Thursday, May 13, 2010

U.S. Embassy and Using An Egg Donor

I got an e-mail from Nancy at the American Citizen Services department of the U.S. embassy and was told that if the wife is the one with U.S. citizenship and the husband has another country's citizenship, then the wife cannot transmit U.S. citizenship to the child if she used an egg donor. We are trying to find out if an "adoption" can take place so that the wife can give the child citizenship that way, but we shall see if that can go through. I will keep those affected by this informed.

Link to U.S. embassy page regarding biological or adopted childen

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Indian IVF/Surrogacy Bill May Stop Gay Couples

Unfortunately, India is still very conservative in this arena. I suggest that if you are a gay couple considering surrogacy in India, that you write the ICMR and complain and get your friends to write too. Currently, there are no surrogacy or IVF laws in India enacted. The ICMR has been saying for YEARS that they will pass the law, but it is still being heavily debated. More on this article here:

Link to Article

Friday, May 7, 2010

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Guidelines for ART Clinics

Here is the link to a DRAFT bill of the ICMR guidelines for Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy that are being discussed for review by the Indian Parliament. Remember, they are NOT law yet, and there are some very disturbing things in it, like that the surrogate should get 75% of her fee upfront and you cannot use a known donor.

There is still a way to complain about any of these guidelines so that they can be corrected before passed as law (this has been going on for years, so it isn't expected to come anytime soon):

PDF of ICMR Guidelines

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Informational Videos on Surrogacy in India

I have created my first 7 videos regarding surrogacy in India. They are free to view on YouTube. I will be hosting more videos, so it will be great if you subscribed to my channel.

Karma of Baby's YouTube Channel Link

The following topic titles are now available:

"Why Choose Surrogacy in India?"
This video discusses the pros of choosing to go to India and make the most important decision in your life.

"What Needs to Be Done Before Arriving to India"
This video explains what you need to do before arrival in India.

"The IVF Process in India: From Arrival to Departure"
This video runs through the entire IVF process and when to arrive and depart India.

"Different Ways to Your Goal: Using an Egg Donor"
This video explains how you would select an egg donor for your IVF and surrogacy journey.

"Different Ways to Your Goal: Using More than One Surrogate"
This video shows you how you can maximize your chances of success by using 2 surrogates and the issues that arise from this scenario.

"Process for Gay Couples, Single Parents, or Couples Using an Egg Donor: The Complications"
This video explains the surrogacy journey for gay couples, single parents and heterosexual couples using an egg donor.

"Bringing Your Baby Home from India"
This video covers immigration matters and issues on how to bring your baby home after surrogacy in India.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Namaste - Welcome to the World of Surrogacy in India

I wanted to start this blog to keep an up-to-date journal of articles, events and happenings surrounding the subject of surrogacy in India. There is a lot of rumours, gossip and misinformation out there, and I hope to bring some facts to the "debate" if you want to call it that. This blog is not meant to be any person's personal experience with surrogacy in India. There are plenty of other blogs that do that. Our blog is meant to cover any and all sides of doing surrogacy in India - both positive or negative. It is awareness and education that makes you best prepared to embark on this journey.

Surrogacy in India is a quite sensitive and new topic, and many are venturing into Indian surrogacy either because they can't afford to do it in their home countries (like the U.S., which is still 3-4 times more expensive) or they do not have a choice (it is not legal to do commercial surrogacy in their home countries).

Though I own and operate the Karma of Baby agency to help people arrange their surrogacy journeys to India, this blog is a good primer to start researching this option. I am grateful that we have this option in our day and age and that there is at least an additional choice besides adoption. This option also allows even the GLBT community to fulfill their dreams of starting a biological family of their own. As I say, you don't have to experience childbirth to experience the beauty of parenthood.