INDIAN MYTHOLOGY AND SURROGACY
Indian culture has several examples of IVF and surrogacy . In India, Surrogacy was known and practiced from ancient times. As per Mahabharata, Gandhari, wife of king Dhritarashtra, conceived but the pregnancy went on for nearly two years; after which she delivered a mass (mole). Lord Vyasa found that there were 101 cells that were normal in the mass. These cells were put in a nutrient medium and were grown in vitro till full term. Of these, 100 developed into male children (Duryodhana, Duhshasana and other Kauravas) and one as a female child called (Duhsheela).
The birth of Kartikeya also called Subramanya swami is the commander of the army of the gods and he is the god of fertility by tradition . He was born out of surrogacy and surrogate mother being River Ganges.
The seventh pregnancy of Devaki, the fetus was transferred to the womb of Rohini, the first wife of Vasudev, to prevent the baby being killed by Kamsa.
Other examples are that Sage Bharadwaj produced Drona, later to be the teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas ,Birth of Drishtadyumna and Draupadi .
BENEFITS OF SURROGACY IN INDIA
Indian culture usually calls for early age marriages with children born soon thereafter; thus most women are in mid 20’s when they wish to become surrogates.
India and Surrogacy Laws : The first ICMR guidelines in India were released in 2002 . In October 2008 the Supreme Court stated that “ Commercial surrogacy is legal and an industry in India.”Surrogacy laws in India are much lenient as compared to other countries. In the U.S, most of the states have their own state laws regarding the legality of surrogacy, while in Canada Commercial surrogacy was prohibited in 2004. In Australia, commercial surrogacy is a criminal offence. Even in countries where commercial surrogacy exists, legal entanglements usually make it quite tough for the parents to carry back home the surrogate baby.
LOW COST INVOLVED
The most important reason for India surrogacy as having emerged as a popular choice is the low expenditure involved. India surrogacy clinics charge roughly a third of the price compared to a surrogacy procedure in a western country.
EMPOWERING WOMEN, CHANGING LIVES
In this process you and the surrogate both are benefitted. The Intended parents are benefitted in getting their own child and the surrogate mother secures a better future for herself . The Intended Parents end up helping the children of surrogate mothers in the process of building up there own families.
Indian culture doesn’t permit women to smoke , drink or use drugs . Surrogate mothers and egg donors are pscychologically counselled and contracts are signed that they will not take any of these substances during the pregnancy.
SOCIAL & FINANCIAL SECURITY
The financial assistance you will give your surrogate is equivalent to at least 3-5 years of total earning the surrogate or her husband would earn, working long hours every single day. In India, with this financial help, the surrogate may buy new house, or give her children better education for the rest of their life.
Women come to our centre to become surrogates with a belief that they want to give better education and future to their children. They have no such intention to keep the child and increase their own financial burdens. The Indian culture, still is very conservative, and limits most couples to raise any child ethnically different from their own.
EASY EXIT PROCESS
Birth Certificate with your names as parents, documents drafted, with other documents will help initiate process to procure a passport for your child from your country.
The staff at the surrogacy clinics in India is comfortable in spoken English, which is an added asset for couples who travel to India from western countries.
India is a hub for medical tourism as it has internationally trained medical teams, with fine skills, hospitals with international standards which attracts patients from all over the world.