For all those women who do not want to or cannot carry a fetus on their own, science has offered a ray of hope in the form of surrogacy. India has become the top international surrogacy destination for couples and even singles and gay or lesbian couples, offering numerous outsourced pregnancy options.
Before delving any deeper into this topic, one must understand what surrogacy means. Surrogacy is one of the ART methods, in which another woman, known as surrogate mother, carries a child for another couple or individual.
Traditionally, surrogacy is done via artificial insemination, in which the surrogate mother's egg and intended father's sperm are used. Today, gestational surrogacy is the most preferred type of surrogacy, in which fertilized eggs from the child's intended mother and sperm of his intended father are implanted into the surrogate's uterus.
If you are considering using gestational surrogacy to have a biological baby of your own, India could be the destination of choice for you.
Today, the hundred thousands of international tourists with fertility problems are heading off to India, thanks to the rapidly expanding surrogacy business in India coupled with the country's lenient law towards surrogacy.
The high international demand, much lower costs of surrogacy procedures, easy availability of surrogate mothersas well as excellent facilities, and hassle-free surrogacy procedures with total confidentiality are the key factors that altogether have made India the surrogacy capital of the world.
The cost of having a baby through surrogacy in India includes doctor fees, clinic charges, in vitro fertilization, as well as surrogate work up, antenatal care, delivery charges, surrogate compensation and egg donor and drugs. The total surrogacy cost in India falls to a fractional of what is in the United States.
In India, a number of women willingly get ready to become pregnant for the purpose of gestating and giving birth to a child for others in exchange for money. This is called commercial surrogacy.
It is a win-win deal for both the parties- the intended parents, sometimes called the social parents, receive the baby they have always desired while gestational carriers who often come from impoverished areas earn more money in one gestation to run their households.
India is an attractive fertility tourism destination not only for couples or persons suffering from infertility or other medical conditions but also for gay and single men who aspire to achieve fatherhood. Many LGBT friendly clinics in India are offering surrogacy services to same sex couples and singles.
Several countries prohibit commercial surrogacy and different religions take different approaches to surrogacy.
For example, commercial surrogacy in Australia, France and in several European countries is a cumbersome task as it is restricted by various legal rules in these countries. Therefore, a large number of Westerners are increasingly flying to India to rent a womb and experience the joys of parenting.
Likewise, surrogacy is strictly not acceptable to Islam. Many Muslim scholars believe that carrying the fertilized egg of a person that is not your legal husband is strictly a form of adultery.
Commercial surrogacy is permitted by the law in India. The Indian Supreme Court gave legal status to commercial surrogacy in 2002 in an attempt to promote medical tourism in India.
If you can't have a baby of your own due to biological inabilities and deficiencies, you can still fulfill your dream of enjoying the bliss of motherhood by taking up gestational surrogacy in India.