Fertility over 50, India

Asia – Motherhood in 50s is not impossible anymore

Source Asian Age

Medical advances have given career-oriented, independent women the choice to delay their pregnancy successively.

New Delhi: Wanting to be a mother again or even for the first time at an age when generally women have hit menopause (after turning 50) has become a possibility, with better chances and more success rates.

On one hand, medical advances have given career-oriented, independent women the choice to delay their pregnancy successively; while on the other, women can choose to have a second or third child at the age.

There are women who may have gotten married late or those who want to have children in second marriages; some were too busy to pursue a career as well as also those who simply wanted to have a second child, but after a long break, planned a late pregnancy.

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India, Surrogacy

India – Embracing surrogacy

Source Asian Age

Lisa Ray recently introduced her twin daughters to the world and has been as open about her journey towards motherhood, as she was about her battle against cancer. With a large number of celebrities conceiving their children via surrogacy, it seems to have become a trend. Bollywood stars like Shahrukh and Gauri Khan, Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder, Sohail and Seema Khan are no strangers to this procedure. Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cristiano Ronaldo also adopted the method. We find out what makes surrogacy so desirable.

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India, Surrogacy

India – Compensatory surrogacy, a new concept

Source Deccan Chronicle

Hyderabad: Compensatory surrogacy, and not altruistic surrogacy, was recommended by the Telangana infertility specialists in their discussion and debate at the conference of Indian Fertility Society’s Telangana Chapter on Sunday.

The central government, in its amendment of Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016, has stated that commercial surrogacy is prohibited and there must be a 16-month insurance coverage provided by the commissioning parents to the surrogate to deal with medical complications. The Founder of IFS, Dr Kuldeep Jain, explained, “Altruistic surrogacy is not possible as, with nuclear families and with near and dear ones not being in the same city, it is not found to be possible. There is only 1 per cent chance for this type of surrogacy as only someone who is really very concerned, free and can do it selflessly for the couple will come forward.”

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Fertility over 50, India, IVF

UK – ‘I had given up hope anyone would call me Mummy’: Woman, 58, gives birth to son after paying £4,500 for IVF in India because she was ‘too old for treatment in the UK’

Source Daily Mail

A 58-year-old woman has given birth to a son after paying £4,500 for IVF in India because she’d been denied treatment in the UK.

Carolyne Hess forked out for the ’embryo adoption’ procedure abroad after the NHS and private clinics at home turned her down for being too old, The Mirror reports.

The single mother gave birth to her son Javed in November after three donor embryos fertilised by a sperm donor were implanted into her womb at the International Fertility Centre in New Delhi in March last year.

She said her eggs came from a 21-year-old Indian woman who liked dancing and her sperm donor was a 6ft tall white American man who worked in IT. 

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India, Surrogacy

India – Once the go-to place for surrogacy, India tightens control over its baby industry

Source PRI

Outside of a maternity ward, a young man and woman are bent over a phone. A few minutes ago, a nurse beckoned them over and ushered them in through a closed door. They came back out smiling. On the phone is the photo of a newborn baby girl. She’s in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; these are her parents in the waiting area, and her birth mother, or gestational carrier, is in the ward, getting some much-needed sleep.

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India, Surrogacy

India – Committee to keep watch on surrogacy centres

Source The Hindu

In an attempt to wipe out unauthorised surrogacy centres, the State government on Monday constituted a committee that will keep a check on all surrogacy centres.

The move follows a complaint by a woman named Shubhangi Bhostekar with the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in April this year. She said her husband, Prakash, a father of two girls, wanted a son, and so he went to a surrogate centre at a private hospital with his mother, claimed he was single and went ahead with the surrogacy.

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India, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Source MamaMia

Barry Du Bois knew his children were his the precise moment they were created. He saw it, felt it. It was a hot morning in Mumbai, India, when the former builder was permitted into the hospital laboratory to watch his sperm being implanted into a donor egg.

As he writes in his new book Life Force, “I was there, watching, when I saw the cell, the single cell of one of my children go… blip… into two cells. I saw that happen with my own eyes. I was there for the creation of life.

“I knew this was the time. I knew they were my children, right there and then.”

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India, Infertility

India – Infertility and the related worries

Source The Hans India

Nowadays, infertility is on a rise in both men and women. Studies say that one out of every seven couples in the world is unable to have a child. Dr Shruti Malvi, Director of Kbpn Malvi Hospital in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh, has been extensively working on the problem of infertility. She gives us an insight into the world of infertility and the myths behind it.

The processes of ovulation and fertilisation need to happen correctly to get pregnant. Sometimes the issues that cause infertility in couples are present at birth, and sometimes they develop later in life. Dr Shruti defines Infertility as the failure to achieve clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse

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India, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

India – What If the Surrogate Mother Dies ? : Sonali Kusum

Source ET Healthworld

The recently proposed Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 emphasizes on controlling exploitation of surrogate mother but lacks adequate maternal health safeguards for surrogate mother. Surrogate pregnancy like any other pregnancy not only carries the risk of maternal mortality but involves aggravated health risks including negative drug reaction or allergies, nausea and vomiting, stomach pains and swelling, shortness of breath, faintness, ovarian hyper stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) (hyper stimulation) which may be life-threatening following hormonal treatment, in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique for facilitating conception in surrogate mother.

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breastfeeding, India, Surrogacy, surrogate children

What about breast feeding for children born of surrogacy? : Sonali Kusum

Source Healthworld

The Surrogacy Bill 2016 and the recent Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights ( MSCPCR) is silent on the fundamental right of child, that every infant including surrogate child born of surrogacy has right to breast feeding or similar substitutes in the interest of early growth, survival and development of child.

The Surrogacy Bill 2016 and the recent Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights ( MSCPCR) is silent on the fundamental right of child, that every infant including surrogate child born of surrogacy has right to breast feeding or similar substitutes in the interest of early growth, survival and development of child. The MSCPCR issued guidelines this month on regulation of surrogacy for protection of interest of child born of surrogacy, the surrogate mother and to check any malpractices but the commission guidelines does not address the same. Considering the commission is a specialized body constituted under CPCR Act 2005 with the specific mandate to promote the best interest of child through its recommendations following review of existing legislations, policy, such oversight by commission is a glaring omission.

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India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Child rights panel wants adherence to norms on surrogacy

Source Business Standard

The Maharashtra Child Rights Commission has recommended strict implementation of the ICMR’s guidelines for those desiring to have a child through surrogacy.

It has asked the state government to set up a task force to monitor the implementation of guidelines and to tighten the supervision of hospitals facilitating delivery of children through surrogacy.
The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has also asked people, including actors, desiring a child through surrogacy, surrogate mothers, egg/sperm donors to register themselves with clinics or hospitals, that in-turn have to be registered with an appropriate government authority.

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Commercial Surrogacy, India, Parental rights, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Surrogacy Regulation is Stuck Between Market, Family and State

Source The Wire

Through the years, India’s stand on surrogacy has varied from a medico-liberal to a carceral model, but the best safeguards for surrogates would be empowerment rather than relying on the market or the state for protection.

Surrogacy policy in India has varied from encouraging commercial surrogacy to allowing only altruistic surrogacy, a move that was condemned by a parliamentary standing committee Credit: Reuters

Law has long been the site of intense political, social and economic contest over women’s reproductive labour. Surrogacy is no exception. Over the past 15 years, numerous legislative drafts on surrogacy have been proposed, making India possibly the only country in the world to seriously consider all possible regulatory approaches to surrogacy ranging from a liberal, contract-based model in the late 1990s to a prohibitionist, carceral model in 2016.
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Cryopreserved Sperm, India, Surrogacy

Our duties towards the unborn

Source Times Of India –

In Feb 2018, there was news that a Pune based woman became a grandmother to twins born via surrogacy methods, using her dead son’s cryo-preserved.
Her life had come to an unexpected standstill when her son had succumbed to cancer in Germany in 2016.

Today, her joy knows no bounds!
As a woman, I cannot but feel happy for this woman and be grateful to the technology that allows us to do this- on the other hand, an IVF specialist, I worry about the moral obligations of posthumous reproduction.
As reproductive technology develops, it opens up several moral and ethical issues in its wake.

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India, intended parents, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Amended Surrogacy Bill to streamline effective regulation of surrogacy practices

Source NewsBharati

New Delhi, March 22: In order to have an effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibit commercial surrogacy and allow altruistic surrogacy to the needy Indian infertile couples, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for moving official amendments in the “Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016”.

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 proposes to regulate surrogacy in India by establishing National Surrogacy Board at the central level and, State Surrogacy Boards and Appropriate Authorities in the States and Union Territories.

Once the Bill is enacted by the Parliament, the National Surrogacy Board will be constituted. The States and Union Territories shall constitute the State Surrogacy Board and State Appropriate Authorities within three months of the notification by the Central Government.

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Assisted Reproductive Technology, Commercial Surrogacy, India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Cabinet Approves Amendments to Surrogacy Bill

Source: India West

Twenty-eight-year-old Indian surrogate mother, Manu Kani poses at the Surrogacy Center India clinic in New Delhi, Nov. 3, 2015. The Union Cabinet March 21 approved amending the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, March 21 approved amending the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 to provide for rights of a child born through surrogacy equal to those of a natural or biological child, and mandate the registration of surrogacy clinics with the appropriate state authorities.

The amendments also seek 16 months of extended insurance coverage for surrogate mothers to cover all complications, as well as a strict clause to safeguard the surrogate mother from exploitation, the Union Health Ministry said.

Also, Assisted Reproductive Technology has been kept out of the Bill’s purview, it added.

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endometriosis, India, Infertility, Surrogacy

India – Ending the option of carrying a child is about taking control of the body

Source:  HindustanTimes

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American actress Lena Dunham’s poignant article in the March issue of the US Vogue about her decision to have her womb surgically removed at 31 when many young women begin considering having a baby is not just about her ending her decade-long battle against endometriosis.

It’s about choice and taking control of her body, even if it means ending the option of carrying a child.

The night before the surgery, when the nurse asked her one last time: “Is there any chance you could be pregnant?” The star of the TV series, Girls, said: “‘Well, not after tomorrow,’ I say. I wish there were a word for when nobody likes your jokes but you make them anyway.”

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India, IVF, Semen, Sperm Donor, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

India – Using late son’s preserved semen, couple gets twin grandkids through IVF, surrogacy

Source: Nyooz

Pune: The parents of a 27-year-old man, who died of brain tumour two years ago, used their unmarried son’s cryopreserved semen extracted long before his death to have grandchildren. Fusing the semen with eggs of a matching donor, doctors created embryos and transferred them into a surrogate mother’s womb.

The woman, who incidentally is the man’s aunt, delivered healthy twin baby boys two days ago. Experts, however, have raised questions about the ethics behind the procedure. The man was diagnosed with brain tumour in 2013 while pursuing higher education in Germany.

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Adoption, India, Infertility, IVF, Surrogacy

India – Surrogacy and Adoption: An insight

Source: Times of India

Every couple hopes to hear their child giggling in the house, but sometimes their dream seems to slowly fade to a point that it starts to feel far-fetched. Science is offering many Assisted Reproductive Techniques but seldom medical issues with the couple obstruct the way, even after options like IVF, IUI, and ICSI etc. When these techniques fail, a couple has two final options left: Adoption and Surrogacy.

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Cancer, Egg Freezing, Embryo Freezing, Frozen Eggs, India

India – Fertility preservation methods offer hope for cancer patients

Source:  Deccan Chronicle

Fertility preservation methods Fertility preservation methods offer hope for cancer patients. (Photo: Pixabay)

New Delhi: Many cancer treatments affect the ability to become pregnant, temporarily or permanently.

Fertility preservation (FP) is an effort to retain the fertility of cancer patients, thereby improving their quality of life.

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India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Central Government Approves Maternity Leave For Employees Opting For Surrogacy

Source: NDTV.com

For babies born through surrogacy, commissioning mothers can avail paid maternity leave

New Delhi: Central government’s women employees, whose children are born through surrogacy, will now be entitled to maternity leave, according to an official order of the personnel ministry.

The employees can avail of paid maternity leaves up to 26 weeks (about 180 days).

The ministry has written to all central government departments about a 2015 Delhi High Court order on this issue.

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