Friday, 25 July 2014

From Canada: a fan moment for Dr. Shivani meeting one of her heros Dr Togas TULANDI

From Canada: Dr Togas TULANDI took a lecture a CME Program today in Delhi. I have read Dr TULANDI's papers and also quoted his papers in some of my lectures in India and I told him it was such an honour for me to meet him in person, I told him I have treated Canadian patients for surrogacy and Dr TULANDI says: Oh! Are you the INDIAN doctor for my patient Mrs X? Her twins were born with your help?

Wow it was an awesome feeling! I had treated one of his patients with surrogacy and indeed she is a proud mum of twins!!
Dr TULANDI then asked for a picture with me to show Mrs X back in Canada 
( PS Mrs X and the twins have touched so many lives....their surrogate mum's life and mine in such a beautiful way and brought the world closer, just awesome and win win win all around:)))


and from the common patient

Oh my goodness! Absolutely thrilled to see the two Doctors, from opposite sides of the world, that brought us the hope, encouragement and medical expertise needed to finally achieve our family, sitting together 

Dr. Tulandi never gave up on us and actually encouraged us to look at other options such as Surrogacy. He supported our decision to go to India and was so excited to learn of our success, to hear about our experience and to see pictures of our beautiful twins. 

We are honoured to hear that we touched your life Dr. Shivani. God certainly blessed us when we followed our hearts to you, your team and our Surrogate in India. The world certainly is a small place!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

From Argentina : a message before we leave ( in Eng/Spanish) to our beloved India

Babies of India, India forever part of this family's story...




Dear Dr Shivani and Team: 
We wrote a few lines to greet you and all your team 
We had scheduled a visit to the clinic to greet them personally, but it has not been possible, since our flight is this evening. 

We want to thank you again for all that he has given us wonderful country. 
Dr. Shivani Thanks for your professionalism and we congratulate you for the wonderful team that accompanies it. 

We are grateful to Asha, our beloved substitute. We had a meeting with her and really was a moment we will never forget, full of love and spirituality. 

Asha thanked me, clasping his hands very humbly, Asha dear, we'll have to thank you for looking after pregnancy for both our son Benjamin Teo is here with us. 

Our two children, born by surrogacy, are the most wonderful thing that gave us life and our beloved country: India. 

We deeply back for our children to see the wonderful land where they were born. 
With all love. 

Fernando, Francisco, Teo and Graciela

 Estimado Dr, Shivani y Equipo:
Escribimos unas pequeñas líneas para saludar a Ud. y a todo su equipo, 
Teníamos programada una visita a la Clínica para saludarlos personalmente, pero no ha sido posible, y nuestro vuelo es ésta misma noche.

Queremos dar las gracias una vez más por todo lo que éste país maravilloso nos ha brindado.

Gracias Dr. Shivani por su profesionalidad y felicitamos a Ud. por el Equipo maravilloso que la acompaña.
Estamos muy agradecidos con Asha, nuestra querida sustituto. Hemos tenido un encuentro con ella y realmente fue un momento que nunca olvidaremos, lleno de amor y espiritualidad. Asha me agradeció a mí, juntando muy humildemente sus manos, Asha querida, nosotros te tenemos que agradecer a tí por haber cuidado tanto el ambarazo para que nuestro hijo Teo Benjamín esté aquí con nosotros.

Nuestros dos hijos, nacidos por subrogación, son lo más maravilloso que nos regaló la vida y nuestro querido país: India.
Deseamos profundamente volver para que nuestros hijos puedan ver la maravillosa tierra donde nacieron.
Con todo amor.

                                             Fernando, Francisco, Teo y Graciela



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

Sunday, 13 July 2014

From the U.K: A daughter and the adventure is just beginning

As with most of our families, once a complicated fertility history filled their lived, but now they are focuses on their future with their daughter...



With the help of our surrogate, egg donor, SCI, Eden Hospital and many more, on the 11 June, just a little bit earlier than we expected, we were able to start a new chapter in our lives when our daughter, Eloise, was born.

All life stories tend towards starting at from birth, but if you speak to anyone else who has had or is trying for a child you will know that having a child is not as simple as it seems on the surface. Though our story is, as most people who have done or are considering surrogacy, complicated in some way, it’s true to say that now we have our daughter and the focus is no longer on the past but on the future.

That said, there are some big thank you’s that need to be said. The first and most important is to our families. To our first surrogate in India and especially to our last who carried Eloise for 8 months and has gone through so much to make our dreams come true and secure her children’s future. To our Indian egg donor who made it possible. To all the staff at Eden Hospital who cared for Eloise during her first tentative days. Lastly but not leastly to Dr Shivani and all the staff at SCI who acted as the glue on our India journey, working with the surrogacy agency, and many more to make sure that the adventure of starting a family was as smooth as possible.

Of course there are many more people we would like to thank and though not an endless list it would go on for quite a few pages – thinking of you all.

At the time of writing, Eloise is but only two weeks old and her adventure is just beginning. The first step is to get back home, though India will always hold a special place in all our hearts.

David, Szu & Eloise


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

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Big kid update from India: two beautiful girls

We are blessed with the kind feedback from more of our Indian clients...




Hi  Mam 
         thank u so much..... to make my life happy
          I have no words to say,


    BEST TEAM IN THE WORD


  ALLAAH AAP LOGO OR KAMYAB BANAYE "AMEEN"






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

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Big kid update from India : Now we are one !

It is always lovely to receive an update from our SCI family, and here is another...

Dear SCi Health Care Team and Dr Shivani,

As we celebrate the first birthday of the twins we remember you all very fondly
The girls are very active and very intelligent for their age.
Thanks you very much for everything,

Grateful parents



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

Sunday, 6 July 2014

From India: Grandparents thoughts on God gift through Dr. Shivani

Some lovely words from new besotted Grandparents...


This letter from DADIMA

 Almighty God  is good. The blessings " DEBARSHI & RAJARSHI" my two sweet grandsons that He showered over our family on 8/6/2014 through Dr. Shivani & whole SCI team have given me new desire to live further at the end of my life. It would never be possible without sincerity and heartiest effort of Dr. Shivani & SCI team.

My prayer to Shivani to extend her helping hands to each and every corner of the world to make the needy families like us to see their next generation and be happy with them so that their life become meaningful.
  
 Thanking Dr. Shivani for her every good qualities & SCI team as a whole I remain here.


                                                          Yours truly
                                                        Manju Chatterjee
                                                          Kolkata.

3/7/2014.


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

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

June Births - Congratulations to all our families...

We wish our new families the choicest of blessings...

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

Saturday, 28 June 2014

From Australia:a little princess,much loved and adored

After years of failed infertility treatment, success and a beautiful baby girl...





Having just celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary, our very long journey began eight years ago.   With repeat miscarriages and failed IVF attempts, we refused to give up on our dream of becoming parents.  We investigated many avenues and we decided that surrogacy was our best option and that SCI was our first preference.  For us spiritually it felt right to choose an Indian surrogate. 

SCI also provided egg donor profiles and happy with this we chose a donor whose profile suited us.  We were all set to go pretty much straight away when our donor was delayed due to her study commitments.  Happy to wait for her and not opt for another donor, Maurice travelled to India in early May 2013.  The hospitality of the Indian people, SCI’s world class staff and facilities, the brilliant Dr Shivani and the wonderful driver Rahul and his team organised by SCI,  left a very positive and lasting impression on Maurice.  This week would not only be life changing for Maurice, it would be life creating for us as a family. 

Almost one year later, we were set to fly out to New Delhi on the 30th of April in anticipation of our baby’s expected arrival on the 9thof May.  Our first round of embryo transfers with two surrogates failed and this second time due to the ever changing laws, Dipkami was our sole surrogate.    Dipkami was now pregnant with our baby and we were thrilled to be on our way to meet them both!  

However, this was to be sooner than we expected as on the 17th of April we received an email that due to concerns with the baby having a double nuchal chord, our baby daughter had been delivered!  That was Good Friday, we were on a plane Easter Monday!  Our beautiful, healthy Quintessa Grace was born a day short of 37 weeks.  Quintessa was quite jaundiced and as a result stayed in hospital under photo therapy lights until it started to clear.  Quite symbolically for us as Australians, Quintessa came home to the hotel with us on Anzac Day April the 25th.  The care she received from the doctors and nurses at Eden hospital was not only world class but was combined with the wisdom and nurturing of the Indian culture and spirituality.

We were very happy and relieved that our wonderful surrogate Dipkami was recovering well and were thrilled to meet both she and her husband.  We gave them gifts to thank them and in the absence of a common language,  our display of emotions being universal were felt and understood.  That said no words would ever convey our sheer gratitude to Dipkami and absolute joy that she was healthy and well.  Dr Shivani was also there to congratulate us and it was wonderful to thank her and recognise her for all her hard work.

Also through SCI we engaged the services of Poonam Jain of Prime Air Global Ltd, who organised our documents for FRRO ensuring a swift turnaround with our visas.  Our dealings with FRRO, The Australian High Commission and Australian Passports Office were all pleasant and easy. 

From the time we arrived in New Delhi to the day we departed (a little over three weeks), we felt genuine support and care from by the SCI Team.  There was never a moment that we felt alone or that we could not call them for assistance or advice.  As first time parents in a foreign country, the importance of this cannot be emphasised enough.

We have been home now for a little over six weeks and have settled into our daily life.  Quintessa is developing as we would hope, with her weight and growth going forward in leaps and bounds.  Her feeding and sleeping routines are like clockwork, we feel truly blessed as so far she is a healthy, easy baby.  Quintessa is now smiling and cooing, she is an absolute delight and we are completely smitten!  Our families cannot get enough of their little princess and she is very loved and adored.

Thanks to SCI our dream of having a family has been realised and we hope to return to India in the near future so that Quintessa can see the magical land in which she was born.

Yours Sincerely and Forever Grateful,

Maurice, Angelique and Quintessa

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

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

From Calcutta, India : God's Gift, our beloved sons

A gentle reminder that SCI not only works with International families, but families from India. Here is a heartfelt letter from a family who, like many SCI families as a history of failed fertility treatment in their home country...

Dearest Dr. Shivani,

Finally what you have delivered for us is indescribable in words. We would like to thank you and your whole SCI team for making our dream into reality. There is no words to describe how grateful we are to you for making this happen. 

We can't believe that we have finally reached here.
    
There  is nothing more precious than the moment we saw our two new borned God gifted sons in our eyes and the moment we take them in our arm.

We would like you to continue to be the hope for other couples seeking for parenthood.

Now  we are in the happiest moment ever and it is just started. Your faith in your compassion , your generosity of spirit have brought us to this moment in time. Words simple can't express the joy and awe we feel at having our two beloved sons Papai and Pupai to care for.
 
We think of you every day and pray that you may continue your amazing work helping other couples like us to become families. 

You will always hold a special place in our deepest corner of hearts.
  
If you would like to find out more about surrogacy in India, please feel free to email us at: drshivanisachdev@gmail.com 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

From Argentina: a sibling project and a family forever linked with India...

There is always something very special when a family comes back to SCI and trusts us again with a sibling project, thank you Graciela and Fernando for once again sharing your story...



Dear Dr. Shivani:
After receiving our first son Francisco Agustín on 10/12/12, we renew our joy to have received our second son Teo Benjamin  03/06/14 through the service SCI Healthcare. 

We are blessed to acknowledge the dedication and care they have had with our son Benjamin Teo in the NICU, as well as also with care and fulfillment of obligations with our mother surrogate  again. 

This wonderful country, the warmth of its people and so specialized professionals, have never failed to meet our expectation of parenting. 
Today our family consists of two children born by surrogacy. 

So our relationship with India will be continual and life in the future. 

We thank you with much love what they have done for us. 
Cordially 
Teo, Francisco, Graciela and Fernando 

Pd. you may freely publish photos and names.


Estimado Dr. Shivani:
Luego de haber recibido a nuestro primer hijo Francisco Agustin el 10/12/12, renovamos nuestra alegria por haber recibido nuestro segundo hijo Teo Benjamín el 03/06/14 a traves del servicio de SCI Healthcare.

Tenemos la dicha de agradecer nuevamente la dedicación y cuidado que han tenido con nuestro hijo Teo Benjamin en la NICU, como así también tambien con el cuidado y cumplimiento de obligaciones con nuestra madre subrrogada.

Este maravilloso país, la calidez de su gente y sus profesionales tan especializados, han logrado cumplir nuestra expectativa de ser padres. 
Hoy nuestra familia esta compuesta de dos hijos nacidos por  subrogación gestacional. 

Por eso nuestro lazo con India será contínuo y para toda la vida en el futuro.

Agradecemos con muchísimo amor lo que han hecho por nosotros.
Cordialmente
Teo, Francisco, Graciela y Fernando
Pd. ustedes pueden publicar libremente Fotos y nombres


and here is the link to their original story: http://drshivanisachdevgourdelhi.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/from-argentina-now-and-forever-our.html

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

Monday, 16 June 2014

From Canada: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

It is always wonderful when a family finally succeeds, more so, after 10 years of failed fertility treatment in their home country. What wonderful joy, a boy and a new Canadian...



  There is no way to say thank you enough to everyone at SCI and we cannot even begin to express how grateful we are to our beautiful surrogate mother. After nearly ten years of trying and multiple IVF attempts back home in Canada, you have given us the greatest gift we could have ever hoped for - a beautiful baby boy! The joy that that you have brought to this new family is immeasurable. The best decision we ever made was to choose Dr. Shivani and her team at SCI. 

  The day that we received word that we were pregnant was really beyond words. Throughout the entire pregnancy we felt that we had the undivided attention of the support staff at all times, answering any questions promptly and letting us know that our surrogate and baby were under the best of care. The support continued as we arrived in India and were helped with finding a taxi service, a nursing agency and even someone to help us with all the paperwork involved in the complicated exit process. 

  Being new parents in a foreign country was definitely not without surprises, stresses and challenges but we will always look back and smile at these weeks when our family was brand new.

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts - all three !

Angie, Scott and Baby Erik

Friday, 13 June 2014

May Births - Congratulations to all our families...

We wish our new families the choicest of blessings...

If you wish to find out more about surrogacy with SCI, please email us at drshivanisachdev@gmail.com

Friday, 6 June 2014

Meeting Kai's surrogate and trying again...


Thank you to Rebecca and her surrogate for agreeing to share their story...


I have just returned from India and got to meet up with Kai's surrogate and have a wonderful chat with lots of laughter and I found out soooo much more about her and her life. She has agreed to try again for a sibling for Kai and I kept asking are you sure you want to do this?? She kept laughing saying I’m really sure it was a great experience last time and I do want to try again.

I showed her videos and pics of Kai and she loved seeing them. I asked her if she felt sad at times not having a baby after being pregnant and she was like no way!! I have a 13 year old daughter and she is very difficult at the moment and a younger son. Life is busy enough!

I asked her if she wanted a copy of the photo of all of us after Kai was born and she said she already has it and she made it very big and it is framed and on her wall at home. She said she doesn't like the pic of her (as she says she looks pale) but she wanted to have it so everyone could see it. This really threw me....I told her how some people think we are exploiting women in India and she said no no no I wanted to do it and I want to do it again, I think for myself. She said all her friends and relatives know and they think it is wonderful....what a surprise and a relief.


Many other topics were talked about and I was just buzzing when we finally said our goodbyes and hugged again and again!

If you would like to read more about Rebecca's story , here is her  blog: http://theroadlesstraveled-lucylu.blogspot.com.au/

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

Monday, 26 May 2014

Dr.Shivani 'rocks' the Melbourne 'families through surrogacy' conference and celebrates with our Australian SCI Family part one

Dr. Shivani arrived in Melbourne and was greeted by SCI families at the conference and at the SCI Dinner...

Some people made their own i belong to SCI family badges

People posed with banners or identified their baby on fb

while Dr. Shivani did one of the things she does best, promoting surrogacy, Surrogate care and her SCI Family

But the event we were looking forward to the most, the now Annual SCI family Dinner,with short notice, over 50 people and a hoard of children with old and new SCI families, the evening. which is best reflected through parents quotes and photos:


 "It was an amazing night. An atmosphere of love and overwhelming joy. It was a real pleasure to meet the many people who we have been chatting to in online forums for years. Its an honour to be a part of it all. God bless you all."












David had a fantastic night. It's 2am and he's still talking about it. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking with lots of families and of course, catching up with Dr Shivani





it was lovely to read the thoughts of those that could not be there, especially for those just had babies or  who are expecting very soon...

Sounds like it was great fun and I'm sorry we missed it. But our two bubbas are a little young yet to be travelling so far. Maybe next time...

Sounds like you all had a great night wish we could have joined you all but with 3wks and 5 days to go (who's counting) we are madly trying to get ourselves ready for the big call!! Some photos would be good if you have any




a very special thank you to Mel who helped organised the dinner, we very much look forward to seeing everyone next year

We wll leave you with one ambitious request " So great to see you and so many other friends!!!! I think the next dinner should be in Hawaii so ips from the states can come too!! That would be so much fun!!

Friday, 23 May 2014

From Canada: two proud parents with two precious boys

Another family completed with proud parents from Canada and two gorgeous chaps...

Dear Dr. Shivani and SCI team,

We can’t thank Dr. Shivani and the SCI team enough for our two precious boys.   They are evidence that miracles do happen. 

Surrogacy is not an easy decision to make, especially when everything is going to happen on the other side of the world.  Every family that goes down this path has their own difficult story that lead them to this path and it is a daunting decision to try something different knowing that more disappointment could be on the way.  We were very sceptical to start but found SCI to be very professional from the very beginning.  We can’t thank Margarida enough for always answering all of our questions during the early days and we can’t thank the entire SCI team enough for their professional behaviour.  Communication was very important for us and we were very impressed that we would always receive our updates on schedule and every email that we sent would be answered within 24 hours. 

There is nothing we can do or say to thank Dr. Shivani enough for helping us start and complete our family.  She will always have a special place in our hearts!

If you would like to read more about our story, you can follow us at www.doubletroubletwinz.com.

Thank you once again,

Proud parents from Canada

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

Sunday, 11 May 2014

From Canada: With gratitude for our girls...

Another family completed with SCI...



Dear Dr. Shivani and SCI team,

It is impossible to adequately express our gratitude to SCI, Dr Shivani and our wonderful and very special surrogate, who carried our baby girls for 36 weeks. 
As so many others on this journey with us, we have endured years of heartache with numerous numerous losses along the way. 

We sometimes were unsure that we would ever be able to have our own children. After finding out about SCI and Dr Shivani, we both felt a peace that we have never had before about the decision to come to India to start a family. God has truly given us two huge miracles in our two precious little girls, Ahna Lee and Adalyn Grace, with the help of Dr. Shivani and the rest of the SCI team. 

Throughout the process we found our service to be prompt and professional with SCI, including Dr Shivani and all of the admin staff.

We were blessed enough to meet our surrogate to thank her in person, and meet her husband and eldest son. These were special moments for us and we look forward to telling our girls about the special role she played in their lives. We do not take for granted what she has chosen to do for us, and will be forever grateful for that. 

There are so many people who have played many different roles in giving us the most special gift we could ever imagine. We are continually staring at, kissing and cuddling our girls, and reminding ourselves that this actually our real life.

The biggest thanks to Dr Shivani and SCI for your helping us with the greatest gift of our precious little girls. We will be forever grateful,

From Canada,


Jessica, Jonathan, Ahna and Adalyn 



We wish this family the choicest of blessings in the coming years and thank them for sharing these special photos.

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

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

From Australia: a new little Australian

Our thanks to this Australian family in sharing their thoughts...


Hello Dr Shivani, Nabanita and everyone at SCI,

                          This is to let you all know how much we appreciate all you efforts in helping us to start our own family. Please pass on our thoughts to Shaheen especially . 

Baby Girl is now 8 weeks old and is settling in well. We look forward on giving her brother or sister in the near future, we will contact SCI in the coming months to start the process again! 

Again a big thank you for your professionalism and support will send more photos in the future.

Kind regards
M & J and baby J
(Australia)


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

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

April Births - Congratulations to all our families...

April Births - Congratulations to all our families...
The choicest of blessings for all the babies born in April...


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

Friday, 2 May 2014

From Canada: An experience of a lifetime

Reflections from a Canadian Family...




Dear Dr. Shivani,

It’s been exactly one year since you and your team at SCI gave us our precious little boy and I wanted to write you this letter not only to thank you and the SCI team for the priceless gift you gave my wife and I but also as a message to all the people out there who have suffered years of pain and doubt they will ever become parents.

Thanks to Dr. Shivani, the holes that were left in our hearts from a stillbirth we suffered in 2011 were finally been healed with the birth of our baby boy on April 30, 2013.

Many people don’t proceed with International Surrogacy because of  “Fear”
so the purpose of this email is to alleviate any fear that you may have.

1)     FEAR OF FAILURE:

If you are like us, you have endured unimaginable loss or constant rejection and feel it’s easier to stop trying than to face any more.  Can I guarantee that you won’t experience rejection if you try surrogacy? Definitely not.   After all, it took four surrogates before we finally had our precious bundle of joy.  What I will tell you is what someone told me when we were just starting with SCI and they were in India picking up their child… “It will work.  It may take a few tries but it WILL WORK.” 


2)     FEAR OF TRAVELING HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO A COUNTRY I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT

My parents were born in India and as a child I visited there 5 times with the last trip being over 20 years ago.  To be frank, my memories weren’t that great – nobody spoke English, nobody had television, and I just couldn’t wait to get back to Canada and go to McDonald’s. 

When I first started reading the blogs, the one thing that jumped out at me was how most of the people upon picking up their baby were sad to leave India and how amazing they said their time was here.  I was perplexed.  This can’t be the same India I remember from my youth.

But for the 5 weeks that we were there picking up our baby boy, I can honestly say there was no other place that I wanted to be.  We stayed at a beautiful hotel that was not only filled with other Westerners going through the exact same journey, it was attached to a mall that rivals any one you would see in North America.  It had everything from Starbucks to Pizza Hut, McDonald’s to even a Hard Rock Café.  If you can go see the Taj Mahal in the morning and cap it off with a Haagen Dazs before you go to bed.  

Oh and I forgot to add…if you’re Australian or American you come home within 2 weeks of picking up your baby.  If you’re Canadian, like me, it’s a little longer (about 5 weeks) but that is a drop in the bucket compared to the lifetime of memories you’re going to have with your child.

So if the reason you don’t want to try surrogacy is the fear of travelling halfway around the world, don’t be.


3)     FEAR OF CHOOSING THE WRONG CLINIC

OK, so you’ve decided that surrogacy is for you but now you are wondering “which clinic do I choose?”  Here is our thought process on how we finally decided upon SCI…

1) Choosing a Country – Many countries offer gestational surrogacy but we finally settled upon India for the simple fact that it was one of highest success rates in the world.  We have consistently found that the medical care in India surpasses that of our home.   Dr. Shivani is medically trained in the UK and the medical equipment they use is the same you would see at any hospital in the US and Canada.   Our poor surrogate had to be admitted in the hospital at 28 weeks.  From the first day she was admitted to the birth of our baby 5.5 weeks later we were getting daily updates on her well being.

2) Choosing a City – We chose Delhi over other cities in India because I knew all the head offices were there.  The Canadian High Commission was there so I knew if we had any issues whatsoever in just a 20 minute drive I could speak to someone face to face.

3)     Choosing a Clinic – Now for the most important part.  We finally settled on two clinics.  Surrogacy Centre India in New Delhi and Surrogacy India in Mumbai.  To break the tie I asked both clinics to provide with FIVE Canadian or American references who used their clinics.  Surrogacy India only sent over a couple.  Surrogacy Centre India not only sent me FIVE references but they sent me over five people who first didn’t have any luck at Surrogacy India but then had success using Surrogacy Centre India.   After our first call with a reference who lives only 15 minutes away from our home in Canada we were sold.  One other very important point. 

One of the biggest factors in deciding the clinic was how well they treat the surrogate mothers.  I can’t speak to other clinics but at SCI the Surrogates are treated very well. First and foremost,  they don’t hide them beside some secretive well.  We met the surrogate mothers (we used multiple) before the process started and again when we came to pick up our baby.  We even requested to meet her husband and children as we had gifts for them and SCI arranged.   Speaking of family, SCI keeps the surrogate mother with her family during the entire pregnancy.  This was also very important to us as we know most have little children of their own.  In fact, when our Surrogate Mother went on hospital bed rest, they made sure her family was able to visit her every day. 

This letter, has officially passed the 1,000 word mark so apologize for the length of it but if I can help guide someone who, like us, been searching for a way to build their family then this has all been worth it. 

If anyone wishes to speak with me about our journey, feel free to pass along my email address.

B, A and baby P

P.S.  Attached is the picture of P when we first brought him home from the NICU.

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