For some couples, surrogacy is the only way to have a baby. If you have also been told to follow the surrogacy route following your infertility diagnosis, then surrogacy in Chennai may be the cost effective solution you are looking for.
Surrogacy is an arrangement in which another woman (a surrogate) carries the couples’ baby till term. It is being increasingly used an option by women who wish to have their genetic offspring but are unable to carry a pregnancy to term for any reason.
What is the difference between traditional and gestational surrogacy?
Traditionally, the surrogate’s own egg was fertilised with either the intending father’s sperm or donor sperm, using artificial insemination. Therefore, the surrogate is the biological mother of the baby. Traditional surrogacy is not allowed now, as it can lead to emotional and legal difficulties for both the intended parents and the surrogate.
In this arrangement, the intended mother’s egg (or, in some cases, a donor egg) is fertilized using the intended father’s (or donor) sperm. Therefore, both of the intended parents may be genetically related to the baby.
IVF is used to create the embryo, and this is transferred into the surrogate’s womb. The surrogate then carries the baby till term.
A legal contract is drawn up, which ensures that the intended parents become the legal guardians of the baby, following its birth. The surrogate is usually financially compensated for this process; hence it is commonly referred to as commercial surrogacy.
Altruistic surrogacy refers to the same process, but when the surrogate receives no financial compensation. Both forms of surrogacy are legal in India for now and are regulated by the country’s health ministry.
Is surrogacy right for me?
As the intended parents, the decision to opt for using a surrogate to carry your baby can be a very difficult and emotional one. You may also have concerns about the process and what will be involved, as well as worrying about the medical, legal and social issues surrounding the surrogacy.
Surrogacy may be recommended to you in the following situations:
- Repeated failed cycles of IVF with no apparent reason
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Physical problems with your womb
- You have had a hysterectomy
- Severe uterine infection
- Any genetic or medical problems that prevent you from carrying a pregnancy to term
If repeated IVF failure (especially at advanced age) is your reason for looking into surrogacy as an option, you may need to consider the use of donor eggs.
While there are many reasons for failure of IVF, egg quality may be an issue for you. This will need to be discussed carefully with the IVF specialist in Chennai, so you know exactly the right treatment for you.
However, please understand that surrogacy is not a luxury. It is strictly offered only to women, who cannot carry their own baby because of medical, psychological, genetic, or any other reasons.
How much does gestational surrogacy cost in Chennai?
Surrogacy in South India is relatively lower priced. On average, the total cost of surrogacy in Chennai, complete with all medical expenses and surrogacy fees is around 8.5L.
Although it may seem like a big expense, when you consider all her care and expenses for the 9-month pregnancy, the cost seems fair.
To make this easier for you financially, this can be paid in instalments, divided up throughout the process.
However, you can also cut down on the costs of surrogacy by hiring your own surrogate.
You will need to carry out a lot of research to ensure that you know what exactly you are looking for in a surrogate. There are many things that you need to consider when choosing the right woman, such as their physical and mental health and their lifestyle choices.
It is also important to ensure that they fully understand the terms of the arrangement.
Is surrogacy legal in Chennai?
The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 for India highlights many of the regulations surrounding surrogacy in India.
Intending parents must be Indian citizens, who have been legally married for at least five years and should not have any other children, whether biological or adopted.
These regulations are subject to change, however these are the current guidelines.
A proper legal contract is drawn between the surrogate, the clinic, and the parents, so everyone’s rights and interests are protected.
How do I choose a surrogacy clinic in Chennai?
With so many surrogacy clinics to choose from, how do you make the decision of which one to go to? That is something that we can help you with, we can discuss your requirements carefully with you and connect you with our trusted doctor.
We also remain involved through the process, so you do not face any major problems.
How do I find a surrogate in Chennai?
You really have two options when it comes to finding the most suitable surrogate for you:
As mentioned previously, you can hire a surrogacy agency to find you a suitable surrogate. This is normally arranged through your fertility clinic.
The benefit of using a surrogate agency is that they can coordinate most of your surrogacy services for you, including the more complex legal side of the arrangement. If you choose to go it alone in finding your surrogate, then this is all down to you to arrange.
They also have a very extensive database of surrogates and screen all of them very thoroughly.
Friends and family
By finding your surrogate yourself, you will save a significant amount of money on the agency fees. If the option of using a member of family or a friend is available to you, you may also avoid the complex legal negotiations involved.
You may also hear of an identified surrogate through word of mouth and arrange your own individual surrogacy plan. However you find your surrogate, it is extremely important that you screen them carefully to ensure that they are the best match for your family.
Whether you choose your own surrogate or hire one from the agency, it is imperative that both parents and the surrogate understand the terms clearly. The process is rather simple and within the next 9-10 months you can realize your dream of completing your family.