As war escalates, surrogate babies are forced to stay in shelters in Ukraine for their children.

The sound of new life below ground drowns the sounds above. Because of the war in Ukraine, it was too risky to allow 21 surrogate parents to visit their children. They are now spending their days in a bomb shelter in Kyiv.

As war escalates, surrogate babies are forced to stay in shelters in Ukraine for their children.

Heka and Gerhard, a German couple, had to travel 12 hours by train to get their son Leonard home. Their son was left alone, and they decided that coming to Kyiv was more frightening than going there.

"It's horrible, horrible. Heka stated that they want him to be home, where he is safe.

"I believe I can tell him later what happened this time." We risk our lives for him," Gerhard added.

Ukraine's surrogacy market is one of the largest in the world. Surrogacy services are available to Americans and other foreigners. According to some estimates, as many as 500 women could be carrying children for foreign parents.

Ukrainian law requires that biological parents must be present to claim the children's citizenship and nationality. This leaves the babies living in bomb shelter in some legal limbo.

These babies are being cared for by a small group of nannies. CBS News was told by one of the nannies that staff only sleep for about an hour at a stretch and that it is very frightening looking after defenseless babies.

While the couple from Germany and their son might be safe soon after their long train ride to the Polish border, the rest of their safety is up to fate and those who are dedicated to their safety until they return home.


 

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