California Couple Travels 8 Miles to Flee Ukraine, With Surrogate Baby Born Before Russian Invasion


Ukraine is becoming a very popular option for couples seeking a surrogate in order to have a baby. 

A California couple had their baby less then a week ago. They have been trying to escape the Russian invasion for weeks and it has been very stressful. 

Jacob and Jesse Boeckman, Costa Mesa, were in an unimaginable situation after their Ukrainian surrogate gave their baby girl Vivian in Kyiv on Tuesday.

They had to leave two days later.

“My biggest fear is that we were going to be stuck,” Jesse told Inside Edition.

The couple hired a driver for the trip to Lviv, which is the main entrance to Poland. They were able to travel for 27 hours due to the mass exodus. Normally, it would have taken them six hours.

Traffic came to a halt as they approached Poland.

“We felt like because she was only four days old at the time, and we had limited food and water, that we needed to get across the border as soon as possible,”Jacob said. 

“We decided to get out of the car and proceed the rest of the way on foot, hoping to get across the border by sundown,”Jacob said. 

Jesse carried her baby, while her husband drove their suitcases eight miles in freezing cold.

Four hours later, they finally reached the border, where they found complete chaos.

“Fortunately for Jesse, the crowd noticed that she was carrying a 4-day-old and pushed her to the front,”Jacob said.

Only women and children were permitted to enter.

“I didn’t have the baby’s food or my passport, because Jacob was carrying all that. What they had to do was pass it over the top of the crowd, and then throw it over the barbed wire fence and give it to me,” Jesse said. 

“Every time I thought that something was gonna get better, it actually — and I’m not a pessimistic person — but it actually got worse,”The new mom continued. 

Inside Edition was able to speak with the Boeckmans in Warsaw from their hotel room. They will fly to California tomorrow.

“It was a nightmare for us, but it’s so much worse for so many other people. We’re lucky enough that we get to go home,” Jesse said.