Surrogacy or renting a womb is done where a couple who has been trying to have a child goes into an agreement with a lady. There is a contract which clearly states that the woman who is known as the surrogate agrees to gestate a baby. This is done on behalf of the infertile couple. Once the child is born, she needs to hand the child to the intended parents.
Commercial Surrogacy – A Ray of Hope
All human beings want to have children. However, there are many individuals who are unable to do so for various biological and other reasons. Technology has helped many couples in their dreams of having a child. It is a preferred option by many couples now. Research highlights that India has seen a good increase of this option where more and more couples are using surrogacy to benefit and enjoy parenthood.
Today childless couples realize the importance and significance of surrogacy with the aid of which they can realize their dreams. Excellent hospital services along with a comfortable approach and details being easily available have made India as a good destination for surrogacy.
Advantages of Surrogacy
Surrogacy is helpful in various situations. Below are some instances illustrating the advantages of surrogacy.
- INFERTILITY: Feminine infertility, or other medical issues, which may be an impediment towards a healthy pregnancy.
- RISKY PREGNANCY: It is possible that the woman healthy and has no issues however just chooses to go for surrogacy to avoid the labour process.
- SAME SEX Partners: Surrogacy helps partners of the same sex to have their own biological child through surrogacy.
Another term for surrogacy parenting is contract parenting.
Surrogate parenting is of two types: traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. In case of a traditional surrogacy, insemination is done in the surrogate with the male sperm who is the child’s rearing parent. Here the surrogate mother is the genetic as well as the gestational mother and hence has to enter a contract whereby she will have no legitimate rights over the child.
Gestational surrogacy would be different. In this case there are chances that both the intended rearing mother and father will have a genetic connection with the baby. In this process the eggs are taken out from the intended rearing mother and are fertilized along with the rearing father’s sperm. This is done outside the womb or in vitro. Post this the embryo will be transplanted in the surrogate mother’s womb, who will have a gestational role in this case.
It is absolutely legal to go for a surrogacy. The accessibility to medical infrastructure combined with prospective surrogates, along with a huge demand from parents on surrogacy, has given a huge boost to this industry. Every surrogate mother gets a complete medical and nutritional care which is required for a healthy pregnancy throughout the agreement.
Surrogacy in India
While complete data is not available at this time, studies have been shown that this is a booming business generating than $400 million per year, with more than 3, 000 fertility treatment centers across India.
Excellent hospital services along with a comfortable approach and details being easily available have made India as a good destination for surrogacy.
As per data, there are 25,000 or more babies who are born in India every year taking help of surrogacy. This number is rather conservative after eliminating all exclusions. This industry, which is trending at $2bn, is poised for further growth. Treatment centers utilizing surrogacy are expanding in small towns and big cities at the same time as the demand for surrogacy has boomed in recent times.
India is a main destination for surrogacy. Indian surrogates have been extremely popular with couples in the industrialized nations, primarily due to the relatively lower cost. At the same time Indian clinics are becoming extremely competitive not just in the pricing, but in the hiring and retention of Indian female as surrogates.
Medical tourism has strengthened the links of medical fraternity which lays down stringent and meticulous criteria for surrogacy. As compared to other places, India is cheaper and that is also one of the major reasons that India is witnessing such a huge demand for surrogate mothers. India is a main destination for surrogacy. Indian surrogates have been extremely popular with couples in the industrialized nations, primarily due to the relatively lower cost. In India surrogates are in the age group of 21-35 years. Hence the chances of conceiving are higher. Also, these women are married and have had previous healthy pregnancies. This increases the chance of conceiving successfully. Most hospitals maintain a detailed history of the family, blood transfusion, any addiction or record of miscarriages. They also keep a track of the post natal problems as well as the medical and surgical issues of the surrogate mother. Also a surrogate mother is screened properly for any sexually transmitted disease like HIV, Hepatitis B, VDRL and Hepatitis C. Other tests to check the pelvic holding capacity are conducted. All these facilities in Indian clinics ensure best standards and India an extremely favorable spot for surrogacy.
At the same time Indian clinics are becoming extremely competitive not just in the pricing, but in the hiring and retention of Indian female as surrogates.
India opened up to commercial surrogacy in 2002. It is among one of the few countries like Georgia, Russia, Thailand as well as Ukraine and a few US states where a woman can be paid to carry someone else genetic child through a process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer.
The cost for a complete package in India for surrogacy is between $10,000 and $28,000 for the complete package which includes fertilization, surrogate’s fee as well as delivery of the baby at a hospital. Including even the cost of flight tickets, hotels as well as all the medical procedures, this comes to around one third of the cost incurred in the U.K.
Surrogacy in India comes at a lower cost and flexible laws. Commercial surrogacy has been legalized in India, which has increased international confidence of going for surrogacy in India. Hence, many couples are flocking to India- a country free of regulation and boasting of top medical professionals combined with low cost. There is a rush to hire the wombs of women. Many Indian fertility clinics and banks advertise online, providing detailed information for overseas clients. The low cost technology combined with skilled doctors, minimum bureaucracy and an abundant number of surrogates make India a hot spot for surrogacy tourism attracting couples from all over the world.
It is a lucrative $400 million year business with over 3000 fertility clinics across India.
The industry looks at this as a win- win situation where the childless couples realize their dreams of having their genetic child. The poor Indian surrogate mother also wins as she gets a good amount of money which is around $8000.
This compensation helps them to improve their standard of living and have a better life for their children.
Surrogacy program at Raipur Centre
Surrogacy Program at Raipur Centre offers the complete range of treatment and has one of the best facility as well as staff of this program. International clients comprise 75% of the total client base.
At Raipur IVF, founder and director Dr Neeraj Pahlajani (MS, DNB, FMAS, DRM - Germany) leads the surrogacy program at Raipur IVF Centre Dr. Neeraj Pahlajani has successfully delivered more than 250 babies born through surrogacy in Raipur, Chattisghar-India for both Indian and international clients. Under Dr. Neeraj Pahlajani’s expert guidance, our surrogacy program currently has more than 80 surrogate pregnancies for national and international couples. Dr. Neeraj Pahlajani handles, on average, thirty surrogacy cases per month. Her distinguished work has brought local and international attention to the program and many infertile couples from around the world are now parents.
Complete Cycle for Surrogacy at Raipur for International Clients
- The history of the patient is studied well. The patients are encouraged to send all details and contact over email or phone. The Centre encourages patients who have failed IVF and other treatment and have no option other than surrogacy.
- There must be a valid reason for options of egg donation or surrogacy
- The patient can go for Indian Egg Donor.
- Help in choosing surrogate mother by sending profile and picture.
- Once the decision is made, registration needs to be done by paying a token fee.
- Raipur Centre will do all the legal processing and documentation for the hassle free treatment and court registration to take the baby home.