Saturday, 19 April 2014

INSTAR PRESS RELEASE : Surrogacy builds Families

INDIA takes a GLOBAL ROLE in Third Party Reproduction with INSTAR (Indian Society for Third Party Assisted Reproduction) hosting two National events on the 20th of April.
This walk challenges the notion that Surrogate mothers are abandoned by their families and their husbands as they are doing surrogacy. It challenges the notion that the family looks down upon surrogate mothers.
This walk demonstrates that in fact the husbands and family members of Surrogate Mothers have come out in their support .
ART BANKS of Indian origin, Caucasian origin and African Origin Egg donors will give their views - for The FIRST TIME IN INDIA. According to the Banks the problems that arise are due to a minority of unscrupulous elements claiming to be ART Banks. This is done to cut costs of treatment as they don’t have complete paperwork etc. Only registered Companies who have applied for registration with the ICMR should be used by doctors and patients, this will go a long way in reducing the problems.
Standardised DOCUMENTATION for Surrogacy will be given - this is for reference purpose and has been vetted by Legal and Medical Experts in the Relevant field and is in LOCAL Language and is an extension of the ICMR guidelines especially for post-delivery care of the surrogate mothers and counselling for the process

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Instar-Indian-Society-For-Third-Party-Assisted-Reproduction/652649228128844?fref=photo

Some of our SCI Families, proud and thankful to their surrogate and India















Friday, 18 April 2014

From the U.S : a family forever changed by the arrival of their twins

A family forever changed, India now part of this family's story forever more...



Dearest Dr Shivani and the SCI staff,

It was more than 6 months ago that our life-time dream of fatherhood finally came to reality, and we were blessed with Anjali & Arian. It has been an amazing journey, and our life forever has changed. A simple "Thank You" does not convey the immense gratitude we have for all of you. 

Also we are forever thankful to two beautiful and amazing women, our donor and our surrogate, Shabana, without whom this journey would not have been possible. We are appreciative of all the sacrifices Shabana had to make to carry our babies for 34 weeks. 

Throughout the journey, you guys have been professional, responsive and helpful with all the questions we had. New Delhi will always have a special place in our heart as the birth place of our babies. 






Keep up the great work, and may God bless you all. 

Payam, Sajeev, Anjali & Arian - from Brooklyn, NY

If you would like to find out more about surrogacy with SCI, please email us at : drshivnaisachdev@gmail. com. We look forward to receiving your email.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

From Canada:a baby girl and 'an amazing experience'

Undertaking fertility treatment overseas can be worrisome, it lovely to hear that that SCI were able to make this ' a small issue'  for this family...



We came to know of SCI through another fellow Canadian that also had an amazing experience.  After a few attempts and the perseverance of Dr Shivani and her team we were blessed on March 3rd, 2014 with a beautiful healthy daughter, Ria.

We will be forever grateful to Dr Shivani and the entire SCI team for helping us achieve our dream of extending our family.  And a very special thank you must also go to our egg donor and our beautiful surrogate.
 
We found Dr Shivani and the entire SCI team to be professional, caring, responsive and always willing to assist.  They made the physical distance of being in Canada as small an issue as possible which is no small feat. I would just like to simply state that our first daughter was also born through surrogacy but with another Delhi clinic that proved to be unsatisfactory and unprofessional so we are so happy that we found to SCI. 

We feel so lucky to finally have our second baby girl and wish everyone much success on their journey,
 
Warm regards,
Teresa, Vikram, Sierra and Ria

We wish this family the choicest of blessings; if you would like to find out more about surrogacy, please email us at : drshivanisachdev@gmail.com

Thursday, 10 April 2014

March Births - Congratulations to all our families...

The choicest of blessings for all the babies born in March...


If you wish to find out more about surrogacy in India, please email us at : drshivanisachdev@gmail.com

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

From Brazil: Our Precious Boys

Completely in love with our two sons…



We have just returned home with our beloved baby boys, Eduardo and Rodrigo. They will grow knowing the beautiful story behind their birth, of which we are so proud. We have always had an amazing support from our dear family and friends, who now celebrate these two incredible blessings in our lives. 

It is hard to express in words how thankful we are to our beautiful and generous surrogate, whom we had the chance to thank in person and even to meet her husband and their adorable little daughter. She is forever in our prayers.

We would like to thank our wonderful Dr. Shivani and her amazing staff, who made all this possible through so much professionalism, as well as a comforting empathy throughout the process. 

Finally, we would also like to thank our IP (Intended Parents) friends who have come part of our lives. We have become a growing SCI family, and you mean so much to us. Thank you for sharing this journey with us.

Lots of baby dust to those wishing for babies in their lifes!
Barbara and Claudio



If you would like to find out more about surrogacy with SCI, please email us at: drshivnaisachdev@gmail.com

Sunday, 6 April 2014

From Australia : twin boys and what joy!


Another family completed, two more little Aussies head home...





Dear Dr Shivani & all the staff at SCI Healthcare,

We would like to thank you all for all your help & support throughout our journey.


It has been a pleasure dealing with everyone at SCI Healthcare & an experience that we will never forget. 


Our beautiful boys are doing really well & we are very happy & proud parents..



We wish this family the choicest of blessings and it is wonderful when friends recommend us to friends and now they all have children.

If you wish to find out more about surrogacy, please feel free to email us at: drshivanisachdev@gmail.com


Thursday, 3 April 2014

From Australia: an amazing wife and a beautiful baby girl...

A dream comes true for one Australian family, a message of joy from one Australian father to the world...





“I have to pinch myself constantly at the new life I have just been thrust into. Years of crushing disappointment and devastating losses had certainly taken its toll on me and made everyday life a certain struggle at the best of times.

A strong resolve, an amazing wife, (who has shown me a strength that I never thought could exist time and time again) and a hope that wouldn't fade, helped me get through the darkest days. 

But a little ray of sunshine, that started beaming approximately 9 months ago, started to light up the darkness. As days passed, darkness started to turn more to light, until on March 24 my little angel popped up on the other side of the world to change my life forever. 



Its all I could have ever wanted.

To a donor I will never meet, and a surrogate that I will forever be in debit to, THANK YOU! 

To Surrogacy Centre India, whose job is to help people desperate to fulfil their dreams, THANK YOU! 

All the people who have played a major and minor part in this epic saga, THANK YOU! 

And most of all to wife WE DID IT! The past will never be forgotten but the future now looks pink, thanks to MACKENZIE PEARL JONES.


We wish this family the choicest of blessings. If you would like to find out more about surrogacy in India, please email us at drshivanisachdev@gmail.com

Monday, 31 March 2014

From Ireland: a bundle of boys and a family completed...

We wish this Irish family the choicest of blessings...



We will be forever grateful to Dr Shivani , SCI staff and our wonderful surrogate for helping us become a family.

We had been trying for 18 years to have a family and only had negatives and miscarriages. However SCI have given us the blessing of two beautiful sons within a year of first travelling to New Delhi.

The whole experience at SCI has been excellent and to finally hold our babies in our arms after so many years is amazing.

A huge thanks to everyone that made this possible,

Joe & Sonia
Ireland

If you would like to find out more about surrogacy in India, please email us at : drshivnaisachdev@gmail.com

Friday, 28 March 2014

February Births - Congratulations to all our families...

Congratulations to all our February Babies, we wish you the choicest of blessings...

If you would like to find out more about surrogacy in India with SCI, please email us at: drshivanisachdev@gmail.com

Monday, 24 March 2014

From Australia : another family completed....


Another Australian family completed; and a new generation of travellers are born ...




We would like to thank SCI for helping us become a family. Although the paperwork and processes can be daunting and frustrating, SCI guided us along the way. We are still in New Delhi finalising the paperwork.

We took the twin boys to the Taj Mahal yesterday! This was the first of many family outings that we will spend with them. We plan to give them the travel bug at an early age, so they can experience the world and all it has to offer.

A special thanks to Mariamma and her nurses for assisting us in our first few days as parents.


We look forward to getting back to Australia and to introduce the boys to their new family and friends.

G & S, Perth, Australia


We wish this family the choicest of blessings. If you would like to find out more about surrogacy in India, please email us at: drshivanisachdev@gmail.com

Thursday, 20 March 2014

From Australia : a beautiful baby girl

A family from Australia, joyous after having a much wanted child...





After many failed ivf attempts and heartbreaking losses we turned to SCI to help us start our family.  

Nine months later, we are now the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl.

We will be forever grateful to Dr Shivani and the entire SCI team for helping us achieve our dream of having a family.  A very special thank you must also go to our egg donor and our beautiful surrogate.

We found Dr Shivani and the entire SCI team to be professional, caring, responsive and always willing to assist. Surrogacy is not for the faint hearted but Dr Shivani and her team made the process as stress free as possible.

We feel so lucky to finally have our baby girl and wish everyone success on their journey,

kind regards,

Anita, Kris and Isabella


If you would like to find out more about surrogacy in India, please email us at drshivanisachdev@gmail.com




Tuesday, 11 March 2014

From Canada: the winners are... Mike and Luc!

Another family completed, one of our male couples who commenced treatment prior to the medical visa changes, now their treatment is completed...



"We are so lucky to have welcomed Charlotte & Victor in our life. We would like to thank the whole SCI team for all your help and support to create our family! This journey has been a bit bumpy, but you have always been there for us in the good and not so good days! The final outcome, our twin babies, are by far the most extraordinary event that happened in our lifes!

A special thank you to our surrogate mother Sakina who has allowed us to complete our dream. We were so happy to have the opportunity to meet with her and tell her how grateful we were for her act of goodness. We were also very pleased to hear from her that the gratitude was also shared by her and that this experience will also change her life and her family's life for the best.

Finally, another special thank you to Dr. Shivani who enabled this whole dream to come true!

Thank you from the bottom of our heart!

Luc, Mike, Charlotte & Victor
"



Friday, 28 February 2014

From Australia: Making a family dream come true

A happy ending...




Since 2008 I made the decision to turn to surrogacy for the creation of my family.

After a miscarriage through another agency, I turned to SCI. Whilst more heartache and sorrow followed, SCI and Dr Shivani in particular, strongly indicated that my chances for success was high and not to give up hope.


Going above and beyond what a regular clinic would provide, SCI used all available means which resulted in a positive pregnancy result.


What was even more comforting was that FCI ensured my surrogate was well looked after throughout the pregnancy and monitored carefully so the risk of medical issues was minimised.


Without Dr Shivani who is an angel, SCI, Jyoti, Nabanita, Lalit, Margarida and anyone i may have missed, you have blessed me with a healthy beautiful son.





SCI is the only clinic that makes a family dream come true,


From 

Gary and ( baby) Max,

Australia


If you would like to find out more about surrogacy in India, please email us at : drshivanisachdev@gmail.com 


Sunday, 23 February 2014

January Babies ( Hooray)

Congratulations to all our January Babies, we wish you the choicest of blessings...



If you would like to find out more about surrogacy in India with SCI, please email us at: drshivanisachdev@gmail.com

Monday, 17 February 2014

In the Media ( Norway): a positive story about two of our parents and surrogacy.


A google translate of a great article, it gives you the gist of the original article found here: http://morgenbladet.no/samfunn/2013/pappa_t_og_pappa_o#.UwD92RCSzXh

Dad T and Daddy O

<b> secret: </ b> - There are enough clearers eventually in society, homosexuality and surrogacy.  The strange things are just gone.  Some have two dads, others have two moms, says Ole Martin.  - The children will be asked of playmates they have with them.  Why do they have two dads?  There should be no secret that they have two fathers, says Thomas.  Photo: Ellen Lande Gossner
Not Secret: - There are enough clearers eventually in society, homosexuality and surrogacy. The strange things are just gone. Some have two dads, others have two moms, says Ole Martin. - The children will be asked of playmates they have with them. Why do they have two dads? There should be no secret that they have two fathers, says Thomas. Photo: Ellen Lande Gossner
They traveled to India to make a baby. And missed it before the country closed.
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India and surrogacy

For a woman to be considered surrogate mother, requiring Indian clinics that she is healthy and has experienced a pregnancy and birth has passed normally.
Gays couples make up a large portion of the Indian surrogatiklinikkenes market.
Previously many foreigners traveling with a tourist visa for creating and retrieving children.
From July 2012 required the Indian authorities that they pretended parents had medical visa. To get the medical visas for surrogacy requires, among other things, that they are in pairs, male and female, have been married for two years and that it can be attached to a document showing that the country accept surrogacy. This will likely make it very difficult for single, cohabiting couples and gays using surrogacy in India as long as these rules are applicable.
In 2012 came 34 surrogatibarn to Norway from India. In 2013, the preliminary figure 18
It is not known how many surrogatiklinikker found in India.Efforts to create a national registry. 
Surrogacy is not regulated in India at present, but a law has been under construction since 2008.
I found an old rainbow flag and cut it into strips.
Thomas M. Johanson shows the handle of the double stroller. On every side he related colorful tøystriper. The caravan sleeps two babies with the name of the rainbow, Violet and Indigo. They are eight and six months old.Almost twins.

Meeting genus. It is an acidic November day in Oslo over a year ago, Indigo was conceived in Delhi in India.Then his sister, Violette, already two months pregnant in another Indian stomach. Thomas M. Johanson (35) and Ole Martin Moen (28) is the biological father of their own children. Dad T and Daddy O, for they will be a family of four, father of both and share custody of the children.
- Children are half-siblings, says Ole Martin.
- It must explain detailed, asking his uncle.
It is a family visit to the apartment on Hovseter in Oslo.Grandparents, aunt and uncle are served homemade fish stew.
- You must remember that the egg donor and surrogate are not the same person, explains Ole Martin.
- There are thus two surrogates, one egg donor and the two are genetically the father of each of their children?Thomas to Violette and Ole Martin to Indigo? ask uncle.
- I've tried to explain to him, says aunt, but I thought it was the best he asked himself.

Beginning. district Saket in Delhi, India, in another apartment. It is humid and hot and late August. Here Dad T and Daddy O lived temporarily in over four months, ever since Violette was born in April.
- Friends of ours had children. Maybe it started there? asks Thomas.
There are daily in the bedrooms and in the living room. Boiled milk bottles on the kitchen counter. Drinking water delivered to your door. A bowl on the bathroom floor.
- We had not thought that we were going to have children. It was a new thought for us, says Ole Martin.
- There's something about the thought of getting old. Many gays have a dismal life when they get older. When rounding a certain age and are out of the game. Maybe we began to think long-term?

Children desire. Ole Martin and Thomas became acquainted in 2002, and moved together as friends two years later.
Ole Martin has a PhD in philosophy and works at the University of Oslo. Thomas is a teacher and superintendent of a school in Bærum. They shared an apartment in the city center. Central, delicious and no lift. No one knew that they were thinking about having children together.
The apartment they found the Hovseter in Oslo had an extra bedroom. Winnie the Pooh lamp came with. The official explanation for parents and family was that Ole Martin needed an office. The front porch and woods outside was a plus.
- We were invited to share the child with a lesbian friend, but Thomas and I are co-ordinated and quirky. We both had a desire to be there for our kids all the time, make a difference in their lives and together have control over the upbringing. We did not want to bring children into the world who would move here and there since they were born.
- If the adoption was easier, it would be an option for you?
- Then we would have been in doubt about what we would do. There are basically unnecessary to create new child. Many have parents, says Ole Martin.
- A lesbian woman we know did adopt a child with Down syndrome. It is unlikely that we as gays men had the opportunity to adopt at all, think Thomas.

Debate. In 2012 was surrogatidebatten in Norway open and active and put them on the trail of this opportunity to have children. They collected information, checked blogs and recommendations and joined surrogatiforeningen in Norway. Ole Martin and Thomas invited to an open meeting and rented meeting rooms at Peppe Pizza. Five or six couples showed up.
- I like to read the rules and make thorough preparations. Legal seemed completely in order to carry out surrogacy in India. A country that Ukraine does not accept that parents are gays. In Thailand, one is not the father, legally, one must adopt the child.The United States was too expensive for us. It would cost two million to create two children, four times as expensive as in India. The costs in India were low enough that we could try to get two children by surrogacy. It seemed safe, and many had done it before us, says Thomas.
-Surrogatidebatten in Norway had a high temperature when you took the choice to try to have children.
- I think many people feel it is wrong, that there are some errors with surrogacy.Surrogacy is special, it stands out from other professions, you can not pretend otherwise. There is something close and personal with it. Surrogate mothers have children from before, is not even genetically related to the child they are carrying out for others and know what they are, but they can still get the feelings of the child when they are pregnant. But does it necessarily surrogacy wrong? Ask Ole Martin continues:
- When it comes to India's problem often associated with the surrogates are poor. I mean you close the door if you choose to prohibit surrogacy. What else suggest one for women? Why do they have a better life if you take away surrogatialternativet? It is the only real chance many of them have to get a little out of poverty. Surrogacy gives women more options, not fewer. It seems like a positive situation for several, both them and us, he said.
- Some people say to us that it is nice that we have children, the goal is fine, but the method is wrong. Some believe surrogacy is wrong. It's okay, but I can get angry and annoyed because many feel so strongly about something they know so little about, says Thomas.

In the clinic. Baby Pictures are closely packed on a billboard. Wrinkled, small creatures in pink and light blue. One or two. The father or mother who holds them, or two fathers. "Thank you, Dr. Shivani," it says on many of them.
The waiting room of the clinic Surrogacy Centre India (SCI) is cool and comfortable.Assistants and clerks greet warmly at the Thomas and Ole Martin. The squeeze babies and raises them high. "Where life begins" is the slogan here. The clinic promotes itself against foreigners. The website is in English, and all who sit behind desks in the small offices speak English. Staff recommends cab companies, nannies and apartments for foreign clients who need to spend a long time in the Indian capital. Bureaucracy and paperwork takes time.
- In June 2012 we were here for the first time. Almost no one in Norway knew why we traveled to India. We came to Delhi a Saturday night, ate Indian buffet and was sick, says Thomas.
- But we had signed a contract with the clinic. A thirty-page agreement between the surrogate and us.
Moon by the Indian authorities tightened the rules, and it was near impossible for couples Ole Martin and Thomas to take advantage of surrogacy in India.
Dr. Shivani leader clinic and has received both Violet and Indigo. A friendly but busy lady, showing us the clinic in no time. Rooms with ring binders from floor to ceiling. No complicated contracts, finlest and taken care of. We nod to the clerks and secretaries.
Fathers wanted an egg donor with higher education. They had to pay extra for. They chose from a list of several possible candidates.
- We rated each of us, Thomas and I, based on gut feeling and what we immediately liked or did not like the picture and information about the women, he says.
They had pretty much the same range, maybe four possible candidates who eventually became one.
- We have no desire or ability to hide the fact that we have children from another location. When kids are 18, they have a right to know who has borne them. Although the donor is anonymous, we have some information that we can give the kids when they get older. We have thought a lot about, it's good to have something to tell them when they get older and ask questions, says Thomas.

Surrogate mothers. doctor's blog is frequently updated with pictures of the babies she has received. Certainly photographed with her. From the delivery room. The obstetrician and the baby. Surrogate mothers are not in the pictures on the doctor's blog, but they are here on tour. The corridors are women with their big stomachs and waiting for routine control.
- What were you thinking about surrogate mothers when you came here?
- We met them, but trusted the doctor, she chose well for us. I thought about diet, height and weight. Such things, says Thomas.
- During the pregnancy, then?
- I've thought a lot about pregnancy, but not so much on the surrogate. It might distance that does? We are helpless and can not get anything done. We got ultrasound pictures four or five times during the pregnancy, but it was only when we got a picture of the stomach by mail that it felt real. It was so surprising, says Ole Martin.
- I think the distance was easier for me and heavier Thomas. I calmed down that I could not do anything about it. It was beyond my reach, says Ole Martin.

Do not touch. Thomas mentions the names of the children's surrogate mothers and shows pictures of them. They both met once. One smiles at the picture and gold rings in his ears. A month after she was born Violette she came to the Norwegian Embassy in Delhi to sign the papers where she gave up parenthood.
- I do not think she had seen Violette before, we could always do not talk, but she wanted to keep her. We know that she already has three children. Indigo's mother we met later. She was more distant. Or shy. I was worried a bit before we were to meet them and wondered what it would be. They have told our kids and know kids have been strongly desired. It is very special, he says.
- For our own part, we have not pushed to have contact with surrogates. Some parents want to be friends with surrogates and usher in a friendship relationship, we have a contract with women. It's almost better for us to think so, think Ole Martin.
- But I remember thinking if she was interested in who we were, she was curious about us, he says.

Home. 2 Sept. lands a Dreamliner from Qatar Airways at the airport. In row 10 crying Thomas when the wheels hit the ground. He is relieved, happy and tired. Four and a half months he has been in India. Ole Martin was finishing the doctorate in Norway and Thomas traveled alone when Violette was born. "You've got a daughter," said Dr. Shivani phone. He found the apartment, retrieved the child and learned to groom and feed her.
- I barely had held an infant, he said.
He helps Ole Martin to pack up diapers, towels, formula and wipes.
A little earlier in the flight from India asking a woman in the same row with hijab and child on your lap:
- Where is your mother? She nods toward the babies who have been milking, care and sleep.
- The children have two fathers, respond Ole Martin.
- What?
- They have no mother but two fathers.
- They are born by surrogacy, he adds.
The woman giggles and asks no more.
The fathers carrying two babies through the Norwegian passport control.
- Hey, here are two new members, says Thomas adding Violette and Indigos make counter.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Our surrogates: There is no elevator to success -one has to take the stairs

 Another story about a women who took control of her life and made some informed decisions...


We are feeling very proud being able to share Anjali's story

Anjali has changed her husband and children’s life after surrogacy and is very proud to be able to have done so. Before surrogacy, Anjali's children were not going to school. Now Anjali's 6 years old daughter and 4 years old son go to school!




 Anjali’s husband was working as a bus conductor; with poor opportunity for advancement and the added burden that her husband was only working person in the family. Through some of the compensation received through doing surrogacy, Anjali was able to buy a second hand car for her husband so that he can work independently.



Anjali decided to help another family with a selfless gift that no amount of compensation can ever make up for. This mindful women made a decision that changed the lives of both her family and that of a family across the globe. Anjali's children are attending school; her husband self employed and Anjali will be part of an amazing birth story, honoured forever in it's retelling.

Anjali and her family are very proud of her decision to become a surrogate.
  
If you would like to find out more about surrogacy, please email us at: drshivanisachdev@gmail.com

Sunday, 9 February 2014

From Australia: a gorgeous baby girl...


We are always delighted when families take time out to write an update for us and reflect honestly on their journey with SCI...



Our beautiful daughter was born 3 weeks early and It took quite a few weeks for the bond between us to form as might be expected, though I struggled with that fact.

In Delhi after the birth is where I think support could do with some improvement. We had this baby but no real support and it was frightening.  There is much emphases on the actual conception and birth but none for post natal care. Thank the stars for the Nurses recommended by SCI as they were priceless. They are experienced and calmly deal with the stressed out anxious new parents. The older nurse we first had gave us a list of what she required to do her job and many hints and tips for the baby.  

The area around SCI is very well equipped for all the baby needs. The taxi drivers recommended know where all the locations are that we need for legal matters so it eases the pressure.

We could not take Alexa out with us to do our daily chores and legal paperwork as it was over 40 degrees C every day and not much relief at night. Here is where a lady called Poonam Jain was a Godsend . This lady has a once off fee for dealing with obtaining citizenship and getting the all important passport for the baby. Her staff come to your accommodation with all the paperwork to sign, photographer etc. 

The only legals we had to do was go and collect the passport and go to the FRO (Foreign Relations Office) to get the exit visa from India. The FRO is a scary place but even her Poonam gave clear instructions and I followed them to the end and had NO trouble here. In fact I was even offered coffee by the intimidating senior inspector which I consider a coup.

We cannot thank Dr Shivani and the team enough for their help and support during that journey.

And lastly  one could ask … would I do it now that I have been through it?  Yes in a heartbeat. Every time I look at my beautiful smiley happy girl, I thank the surrogate mother  too who gave up nine months to make it possible,



Regards

Isabelle, Richard and Alexa

We wish this family the choicest of blessing and thank them for thinking of us.

If you would like to know more about surrogacy, please feel free to email us at drshivanisachdev@gmail.com