Just weighing in on this one. Surrogacy in Ukraine is a little of an unknown quantity for Aust. couples. India is the country Aussies tend to select, as the knowledge of the program across the community is spreading significantly, and as a result of this, a lot of the preconceptions and fears are starting to moderate. We have just come back from india with our baby for 2nd time now in 2 yrs, and I can assure you all, that if you choose the reputable clinics (not the B grade cheap and nasty and unethical ones) you will be surprised how good the service and expertise is. Of course it is not perfect over there, but, in IVF/Surrogacy, there is always going to be the odd negative experience...no different to IVF here, where some people unfortunately have had some ordinary experiences.
I would approach Ukraine option with some trepidation, as the key point with all of this, as far as I am concerned, is to follow what is known to be a successful program...in Mumbai particularly, the main clinic there, has the score on the board, with hundreds and hundreds of Australians on their program.
And finally, the exploitation nonsense...it is running it's race a little, as it is like a broke nrecord hearing this. If you want to talk about exploitation in India, go and have a look at cotton farmers, where Indian workers get 50c for 5kg of cotton picked, earning $1 per day at best. Call it exploitation if you wish, but, paying $13000 AUD to a surrogate changes their lives and their family's lives forever; so, if it improves their well being dramatically, who cares if you call this exploitation, because it is a throw away line, and means nothing in this context. Exploitation exists in everything we do in the western world...what do you think advertising is all about...it is about exploiting ones potentially weak mind, to influence a buying decision. We need to be practical here, and not be caught up in emotives.
We met our surrogate 1 week after the birth, and she brought her family (mum and 2 kids) to meet us...she was so happy and just delightful. We provided her some additional $ and a lovely gift. Through an interpreter, she said she is so happy now, being able to live a normal life, and not be subject to the lower socio economic life which is miserable.