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    Surrogacy in India

    Understanding Surrogacy in India

    Posted on 2/5/2008

    Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproduction which entails a surrogate woman to carry a child for an infertile couple. Impregnation is usually through a process called in-vitro fertilization. In its commercial form, it is called surrocacy. Surrocacy in India has a very high success rate. This is due to the country’s excellent medical infrastructure and the ready availability of surrogate mothers.

    It may seem strange to discover that aside from being Asia’s largest service provider, India is also becoming the largest provider of outsourced pregnancies as well.

    Surrogacy is nothing new in this country. This fertility practice has been legalized in India since 2002. In other parts of the world, surrogacy has been practiced for years. However, this is a relatively new approach to procreation, and therefore there are no international surrogacy laws or policies regarding its implementation.

    So far, India seems to be making headway as to the process of commercial and legal surrogacy. Surrocacy, as it is now being labeled, seems to be this country’s emerging reproduction process trend. In fact, this process has already surpassed the popularity of other conception and fertility methods.

    What is Surrogacy? What is Surrocacy?

    Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproduction. It entails an arrangement between two parties: an adoptive couple and a woman who agrees to carry a child for that couple. The surrogate mother agrees to become pregnant for the purpose of carrying the child to full term and giving birth to the child for the adoptive couple to raise.

    Other fertility methods still has to make the biological mother pregnant and able to carry her own child in her own womb. Unfortunately, some mothers (due to genetics or other medical conditions) simply cannot become pregnant, or if they do become pregnant, simply cannot bear a child to its full term. This makes the success rates of other fertility methods very low. On the other hand, a surrogate mother is usually chosen for her health, her ability to foster life and her ability to nurture a child until it is time to give birth.

    There are two types of surrogacy: traditional surrogacy, where the surrogate mother is also the biological mother; and gestational surrogacy, where the surrogate mother is implanted with someone else’s fertilized egg – a process called in-vitro fertilization.

    Surrocacy, on the other hand, goes by many names: baby farming, commercial surrogacy, outsourced pregnancy, paid surrogacy, and wombs for rent. This process uses gestational surrogacy, and a woman is paid in monetary units for carrying a child to maturity in her womb.

    Surrocacy in India

    The process of surrogacy in India is no different from the processes of other countries. Surrogate mothers in India bear children for infertile couple, just like everywhere else. The difference is in the surrogacy success rates of this country – so much so, that as of 2005, market analysts are now calling surrocacy as a nationwide industry.

    India can afford to make surrocacy an industry because of its excellent medical infrastructure and the ready availability of poor surrogate mothers who are compensated generously for each successful pregnancy.

    Usually, surrocacy clinics match infertile couples with local women. Once successfully impregnated (through in-vitro fertilization,) these women are housed, fed and medically cared for by the clinics’ medical staff. Many local women are willingly volunteering themselves to be child carriers. Surrogate mothers in India are compensated for each successful birthing with more money than what they can possibly earn in 10 years time.

    Also, international and local demands for babies have increased staggeringly over the years. This fact brings about a sudden emergence of fertility / surrocacy clinics all over India, and more and more money is being funneled into acquiring the latest medical equipments and nutritional supplements for surrogate mothers, ensuring that all pregnancies would be successful – and in the end, profitable.

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