Surrogacy

Surrogacy is an arrangement whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant for the purpose of gestating and giving birth to a child for others to raise. She may be the child's genetic mother (the more traditional form of surrogacy), or she may be implanted with someone else's fertilized egg (gestational surrogacy).

When we use the term Surrogacy, we limit the term 'surrogacy' to only mean gestational surrogacy. Surrogacy may or may not involve egg donation, depending on whether the woman seeking treatment is able to grow eggs.

Who are the candidates for surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction.

Surrogates are used in case the woman is unable to carry a pregnancy because of medical reasons. For example if she has had a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), or if she has had multiple miscarriages due to a medical  problem in the uterus, etc.  It is sometimes the only available option for a couple who wish to have a child that is biologically related to them.

What procedure does surrogacy involve?

The initial treatment in the surrogacy program  involves all the steps upto  retrieving eggs from the woman desiring pregnancy, in the same manner as described in IVF. However, after fertilisation, the  embryos are placed in the womb of the surrogate.

How are the surrogates screened?

Women wanting to become surrogates for the couple have to undergo a series of tests before getting involved in the surrogacy program.

Tests are done to prove their medical fitness to carry the pregnancy, as well as to make sure that she is free of all kinds of transmittable diseases. Only once we are convinced that the surrogate will not harm her or the baby’s health, do we go ahead with the proceedings.

Does the program involve any legal contracts?

Yes, a legal contract has to signed between the actual parents and the surrogate and her husband, prior to initiating any treatment. Organising meetings with appropriate legal personnel can be arranged for the couple undergoing treatment at the Vita Fertility Clinic.

Besides, consent forms with the fertility centre must be in order before starting treatment.

The Process

Steps involving the surrogacy program are as follows:

  • Send us an enquiry with your medical records
  • Our specialists will review your history and records and revert to you at the earliest.
  • Once the decision to proceed is made, you need to get in touch with our legal advisor and make sure that the required paperwork is complete. You also need to contact your embassy and enquire about the required documents. Our legal advisor would be glad to assist you with them.
  • In the meanwhile, we will advertise for a surrogate for you, screen the candidates and allocate the appropriate one for your embryo transfer. This process requires a minimum deposit prior to initiation, which you can simply wire to our account
  • Once your dates of travel are decided, we will synchronise your / egg donorís (ED) cycle with that of the surrogate.
  • You may start the process of ovarian stimulation back home, if you have access to the injections and arrive on the 6th day of the period. However, if accessing the injections is a problem, you will need to reach Mumbai on the 1st or 2nd day of the period.
  • Monitoring of the stimulation with ultrasonography and blood levels, giving injections, oocyte retrieval, and embryo transfer are done at the center itself.
  • The pregnancy test is done 14 days post embryo transfer. We will send you a copy of the results via email.

Legal Assistance

Paperwork is as crucial in surrogacy as the medical aspect. We recommend legal advisors depending on your requirement. Agreements which we insist on are that between the Intended Parents and the Surrogate Parents, one between the Intended Parents and us, and one between the Surrogate Parents and us.