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The Facts and Benefits of Surrogacy in India

July 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 217

If you are an individual, or even a couple that has failed to successfully conceive or carry a child, then surrogacy abroad may be a reasonable option. Of course, it may not always be that simple, especially not when cost is a factor in the Westernized countries, and laws do not offer sufficient protection to intended parents.

However, that does not mean that people are without options. Surrogacy abroad in India offers numerous benefits. From a legal perspective, intended parents actually receive protection. From a financial perspective, it is far more affordable to pay a surrogate, all of her medical care, and living expenses (if necessary) in India than in many other countries around the world.

Why Travel to India for a Surrogate?

  • It is affordable. On average, surrogacy in India costs $12,000 and includes the cost of the surrogate, and the medical care. This is approximately 1/6th of the cost in the US and other Western countries.
  • The laws in India protect the intended parents, and do not grant any rights to the surrogate parents.
  • Medical care is equivalent to the US.
  • There are a variety of surrogates to choose from as Indian women who don't work love the idea of family, and are happy to carry a pregnancy, while providing for their families financially.
  • India is well-equipped to provide surrogacy services, as they have dextensive experience. Experts and economists have estimated that the industry is a $445-million per year industry. Commercial surrogacy has been legal in the country since 2002, and in one year alone (2010) the country managed 1,500 surrogate births.
  • Surrogacy in India is available to people of all backgrounds. Many Western countries don't allow single parents or gay couples to use a surrogate.

Beginning the Surrogacy Process in India

Before traveling to India, you need to ensure that you are well-organized and prepared, otherwise you could find that you encounter a legal headache. Make sure that you:

  • Know what you will need to bring your child back into the country - sometimes a DNA test is required to prove the parentage of the child. Other times, simply having a passport issued for the child is effective. Make sure you know what will be required of you when returning to your home country from India. Otherwise, you may find that your homecoming is greatly delayed!
  • Make sure you're working with a quality surrogacy agency - a good agency will help you find a surrogate, complete thorough screening, and help to make all medical and living arrangements. This can allow you to return home during the interim of the pregnancy and know that your surrogate and the baby she's carrying are in good hands!
  • Consider psychological counseling - for parents that have been trying to have a baby for quite some time, the process can be both exciting and overwhelming. This is particularly true when your surrogate is on the other side of the world and you feel no control over the pregnancy. A psychologist can help you to cope with these emotions, that way you're ready to just jump into parenthood when the time comes!

Types of Surrogacy Available Abroad

The most common type of surrogacy in India is IVF surrogacy. This procedure involves the implantation of the embryos into the surrogate. It is the only legal kind of surrogacy in the country, as carrying a baby that shares her DNA can lead a surrogate to seek rights over the child. Genetically, with IVF surrogacy, the child belongs to its own parents only. This knowledge can be a relief for intended parents choosing surrogacy because they don't need to worry about ever losing the legal rights of their child.

It's a big decision to choose surrogacy, and an even bigger one to choose to make it all happen abroad. But, it is a worthwhile process when it gets you the child you've always wanted!

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