Sunday, 21 June 2015

Belgian woman gives birth to a baby, after transplanting frozen ovary from her childhood !!

A Belgian woman has delivered a baby using transplanted ovarian tissue, which was removed when she was a child.

The woman, who is 29 year old, had severe sickle cell aenemia from childhood and was treated using chemotherapy. Before commencing chemotherapy, the doctors had removed her right ovary and surrounding ovary tissue. Subsequently, the left ovary failed due to the side effects of the  treatment.

After many years, the doctors restored the frozen ovary into the woman. Five months later, the woman started menstruating  and without any ART procedures she became naturally pregnant at the age of 27 and delivered a healthy baby boy.

This brings hope to other women with ovarian problems. But the procedure has risks like. damaging the removed ovary or reintroducing malignant cells at the time of transplant.

Dr. Mani
Surrogacy specialist
GIFT IVF Centre (Director)

Courtesy – BioEdge, Xavier Symons

Monday, 8 June 2015

Cost of Surrogacy in India


The cost of surrogacy involves many factors. One of the most important factor which determines cost of surrogacy is the availability of human resource. The number of potential surrogates in India is very high compared  to the European and developed countries and comparatively, their remuneration is  low in India. Another  determinant of the cost of surrogacy is  the cost of living, which is also considerably low in India. In India, Kerala is a much sought after place for surrogacy because women are healthy and educated. The maternal and neonatal mortality rate in Kerala  is very low and comparable to UK and USA. The success rate of surrogacy is also quite high in Kerala.

The cost of surrogacy can be further reduced by doing single embryo transfer to surrogates which will avoid  multiple pregnancy( twins or triplets) which is  30 % more expensive. NICU charges are also less for single babies.

Following costs are involved in  Surrogacy :

1.   Recruitment of surrogate mother and donor (if needed)
2.   All legal agreements.
3.   Keeping of  Medical records.
4.   Blood test, scanning and medical check-up for surrogate mother and donor.     
5.   Counseling of surrogate mother, donor and surrogate mother’s husband.
6    Injections and medicines for surrogate mother and donor.
7.   OR  (Ovum pick-up; Oocyte retrieval) & General Anesthesia.
8.   IVF / ICSI Lab charges.
9.   Surgeon’s fee, Embryologist’s fee, Nursing charges, Post / OP ICU charges.
10. Embryo transfer.
11. Food accommodation and travel for surrogate mothers.
12. Regular scanning, blood test in pregnancy.
13. Anti-natal screening for genetic abnormalities - nuchal translucency 
      scan, double marker/triple marker test, 3D/4D anomaly scan, Doppler
      scans, CTG monitoring.    
14. Delivery / Caesarean
15.  Post-natal care of surrogate mother.
16.  Remuneration to the surrogate mother.

Additional costs (which might occur in some cases)
1.   Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
2.   NICU Charges
3.   DNA Testing
4.   Multiple pregnancies
5.   Fees for Passport, Citizenship, Visa, Birth Certificate, Exit Visa.
6.   Accommodation and living expenses of biological parents when they are in  

Dr. Mani
Surrogacy specialist
GIFT IVF Centre (Director)

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Surrogacy is booming in Nepal, but where are the ethics and moral codes?


We were all shocked to hear about the natural disaster which happened in Nepal, but another unexpected and devastating news came out amidst this tragedy. Rescue operators saved 26 new born surrogate babies and hundreds of surrogate mothers from the mishap. This incident opened a Pandora's box of what is happening in Nepal in the name of surrogacy. It was revealed that most of these babies belong to Israeli gay couples and the pregnant surrogates were as well carrying their babies. For comprehending this phenomenon, we need to understand the surrogacy laws in Israel and Nepal.

Israel give permission for gay civil unions and surrogacy. But in Israel, only heterosexual couples can  opt for surrogacy. But strangely, the law gives citizenship to babies born to gay couples through surrogacy outside the country. This has prompted a large number of gay couples to look for surrogacy outside Israel. 

Till 2012 India was a haven for the gay couples to get a child through surrogacy. Compared to the European countries, India was a cheap destination for surrogacy. But when the new Indian law which banned surrogacy for gay couples was introduced in  2012, the scenario changed. The focus was shifted to Thailand till the Baby “Gamy” episode and subsequent ban on surrogacy for foreign couples in Thailand.

This changed Nepal into the most sought after destination for surrogacy. But Nepal has some rather strange laws for surrogacy. Surrogacy is allowed for foreign couples, whether heterosexual or gay, it doesn’t make any difference. But for the citizens of Nepal, surrogacy is banned. They cannot be intended parents nor surrogates. Now this is a strange situation, which has been cashed by middlemen in India. Girls from India are transported to Nepal to act as surrogates. After birth, the child gets Israeli citizenship without any difficulty.

But after the devastating quake in Nepal, the rescue flights carried the Israeli babies, but the pregnant mothers carrying the Israeli babies were left in the lurch. The hapless mothers were left to fend for themselves. This caused a word wide uproar and the incident was termed as “Global Shame”

Dr. Mani
Surrogacy specialist
GIFT IVF Centre (Director)