Surrogacy is a practice whereby a woman bears and gives birth to a child for a couple with an intention of handing over the child to the intending couple after birth

Types of surrogacy

Altruistic surrogacy:
A surrogacy where no charge, expenses or monetary incentives of any nature are given , except the medical expenses incurred to the surrogate mother and the insurance coverage for the delivery.Most altruistic surrogacies are between family members or close friends; for example, when a woman offers to carry a pregnancy for her sibling or child without compensation, this would be considered altruistic surrogacy.

According to the Indian government no woman shall act as a surrogate mother for more than once in her lifetime.

Commercial surrogacy:
Commercial surrogacy refers to any surrogacy arrangement in which the surrogate mother is compensated for her services beyond reimbursement of medical expenses incurred.

Who can avail altruistic surrogacy in India?

  • Married Indian couples can opt for surrogacy provided:
  • The couple have been married for atleast 5 years
  • The age of the couple should be within 23 to 50 years.
  • The couple has not had any surviving child (biological or adopted) or through surrogacy , unless
  • The child is mentally or physically challenged or suffers from a life-threatening disorder.

Commercial surrogacy in India: Commercial surrogacy is illegal in India as of 24/8/2016

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