Surrogacy in India

      Surrogacy in India   

In 2013, the Indian Council of Medical Research made some additional qualifications for surrogacy in India:
* It is mandatory for both, the couple seeking surrogacy as well as the surrogate mother to enter into an agreement that is legally enforceable.
* The Indian surrogacy guidelines also permit the surrogate mother to receive monetary compensation from the commissioning couple for agreeing to act as surrogate.
* All expenses, including insurance, for the duration of pregnancy as well as the delivery in relation to the surrogacy should be borne by the couple commissioning surrogacy.
* The surrogate mother has no parental rights over the baby. The birth certificate will bear the name of the persons who commissioned the surrogacy.
* The surrogate mother must be aged between 23 and 35 years and married. Additionally, she must have a living child that is at least three years old. She can opt to be a surrogate mother only once in her lifetime.
* Surrogate mothers will be subject to various medical tests for diseases as may be prescribed so as not to endanger the health of the child.
* All information about the IVF Surrogacy and surrogacy shall be kept confidential.
* The couple availing the services of a surrogate is bound legally to accept the child’s custody irrespective of any deformity or abnormality it might be born with.

Pros and Cons for Surrogacy: Pros for International Surrogacy in India

The Cost For those seeking a gestational surrogate pregnancy, who will be using their own eggs, the number one incentive to surrogacy in India is the price, quoted at $20,000-30,000 vs. $70,000-$100,000 in the US and other countries.  Hundreds of happy parents have brought their children home without the least bit of difficulty, while being able to afford surrogacy, something they may not have been able to do in America.

The Experience For those interested in gaining a different perspective of the world, and who enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures, a trip (or two or three) to India might be a nice refreshing change in the midst of an emotional roller-coaster.

Helping another Family When compared on a per capita basis, the amount of money a surrogate mother in India receives is astronomical when compared to what a surrogate mother in America receives, all while costing the intended parents less. Surrogate mothers in India receive approximately $5,000 as their compensation, an amount typically equal to 10 years worth of salary.

Cons for International Surrogacy in India

The Cost Many intended parents who have researched surrogacy in India have found that the initial price is not always what it seems. Often, intended parents are hit with extra fees as the surrogate pregnancy progresses, and they are in a situation where they have no choice but to comply. Of course, this will vary greatly depending on what surrogacy agency you go through.   Also, don't forget fees such as your transportation to and from India, more than once. These expenses add up, fast.

Third World Country Like it or not, India is still a third-world country. While this may not affect the quality of the medical tourism industry, it does affect the rest of the country. This means that some Americans may not be comfortable visiting the country, and may be even less comfortable knowing that their child is there without them. 

Concerns of Exploitation As mentioned above, typically, a surrogate mother in India will receive approximately $5,000. This, again, is the typical equivalent of 10 years worth of income. It does make you wonder if some women are being taken advantage of, and do not understand the emotional aspect of surrogacy until it is too late.

Think of it this way, if women in America were offered $500,000 for a surrogate pregnancy, we'd probably see all kinds of women trying to become surrogate mothers who do not have the emotional capacity to do so. We'd probably see an unbelievable amount of surrogacies gone wrong as well. The sheer amount of money offered would be an irresistible lure to those who most need it.


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