If you are considering surrogacy, India offers a unique and affordable option. Surrogacy in India is a popular choice. Intended parents are drawn to it due to its affordability and legal security. It provides a smooth journey for them.
*But recent changes in the surrogacy law exclude foreign nationals including USA Citizens from doing surrogacy in India.*
Surrogacy in India used to be available for all, offering a unique alternative for both married couples as well as single men & women, who were seeking low-cost accessible surrogacy.
It is estimated that it was a $400 million per year marketplace. “We proudly sent many Intended Parents to India until 2015.” (“Surrogacy in India for NRI’s using a premium Egg Donor”) In 2015, the Government of India restricted pregnancy to Indian Nationals only.
*If you are an Indian National residing in India, or outside India with an Indian Passport, please continue to read on this page for surrogacy options still available to you.*
The cost of surrogacy in India varies. Factors that affect the cost include medical procedures, agency fees, and compensation for the surrogate mother’s expenses. The cost of surrogacy in India is lower than in the US. Intended parents can save thousands of dollars.
Surrogacy in India has a main advantage over the United States: lower cost. This is a crucial point to consider when comparing the pros and cons of surrogacy between the two countries.
Surrogacy in India is more affordable for intended parents. It can save them tens of thousands of dollars when compared to the cost of surrogacy in the United States. Additionally, the surrogacy industry in India is well-developed, with experienced medical professionals who are familiar with surrogacy procedures.
The Indian government has made several changes to the surrogacy law in recent years. The surrogacy industry in India has been significantly affected by these changes. It has become harder for foreign couples to use surrogate mothers in India.
In 2021, the Indian government passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2020. This bill bans commercial surrogacy and allows only altruistic surrogacy. Altruistic surrogacy is a type of surrogacy in which the surrogate mother is not compensated financially. The surrogate mother must be a close relative of the intended parents, such as a sister, cousin, or aunt.
The 2021 law also prohibits single men and same-sex couples from using surrogate mothers in India. Additionally, the law requires that all surrogacy arrangements be registered with the government.
The 2021 law has had a significant impact on the surrogacy industry in India. Many surrogacy clinics have closed, and the number of surrogate mothers has declined. As a result, it has become more difficult for foreign couples to use surrogate mothers in India.
In 2022, the Indian government made further changes to the surrogacy law. These changes included:
These changes have made it even more difficult for foreign couples to use surrogate mothers in India.
In 2023, the Indian government is considering further changes to the surrogacy law. These changes include:
It is unclear what the future holds for surrogacy in India. However, the Indian government is taking steps to restrict surrogacy. These changes are making it even more difficult for foreign couples to use surrogate mothers in India.
In conclusion, surrogacy in India is low cost. However, due to legal issues, it is no longer a popular and attractive option for intended parents with foreign passports. They are looking for a more affordable and legally secure surrogacy journey.
If you are interested in surrogacy, but not the legal roadblocks in India, consider Ghana or Georgia. These countries have comparably low costs and no legal issues.
If you are an Indian National with an Indian passport and meet the legal criteria, this is still a great option.
You do not have to travel outside India to give a sperm sample, unless you want to. Instead, you can collect the sperm and freeze it at our affiliated IVF Clinic in Mumbai, and we will arrange for a carrier to hand carry it for you by air to our Surrogacy center outside India.
Many Intended Parents have preference whether they want a Son or Daughter. To give you this option, the IVF Centers we work with do PGS on your embryos after they are created. Then the embryo of your sex choice is inserted in the surrogate mother to carry for nine months
USA Surrogacy: A baby born in the USA, will automatically be a USA Citizen by birth, even if you are an Indian national
India, Ghana, and Ukraine Surrogacy: A baby born in these countries, will have your citizenship. For example, if you are an Indian national, the baby born will be an Indian national.
Many Intended parents ask if the baby will be black if carried by a black surrogate. The answer is that the ethnic background of the surrogate has no effect upon the ethnicity of the baby.
Similarly of carried in Ukraine by a Caucasian surrogate, the baby will not be white but will look like you who are the Intended Parents
Surrogacy in the USA is not anonymous. You and the surrogate know each other’s identity and can communicate during and after the surrogate process
After pregnancy, the surrogate lives at home, but signs an agreement to not drink smoke, or take drugs during the pregnancy. Success rates are around 50%.
Surrogacy in Ukraine and Ghana is anonymous: You do not will know the surrogate’s identity. She does not know who you are. The medical clinic does the selection. The benefit is that since the clinic does the selection, if the first try fails the second try is provided at an exceptionally low charge, assuming embryos are available to implant.
After pregnancy in Ghana and for a limited period on occasion in Ukraine, the surrogate lives in a dormitory near the clinic with other surrogates. Her food, nutrition and medical needs are provided, to help ensure a successful pregnancy. During this time, she cannot drink, smoke, take drugs or have sex, to maximize the success rate of the pregnancy. It is running about 70%.
During the first six weeks the surrogate is monitored by the IVF doctor. At the end of six weeks, the IVF Physician does a handoff to her Gynecologist, who then monitors the surrogate throughout the pregnancy. At the end of the pregnancy, the surrogate then is referred to an Obstetrician for delivery of the baby.
During the pregnancy process, we will send you monthly reports of how the surrogate is doing. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help you address them as needed.
In the USA, California is the State with the laws most in favor of the Intended Parent. Hence, we recommend your surrogate be born under California law. To make this work, the embryo preferably must be implanted in the surrogate in California and baby delivery preferably should be in California. We work closely with IVF Clinics in the Los Angeles area, that we would recommend to you to use.
We will also refer you to excellent legal counsel to manage all the paperwork.
In Ghana, the IVF Center is a major women’s hospital and provides the IVF, Gynecologist and Obstetrician services as part of your surrogacy package.
So now the best part: your baby is about to be born!
It is recommended you arrive the Hospital a couple of days before the baby is delivered, so you can witness the baby being born. A soon as the baby is born, the Nurse wraps it in towels and gives it to you to hold. You are now the proud parents of this newborn bundle of joy!
The baby is then taken to a different floor in the hospital to the NICU, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, for cleanup and a physical examination, to ensure the baby is fine.
This takes a couple of days, after which you can take the baby home!
In the USA before and after the baby is born certain legal papers must be filed and a USA Social Security number, and USA Passport must be issued for the baby. Allow 2 to 4 weeks for this to happen.
In Ghana and Ukraine, after the baby is born, a DNA Test is done using a Saliva sample, to confirm the baby is yours. If you are an Indian citizen, the Indian embassy in Ghana will then issue the baby an Indian passport to bring the baby to India
Please note: Costs assume that you have embryos available to transfer for the surrogate to carry. Costs are all inclusive and cover all medical and delivery procedures, as well as the surrogate’s and the baby’s hospitalization, but exclude some medical complications. No additional expenses are expected, except parent’s travel expenses and local legal procedures at the parents’ country of origin.