Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Mirror's Article on Surrogacy

After reading this article, I realized that the reporter has never had a child born via a surrogate in India.  The article was clearly biased as well as the photo's of the surrogates sitting on the floor watching TV.  I'm sure the day that the photo's were taken, it was over 115 degrees in Anand, and all you wish to do is sit on the floor.  The surrogates in Gujarat, come from poor villages all over Ahmadabad, and they often line up throughout the week and do whatever they have to so that they can be egg donor's or surrogates.  This does not just happen with Dr. Patel's clinic in Anand, but other clinics in the state of Gujarat as well.  Reporter's need to understand that generally women in India who become surrogates are desperate for money, either to take care of their children, or to build a home or sadly to pay off their husbands gambling debts.

The surrogates do look at carrying intended parents as a business arrangement, why should they look at it any other way? Whatever spin people wish to place on this subject, it is what is is.  Intended parents pay money for a woman to carry their child, and the surrogate is paid for her services.  Sadly, many doctors in India do not pay them a reasonable rate, but there are doctor's in India who do the right thing.    No one is doing this for altruistic reasons, lets be clear.  

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"Renting our wombs is just a job": Inside the baby factories where poor Indian women are paid £5k to be 'vessels' for rich Westerners

As many as 2,000 surrogacy births for women overseas were recorded in India’s 1,000 so-called baby factories last year
Rent-a-womb: Surrogate mothers live in dorms to earn lump sums of cash
Rent-a-womb: Surrogate mothers live in dorms to earn lump sums of cash
Shariq Allaqaband / Cover Asia Press
Pregnant women in India are living in grim dormitories away from their families to have babies for wealthy ­couples, a Sunday ­Mirror investigation reveals.
As many as 2,000 surrogacy births for women overseas were recorded in India’s 1,000 so-called baby factories last year.
News of the shocking scale of the industry comes as a British couple have admitted they are paying £20,000 for an Indian ­surrogate to have a child.
Dominic and Octavia Orchard provoked fury by insisting they weren’t interested in the background of the poor woman ­carrying their baby, saying she was “just a vessel”.
Oxfordshire housewife Octavia, who has a three-year-old son Orlando, said: “Her womb is just the receptacle in which it is being carried. Perhaps it sounds cold and rather clinical, but this is a business transaction.
“Her function is to sustain the foetus we have created. I’m not interested in her background. I don’t want to be part of her life.”
The surrogate mothers at a surrogate house in India
Cold: The women watch TV on a tiled floor
Shariq Allaqaband / Cover Asia Press
The Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Anand, Gujarat can host 60 surrogates at a time.
The mothers and staff do all they can to make sure the babies are strong and healthy, ready to be taken away at birth and delivered to the foreign parents.
Couples from countries including the UK, US, Australia and Canada take advantage of India’s surrogacy industry, which gives strong legal guarantees to the paying parents-to-be.
Some couples need an egg donor, others just need a womb.
With fees between £14,000 and £20,000, it is certain the couples enjoy a lifestyle a million miles from the women who make their dreams come true.
The surrogates receive £3,000 to £5,000, giving them a chance to buy a house and send their existing children to a good school.
Surrogate mother house in India
Industry: Akanksha Fertility Clinic
Shariq Allaqaband / Cover Asia Press
 Many ­Indian women become surrogates up to three times – the limit under Indian law, leaving their families for up to nine months at a time.
But no matter how desperate and emotionally painful being surrogate might be, the ­women involved see it as a job. Parvati Lal Bahadur Yep, 30, is eight months pregnant with twins. It’s her first time as a surrogate.
“My husband earns 7,000 ­rupees a month (£80) as a driver and it’s hard buying food to feed our three children,” she explains.
“So when my neighbour told me about earning a huge amount of money as a surrogate I ­contacted an agent who put me in touch with a clinic.
“I have my family, my three beautiful children, I don’t want any more so I’m not getting ­attached to these babies.
“I am helping a woman ­fulfill her dreams while she is helping me provide a better life for my own children. It works both ways.”
A Surrogate mother Parvati Lal Bahadur
Surrogate: Parvati Lal Bahadur
Shariq Allaqaband / Cover Asia Press
 Parvati is carrying for a couple in South Africa and they have met once. No one other than Parvati’s husband and mother know about the pregnancy.
She says: “I have no doubts about doing this and cannot wait to have the £4,500 I will earn in my hand, but I would rather keep it private. I don’t want ­people to think badly of me.”The surrogate houses where the women live for nine months are split into dorms with areas to watch television, cook, sew and chat.
They’re allowed visitors only on a Sunday. British mum in waiting Octavia said this week: “We did not want to see her quarters. By Indian standards they would be comfortable. By ours, they would not be considered remotely homely.”
But as long as wealthy women struggle to conceive, there will be others in India poor enough to rent out their wombs.

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