Surrogacy has rapidly become a mature medical process, with more and more clinics extending their IVF services, to include surrogacy. While the medical procedures are very similar, the surrogacy process is far more complex, involving additional parties (the surrogate), legal agreements and citizenship paperwork (for the baby). IVF clinics new to offering surrogacy services may not have experience in dealing with many of these issues.
While going through the surrogacy process, you will usually need to make at least two trips to India , although some people visit more often. Trips can include:
- Visit to see the clinic/agency and selecting a surrogate (although this can often be done remotely)
- Visit for the egg retreival or sperm donation procedure (although uncommon, some people ship these frozen and avoid a trip)
- Visiting the surrogate during the pregnancy (this is less common)
- Visit for the birth of the baby and baby pick-up
Of course, you may visit several times for the transfer process until you have a successful transfer.
To learn more about whether surrogacy in India is right for you, there are several areas to understand, each covered in the following pages of this guide:
- Which clinics provide surrogacy services
- What are their similarities and differences
- What are the costs of surrogacy
- What experiences have other people had
Aside from pursuing surrogacy in India, there are other choices. Russia, Ukraine, Thailand and Malaysia also have clinics that assist in the surrogacy process - see the full list of surrogacy clinics if you are interested in exploring options beyond just India. In general though, the Indian clinics have the most experience. And most of the information you'll find, whether in news stories or blogs, are about India.
Regardless of which clinic and country you use, do makes sure to investigate the legal issues (both who's names will be on the birth certificate and what your embassy requires to grant citizenship) as part of your due diligence, as this often becomes the most complicated issue in the entire process.