Introduction: Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction where intended parents work with a gestational surrogate who will carry and care for their baby(ies) until birth. Intended parents use surrogacy to start or grow their families when they can't do so on their own.
Surrrogacy is when a woman gives birth to a child for an intending couple with the intention to hand over the child after the birth to the intending couple.
In India the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill,2019 was Introduced by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha on July 15,2019. A child born out of a surrogacy procedure will be deemed to be the biological child of the intending couple… Further, the surrogate mother will have an option to withdraw from surrogacy before the embryo is implanted in her womb.
Becoming a surrogate is a life-changing decision that can be extremely fulfilling, but it is not without its challenges. Surrogacy requires you to commit to another family for a year or more as you undergo medical and psychological evaluations and procedures, endure all of the challenges related to pregnancy and labor, and carry a baby that isn’t your own. But many women accept these challenges and believe the positives far outweigh the negatives.
If this describes you, not only does surrogacy give you the unique opportunity to give an incredible and selfless gift to another person or couple, but it also provides you with life-changing financial benefits and can create lasting, meaningful relationships between you and the family you helped create.
If you remain uncertain about surrogacy or need more information before making your decision, consider reaching out to a surrogacy agency or attorney to learn more about whether surrogacy is right for you and whether you are ready for the surrogacy process.
1. Decide if Surrogacy is the Right Choice:
The first step in any surrogacy process is to carefully consider whether surrogacy is right for you. Becoming a surrogate or a parent through surrogacy can be a long and emotional journey, and it is a big commitment for both parties.
Just like with any major decision, couples and individuals considering surrogacy should carefully research surrogacy laws, consider its pros and cons, and even speak with various surrogacy professionals to truly understand if surrogacy is right for them.
2. Begin the Fertilization and Embryo Transfer Process:
Once contracts have been signed, it is time to begin medical procedures to prepare for the embryo transfer. This process will likely be handled by an agreed upon fertility clinic.
The intended mother or egg donor will be given medication to help her develop eggs and will undergo an egg retrieval procedure. The eggs are then fertilized in the laboratory to create an embryo, which will be transferred to the surrogate. The surrogate will undergo fertility treatments prior to the embryo transfer and during the pregnancy.
Once a healthy pregnancy is confirmed and the baby’s heartbeat is heard, the surrogate will begin receiving payments for base compensation and monthly allowance. She will also begin receiving prenatal care, which will continue throughout the pregnancy.
In India commercial surrogacy is prohibited and altruistic surrogacy is allowed. Altruistic surrogacy allows medical expenses and insurance coverage during the pregnancy to the surrogate. Commercial surrogacy includes surrogacy or related procedures undertaken for a monetary benefit or reward (in cash or kind) exceeding the basic medical expenses and insurance coverage.
Surrogacy is permitted for intending couples who suffer from proven infertility; (ii) altruistic; (iii) not for commercial purposes; (iv) not for producing children for sale, prostitution or other forms of exploitation; and (v) for any condition or disease specified through regulations. The intending couple should have a ‘certificate of essentiality and a ‘certificate of eligibility’ issued by the appropriate authority.
• Certificate of proven infertility of one or both members of the intending couple from a District Medical Board
• An order of parentage and custody of the surrogate child passed by a Magistrate’s court.
• Insurance coverage for a period of 16 months covering postpartum delivery complications for the surrogate.
• Indian citizens with 5 years of marriage.
• Age between 23-50 for wife, husband 26-55 years.
• With no surviving child.
Certificate of Eligibility is obtained:
• Surrogate should be a close relative of the intending couple.
• Married and having at least one child.
• Certificate of mental and psychological fitness required.
Registration of Surrogacy Clinic:
• It should be registered NATIONAL SURROGACY BOARD SHALL CONSTITUTE OD THE STATE AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT:
• Board advises central government on policy related matters.
• Code of Conduct of surrogacy clinic.
• Supervision of state Surrogacy Board.
Offences and Penalties:
• Undertaking or advertising of commercial surrogacy.
• Exploitation of surrogate mother.
• A surrogate child getting exploited abandoned and discovered.
• Certain embryo and garre’s getting sold and imported for surrogacy.
THE PENALTY FOR SUCH OFFENCES IS IMPRISONMENT UPTO 10 YEARS AND A FINE UP TO 10 LAKH RUPEES.
1. Iswarya Fertility Centre, Malakpet, Hyderabad :
Dr. Priti Nair has done MBBS, DGO, DNB in Obstetrics & Gynecology. She is an Obstetrician, Gynecologist with experience of 2 years. Dr. Priti Nair practices at Iswarya Fertility Centre in Malakpet, Hyderabad, and Iswarya Fertility Centre in Kukatpally, Hyderabad.
2. Dr. Padmaja Fertility Centre, Hyderabad.
Dr. Padmaja Divakar has done MBBS, DGO. She has a passion for this Fertility Medicine and having 15 years of experience as a Gynecologist and Obstetrician, she has nurtured this to mitigate the distress and depression among the Less Fortunate Childless Couples worldwide. She updates herself by attending all Local, National and International conferences and believes in pooling up knowledge, skills, expertise.
3. Nova IVF Fertility Centre, Hyderabad:
Dr. Chandana Reddy Lakkireddi has done MBBS, MD in Gynaecology & Obstetrics and Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine. She is a Senior Fertility Consultant and has been practicing reproductive medicine for more than 20 years. Dr. Lakkireddi has had extensive training in IVF and Infertility under the eminent IVF Specialists Dimitrios Nikolaou and Julian Norman-Taylor, London.
4.Hyderabad Women & Fertility Centre (HFC)
Hyderabad Women & Fertility Centre (HFC) is well-known Fertility Treatment centre established in Kothapet, Hyderabad in the year 2015. We has a national and international recognition for infertility-related treatments and IVF services. Embryology equipments and a uniform and transparent price structure for fertility treatments.
5. Medicover Fertility, Hyderabad:
Dr. Aliya Reddy has done MBBS, DGO, and is Certified in Gynaecological Endoscopy. She is a distinguished medical professional and highly experienced member of the Medicover Fertility team with experience of 30 years.
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