Find the list of best surrogacy doctors in India who offers the best treatment with the highest success rate. The list has been categorized on the basis of doctors fame, experience, reviews, ratings, and cost. Dr. Mohit Saraogi from Saraogi Hospitals and IRIS IVF Centre and Dr. Kaberi Banerjee from Advanced Fertility Centre top the list of the best surrogacy doctors in India.
The average cost of surrogacy in India ranges between Rs. 11,82,700 and Rs. 16,38,500 including diagnostics, disposables, medicine, and pregnancy delivery charges. This is the estimation for non-commercial surrogacy that doesn't include surrogates compensation.
Yet with the introduction of the new law on surrogacy in the country for altruistic surrogacy, total cost of surrogacy may now depend on certain factors like In Vitro Fertilization, additional procedures such as ICSI, TESA, Donor sperm or eggs and some miscellaneous expenses on surrogate mother and surrogacy centres in India.
In this article, you will get to know about:
- What are the major factors affecting surrogacy cost?
- What is the estimated surrogacy cost in India?
- What are the factors affecting cost of surrogacy in India?
Surrogacy refers to a contract in which a woman agrees to carry pregnancy for another couple. (1) Surrogacy Cost in India depends on various factors including its success rates, an infrastructure of the clinic, an experience of the doctor and other factors as well. There is no specific amount that states surrogacy cost as it includes numerous other costs depending on the intended parent and medical situation of the surrogate mother. Though, Lok Sabha has passed Surrogacy bill on 19 December 2018 and the bill states some rules to control Surrogacy in India. Lok Sabha has completely banned the Commercial surrogacy, only altruistic surrogacy is allowed in India. (2)
Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016 was given the green flag by Union Cabinet so did Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Regulation Bill-2017. (3) India has been a favorite country for those who want to have their baby with surrogacy because of its cheapest cost compared to other countries, before it was banned. (4)
Note - Surrogacy is also known as Third Party Reproduction, in which DNA or gestation is provided by a third party or donor other than the intended parents who will raise the resulting child. (5)
The major factors on which the cost of surrogacy in India is depended are:
1. Surrogate Mother Compensation: Although, Commercial surrogacy is banned in India but Altruistic Surrogacy is still in practice. In altruistic surrogacy, surrogate mother doesn't accept any kind of monetary compensation. However, the intended parents pay for other miscellaneous expenses like maternity clothes, travel allowances to physician’s office, necessary medication and housekeeping if required. Altruism also ignores the physical and emotional labor of a surrogate mother, and does not take into account mental or physical post-partum problems. (6)
2. Insurance: Some cost of surrogacy treatment in India is also paid for maternity health insurance coverage. This cost depends on whether the surrogate mother already owns health insurance or not.
3. IVF and Egg Fertilization Cost: The cost of surrogacy treatment also depends on the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process. As in this process, the eggs are retrieved from the donor or the intended mother and are fertilized by donor or intended father’s sperms in the laboratory. This result in the embryo formation, thus the formed embryo is then implanted into the uterus of the surrogate mother. The cost of egg fertilization process ranges from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 60,000.
4. Egg Donor Program: When the intended mother’s eggs are not healthy enough to create embryos, in this case, there will be a need of an egg donor. For this purpose, a donor is compensated for her time and efforts. Based on these, the cost of surrogacy in India is far less as compared to other countries. (7) The below-mentioned table presents the cost of procedures:
Procedures used in Surrogacy
Total Cost of IVF in Surrogacy
Rs. 1.2 lacs to Rs. 2 lacs
Donor Eggs Cost
Rs. 33, 500 to Rs. 91,200. (8)
Frozen Embryo Cost
Rs. 30,000 Frozen embryo cost to Rs. 50, 000
Shipped Embryo Cost
Rs. 15, 000 to Rs. 30, 000
5. Legal Cost: To make sure that all the procedures are in accordance with the law, legal fees will be an essential component. Earlier, the fees of surrogacy including the cost of frozen embryo and donor eggs used to be around Rs. 13, 06,000 excluding the cost of drafting and executing contracts. However, the legal cost of surrogacy in India varies from place to place and depends on many other factors as well.
6. Travel Allowances of Surrogate Mother: Travel allowances include the charges of money spent on the traveling of a surrogate mother, as it may be hard to visit the clinic if the surrogate mother belongs to a remote area. So the total cost of surrogacy in India will also include the amount of money spent on travel by the surrogate mother.
However, according to a complete research over each of the above-mentioned factors, the total cost of surrogacy comes up with a cost estimate based on treatment success. The “Average Surrogacy Cost in India” - has been calculated by Ela using an algorithmic approach. This algorithm is a part of “Fair Treatment Cost” calculator. This is the Surrogacy (self) cost in India when no donor egg or sperm is used which is Rs. 11,82,700 to Rs. 16,38,500. (8) However, it was once stated by Dr. Daru Shah that with the help of various tremendous advances, the doctors might not need an egg or sperm to fertilize and create a baby. As per him a baby can be created, by converting the skin cells into sperms and eggs. (9) All parties should fairly discuss the estimated expense of a surrogate by intended parents and should be comfortable with the surrogacy agreement. However, the surrogate mother has the right to manage her own pregnancy and hence there is no doubt that commercial surrogacy is easily manageable. (10)
There are various factors on which the cost of the Surrogacy treatment in India depends:
- Experience of the doctor
- Utilization of donor sperms or eggs
- Cost of Legal Procedure
- Infrastructure of the clinic
- Miscellaneous charges including lab tests and ultrasounds are also incorporated in the total cost of surrogacy treatment in India.
SOURCES AND REFERENCES:
- ^ Surrogacy: Ethical and Legal Issues Ijcm.org.in, 29 March 2019
- ^ Surrogacy Bill 2016 finally passed by Lok Sabha bans commercial surrogacy Indiatoday.in, 29 March 2019
- ^ What are the surrogacy laws in India: Here is everything you need to know Indianexpress.com, 29 March 2019
- ^ Third-party reproduction - wiki pedia En.wikipedia.org, 29 March 2019
- ^ Surrogacy bill reflects shallow understanding of women and the desire for children Telegraphindia.com, 29 March 2019
- ^ Surrogacy in India: Current Perspectives Medicalsciencejournal.com, 29 March 2019
- ^ How Does Surrogacy Work and What Does It Cost? Elawoman.com, 29 March 2019
- ^ IVF could be much cheaper with Indian products - Economic times Health.economictimes.indiatimes.com, 29 March 2019
- ^ Surrogacy: Blessing or Curse to Poor Society in India Pagepressjournals.org, 29 March 2019
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