With adoption becoming legally complicated and the rising awareness about surrogacy being an option, many couples around the world, who cannot otherwise fulfill their dream of parenthood, travel to India for gestational surrogacy.
Although India brought its first surrogate baby into the world in 1994, it was not before 2004 when an Indian woman delivered a surrogate child for her daughter in the U.K. that it got the world’s attention. Surrogacy in India further gained popularity when in 2007, Oprah Winfrey featured on her television show, an American couple having a baby with the help of a surrogate mother in India.
Thousands have found the joys of parenthood via surrogacy, and you too could be among the blessed.
What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman rents her womb to carry a baby for someone else. It is of the following two kinds:
Traditional Surrogacy: The surrogate is genetically related to the baby because her own egg is used; pregnancy is achieved via artificial insemination.
Gestational Surrogacy: Donor eggs and sperms (can be from the commissioning parents) are used, so the surrogate has no genetic connection with the baby. A pre-formed embryo is transferred to the surrogate’s uterus.
*Traditional surrogacy (i.e. the use of surrogate’s own eggs) is not practiced in a commercial arrangement to avoid any legal or emotional complications.
Cost of Surrogacy in India
You pay: $15,500
(This is inclusive of the cost of ivf, medication & injections, surrogate fee, embryologist and gynecologist fee, surrogate treatment, her screening and tests, and the delivery charges)
The table below compares the average cost of surrogacy in different parts of the world.
|$65,00 – $150,000||$50,000 – $150,000||$16,050||$60,000|
Why so cheap?
The low cost of surrogacy in India is credited to the lower cost of living in the country, and the relatively cheaper medical education — Doctors here are not burdened under loans and are consequently able to pass those savings to their patients.
Is it legal?
Commercial surrogacy is accepted by many countries, including India. Surrogacy at our centre is practiced under the guidelines set by the medical council of India and we work strictly within the legal framework.
Many countries, such as the U.S. and Australia, have ill-defined surrogacy laws, and in some places like the U.K., surrogacy is only allowed if it is altruistic (done out of goodwill, without any financial agreement). Dubious surrogacy laws and the high cost of surrogacy in the West and Middle-east are the two factors that drive most potential parents to India.
In order to better regulate the process and avoid the possible exploitation of the poor, our Government has tightened the visa norms for foreigners coming to India for surrogacy. They need to be on a medical visa, and must be a heterosexual couple, having been duly married for atleast two years.
We hope to be of assistance to foreign nationals seeking surrogacy in India. To avoid any legal hassles later, we would recommend all couples to provide complete details of their status so we can review them, have them checked with our associated lawyer, and provide an honest response as soon as possible.
Infertility Aide hopes to see you cherish a blissful parenthood. Please fill out the form on the right and let us get back to you with the details you need.