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Ayurveda and Conception

Ayurvedia provides holistic healing and effective solutions to problems relationg conception. Simple Ayurvedic methods like a proper diet, envirnomental changes, therapeutic body practices can help so

With increasing stress levels, people are facing more problems in conception now than they did in the past. Ayurveda, one of the oldest schools of healing with its roots in India, has got some remedies for men and women of today when it comes to pregnancy. There are a few methods to improve chances of conceiving, promoting the health of a mother and her baby throughout pregnancy, and even after the child’s delivery. Let us take a look at some of these Ayurvedic measures.

 

A Nutrition Filled Diet

For someone who practices Ayurveda, diet is of prime importance when it comes to treating medical conditions as well as maintaining a good health. According to Ayurveda, a good dietary practice is beneficial for both the body and the mind. It is necessary that Ojas (the essence of all bodily tissues which has direct effects on a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual life) building food items like organic vegetables and fruits, protein rich plant products like whole grains, etc. are included in daily diets. Further, canned products, processed carbohydrates etc. should be avoided. While the former are beneficial in boosting ovulation in women and increasing their fertility, the latter are believed to destroy the same. Excessive intake of dry, bitter, acidic, and hot food is thought to cause Shukra dosha (diseases of sperms) or sperm morbidity. 

 

The Environment Matters

While we tend to take care of our bodies, we often forget to cater to our mind’s needs. Ayurveda has solutions for this as well. According to this school, to prepare for pregnancy, it is important to develop sattva or a calm, safe, and peaceful environment. A specific branch of Ayurveda called rasayana is used traditionally for this. There are four types of this that cover almost all aspects of a person’s health. Ahara rasayana pertains to the food intake and digestive process, Vihara rasayana deals with the lifestyle, Achar rasayana is about the behaviour, and Aushadha rasayana, pertaining to herbs.

 

At least a few months before the planned conception, the parents are expected to introspect their lifestyles keeping these four aspects in mind and detox their bodies to prepare for the event in all respects. Herbs like Kapikacchu, Gokshura, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Yashtimadhu are especially prescribed for men to increase sperm count and mobility, quality of the semen, levels of testosterone, and the overall fertility. Ashwagandha and Shatavari are also beneficial for the woman to maintain hormonal balance . 

 

Therapeutic Body Practices

Only a healthy body can conceive a healthy child. Body therapies, as prescribed by Ayurveda, are said to release tensions, body impurities, and energy trapped within the body. Doing so will help the body nourish itself, revitalize the minds, and strengthen the immunity system . Shirodhara, abhyanga, marma therapy, nasya, and basti are some of the therapeutic practices that can be followed.

 

Body massages and yoga have also been found effective. While the former helps in rejuvenating the body and helps in tackling issues like blocked tubes and inflammation in reproductive organs, the latter can help in reducing infertility. Panchkarma i.e. Vaman (therapeutic emesis), Virechan (therapeutic purgation), Basti (medicated enema) and Uttar Basti, Nasya (Nasal Drops or Nasal Medication) and Raktamokshan (Therapeutic Blood Letting) have benefits for conception and in recurrent IVF failure. 

 

Balancing the Energies

According to the philosophy of Ayurveda, during pregnancy, there is a downward-moving energy to support the foetus called apana vata (adrenal energy) and an upward-moving energy called prana vata (mental energy) that supports the mother’s sattva and emotional stability. During the period before conception, both these energies must be balanced in both parents to create sattva. Taking care of one’s lifestyle can bring in this balance which can improve the mother’s chances of conceptions and the father’s quality and number of sperms.

 

Ayurveda After Conception

After a child’s conception, Ayurveda prescribes a few measures to ensure a healthy gestation period. They are based on three important aspects: ahara (or nutrition), vihara (or lifestyle), and vichara (or thoughts). Diet remains one of the most important measures to keep the body and mind healthy. A pregnant woman’s diet should not include items which are Atiguru or difficult for the body to digest, Atiushna or too hot, Atitikshna that is sharp food like too spicy, Viruddha or unwholesome food. Milk should be an important constituent according to them as it is rich in calcium, lactose, protein, and fat. In case of complications, it is advised that the woman be administered drugs (by her doctor) that are Mridu (soft), Madhura (sweet), and Sheeta (cold)

 

Ayurveda After Delivery

Diet must still be closely monitored for the mother, even after her delivery. The food should be less in oil and spices. It should include light foods like khichadi, soup, mildly cooked vegetables, etc. Date powder or Shatavari Kalpa and Dhatri Rasayan are recommended to boost the healthy production of breastmilk for the child 

 

A lot of women, across the world, hope to be mothers but are often unable to do so due to the varying lifestyle patterns that increase stress and other hormonal problems. However, Ayurveda, a holistic healing science, offers effective solutions to tackle a lot of these problems and offers prescriptive measures not just for the woman but also the man to increase fertility and advance the chances of conception. Even after the child’s conception or his/her birth, there are easy measures that can be followed to keep the mother and child healthy and fit.

December 21, 2020 |  read

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How Do You Know if IVF is for You?

IVF can bring you one step closer to parenthood. If you are planning to consider IVF, here is everything you need to know.

If your understanding of an IVF comes only from Bollywood, well, it’s limited. A few movies like Good Newwz, Vicky Donor, etc have introduced the audience to IVF as a birthing option, focusing on women, couples, and families that rely on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to be able to become parents. While they bank on just the emotional aspect of IVF, there is a lot of knowledge that you might want to have if you are planning to consider an IVF, medically. Let us start with the very basic :

 

The Concern

Infertility is one major concern whenever a couple is unable to get pregnant or is trying to conceive, despite the unprotected sex, having tried for at least one year, and additionally so when the woman is aged less than 35. But with the continued advances made in reproductive medicine, treatments for infertility have become highly successful, including the IVF.

 

What is IVF?

IVF stands for in-vitro fertilization. It is a treatment for infertility, whereby in a laboratory dish, a woman’s eggs are fertilized by a man’s sperm. The fertilized eggs (or embryos) are further transferred into a woman’s uterus, in the hope that they will implant, and mature into a pregnancy. Essentially, it is a reproductive technique that is assisted medically.  

 

When Should You Consider an IVF? 

Given that you have already considered other forms of infertility treatment and somehow they have not worked out for you, in-vitro fertilization is usually taken up in the following cases : 

 

  • An Advanced Reproductive Age

Age impacts fertility, and a woman’s maternal health so what we are talking about here is much like an IVF age cutoff. For a successful in-vitro fertilization, how old is too old, you ask? It is an important question for individuals and couples delaying parenthood. 

 

An advanced reproductive age for a woman would be 35 and beyond. Fewer eggs in a woman’s body become available for recruitment and maturation, as the woman ages. Let aside the quantity, the quality of the eggs too become a concern. As an older woman, while you may have an ovarian reserve that is bountiful, those eggs are very likely to have chromosomal abnormalities. In such a case, IVF is considered. 

 

  • Prevention of a Genetic Disease's Pass-down

Physicians and patients are empowered with IVF, providing an ability for them to prevent the transmission of genetic diseases to future generations.

 

  • Male Factor Infertility

Oftimes, IVF for male infertility is supposed to be the best treatment option. In case the semen analysis seems to be abnormal, and additionally identifies a male factor, it is important to look for the cause. Related to a male anatomic abnormality or caused by an infection, when the low sperm count appears to be hormone-related, basic treatments may be used. However, if these do not work, or if it is a more severe case of male infertility, IVF is usually the treatment of choice.

 

  • Ovarian Issues (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Women with PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome do not ovulate regularly. As a result, when a woman with PCOS visits her doctor or specialist for a fertility treatment, rather than immediately resorting to IVF, the physician will begin by prescribing some front- line medications. The idea would then be to perform timed intercourse with the partner to achieve pregnancy, while on the medication prescribed. The physician will most likely suggest other methods of fertility if medication does not work either. An advanced fertility method such as IVF will be presented when the woman does not get pregnant by any of the previous means.

 

  • Blocked Fallopian Tubes

It refers to cases whereby either one or both fallopian tubes are obstructed in a certain manner. When that happens, the sperm is unable to reach a viable egg which is waiting to be fertilized. If the sperm somehow does manage to reach the egg, it may not be able to leave the fallopian tube, and implant in the uterus, as it naturally would. If it so happens, the egg can potentially implant in the fallopian tube itself, which is risky. Hence, if a woman suffers from such fallopian blockage, what IVF does is that it allows fertility specialists to circumvent them, meaning she can still become pregnant, despite the issues she may be facing.

 

 

Things to Consider Before you Decide on an IVF

For many people, right from the start, IVF is a preferred treatment. However, others choose to try other available infertility treatments that are also less expensive like fertility medication, artificial insemination, or surgery first. An IVF sure brings you a step closer to getting pregnant when you are trying to conceive, but the process can feel intimidating, especially if you are unsure about what is going to be involved. 

 

 

It is like a miracle medical treatment that will allow you to have children at your own pace. As an endpoint to many fertility journeys, it is posed as a last recourse when nothing seems to be working out. Because it bears a reputation for solving fertility issues, many think of IVF as a sure shot, but it is not a ‘cure-all’ formula. It comes with its own risks and costs. Yet, there is a good reason for some optimism! So many babies are brought into this world only because of IVF, and that is something to look to for hope. Talk to your doctor and find out what is best for you.

 

December 23, 2020 |  read

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How to Move on from Failed IVF

Wondering why IVF isn't working for you? This article discusses the reasons why IVF may not work and what to do next.

The treatment of in-vitro fertilisation begins with the hopes of building a family one step at a time. Couples come to this procedure when they face infertility issues over the past few years and dream of giving birth to a baby. These soon-to-be parents are exhausted and struggling and turn to the option of IVF. With this little hope in life, this technique has proved successful in the majority. However, things don’t always go according to the plan and it’s possible you may have a failed IVF. Let’s take a closer look at what may have happened and how to move on from failed IVF.

 

The medical procedure of IVF allows the sperm and the egg to be combined in a dish by an infertility specialist or endocrinologist. This is then inserted into the womb through the pelvic cavity. The technique should guide the embryo to be inseminated in the walls of the uterus that will develop into a baby. Celebrity cook and model, Chrissy Teigen hit the headlines sometime around 2016 because she claimed to choose the sex of the baby during the procedure of IVF. In many parts of the world, IVF can help choose the sex of the baby you want. The procedure of IVF itself is quite expensive and such medical treatment can also top up the hospital charges.

 

With all said and done, some things often go out of the plan we have in our heads. Here are a few pointers that will give a picture of these unfortunate scenarios.

 

Why did it not work?

Every doctor in the country will initially state out the various ways in which this technique could lead to failure. This is honesty not to discourage you, but they simply want to give you the reality of the big picture. Success stories of IVF pregnancies depend on probability. Other unfortunate couples go through a lot of pain and grief due to their failed IVF procedure.

 

Research has many factors that are seen to understand the failure of IVF. One such problem is the embryo’s inability to stay within the uterus linings. Doctors also choose the best quality of the embryos that have to be inserted into the uterus. The age of the partners is also very important when considering IVF as an option. Case studies show that women above the age of 35 have very slim chances of a successful IVF transmission

 

IVF also calls out on the type of lifestyle that has been followed until the process of combining the sperm and egg. Social drugs, alcohol and cigarettes can be a hindrance to this procedure.  

 

Trying again, just one more time...

Doctors always push their patients to try the method of IVF to get pregnant three times in a row. After these three attempts, they are discouraged to go on further. Well, how to move on from failed IVF in this instance? Start by looking out for other problems in the system.

 

There are many other alternative methods to get pregnant that are suggested by doctors. The treatment of IVF is considered to be very expensive and hence, cannot be affordable to try many times. Yet, some parents keep on trying. Treatments like surrogacy, IUI and adoption are some of the other ways that you can try to start a family.  

 

Before you go into another round of injections, shots and other procedures, you should get yourself and your partner scanned and tested for any genetic or chromosomal issues that refuse the treatment. Just like the age of the couple, these things are also to be considered. A quick assessment of the previous cycle can also give you a clear picture of what could be changed before another round of medical procedures.  

  

In these stages, most couples have a very difficult time making the right decision. It is a very personal family matter between hopeful parents. Before you decide on this matter, pause for a while to look back at the journey to this very point. Both you and your partner should be comfortable to go through this all over again. Fear not to ask your doctor any kind of questions regarding this technique.

 

The support system

After this long and exhausting journey of numerous medications, a failed IVF treatment result could bring down a whole family.

 

Stay strong and don’t give up. Keep looking into other methods of getting pregnant. Get tested, have a good conversation with your doctors and caregivers about the root cause of the problem. To keep a stable mind, seek out help from counsellors. Things like this can be too hard on the family but talking it out at support groups can help you to listen and connect with stories with similar experiences. This way you will not feel lonely during this period of grief.

 

 

Be determined to not let go of the idea of building your own family. On this note, if this treatment doesn’t support your system, be open to other options. There isn’t one single way as to how to move on from failed IVF. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you find the right path.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Getting Your IVF Facts Right - 10 Misconceptions You Thought Were True

Fact or Myth? Let us debunk some false beliefs and myths about IVF, for you.

Around 60-168 million people worldwide are affected by infertility which is a social stigma in many societies. With the introduction of in-vitro fertilization in 1978, assisted reproductive technology came as a boon to become the new norm for couples facing infertility related issues. It is now, more advanced than ever and is a safe, efficient and accessible option for couples who are looking forward to being parents. 

 

However, more often than not, we believe hearsay statements to be facts rather than cross-checking it for ourselves and that is when we have a greater chance of making a mistake. You too must have heard a great deal about in-vitro fertilization. How many of those ‘facts’ are so and not just myths? Here, we offer you a few common misconceptions about IVF that you must have believed to be true. 

 

Myth 1: You can have multiple pregnancies with IVF

Fact: Well, not really but you do have an option to choose it. In fact, you can control the number of implantations you have with IVF. Although multiple embryos are implanted to increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy, you can opt for the implantation of the healthiest embryo or multiple pregnancies, whichever suits you and your partner. It is helpful to remember that multiple pregnancies can have a certain risk which you ought to discuss with your doctor before making a decision.

 

Myth 2: IVF is always successful and will resolve any fertility issues

Fact: Again, a bummer. The success of an IVF cycle depends on several factors such as age, hormonal and biological factors, cause of infertility, etc. Studies indicate that women under the age of 35 have a better chance of conceiving or having success in the IVF cycle over those of 40 years old. Moreover, the success rate depends on the number of embryos implanted although it comes with an added risk of multiple pregnancies.

 

Myth 3: Babies born out of IVF procedure have birth defects and malformations.

Fact: Absolutely not true. While we always pray for every baby to be born perfect, the chances of birth defects on a baby born through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) such as IVF is the same as a baby born naturally to a fertile couple. This, however, does not mean that there are no chances of any complications. About 2% of pregnancy-related complications can result from the ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome.

 

Myth 4: IVF is a definite solution to all infertility problems

Fact: IVF is just one of the numerous Assisted Reproductive Technologies available other than methods such as Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI), Ovulation Induction (OI) with medicine etc. What is appropriate for you would be determined by many factors and your personal choice after consultation with your doctor.

 

Myth 5: Eggs reduce after donation

Fact: Throughout her reproductive age, a woman has over 4,00,000 eggs among which she needs only 400 during her lifespan. Only 20 among them are mobilized each month among which just one or two are released during ovulation. The rest of the eggs eventually die. During the process of in-vitro fertilization, all the twenty eggs are allowed to mature for the fertilization process while the rest of the eggs for the next cycle are completely safe. Thus, do not worry about the number of eggs being reduced at all.

 

Myth 6: IVF pregnancies call for cesarean birth

Fact: An IVF pregnancy has as many chances of vaginal delivery as does a normal pregnancy without any of the ART methods. Cesarean birth can be opted for after due consultation with one’s obstetrician.

 

Myth 7: You need to be admitted in the hospital/clinic

Fact: With the advancement in med-tech, the need for laparoscopy was obviated which reduced the time and expenses associated with the IVF procedure considerably. Now, it is only a matter of minutes for the egg collection process and there is no requirement to be admitted in the clinic.

 

Myth 8: Donor gametes are used exclusively

Fact: Not at all. The couple’s gametes are used in the normal situation of an IVF but in case of any complication like advanced maternal age, menopausal women, premature ovary failure etc. a donor’s gamete could be used.

 

Myth 9: Fresh embryos are more effective than frozen embryos

Fact: The chances of fertilization and the quality of embryo depends on many factors such as the age of both the partners, quality of gametes etc. It does not depend on whether the embryo is fresh or frozen because a couple can choose to delay the pregnancy for various reasons. They are recommended to freeze their eggs if they wish to continue the process later.

 

Myth 10: The mother needs to be in complete bed rest

Fact: An IVF pregnancy is as good as a normal pregnancy and should be treated so. The only difference is that the implantation takes place outside the woman’s body. Once the embryo is put inside the womb, all the usual pregnancy rules apply that you must be reading in one of those ‘what to expect when you're expecting’ books.

 

Now that you know what to believe in, you can go ahead and plan the date to welcome your little one into your life. If you have any more concerns, reach out to us on our Baby Space Community. 

 

December 23, 2020 |  read

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General Questions and Myths about Surrogacy

Doubts and questions about surrogacy? Look no further, here are the answers to all your questions on surrogacy.

Hello there! By now you may have done a lot of research about Artificial Reproductive Techniques (ART) and have a good deal of knowledge about them. If yes, surrogacy must have definitely popped up in your research. Despite all the knowledge you have, there might still be some doubts. That comment your friend passed or a question a nosy neighbour asked might have raised these doubts. Don’t worry, we will walk  you through some of those common doubts and questions you might have about surrogacy and also as a bonus, bust some myths along the way.

 

FAQs

Is surrogacy legal in India?

Yes, gestational surrogacy is legal in India; commercial surrogacy, however, is banned. Gestational surrogacy refers to the process in which the surrogate carries an embryo which is conceived by the sperm and egg of the intended parents. There are also provisions to have a surrogate from a different state within the country.

 

Why choose surrogacy over adoption?

The waiting period for an adoption can range anywhere from 18 - 24 months. Despite the wait, there are chances of birth mothers changing their mind after delivery and keeping their babies. This might be devastating for the intended parents who have formed a bond with the baby and are waiting to take him/her home. The process of adoption is also expensive and time consuming with no guarantees. Thus, you must evaluate your needs based on circumstances, time and expenses and decide which of the two is a better fit for you.

 

Do we have to go through a screening process?

Yes. You, as a couple need to take psychological counselling to be sure about the process. You will be explained about the process and all the necessary implications to prepare you for it. Once the medical screening is done, you would need to sign a contract with the surrogate and her husband/guardian to make it legal. You should also ensure medical and social care for the surrogate.

 

How to choose a surrogate?

You have to ensure that the surrogate is within the age limit of 21-35. Ensure your agency does a background check to know her personal history, her family’s background and history and her health profile. It is necessary for her to have had a healthy pregnancy before. She and her husband (if she is married) should be screened for STDs and other infectious diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B&C. Other medical tests like pelvic sonography and uterine receptivity should be performed and if the results come out as expected, you can go ahead to sign your contract.

 

How much does it cost?

As of 2020, the surrogacy treatment in India might cost you anywhere between INR 9 – 15 lakhs, the average amount being INR 10 lakhs. This is usually the cost of the entire package which might involve fees, legal fees, surrogate work up, delivery charges, surrogate’s compensation, insemination and IVF costs and some more or less depending on your agency. The cost will definitely differ from state to state and agency to agency

 

How long would the process be?

After you select your agency, it might take around 15-20 days to select and evaluate your surrogate. Post that, the treatment might take around 15 days. Results can be observed 12-15 days after the treatment.

 

 

The myths 

Myth: Intended parents cannot bond with the baby

You can start bonding with your baby right from the gestation period by talking to them in the womb. Also, once your tiny wonder makes their entrance, they will be handed over to you. It is you who will feed them, nurture them and constantly be there with them from that moment onwards. Hence, your bond with the baby would be an unbreakable one.

 

Myth: Surrogates are all about money

This isn’t true. In many cases surrogates do it to contribute to the happiness of a couple by giving them a baby. They mostly do it to spread positivity and give the gift of parenthood to couples who aren’t privileged to have a baby by themselves. 

 

Myth: The surrogate might not / have trouble giving up the baby

There is no way a surrogate won’t hand over the baby to you as she is legally bound to give you the baby. It is highly unlikely that she will have trouble while doing so as she enters the contract fully aware that the baby isn’t hers. Besides, she already has her own baby. She knows that she is like a babysitter for you two until the baby is born.

 

Myth: The baby might look like the surrogate mother

As the genetic factors which make your baby (sperm and egg) are derived from you and your partner (intended parents), the surrogate’s DNA will not be passed on to the baby in gestational surrogacy. Thus, your baby will not have the physical or mental traits of the surrogate mother.

 

Myth: Surrogacy always results in multiple births

This is not a hard and fast rule. It depends on how many embryos are transferred into the surrogate’s womb. Usually, not more than two embryos are transferred to minimize the risks of multiple pregnancies. There are also chances of her carrying just one baby despite having multiple embryos transferred.

 

 

We hope this article has cleared a lot of doubts on your mind and provided you with information about surrogacy. Don’t forget to discuss with your doctor before choosing your agency. You are now one step closer to your dream of parenting.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Surrogacy - Alternative Steps to Grow Your Family

This article discusses surrogacy processes in India. Here's a step by step guide on everything you need to know about surrogacy.

Have you heard of the song, “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage’? Well, if you are in love, and you do wish to get married (or not, because that’s okay too) what about having a baby? What if you can’t? Our society has not been great at accepting women with health issues which prevent them from being pregnant or even allowing a single parent wanting to have biological children. As sad as that is, on a positive note, we live in an advanced technological era where even if you can’t have the baby yourself, surrogacy has time and again proven to be a safe and affordable alternative for any couple or a single parent wanting to have biological children.

 

 

So what does the process of surrogacy involve?

A surrogate mother carries a pregnancy for another couple through the method of assisted reproductive technology. While there are two types of surrogacy, gestational and traditional; gestational surrogacy is more common and legalized in most countries. Gestational surrogacy implies that the surrogate carries a pregnancy where the gametes, fertilized through in-vitro fertilization would belong to the intended parents or donors. On the contrary, in traditional surrogacy, the egg belongs to the surrogate and the sperm would belong to the intended father. This enhances legal and emotional implications.

 

With the legalization of surrogacy in India in 2002, the law has brought a beam of hope for many. But what exactly are the procedures involved in surrogacy? We have it all laid down for you to ensure a smooth way forward to welcome a tiny member into your family.

 

1.Decisions, decisions.

Let’s sit down, take a breath and ask ourselves: is surrogacy the right choice for us? Being an intended parent can involve an amount of emotional upheaval which could last for months and a certain commitment to financial investment. Moreover, the Indian Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill states that only an Indian heterosexual couple who have been married for at least five years are allowed to undertake surrogacy in India. Therefore, remember to talk to your partner and your doctor, research on the surrogacy laws and bills of country, and measure the pros and cons that would work out for you. Yes, it does sound like a lot but it's only to ensure a few safety protocols. But, trust that it’s gonna be worth it.

 

2. Preparation for surrogacy

As only altruistic surrogacy is allowed since the passing of Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 on December 19, 2018, the second step would be to have a close family member who is willing to be a surrogate for you. Furthermore, the intended couple ought to register with a surrogacy clinic after which, they would have to provide with the necessary documents such as:

  • Certificate of Infertility by the District Medical Board
  • Order of Court regarding custody and parentage of the child
  • Insurance of the surrogate mother and the child

 

3. Drafting a legal contract

Next, the intended parents, as well as the surrogate mother, would be required to hire attorneys respectively to ensure a legal framework in place. Once the terms are arranged, the medical process can take off after the contract is signed.

 

The further legal process takes place after the first trimester when your attorney will draw up a pre-birth order to establish you as the legal parent of the child. Make sure to follow these protocols as they are only in place to ensure a safe and secure journey for you, your partner, your baby and the surrogate mother.

 

4. In-vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer

Once the documentation is in place, the medical expert would start with the egg retrieval process which involves using either fresh eggs or frozen, subjected to the availability of the intended mom. In case of a fresh surrogate transfer, the cycle of the surrogate and the intended mother is synchronized with oral contraceptive pills or progesterone pills. After a successful process of in-vitro fertilization, the embryo is transferred to the surrogate mother. 

 

Again, let’s remember that implantation through IVF is subjected to odds and we must not be disheartened if it is unsuccessful in the first attempt. Another IVF cycle could be as easily pursued. Ideally, this should not extend beyond 3 times for the same couple. 

 

Once a heartbeat is confirmed after a few months of the implantation, you can be assured of a normal IVF pregnancy.

 

5. Welcoming your child

It is finally the time when you welcome your little one into your world. You could be allowed to witness the birth of your child, subjected to the consent of the surrogate mother.

 

A few points to remember:

As already stated, a surrogate mother does not have any parental rights over the child(ren) and the birth certificate of the child(ren) bears the names of the intended parents. The intended parents ought to accept the custody of the child(ren) despite any abnormality.

 

Departing from a child that a woman carries in her womb for nine long months can be quite difficult and hence, it is important to understand the emotions that are involved and extend a humanistic approach at all levels.

 

If the surrogate is a close family member, it is helpful to remember that the child(ren) would come to know her and therefore, it is wise to sort out any possible complications that may arise beforehand. 

 

Surrogacy involves a selfless act of bringing joy and hence, there must be a plan in place that would make the process as smooth as possible.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Surrogacy and Emotions: How to Handle it All

You may be feeling mixed emotions during surrogacy, but you are not alone. These are some steps that will help you understand and manage your emotions during surrogacy.

It is a long journey when you are waiting to become parents, especially when there are struggles with infertility involved. If this is something you are experiencing, know that you are not alone in this - many couples experience infertility. However, there are many options for you to become a parent like you have always dreamed! Through IVF, or assisted reproductive technology, or adoption, or surrogacy, whichever the case may be - you are not far from bringing a baby into your life. During this process, there may be many emotions and sentiments you could be feeling - and it is best when they are addressed. 

 

The first step to move forward and advance into the next stage is to cope with your infertility. While sometimes it may get difficult, it is essential to build this journey with a positive outlook. If the emotional (and of course, physical) effects of your struggle of infertility are left unattended and unchecked, they could start affecting other parts of your life. We have put together some tips on how you can manage your emotions during the surrogacy process to aid your dreams of becoming a parent.

 

 

Infertility: Some Tips on Acceptance and Self-care

  • Acknowledging One’s Feelings

Acceptance is the key to dealing with infertility, instead of simply pretending that it does not come in the way of your emotions. It is very natural to feel a certain sense of grief or feel at loss to not be able to bear a child on your own, but in accepting and expressing your feelings, you can let go of all societal pressures and other emotional distress. Acceptance is the first step to dealing with trying circumstances. 

 

  • Communicate Honestly With Your Partner (or close ones) 

If there is anyone you should go through this emotional journey with, it is your partner. They can be very important people to help you overcome certain thoughts, sentiments. Share what you feel. They can make your best personal therapist, whom you can trust completely. If not, do not shy away from seeking help from a therapist or counsellor. Reach out to close ones too! Give them a chance to help you deal with this in the most positive way possible – and you won’t feel alone through this process. 

 

  • Do Not Blame Yourself 

It is not you, but a combination of genetics and circumstances. Do not be so hard on yourself. Things might seem to be difficult at this time, but eventually it will only be in the distant past, so try and take time out for yourself. Indulge in self care, and stay hopeful and positive.

 

 

The Surrogacy Journey As The Intended Parent : How to be Fully Involved

Along the way, you might come across some unique challenges, as well as a lot of joys. As an intended parent, there is a plethora of emotions you are very much likely to feel, towards this road to parenthood. One such obstacle could be the feeling of jealousy, especially as an intended mother. While what you might be feeling is completely natural, and has come to you unannounced, here are a few ways you can handle these emotions:

 

  • Bonding with the Surrogate Mother

To desire a connection with the baby bump is completely natural. To be able to do that, try and understand the surrogate mother, and establish a bond with her. Fill her in in general conversations about motherhood, how you feel. Do not let your desire to connect with the baby bump manifest itself in the shape of feelings of jealousy.

 

  • Engage in the Ideal Conversation 

Your family, relatives and friends may ask many questions revolving around the process of surrogacy. While they might arise out of genuine care, you would want to set certain boundaries, and that is okay. An ideal conversation about it is one you are comfortable with. It is okay to keep some feelings private and draw a line. Let them, however, provide you with the encouragement and support you need

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Questions About IVF : Everything You Might Want to Know

What is IVF? Is IVF painful? How long does an IVF cycle take? How successful is IVF? Here are the answers to questions you may have about IVF.

Infertility becomes a major concern whenever a couple is unable to get pregnant or is trying to conceive, despite the indulgence in unprotected intercourse, having tried for at least one year, and additionally so when the woman is aged less than 35. But with the continued advances made in reproductive medicine, treatments for infertility have become highly successful, including the IVF. Here is a list of questions about IVF, and answers to them you probably are seeking.
 

What is IVF?

IVF stands for in-vitro fertilization. It is a treatment for infertility, whereby in a laboratory dish, a woman’s eggs are fertilized with a man’s sperm. The fertilized eggs (or embryos) are further transferred into a woman’s uterus, in the hope that they will implant, and mature into a pregnancy. Essentially, it is a reproductive technique that is assisted medically, initially outside the woman’s body.

 

When or Why is IVF considered?

It is when other forms of infertility treatment are already considered and evaluated, but somehow did not work out, that one thinks about IVF or in-vitro fertilization. IVF is mostly considered when either the woman who has an advanced reproductive age, blocked fallopian tubes, PCOS, or when the man exhibits the male factor infertility. Among other reasons, it is also opted for to prevent the transmission of genetic diseases to future generations. 

 

How successful is IVF in India?

One of the questions about IVF that probably does come to your mind is ‘How successful IVf really is in India?’ Doctors at Apollo Hospital confirm that IVF procedures are carried out throughout the year in India, successfully. Some difficulties might come in your way while conceiving, and hence IVF becomes a solution. It is understandable, however, that there might be a few concerns in terms of whether or not the process would be fruitful, given the time and money invested. A lot many couples or people have been able to start their family because of IVF. 

There are several factors that determine the success of IVF including (but not limited to) the body’s capability to sustain a pregnancy in terms of age and previous or prevailing health issues, embryo status, lifestyle factors, choosing to conceive through surrogacy, or general attitude towards the process - sometimes IVF may not show results the first time, and it need not necessarily mean that it would not work out at all. IVF is a very personal decision, but must be taken only after carefully evaluating the factors that are at stake. Technology has come a far way and has managed to grow, of which IVF is one such result. With the right kind of guidance, IVF sure can help you gain from its benefits. 

 

What are the things to be kept in mind before choosing IVF?

Everything about IVF must be known to you before considering IVF, including the benefits, the risks, or even the alternatives. A detailed discussion with the physician should nudge you in the right direction to make an informed decision and start a family of your own. 

Choose the right IVF clinic :

The success of an IVF depends significantly on many factors related to the patients themselves, but they also quite do on the approaches the clinic takes.

Ask for details :

The cost and other expenses combined with each step of the procedure should be known well in advance. Ask about the number of embryos that will be transferred, implanted, and all other questions you might have.

 

Is IVF painful?

Every woman displays a different, individualistic response to the procedure in IVF. While some aspects might cause pain or discomfort to some women, others might not feel the same way. However, in case of severe pain, you must visit your doctor as it could be an indication of a complication (most likely to be easily dealt with) whilst the IVF process is going on. Women might experience discomfort while ovarian stimulation which is the first part of the process, or during ovulation induction, egg retrieval, and  embryo transfer. There is no harm in talking to your doctor to be double sure.

 

How long does an IVF cycle take?

A cycle of IVF can take somewhere between four to six weeks, typically. Treatment can begin only after the initial fertility testing is done. The testing procedure will include assessment of the egg quality, uterus, semen analysis, etc. 

 

How many times can IVF be tried?

IVF is almost like a miracle for women and men suffering from infertility. If you are not successful in the first attempt, how many more cycles should you try? Keeping the financial limitations or the monetary aspect aside, individuals can get the in vitro procedure done until they are successful. There is no guarantee however, whether or not it will be a success after the first or the second cycle. Ideally, there is no limit on the number of cycles of IVF one can get done, but if it has worked out even after the second or the third try, there might be a possibility of other factors getting in your way, that you might not be aware of. A fertility specialist in such a case, you should get in touch with. 

 

When should you run the pregnancy test after IVF?

Ideally, women are advised to wait for about two weeks after the IVF procedure to run a pregnancy test. It takes that much amount of time for the fertilised egg to get implanted in the womb, and further produce the hCG hormone - that shall be detected in the test.

We sincerely hope that these answer some of your questions about IVF. 


 

March 15, 2021 |  read

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