Surrogacy has a lot of advantages for infertile couples. It does not only make the dream of parenthood in reality but also provides the genetic connection between parent and child. But some people, who are unaware of the process, consider it unethical or selfish. The surrogacy process is not at all insensitive towards the surrogate. In fact, it is the greatest help from a female to a female. |
Dr. Shivani Sachdev Gour – the best surrogacy doctor in Delhi explains the ethics of surrogacy that safeguard the surrogate’s rights.
• Protection by Legal Contract The surrogacy process is protected by the laws and the legal document that is being signed by both surrogate and intended parents before starting a process. Before starting the medical process, a surrogacy contract is prepared. This contract contains clauses in favor of both parties. It mentions the amount of compensation to the surrogate. Supporting the surrogate financially is not unethical or disrespectful towards her deed. In fact, the surrogate devotes 9 months of her life to the procedure that she could have invested in any other task or job. Thus, compensation and financial support are completely justified. A legal contract also describes that the intended parents will bear all medical expenses such as tests, monitoring, ultrasounds, medication, delivery cost. Future parents are also responsible for paying travel expenses, the cost of diet, and expenses of lifestyle essentials (yoga, exercise, meditation help) during pregnancy.
• Involvement of Surrogacy Agency It is true that the surrogacy journey is very emotional. Keeping a baby in her womb and handing over it to the couple is not easy. Surrogate agencies are responsible for selecting professional surrogates with strong mental strength. Agency does the medical check-up and background verification of the surrogates. They are quite supportive of helping surrogates to deal with emotional waves after the delivery. It ensures that the surrogate is not suffered emotionally. If a surrogacy agency is not involved, the surrogate can demand an external expert that can help her to maintain emotional sanity.
• Protection by the Laws Current laws in India on surrogacy protect surrogates from any physical or mental exploitation. Presently, the following eligibility to become a surrogate is a married woman aged between 24-34 years. She must have given birth to one baby so that she has a knowledge of pregnancy and bodily changes during pregnancy. Her family should be supportive to create a stress-free environment for her and appreciate her deed.
Indian law only allows gestational surrogacy. In this type of surrogacy, there is no biological connection between the baby and the surrogate. The process involves IVF and the embryo is implanted into the surrogate mother’s womb. So, there are no chances of physical exploitation.
Intended parents require the consent of surrogates if they want to abort the child. No one can force her for an abortion. If she refuses, the couple has to take full responsibility for the child. After delivery, the surrogate is free from responsibility. If multiple births (twins, triplet, and more) occur in the same pregnancy, the responsibility is borne by intended parents.
For any queries about the surrogacy process, contact SCI IVF Hospital – the best surrogacy clinic in Delhi.
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