and roll on July  :)  We have birthdays in July too! 

I am so glad this thread has become active again.  I have been snooping around for a few years but found that not much was getting posted so then I joined a ** group but I was inactive too long and I think they booted me and now I can't find it again  ::)

I had to google where the Faroe Islands are  ;D

Hi Wantafamily :)  Would love you hear where you are up to also and anyone else who has time! 

What does surrogate insurance cover?  As I will no doubt only do this once, I am inclined to go for the guaranteed program but not getting ahead of myself as we have to see what the swimmers are like these days  :-\

 

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@ Wantafamily ultrasound was good :) another one was scheduled today week 24 and will get results on Monday. We are planning to travel end of July.
 

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M81 - you live in the wonderful area, Faroe islands is one of my fav places. Look at Wizzair, particulalry their flights from Budapest. Before Covid they flew from Katowice (Poland) to Georgia, and there is a big airport in Katowice (Pyrzowice) with connections to many European cities. However, Wizzair has more possibilities from Budapest (Hungary) Hope this helps.
 

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miamiamo

Thank you, we think our islands are wonderful as well, and we love living here! Have you been here?

And thank you for the travel information, I will look into it :) I also read that Georgia is negotioating with several other countries so that people can travel via them to Tbilisi in july, so we're hoping for good news soon!

BigMama67
Haha, so you had to google Faroe Islands, funny  ;D Where are you from?

mary313
Good to hear the US went well, hopefully we can meet up in Georgia, we're hoping to travel early july. Also the danish consulate in Tbilisi is not answering our mails, so we probably have to stay there for a long time.
 
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