Sunday, 15 July 2018

No Stable Partner, The Reason Behind Women Freezing Eggs: Study

Women tend to freeze their eggs not for career planning or education, but due to the lack of a stable relation according to a new study done by the Yale University in USA.
Lack of a stable relationship could be the reason why young women are increasingly opting to freeze their eggs, contrary to the popular belief of delaying childbearing due to pursuing education or career, says the study.

The findings showed that 85 per cent who chose to freeze their eggs, were without partners, and reflected six different life circumstances - being single, divorced or divorcing, broken up from a relationship, working overseas, single mother by choice or circumstance, and career planning.
Those with partners had circumstances such as a man not ready to have children, in a relationship too new or uncertain, with a partner who refuses to have children, or with a partner with his own multiple partners.

"Most of the women had already pursued and completed their educational and career goals but by their late 30s had been unable to find a lasting reproductive relationship with a stable partner. This is why they turned to egg freezing," said Marcia Inhorn from the Yale University in the US. "The medical literature and media coverage of oocyte cryopreservation - egg freezing - usually suggest that elective egg freezing is being used to defer or delay childbearing among women pursuing education and careers. "Our study suggests that the lack of a stable partner is the primary motivation," Inhorn said.

For the study, presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of ESHRE in Barcelona, the team conducted in-depth interviews with 150 women who had chosen to freeze their eggs at fertility clinics and had completed at least one cycle of oocyte cryopreservation.
"Clinicians must be aware of the role partnership 'troubles' play in the lives of egg freezing patients and make patient-centred care for single women a high priority," Inhorn said.

Across all our facilities at Kiran Infertility Center in India and abroad we have had many women (Single/Married), who decided to take the advantage of the technology of freezing their eggs, so they can fulfill their dreams of motherhood when they are ready.
We offer a very affordable package for oocyte freezing.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Why Ukraine Has Become A Hot-Spot For Child Surrogacy

Kiran Fertility Services has been helping Intended Parents via our Surrogacy Ukraine program for over 2 years. Surrogacy in Ukraine became very popular and Ukraine is called the 'capital of surrogate maternity' as the laws concerning surrogacy are relatively lax in comparison to other countries. The surrogate mother does not have the right to reconsider - that is, to keep the child instead of handing the child over to the Intended Parents. The price of the surrogacy process is also affordable.
"In many European countries surrogacy is allowed only if it does not entail a financial exchange," says Sergey Antonov, a lawyer from IRTSA Ukraine - one of the first firms in Ukraine to offer assisted reproduction services.

One of the laws issued by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine says that surrogacy can only be offered to a married couple which, for one reason or another, has been diagnosed as infertile and incapable of reproducing. 

We were always committed to help anybody to have a baby via our surrogacy program regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation or the fact that someone is or is not legally married and this is why we started with our Surrogacy Program in Kenya: https://surrogacykenya.org/
Surrogacy Kenya helped and is continuing to help many Intended Parents to have babies. It always feels good  to see "OUR" babies grow.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Surrogacy in UK - What You Need To Know About Having A Baby

At Kiran Fertility Services we are committed to helping everybody to have a baby via surrogacy regardless of race, religion, sexusal orientation or fact that you are or you are not legally married. Different countries have different laws in regards to surrogacy and it is important to know the facts. 

People may choose to use a surrogate for all sorts of reasons - fertility issues, preexisting health problems, issues with previous pregnancies or age-related concerns - and of course, it can seem like a no-brainer for same-sex couples or single people looking to have a family of their own.

There are two types of legal surrogacy in the UK
- gestational - where the surrogate is implanted with an embryo that has been fertilised in a lab using the intended mother's or donor's egg and the intended father's or donor's sperm. 
- traditional surrogacy - where the surrogate's own egg is fertilised by the intended father's sperm.

The current law in UK means parents having a baby through surrogacy must apply for a court order to gain legal rights over the child once it has been born.
It can also mean that if a surrogate mother changes her mind about giving up the child, parents could face a long legal battle to try and claim the baby. This is because current rules in the UK give a woman automatic parentage over any child she gives birth to, even if the child is not biologically her own. 
We have many Intended Parents joining one of our surrogacy programs at both Surrogacy Kenya and Surrogacy Ukraine from UK to avoid situations like that and also because of the fact that surrogacy abroad is much more affordable.

Being a surrogate isn't an easy job  - pregnancy puts a massive strain on the body. Most surrogates don’t get into it for the money in UK. They do it because they love children, and they want to help people who cannot have them.
All surrogates, whether traditional or gestational, are required to complete a health screening form - and in some cases may be required to show evidence of their blood tests to the potential parents or their representatives.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The number of Chinese Intended Parents seeking IVF and surrogacy services has significantly increased in the past two years since the end of the one child policy in China. We have many Intended Parents seeing IVF at our Kiran Infertility Center clinics across India and also many Intended Parents seeking surrogacy program at Surrogacy Kenya.

More and more Chinese couples are going abroad seeing for fertility treatments, as doctors in China can not treat all those who seek assistance conceiving.
There are only 400 licenced IVF clinics in China and somewhere between 40 to 90 million infertile people, more than 2 millions IVF cycles are needed each year and only about half of million can be done at the moment. There are also restrictions on egg donations and surrogacy and this is why many Intended Parents are seeking treatments overseas. Kiran Fertility Services is happy to assist via our IVF and Surrogacy Programs.

At Surrogacy Kenya we just have had a birth of beautiful set of twins – a boy and a girl via our surrogacy program in Kenya to our Intended Parents from China. We have at the moment 8 more Surrogate Mothers carrying babies for our Intended Parents from China at our Surrogacy Kenya.


https://www.trtworld.com/asia/chinese-couples-go-abroad-for-fertility-tourism-18413

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Yesterday we delivered set of beautiful twins.

They say "it always seems impossible until it's done"
Yesterday we delivered set of beautiful twins
to parents, who struggled for many years to have a family.
Both babies (boy and girl) and our surrogate mother are doing great.





Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Canadian MP's bill to decriminalise surrogacy and donor payments


A private member's bill aims to decriminalise payments for sperm, eggs and surrogacy in Canada.

It's time Canada got it right,' said Sarah Cohen, founder of Fertility Law Canada.

Canada has a shortage of gamete donors and surrogates so most couples who need surrogacy have to go abroad, often to the USA where paid surrogacy is legal in some states but can be extremely expensive.

A shortage of sperm donors within Canada means that most sperm used in fertility clinics is imported.

Cohen points out that most of this sperm comes from paid donors anyway, with the added difficulties of lack of control over how many families are created from a single donor, and lack of donor information for the resulting children.

The Association of Reformed Political Action Canada oppose the bill: 'Our law needs to respect the best interests of all children and to defend their human dignity.

' Dr Alana Cattapan, assistant professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan advises legislators to wait until Health Canada issues clearer rules about sperm, eggs and surrogacy, expected later this year.


https://www.bionews.org.uk/page_136205

Thursday, 7 June 2018

IVF/Surrogacy benefits all class of people

Krushna Abhishek and Kashmera Shah’s twins (born via surrogacy) first birthday bash was no less than a grand bash with every popular TV celeb present.

Kashmera revealed in one recent interview, that she and Krushna had tried 13 times to have kids naturally, however, it didn't work out. The actor stated that in just 10 days, she went from size two to eight and tried every month to have a baby; she even pumped herself with injections.
She told in the interview that one of Krushna's cousins suggested them to opt for surrogacy. Shah said people in India think that an actor opts for surrogacy because they think she is figure-conscious. She said that because of their profession, they don't tend to marry early or have kids soon. But it was really hard for her to go through all the struggle.

Well, now this family looks complete. 

Monday, 4 June 2018

2 beautiful blastocyst embryos transferred to one of our Indian Intended Parents

Please see the 2 beautiful blastocyst embryos transferred to one of our Indian Intended Parents.

Did u know that the chance of pregnancy increases to 70 percent by transferring two good quality blastocyst vs day 2 or 3 embryos?


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Surrogate Mother- Fulfilling Dreams For Years


Starting a family is a long-cherished dream in everyone's life. But there are many people who are not fortunate enough to realize their dream of being blessed naturally, there are many who are waiting for long to have their own children, for one reason or another, this can be due to their inability to conceive or carry pregnancy to its term like for  women suffering from severe debilitating illnesses such as Severe Diabetes, Hypertension, cardiac, liver or kidney disease wherein they can get pregnant but cannot carry a pregnancy to term without jeopardising their and the babies health or maybe it is medically not possible for them to conceive like in case woman suffering from MRKH syndrome or women who have to undergo chemo or radiation therapy because of different kinds of cancers and many such factors.

Further adding to this delay in planning families, increasing stress and changing lifestyles have hugely contributed to the increase in infertility rates as-well as are cause of immense concern in pregnancy Term.

For such patients Surrogacy is a last resort of Infertility Treatment after all other attempts medical avenues have failed.

Surrogacy consists of many parties, the Intended Parents, Medical facility where the process is being carried out, the ART Bank and the Surrogate Mother herself.

Much has been debated in Media about the process as a whole, about how Intended Parents,  Medical Facilities, ART Banks, and Surrogate Mothers have benefitted from this process or otherwise. But focus of such debates on Surrogate Mother either stops on the remuneration she receives in a poor country like India or either on the exploitation point of view. Later one, which the media portrays often as it helps them gain their T.R.P.

Through this article we would like to bring true picture and a positive prospective of what happens to a Surrogate Mother; emotionally/ financially/ health wise/ family wise and reasons, benefits etc. from the period she decides to become a Surrogate to the day she delivers and handovers the child to the Intended Parents.

Surrogate Mothers are often stated as selfless and special women, willing to help childless couples have the best gift of their lives. Intended parents opting for Surrogacy have to rely on the Surrogate Mothers for delivery of their children and this method has been into practice for ages now.

How a Surrogate Mother is recruited

The surrogacy clinic implements a proper surrogate screening process for ensuring that surrogates are physically and mentally stable to bear someone else’s child. For becoming a Surrogate Mother in India, the woman has to deliver a child of her own first and should have experience in parenting at least one. She should not have more than 2 children or should not have been through more than 2 deliveries. The woman must have uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as well documented by the medical records. Age also plays a major factor while consulting a woman willing to become a Surrogate Mother. She should be within a span of 21 to 35 years of age and with normal height and weight patterns. Surrogate Mother needs to be a legal resident of the country where she is planning to bear the child of Intended parents.

Why become a Surrogate Mother

In a country like India there are many factors that play a role in one’s life, that propel them to make hard decisions. Considering the fact that even after 70 Years of independence 30% of population of India still is below poverty line speaks much, which is also 1/3rd of the total world population who are poor.   

Often for such strata of society, they rely on daily earning jobs or agriculture for their day to day living. In case of jobs of daily wages, the wages for such people vary from somewhere at Rs.100 a day or US $ 1.8 to Rs. 600 a day or US $ 10 and are often seasonal. And due to gender inequality prevailing in the society Women often end up getting somewhere near lower end of such limits. Now with rising inflation and increasing families lies a dilemma of at-least feeding themselves and the children, bearing necessary medical expenses and educating their offspring.

Indian Population is very bearing and at first they try to reduce, and then due to lack of reach of banks into villages are forced to approach local money lenders who charge exorbitant rates of interest for lending and thus often families fall in debt trap.

Still the agriculture system in India is often dependant on Monsoon or seasonal rains, one failure of season and the entire future of the family is in jeopardy as families borrow huge amounts for cultivation expecting good seasonal rains and hence are unable to repay.

Then there are also women who are divorced or separated (In absence of proper knowledge of legal system and courts or in rural areas) or who have never married due to their financial conditions who are again looking for an avenue to earn their livelihood.

Now such families who want either, to repay their family debts, educate and create a future for their children, improve the future of their families, use the remuneration they receive to create a new source of income for themselves or their families decide to become a Surrogate Mother. Income they derive from this process if successful if in a span of 12 months is approx. 3 Lacs in our centre, which comes around to Rs. 800 a day or 24000 a month which even most graduates with experience of more than 4 years would not earn in India and is mostly sufficient enough for them to at-least create a new future for themselves and their families.

There have been instances of children of Surrogate Mothers coming to our centre who are pursuing their Lower Secondary or Higher Secondary visiting our centre to visit their mothers, children of all of the Surrogate Mothers are gaining education in some school and we are encouraging all of them to do so, there are instances wherein we have been invited to open a tailor shop or grocery shop and even a e-seva centre’s for providing government services available through internet of women who were Surrogate Mothers earlier at our centre, instances of such families buying lands and cultivating in them we have heard of and this makes us proud, this makes us happy and satisfied. Such instances give us a feeling of fulfilment wherein we have been able to support a neglected part of a society and have been able to support or in a way create a new future for a family or an individual.

To encourage this prospect and with our intent of building futures of families, over the years’ time and again we have invited self-help groups (S.H.G.’s) who are involved in imparting training of alternative professions like handicrafts, tailoring, pottery, computer training, education etc. to the premises of ART Banks to impart Surrogate Mothers with such training to enable them to create their future.

Now compare this positive vibes with the negative news surrounding exploitation. This gives us immense satisfaction as through this process of Surrogate Parenting, we have not only built a future of family of Intended Parents but also of the selfless and special women called Surrogate Mothers.

In the Process

Now once it is determined that woman is fit to be a Surrogate Mother, then she is resides in the premises of the A.R.T. bank preferably in premises in proximity to the Hospital with a view on her health and to address any medical complications if arises. Here she is made to understand the entire process including the details of agreement she will be undertaking with Intended Parent, payment and its terms. These are documented in English as-well as vernacular language of the Surrogate Mother. In case the Woman is unable to write or read a person who is fluent in her mother tongue explains her in detail the entire process enabling her to make a informed decision.

In this phase once the woman who has decided to become Surrogate Mother has many doubts often cold nerves regarding the entire process. Doubts that whether she will be Pregnant or not, what will happen if she is pregnant, will she be able to carry the pregnancy to its term or not. She is resided within the premises of ART bank to ensure that she is placed in an environment wherein she is able to communicate with other such ladies who are already under the process to calm her nerves. A Doctor who also acts as a Counsellor meets her one to one in a meeting where an attempt is made to clarify all her doubts and address all her apprehensions. The reason for housing them in such premises is also to ensure that the process she is in as a Surrogate Mother is brought to a logical successful end with delivery of a healthy child and thereby also satisfying her purpose of attaining good financial remuneration. With her being in close observation of the medical facility the chances of successful pregnancy resulting in delivery of the child is maximised by leaps and bounds. It is ensured that for at-least a week she is time and again counselled and all pros and cons of joining this process is made known to her before actual start of the medical process.

Thereafter once the medical process starts after her full satisfaction, with an eye on the common complications like nausea etc. that occur during pregnancy a diet plan is designed by the nutritionist to ensure to minimize the discomfort to her, she is provided options of indoor games like caroms, chess and local tribal games for her entertainment and to divert her attention and clam her nerves. A TV set is provided for every batch of 6 Surrogate Mothers for their entertainment as-well. She has her own phone or a phone is provided by ART Bank to ensure that she is in touch with her near and dear ones. Noteworthy small children of such Surrogate Mothers are allowed to reside with them to ensure the well-being of them as-well.

She is trained and counselled for leading a clean and healthy life style and is instructed to undertake common exercises like walking or yoga for them to be healthy. Food provided to them is also sent to the Hospital for the Doctors to check the same on the quality, nutritional value and taste. Appropriate items for daily chores like clothing sets, bedding sets, soaps & bars etc. are provided to them individually at regular intervals. They are counselled in common etiquette's for clean and healthy living to minimize the chances of any kinds of diseases or infections. Daily a physician visits the premises to ensure that a disease or ailment in timely diagnosed and cured and they are advised to visit the Hospital Premises based on a fixed schedule and appointment to ensure their comfort. A trained nurse or a mid-wife is also housed in the premises to ensure their safety and well-being.

Once Embryo Transfer process is completed, the Surrogate Mothers who are Pregnant are allowed to stay in the premises and those who have not impregnated are allowed to leave and go to their home as per their comfort with appropriate compensation provided to them for such process to take place. A payment plan is designed for them in a way that in course of the process and during the pregnancy depending on the progress an optimum amount is given to them so that in case of failure of such embryo transfers or in case of miscarriage she receives monies to be part of the process. Noteworthy this detail is also informed to the Surrogate Mother before enrollment.

Those who are pregnant are monitored and appropriate daily plan is designed for them to ensure their well-being and to inculcate good habits that they can even carry to their respective homes after the process enabling them as ambassadors of Healthy India. Medication to them is provided for fixed intervals of time and mid wife ensures that they take their medication and diets on time. A weekly meeting is fixed for them with physician apart of her regular medical consultations only to address their non-medical apprehensions and to calm their nerves.

In case of family functions or emergencies where their presence is required it is ensured that they are allowed to attend it and are sent to their homes with one of their family members and for those in the later stages of pregnancy are accompanied by mid wives to ensure their health and well-being.

In later stages of pregnancy the anxiousness to deliver and go to their respective homes increases in Surrogate Mothers and at times can have adverse effects on pregnancy like hypertension etc. To facilitate Surrogate Mother through this stage which is the most difficult stage in pregnancy an attempt is made to keep her occupied in some activity or other by S.H.G’s to divert her mind. She is kept under close observation of mid-wife and people with some kind of complications are shifted to the facility providing Gynaecology Services to ensure her safety. For rest of the women, as and when need arises as they go into labour, they are shifted to a specialized facility providing world-class Gynaecology  and Paediatric Services to ensure well-being of the Surrogate Mothers as-well as the child/ children being born. 

The Medication and Services provided to the Surrogate Mothers during their stay in our partner facility which is one of the renowned and high-end facilities in Hyderabad providing Gynaecology and Pediatric Services is same as they provide to their regular patients again ensuring well- being of this woman who through her noble act has brought smiles and future of unknown people by helping them become parents, which otherwise would not have been possible.

Post birth of child, she is allowed to keep the child for appropriate time with her and a small meeting is arranged with Intended Parents to ensure that she is satisfied that the child born through her is safe hands. It is advised that parents bring gifts with them for the Surrogate Mother to soothe her and to give her the feeling of the parents being obliged and thankful towards her. In case of parents who are unable to meet the Surrogate Mothers for some reason, Hospital arranges a gift set given to her on behalf of the parents only to bring a smile on the face of this great woman who through her noble act has brought smiles and future of unknown people by helping them become parents.

Thus in this process of Surrogate Motherhood, which is even not regulated by Law, we ensure that each step we undertake is ethically and morally correct and in a way contributes in building a healthy society and healthy nation and bring smiles to all the parties involved.

Nothing can replace the joy of a smile of a child and this article is a tribute to these great women who through their noble act continue to bring smiles and future of unknown people by helping them become parents by going through pains and hurdles. It is an attempt to bring in a positive side of Surrogacy and Surrogate Mother that has been neglected by the sections of society which has often criticized the process and has viewed this process as only a means to exploitation of woman. It is a tribute to the strength and power of woman, who only has the power to give life and then donate her smile. A tribute to a Mother special and valuable than others a “Surrogate Mother”.