Surrogacy

By Bridged Faida

‘A couple just won a case about rent- a womb’

Surrogacy is not a imaginary issue any more, a judge recently ruled. It is real and many Kenyans are resorting to it for medical reasons and the state ought to protect such arrangements.
Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person or the genetic parents. Women are usually unable to have a baby because they might have medical complications that make pregnancy impossible. Those who carry the pregnancy, whether for a fee or for free, are known as surrogate hosts and the owner of the baby as the commissioning couple or genetic parents.

Traditional surrogacy: surrogate mothering can be accomplished in two ways, Most often, the sperm is implanted in the host by a procedure called artificial insemination. Here, the surrogate mother is either the genetic mother, or gestational mother, of the child. This method of surrogacy is sometimes called traditional surrogacy.

Gestational surrogacy: Less often, when the intended mother can produce fertile eggs but cannot carry a child to birth, the intended mother’s egg is removed combined with the husband’s or another man’s sperms in the process called the vitro fertilization, and implanted in the surrogate mother. This method is called gestational surrogacy.

For money or for charity?
Surrogacy arrangements are also categorized as either commercial or self- sacrificing. In commercial surrogacy, the host mother is paid a fee plus any expenses incurred in her pregnancy, while in self – sacrificing surrogacy, only the expenses incurred are paid.

Too posh to push? There have been growing concerns that this procedure, designed to have couples who would otherwise not have their own babies, is also being adopted by Nairobi’s nouveau riche, the type that has been pejoratively described as “too posh to push”. Medical experts, however, warn that surrogacy is not a procedure of convenience as a last recourse.

Kenya’s first test – tube babies that were delivered in Nairobi in 2006. Surrogacy in East Africa country, while still shrouded in secrecy, has been picking up with surrogates being paid as higher as $18,000 (ksh. 1.5 million).

There is a growing list of young Kenyan women who are renting out their wombs to carry other people’s pregnancies, with some being paid as much as Ksh. 1 million ( $ 12,000 ).
The trend that has in the past been seen as a resolution in developed countries for infertile women seeking to have their own children is increasingly gaining acceptance in Kenya.

Statistics shows almost 30 babies have been born in Nairobi by surrogate hosts, and these statistics are from just one clinic, the Nairobi IVF Centre Ltd, Fertility clinic. Here services offered include wide range of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, including IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) Egg and Sperm Donation. Gestation Surrogacy, Embryo and Sperm Cryopreservation, Intrauterine inseminations (IUI) Ovulation Induction and others. The Nairobi IVF Centre ltd is located in modern Medical Centre on Landmark Plaza, Argwings Kodhek Rd.

Most surrogate hosts experience the pain that immediately after delivery the baby is given to its parents; there is no any chance of her to see the baby.

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