By Sun Narin
Childless families in Kolkata are now in favor of finding the surrogate mothers to bear the children for them. The number of surrogacy is on the increase, according to the medical professionals.
Dr. Rohit Gutgutia, Medical Director of Neotia Healthcare Initiative Limited, at Bhagirathi Neotia Woman & Child Care Centre (BNCCCW Kolkata) said that with the increasing awareness of artificial reproductive technologies, number of queries regarding surrogacy cases is also increasing day by day in Kolkata, adding that a lot of people from Kolkata have come to do the counseling.
He said: “We deal with 1-2 surrogacy cases per month. There are quite a fair lot of people in Kolkata, going for surrogacy. About 8- 10 couples every month enquire regarding options of surrogacy.” However, he said that when properly counseled, they realize that there are other treatment options they were not aware of. Hence, couples medically suited for surrogacy are much less than couples enquiring for surrogacy.
He said that many couples coming in his clinic have very little knowledge of surrogacy, but some couples are there who have actual knowledge what surrogacy is, these couples after rigorous counseling and explanation of other treatment options, happily follow those alternative treatments, which are best suited for them.
Genome The Fertility Clinic in Kolkata also sees the rise of the surrogacy. There have been from 18 to 20 cases of the surrogacy cases in the last couple years and a lot of counseling for the surrogacy, according to the medical expert from the clinic.
Having seen the other couples who are successful in finding the surrogate mother, a couple of Mrs Rinki Das (30) from Howrah district went to discuss with the doctor and then they started couple months ago finding the woman who can be the surrogate mother.
“I can afford only maximum of 2 lakhs for the surrogate mother. I need the healthy woman with the age below 30.” Mr Ajay Shaw (38) who is residing in Kolkata, said that his wife (36) was not able to be pregnant; therefore, he decided to find the surrogate mother, but so far he have not found yet.
Some websites have become the place for the childless families residing in Kolkata to post the information of finding the surrogate mother. Mr Vikram Bali, residing in Kolkata posted the information to find the surrogate mother, but he could not find so he gave it up and asked for the adopted child.
According to data compiled by the National ART (artificial reproductive techniques) Registry of India (NARI), from 50-odd cases in 2004 there has been a near 300 per cent jump to 158 cases in 2005. Gujarat alone accounts for 75 of these cases, 16 were reported from Chennai, 15 from Hyderabad, and the rest from other major cities in India.
India is emerging as a leader in international surrogacy. Surrogacy in India is much more simpler and cost effective than anywhere else in the world. The surrogacy market in India is estimated to be between Rs 1,000 and 5,000 crore, considerably lower (about, a fourth of what they would cost in the United States). That has again increased the international confidence in going in for surrogacy in India. The status-conscious lower middle class is resorting to surrogacy for fulfilling its material and financial needs.