Childless mothers pay high price for getting round their ‘curse’

Doroteya Nikolova

Barrenness is a social stigma in the Balkans - but those who attempt to get round this by obtaining surrogate mothers run up against once obstacle after another.

The question is what are women ready to do, where do they have to go to and how much do they have to pay in order to get another woman to bear the child they want so badly?

The question is what are women ready to do, where do they have to go to and how much do they have to pay in order to get another woman to bear the child they want so badly?

The story looks at the ways available to Bulgarian woman to find women to bear children for her - such as internet forums. How does this work?

The story takes us to another country, such as Ukraine, where surrogacy and where women offer their wombs - for a price. The story examines the risks and pitfalls that occur, such as surrogate mothers keeping the children instead of handing them over, or women taking the money and then just disappearing altogether.

The story will ask whether it is time for Bulgaria to change its laws so that this sinister business in the creation of children can be regularized and made less abusive to all concerned.

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Doroteya Nikolova

Doroteya Nikolova, from Bulgaria, is currently employed as a radio show host, news editor and broadcast journalist at Radio Varna - a regional station of the Bulgarian National Radio network.

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Banned from paying someone to carry a child for them at home, infertile women travel as far as Ukraine in search of surrogate mothers

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