Hyderabad: A UN study in July 2012 on the economic scale of surrogacy in India stated that commercial surrogacy was worth more than $400 million a year with over 3,000 fertility clinics in the country.
Dr Manjual Anagani from Maxcure hospital said that the risk would be more for a surrogate mother who had already given birth to two or more babies. “Cesarean is compulsory in surrogacy cases, the surrogate mother may thus suffer from cesarean complications in future apart from anesthesia complications.
If the woman has already given birth to one or two children, she may face bleeding, BP and diabetics problems during pregnancy. Indian laws do not allow a woman to be a surrogate more than once,” she said.
Chairperson of Women’s Commission, Ms Tripuraram Venkataratnam, said that agents of fertility centers were targeting tribals in Devarakonda of Nalgonda district, tribal areas in Warangal, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahabubnagar, Nizamabad and other districts.
“Most of these women don’t know about the risk after delivery. We are holding counseling sessions with the help of NGOs in tribal areas. As there is no Act on regulating fertility centers and surrogacy, except opposing commercial activities, we can’t take any action against agents. As the entire process is being done secretly, we do not have accurate statistics of surrogacy cases,” she said.