Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction. The word surrogate originates from the Latin word ‘Surrogatus’ (Substitution) which means to act in the place of. The term surrogacy is used when a woman carries a pregnancy and gives birth to a baby for another woman. Surrogacy today is gaining popularity as this may be the only method for a couple to have their own child and especially since the process of adoption may be a long drawn out process, surrounded by a lot of technicalities.
Types of Surrogacy: There are 2 main types of surrogacy procedures undertaken.
Success rate of surrogacy in India:
High success rates and low medical costs are the highlights of surrogate pregnancy in India. The ‘Carry Home Baby Rate or ‘Success Rate’ of surrogacy is around 45% in case of fresh embryos. In case of frozen embryos it is about 25%. No wonder many couples from the US, Australia, the UK, and other European countries seek surrogacy in India. However we at Akanksha IVF Centre, strongly urge upon you not to be fooled by claims of so called ‘High Success Rates’ as claimed by many centers.
Legal aspects of Surrogacy:
Commercial surrogacy has been legal in India since 2002. India is emerging as a leader in international surrogacy and is a much sought after destination in surrogacy related fertility tourism. Indian surrogates have been increasingly popular with fertile couples from nations because of the relatively low cost as compared to other countries. The legal environment for Surrogacy in India is quite favorable.
Who can be a surrogate:
Surrogates may be relatives, friends or strangers. Many surrogate arrangements are made through agencies that help match up the intended parents with women who want to be surrogates for a specified amount of fee or compensation. The agencies involved often help manage the complex medical and legal aspects involved. Surrogacy arrangements can also be made independently. Careful screening of the surrogate under consideration is needed to assure their health as the gestational carrier involves potential gynecological risks.
Become a Surrogate:
At Akanksha IVF Centre, we ensure that a potential surrogate mother must be in good overall health and be able to undergo the complete term of pregnancy with the minimum amount of risk to her own health. Women who are considerably overweight, heavy smokers, drinkers or substance abusers are not suitable as surrogate mothers because of the associated risks to both to the woman and the baby.
Surrogacy is an emotionally and physically demanding task. It is important that a woman considering this option has the backing of her partner, family or friends to provide emotional support and practical help throughout and after the pregnancy. Surrogacy is not something to enter into lightly. All the emotional factors surrounding the decision must be viewed and reviewed carefully by the surrogate mother. Careful consideration must also be given to the medical, emotional, legal and practical issues, and to the implications of surrendering the child at birth to the deemed parents.
At Akanksha IVF Centre, we can help you to overcome all your anxieties and questions regarding surrogacy. Fix up an appointment immediately with us and we will clear all your doubts.