I read the most interesting article about Australia and how a growing number of Australians are going to India for surrogacy. It seems that India is now a preferred travel destination for ***commercial surrogacy. Thailand is next on the list and then the United States.
It seems there was a study conducted by an Australian surrogacy agency by the name of “Surrogacy Australian”. Their research discovered that there were 200 recorded surrogacy births in India to Australians couples in 2012. Last year there were 179, in then in 2010 there were 86 and in 2009 47, 2008 there were 8 and finally in 2007 there were 7. So the numbers are truly rising. In this study facts were taken from the Australian government. The data was collected from 14 overseas surrogacy agencies and the survey was taken by 217 Australians. Now granted this isn’t a huge study, but it’s a study nonetheless that clearly shows the trend.
What’s even more interesting is this survey included heterosexual as well as same-sex Australians, who sought out surrogacy and guess what Australians like the majority of other infertile couples from around the world were refinancing their homes, taking out second loans to afford the costs of surrogacy for treatment, agency, and travel costs. When I read the break down it showed that half of those surveyed did indeed refinance their homes or took a second mortgage, borrowed from family, broke out the plastic and charged on their credit cards and the other half tightened their belts, and really reduced spending.
Been there! Done that! Oh the sacrifices we endure to have a child!
So check this out – this is a mind blower: The cost of surrogacy in Indian is 77k on the Australian dollar, while coming to the USA for surrogacy is about 176k on the Australian dollar.
No wonder Australians are going to India for surrogacy.
Surrogacy Australia President Sam Everingham was quoted by saying that “The trend towards overseas surrogacy would continue while Australia maintains laws and policies that make surrogacy quite difficult within Australia. And that Australia is getting very small numbers of Australians accessing surrogacy there because the research has shown that high levels of regulation within Australia and lower barriers in some overseas markets are shifting the practice of surrogacy offshore and it is a big industry.”
The other piece to this is that the new visa laws implemented by India that prevents single individuals and same-sex couples from entering into any surrogacy agreements and this could lead to the drop in numbers in the future.
So what does that mean for India? That means that those who live in Australia who are looking to build their family through surrogacy will most likely turn towards Thailand, or another country around the globe that is more surrogacy friendly.
Note: ***There are two kinds of surrogacy, commercial and altruistic. Altruistic surrogacy does not involve a financial agreement. The surrogate carries a baby and there is no money exchanged. Family members are often altruistic surrogates for one another. Commercial surrogacy happens when a couple or a single person pays to a woman in exchange for her carrying and giving birth to a baby on their behalf