I was diagnosed with complex hyperplasia with atypical cells, which means my uterus is too thick and not viable for carrying a baby. The cost of surrogacy in the US is astronomical, especially if you don’t have a volunteer surrogate such as a family member or close friend. So I went to Mumbai, India, where the laws are favorable and the cost is manageable. In Mumbai, I underwent in vitro fertilization using my husband’s sperm. My embryos were then implanted in a surrogate mother. We are now expecting twins.
My doctor and his staff were excellent. They accommodated us at every turn, calling us immediately with test results and scheduling appointments that fit our travel plans. The medical facilities were consistently clean. The staff was courteous and well organized.
The worst thing was seeing the poverty of India. It was heart wrenching to say the least. We, however, had no problems in India, but we did have some concern about our American doctors resisting cooperation with the Indian team.
We had reverse sticker shock when we saw the prices. We had saved approximately $50,000. Finally, we had found healthcare we could afford! My advice for others who are thinking of going overseas for medical procedures is this: consider using a health travel facilitator. These agents arrange more than travel. In my case, my agent found my doctors, who specialize in IVF and have a surrogacy program. They arranged my medical appointments, got me in direct contact with my doctor when I had medical questions or concerns, and arranged my travel. A facilitator makes planning the trip so much easier, especially if you have not traveled for healthcare before.
Last updated on 9 March 2013
Before Leaving the Hospital: Get All the Paperwork
Impatient to be gone, and often suffering the woozy side effects of surgery and post-operative pharmaceuticals, patients too often find themselves back at home later, missing important documents that could have more easily been obtained on site. So before you hightail it out of your hospital or clinic, be sure that you have all of your important documents.
Generally, larger hospitals provide complete medical documentation as part of the standard exit procedure. However, some smaller clinics may rely more on verbal instructions, and they are less likely to build and maintain a dossier on your case.