Surrogacy India - A Much Better Option

Published: 02nd October 2009
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Tips on How to Decide on Surrogacy in India

Surrogacy in the United States or United Kingdom costs US$60,000 to US$80,000 and it can be difficult to find gestational surrogates. Surrogacy in India costs US$15,000 to US$25,000. What are the steps to exploring Surrogacy in India?

Surrogacy is one of the latest additions to India's growing outsourcing business. It serves foreign couples seeking surrogate mothers in India. Relative affordability combined with loose legal restrictions makes India an ideal choice. A large number of prospective, Non-Indian Intended Parents abroad and high rates of compensation for willing Indian birth mothers ensure an ever growing pool of suppliers for the industry.

India is a hot destination for surrogacy because not only does it have a lot of successful patients and good doctors there are a lot of women who are ready to be surrogates.

Many couples have pursued Surrogacy in India and have been able to have their own genetic child, with the help of an Indian surrogate.

1. Contact IVF clinics in India that support surrogacy.

2. Share with them your medical records.

3. Review the costs of surrogacy - in India they are typically US$15,000 to US$25,000 (not incluing travel). Get full itemized lists of all costs for both a successful and an unsuccessful attempt. Also ask about additional costs (for instance, neonatal intensive care costs if the baby is born pre-mature) that are not covered by the quotation you receive.

4. Consider engaging a Surrogacy Lawyer in India to make sure that he is representing you in times of need. Some people do this, many do not.

5. Confirm the price of medication, as it may be much cheaper either in your country or in India. If it is cheaper in India, you may choose to do the entire IVF cycle in India, thereby spending more time in India.

6. Review the available surrogate profiles and select one.

7. Schedule a date for the treatment. You'll have to prepay some fees, likely via wire transfer. Please don't forget to get your bills.

8. Schedule a time to begin your IVF cycle, and decide whether to do it at home or in India.

9. Plan your travel to India. You will need to spend 5 to 10 days in India.

10. On the day of the transfer you'll have minor surgery. Don't plan on doing much else that day - it is a relatively short procedure that does not require an overnight hospital stay.

11. Discuss with the doctor the number and quality of eggs, and how many will be transferred to the gestational surrogate. India law currently allows up to 7 eggs to be transferred at one time. While this increases the odds of a successful pregnancy, it also increases the odds of a multiple pregnancy. Think through all of the implications and make your own choice.

12. If your surrogacy is successful, you will need to return to India. Contact the surrogacy clinic and your your lawyer to learn how to get a birth certificate and passport for your baby.

13. India will place the biological parent's names on the birth certificate (in the case of gestational surrogacy).

More importantly, you'll need to discuss with your consulate or embassy what is required to get a passport for your baby. For U.S. Intended parents, this is reasonably well defined. For some European countries, it is not as well defined.


• Some facilities do provide gestational surrogates, some require you to find and bring a gestational surrogate. Ask early to make sure this is very clear.

• In planning your travel to India, remember that you probably need a Visa - find the India embassy or consulate to check.

• While in India, stay away from tap water, or food that has been washed in tap water but not cooked. Higher grade hotels will be safe, street food will be less safe. You don't want to get sick in the middle of a cycle.

• You may or may not choose to work with a medical travel agency. If you have experience traveling internationally and talking to doctors, you don't need to go through a medical travel agency. If you want to pay someone to make things easier for you, a medical travel agency can help.

• You need to keep your travel planning flexible; treatment dates can shift by a couple days based on how quickly your IVF cycle is progressing.

• In addition to local heterosexual couples, virtually all Indian facilities work with same-sex couples and overseas couples.

• Many facilities have waiting lists or times of several months, so contact them early.

• India is English speaking and therefore relatively easy to get around. However, contrary to the U.S., pricing of many items (rugs, furniture, etc.) is not fixed and bargaining is often required.

• Do not drink tap water, drinks with ice, or any unpeeled vegetables. Western stomachs are not accustomed to some of the germs, viruses and bacteria in untreated Indian water - westerners often get sick. You don't want this in the middle of your cycle.

Surrogacy India is already a $445 million-a-year business. There are no official estimates on the number of surrogate births in India, but the ICMR predicts that commercial surrogacy will grow into a nearly $US6 billion-per-year industry.

While helping to realize the dream of starting a family for a client, it is important to ensure the health and happiness of the surrogate mother as well as the expectant couple. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set guidelines for surrogacy. These suggest that the surrogate and the expectant must necessarily draw up an agreement.

There are services in India for all types of surrogacy. There are egg and sperm donations and finding a surrogate mother. There is also extensive search and extensive screening and timing with respect to finding a donor egg and sperm.

For further information on any question relating to IVF treatment, cost of surrogate mother, surrogate mothers in India, surrogacy in India, cheap surrogate mother, Surrogacy doctors from India, surrogacy in India, laws, the surrogacy clinic, egg donor IVF, fertility treatments in India, infertility issues, surrogacy treatment, surrogate mother, infertility specialist you may contact:

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