Made-in-Mumbai baby for Israeli gay couple
The Israeli Gay couple have made a splash in India by having their own baby through India's liberal and mostly uncontrolled surrogacy practice. With easy availability of Surrogate mother, Surrogacy is becoming a popular option for childless couple from abroad. But very few childless Indian opt for the procedure.
Yonatan and Omer are gay couple from Israel and Israel doesn’t allow same-sex parents to legally adopt a baby or use the services of a surrogate mother.
However, with sperm from Yonatan, eggs from an anonymous donor and a hired womb, Evyatar came into the world on October 12. They flew back to Tel Aviv with their newly born baby by a surrogate mother.
“A majority of our patients who opt for surrogacy are foreign nationals. Of this, about 18% are gay couples. There is not a single Indian,” Kaushal Kadam, scientific director at Rotunda - The Centre for Human Reproduction, said here.
It was Rotunda that made Israeli gay couple Yonatan and Omer Gher’s dream to have a baby of their own come true. Yonatan was the donor. The two returned to their home country on Monday with their one-month-old son Evyatar.
But according to Kadam, despite this highly successful surrogate pregnancy and many other cases, Indians are yet to completely accept surrogate mothers and such pregnancies.
In India, surrogacy for same sex couples is legal and administered under the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research. It has become more popular in the past couple of years, thanks to the awareness created by the media, Kadam said.
Yonatan and Omer Gher came to the city in January and the in-vitro fertilisation was successful through an unknown egg donor and sperms from Yonatan in the first attempt itself, infertility specialist Dr Gautam Allahbadia told PTI.
The embryo was then successfully implanted in a surrogate mother selected by the couple and Evyatar (meaning more fathers in Hebrew) was born on October 12, Allahbadia said.
Since the couple had to submit proof of their paternity (through DNA test) to the Israeli government, after completing all the necessary paper work, they left for Israel last night, the doctor said.
This is the second gay couple from Israel to have a baby in his clinic, the earlier instance being in May.