Indian women hope to escape poverty
There has been a rise in the number of women in India offering themselves as surrogate mothers, according to fertility experts.
This has coincided with growing numbers of Western couples looking for mothers willing to have a child for them.
Dr Nayna Patel, one of India’s best known surrogacy specialists, said there had been a marked increase in women volunteering, while Dr Anoop Gupta, one of the country’s leading gynecologists, told The Daily Telegraph his Delhi clinic had seen a sharp rise in recent months of both childless couples searching for surrogates women looking to earn up to £5,000 to deliver another family’s baby.
One of those women is 29 year old Gita, a beautician from South Delhi, whose husband lost his job as a sound engineer in the film industry. The sudden loss of his 35,000 rupee (£500) per month salary, sent them into freefall. They could no longer afford the £200 per month rent, and she, her husband and their two young children moved into one room, where they had to share a lavatory and kitchen with five other families.
To make ends meet, she joined Dr Gupta’s donor egg programme, selling two sets of eggs for 25,000 rupees (£330) each, and finally decided to volunteer for surrogacy.
‘It’s been very hard, but now I’ll earn 350,000 rupees (£5,000) for the pregnancy plus 5,000 rupees per month living expenses (£66). I feel good about it, it’s easy, and if the family I’m having the baby for are happy, they may give me more. One woman was given a new flat,’ she said.
The credit crunch is also a factor in the growth of western clients coming to India for cheap surrogacy. Kristin Jordan, 26, said she and her software developer husband opted for an Indian surrogate when they discovered it would be around $30,000 (£20,000) cheaper than in their home state, California.
‘Here it will cost around $15,000. In Sacremento, it’s three times the cost,’ she said.