Why Surrogacy in India is your best bet of having a baby! – By Dr. Samit Sekhar
Despite the negative press it has been getting at the hands of vested interests, Surrogacy in India is still your best bet of having a baby.
According to Dr. Samit Sekhar it is one of the safest & cheapest options available today across the globe and is proved by the hundreds of Childless and infertile couples turning up at fertility clinics in INDIA opting for surrogacy to have a baby despite the regulations and restrictions put in place by the Indian Government in January 2013.
In January this year the Indian government restricted the option to only married heterosexual couples to be allowed to have a baby through surrogacy in India after applying and duly getting a medical visa. This restriction is only for foreign nationals and not applicable to Indians.
According to Dr. Sekhar this has brought down the number of foreign couples visiting INDIA for surrogacy but has not made a significant difference because a lot of couples still come in for procedures like In Vitro Fertilisation, ICSI, Oocyte and Embryos donation as well.
He states that the reasons for this are manifold, the skill of Indian Doctors is world renowned in the field of Assisted Reproduction, this coupled with affordable fertility care (almost 1/4th the cost of America and Europe), availability of quality Caucasian and Indian Egg/sperm donors and a strict but regulated environment has provided infertile couples both Indian and Foreign to seek fertility care in India for having a baby.
According to Dr. Sekhar, The American Surrogacy industry is facing a difficult time this year with the coming to light of several irregularities and frauds in the field of surrogacy in the USA, there have been stories of Surrogacy and egg donor Agencies closing overnight and disappearing and a huge debate over the passing of controversial Louisiana Surrogacy bill, not to forget the costs of having a baby through surrogacy in the USA which is upwards of US$200,000 in the UK and Certain other countries only Altruistic surrogacy is allowed wherein only Reasonable expenses can be paid to the surrogate mother and Running an agency for surrogacy or egg donation is illegal, however a lot of patients from the United Kingdom have informed KIC that they have paid more than reasonable expenses to agencies and surrogate mothers for years together and still no baby.one couple had to give up their child because the Surrogate mother a UK national decided to keep the baby even though she had no genetic link to the child.
According to Anjani Kumar, case manager at the Kiran Infertility Centre,the law in INDIA is clear about this, the surrogate mother cannot claim rights over the child because She does not have a genetic link to the newborn.in addition to this We have multiple counseling sessions for the surrogate mothers with trained psychologists before conception, during pregnancy and in the post natal period to support her in every-way possible.
About the Author:
Dr. Samit Sekhar
IVF and Surrogacy program Director.
Kiran Infertility Centre, Hyderabad.