On one hand, we see people having accidental or unwanted pregnancies due to failed contraception or unprotected intercourse. On the other hand, there are couples who are wanting to have a baby but are unable to.
In some of these cases, there may be a problem in the uterus or an existing health condition of the female or wife. For such disheartened couples, one of the treatments is surrogacy via IVF.
For a mother who cannot carry a child in her womb for some reason, surrogacy gives her a chance to become a biological mother.
Using this assisted reproductive technique, she can take help from another female to carry the baby in her womb and deliver it for her. It is a miracle of science and a boon for childless couples.
However, people have a lot of questions and myths about the concept and execution of surrogacy. There are also many doubts attached to a surrogate child.
What makes you eligible to go for a surrogate? Is a surrogate offspring as normal as any other child? How and where can couples get surrogacy services? There are many such questions that require clarity from experts.
Our correspondent visited Eva Hospital, Ludhiana. Eva IVF clinic is successfully providing surrogacy services for eligible couples. He interacted with the senior IVF specialist at Eva, Dr. Shivani Bhutani. She explained the fertility problems that can be solved with surrogacy.
“ There are many circumstances that make a couple eligible for taking a surrogate. Sometimes, the mother has had a hysterectomy or does not possess a womb. She produces eggs but cannot carry the child.
In other cases, ladies have had repeated miscarriages. Women can also take a surrogate if they are undergoing cancer treatment, are taking anti-cancer drugs, and have heart or kidney disease, pregnancy might become life-threatening.
These and some other infertility factors make a couple eligible to opt for surrogacy,” says Dr. Shivani Bhutani.
Some families are also worried about the child’s looks. They fear that their baby might look like the surrogate mother. According to Dr. Shivani, it is a baseless myth.
“In the surrogacy process, the egg is not taken from the surrogate, it is taken from the biological mother. The mother and father give their own egg and sperm for fertilization.
The resulting embryo(s) is then implanted in the surrogate. So, the child is entirely your own and will never look like the surrogate.”
Commonly, couples also fear that the surrogate might refuse to give them the baby after birth and keep it for themselves. “ It can never happen! There are proper legal documents signed before the process starts. The surrogate enters the contract willfully and is bound to the conditions.”, says the IVF specialist.
Another myth associated with surrogacy is that parents need to adopt the baby after birth. Whereas the matter of fact is that the baby actually legally belongs to the biological mother even before it is born. Dr. Shivani clarifies it further.
“ The initial paperwork that is done before the pregnancy is the only legal documentation required. After that, no legal adoption has to be done.
The child legally belongs to you from the start. Once the baby is delivered, it is lawfully yours and you can take him home immediately.”
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Surrogacy has proved to be a boon for childless couples, the best benefit being that the child is biologically, genetically, and legally our own.
Infertility clinics like Eva IVF Ludhiana are doing a tremendous job in helping people realize their dream of parenthood.