Surrogacy India

surrogate-mother-indiaSurrogacy in India is popular with a large number of people from the US, Australia, the UK and other West European countries. There are thousands of happy surrogacy & egg donor clients from across the globe. The gestational surrogacy program in India is dedicated to bringing joys to people incapable of having their own child. Gestational surrogacy is done through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The recipient mother or an egg donor provides the eggs which are fertilized with the sperm of the recipient father or a sperm donor. The resulting embryo is transferred into the uterus of the surrogate mother. Gestational surrogacy works better for couples because the woman used as the gestational surrogate, has no genetic link to the baby she is carrying. This means that the child is the genetic property of the couples, and the surrogacy contract is legally recognized and enforceable. Unlike adoptions, there is no risk of the genetic mother changing her mind about giving the child for adoption.

Procedure followed for Surrogacy in India:

Requirements for Surrogacy

In the past few years there have been many cases of the misuse of surrogacy. To prevent this, certain guidelines have been laid down. A contract is drafted specifying that the baby becomes the legitimate adopted child of the genetic couple. The genetic parents, the surrogate mother and her spouse will sign this document.

Requirements of the sperm donor and the Oocyte (egg) Donor are - they should be free of HIV, hepatitis B and C infections, sexually transmitted diseases, hypertension and other medical conditions. The blood group, Rh status, age, height, weight, etc. are also determined and stored for future references.

Screening the surrogate mother

The services begin with finding an Indian surrogate, who is sourced by means of advertisements in local newspapers. Surrogacy clinics in India ensure that surrogate mothers taken into their program are qualified for the job. They are usually in the age bracket of 21-35 years, and their pregnancy history mentions normal deliveries and healthy babies. She is tested for HIV beforehand, and tested again, just before embryo transfer. The surrogacy clinic under our network in Mumbai, India also requires the surrogate mother to go through basic serological screening tests, and investigates for infectious diseases, and thalassemia.

The process

The gestational surrogacy program process begins with Estrogen tablets that are given to the surrogate to prepare her endometrium (lining of the uterus) from the first day of her menses. Alongside, the genetic mother will be given Gonadotropin injections from day 1 of her menses, which will continue daily for approximately 10 days. Within that time period, mature eggs will have developed in both ovaries of the genetic mother.

The egg pick-up will be around Day#13. On the day of the egg pick-up, the genetic father provides his semen sample. On Day #15 experts start the embryo transfer, into the surrogate, guided by an ultrasound. The surrogate is then put onto certain injections and tablets for luteal support. After 15 days of this, a pregnancy test is done to confirm the pregnancy.

Delivery and Birth Certificate

Genetic parents need to be present in the fertility clinic in the beginning stage (as explained above) and during the delivery of the baby. Once the embryo transfer has taken place, the surrogate is placed under the care of the clinic's efficient obstetricians till term (9 months). Genetic parents will be provided with regular updates about the surrogate mother's progress through e-mail. The baby will be delivered in a hospital set up and handed over to the genetic parents immediately following the birth.

The Government of India issues a birth certificate in the name of the Intended parents / Genetic parents. Genetic parents are requested to educate themselves about the prevailing laws in their country. This helps in speedy facilitation of the formalities required to carry their baby back to their country. Various country consulates in Mumbai also help find out about the laws and formalities that are prevalent in the country of the intended parents. The genetic parents are also provided the services of a lawyer to expedite the paperwork. Relaxed paperwork and surrogacy laws in India are also the major pull-factors for Americans, Australians, UK citizens and other West European nationals.