Friday, December 12, 2014

From Australia : A Baby Boy!!!

Some lovely words from the happy couple :

"Dear Dr Kadam, Dr Joshi and the wonderful staff at Corion.

Our precious son Joshua is now 3 months old and every day we are incredibly grateful for the Corion team and our amazing surrogate Najama for the gift of life you have given us.

Joshua brings so much joy to our lives and watching him and his brother together is a real blessing for us knowing what a miracle it is for them to have each other.

We would highly recommend Corion. The team's professionalism and attention to detail plus caring, friendly manner throughout the pregnancy and beyond have been wonderful. We were extremely blessed with a smooth process and had a seamless experience from start to finish. Thank you Corion, words don't express how grateful we are.

If anyone would like further information or has any questions about Corion please feel  free to contact us on Annaandmat@iinet.net.au."


Warm Regards
A & M
Australia

Friday, December 5, 2014

News : A Novel Role For Ranbp9 In Regulating Alternative Splicing In Spermatogenic Cells !!!

Highly expressed in the testis, a gene named Ranbp9 has been found to play a critical role in male fertility by controlling the correct expression of thousands of genes required for successful sperm production. A group of researchers led by Professor Wei Yan, at the University of Nevada School of Medicine has discovered that a loss of function of Ranbp9 leads to severely reduced male fertility due to disruptions in sperm development. A paper reporting this finding was published in PLOS Genetics on December 4, 2014.
Male infertility affects 1 out of 20 men of reproductive age worldwide and the underlying causes remain largely unknown. The production of functional sperm is a prerequisite for male fertility, and is achieved through a complex process termed spermatogenesis, which is controlled by numerous genes that are synthesized and processed into messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) molecules of different sizes. Disruptions of mRNA processing would lead to aberrant mRNA contents in the developing male germ cells, failed sperm production, and male infertility.
Link : http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/286502.php

Thursday, December 4, 2014

NEWS !!! Mutation Identified That Is Associated With Premature Ovarian Failure

Premature ovarian failure (POF) is estimated to affect 1-4% of the female population.
Women with POF can present with a variety of symptoms and many genes have been linked to this condition.
A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation identifies a specific mutation in a family that results in POF.
Aleksandar Rajkovic and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh studied 3 sisters with POF-associated symptoms and identified and mutation in MCM8, a gene involved in chromosome maintenance.
Siblings without the MCM8 mutation did not have any signs of POF.
Cells from the affected sisters exhibited an inability to repair DNA damage.
The results of this study indicate that chromosomal instability may be a factor in the development of POF.
Title: Exome sequencing reveals MCM8 mutation underlies ovarian failure and chromosomal instability.

LINK : http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/286298.php

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

News : Researchers identify factors that may boost success of artificial insemination !!!


Artificial insemination, also referred to as intrauterine insemination (IUI), involves directly inserting sperm into a woman's uterus during ovulation. The aim of this procedure is to boost the chance of fertilization by increasing the number of sperm that reach the Fallopian tubes.

Link : http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/286241.php

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

From The USA



Thank you so much to Dr. Kadam, Dr. Joshi and the entire Corion staff for blessing us with our little miracles, Ellie and Max.  Our twins are now almost 4 months old and we are so grateful to everyone at Corion for all their help.  My husband and I have nothing but positive words about Dr. Kadam and her staff.  From the initial email to exiting India, the entire staff was nothing but helpful and kind. We are offer our deepest gratitude for all that you have done. If anyone would like more information, 
please feel free to contact us at  bachar.r@gmail.com

Thank you again.

Take care.

Regards
Mr. and Mrs. AP
California, USA

Thursday, November 6, 2014

INSTAR 2014 !!!

Dr Kaushal Kadam alongwith panelists including Ms. Rachel Sunden, from the american Consulate. — with Kaushal Kadam at J W Marriott- Juhu.

At the Inaugural ceremony of INSTAR Conference. Lighting the lamp Dr. Kaushal Kadam, Dr.Samundi Sankari & Dr. Shivani Sachdev  — with Kaushal Kadam at J W Marriott- Juhu.

Dr. Dinesh Upadhyay from BJP Medical Cell at the inauguration ceremony. — with Kaushal Kadam at J W Marriott- Juhu.




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Her Body, Our Babies!!!





An Irish couple who traveled to India to have children last year and navigated the ethical and legal dilemmas surrounding surrogacy, are to feature in a documentary on RTÉ television tonight.

Her Body Our Babies follows Fiona Whyte and her partner Seán Malone from their decision to try surrogacy to bringing home their babies Ruby and Donal to Miltown Malbay in West Clare.
Along the way, there is a glimpse of the Indian women who sign up to carry the children of wealthy western couples and the realities of surrogacy, including the abortion of one of the embryos, termed “foetal reduction” at the Indian clinic where the treatment is carried out.
The Irish legal limbo into which children of a surrogate mother are born is also highlighted. Both in their 50s and both with adult children from previous marriages, Ms Whyte and Mr Malone had spent €30,000 on unsuccessful fertility treatment prior to opting for surrogacy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

INSTAR Announces Its First Ever Annual Conference In Mumbai “INSTAR Mumbai – 2014” on “How To Practice Third Party Assisted Reproduction Ethically & Within Legal Framework”

To spread awareness about ART and third party reproduction,Indian Society for Third Party Assisted Reproduction is organizing a conference on Third Party Reproduction on 2nd November at
 J.W.Mariott, Juhu, Mumbai.

INSTAR is a registered society dedicated to the cause of infertility –ART and third party reproduction. INSTAR is established with the aim of protecting the rights of all the parties involved in this treatment process. All members of INSTAR have declared to be morally guided by the National Guidelines for ART published by the ICMR, that guide practice across India in Third Party Reproduction. 

INSTAR intends to organize various activities to bring awareness and create positive attitude towardsthis cause. INSTAR has organized a very prestigious a conference on  " Third Party Reproduction -- How to practice ethically & within the legal framework" on 2nd November at J.W.Mariott, Juhu,
Mumbai. We expect approximately 500 participants which include all those who are directly or 
indirectly involved in Third Party Reproduction in India. 

Dr.Mrs. Kaushal Kadam
Organizing Chairperson 







Thursday, September 11, 2014

“INSTAR” - Announces Its First Ever Annual Conference In Mumbai !!!

Dear All,

To spread awareness about ART and third party 
reproduction,  Indian Society for Third Party 
Assisted Reproduction has organized its first ever Annual Conference in Mumbai “INSTAR Mumbai –2014” on 2nd  November,on 
“How to practice third party Assisted 
Reproduction ethically & within Legal Framework”

Venue for the same J . W . Marriott Hotel Mumbai

Organizing Secretary
Dr. Mrs. Kaushal Kadam

Monday, August 4, 2014

From New Zealand !!!

Dear Corion staff.

After eight years of trying to have children, we are now the happiest parents in the world of two beautiful children – Oliver and Amelia.Our little treasures are now four months old.We are eternally grateful to the fantastic work that the committed staff at Corion,Dr L H Hirinandani Hospital, and our brilliant legal team at UR Legal, have carriedout to enable our dream of having children come true.You have helped change our lives for the better for making it possible for us to 
now have a complete family we have been blessed with a handsome baby boy and a beautiful baby girl. Who could ask for anything more?Thank you again for helping us realize our dreams.
You will always remain deeply in our hearts


4th  August 2014

Mr. & Ms. AEK
New Zealand

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pround Parents : From Ireland!!!

Following many failed IVF attempts in Spain we decided to try to have a baby through surrogacy. We were fortunate to choose the right clinic for us, the Corion clinic and to meet Dr Kadam. The clinic was clean and well run while the staff were always friendly, professional and compassionate. Once pregnant we received updates regularly and all our questions were answered promptly. The pregnancy went as planned and we are now the proud parents of twins, Ruby and Donal. We can never thank Dr Kadam enough for what she has done for us.



Kind Regards
Sean and Fiona
Ireland 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

ISRAEL : A Bundle Of Babies & Lucky Parents!

It is with great delight that we share with you all, this wonderful picture of babies from Israel!

Corion Fertility Clinic : Family Reunion in Israel



We wish all these special families the most joyful of blessings and wish them all the very best in the coming years...

Sunday, June 8, 2014

From Australia: A Dream Come True!!!


 "We cannot believe we will have a new family member before this Christmas and it would be the most wonderful Christmas gift given in our life.

Before I started my IVF treatment at Corion Clinic, I thought that this is my last chance for me as after our all attempts had been unsuccessful. Then I was very anxious and not much confident to get good result.

However, once I stayed in contact with Dr. Kadam, Dr. Rajput and their wonderful team.


I felt that we may be able to make our dream come true because they have responded very professionally to any questions I made (I did so many! ), and their dedication was impressive. 
Thanks to Dr.Kadam and all their team! for helping us with achieving our dream"



"I am very looking forward to seeing you all at Clinic again for possible second child in near future!"

Best Regards,S & F from Australia 


Sunday, June 1, 2014

From UK : Happy Parents !!!

Our thanks to this UK Couple for sharing their thoughts...


To all the staff at the Corion Clinic – Testimonial.

"We are UK citizens who embarked on surrogacy in Mumbai over two years ago and today as a result of the amazing Corion clinic and our wonderful surrogate, we have a four month old healthy son. Our near 10 year infertility journey has finally ended in happiness.

We embarked on surrogacy due to recurrent miscarriages and on advice. We chose India after watching a documentary on surrogacy in India. We were not in a position to consider a family friend or sibling as a surrogate, as such it was very important that a transparent relationship between the clinic, surrogate and ourselves was established. To us, the role of the clinic is crucial in a surrogacy arrangement as they not only oversee the all-important medical aspects of the baby’s development and ongoing health of the surrogate mother, but they need to assist in obtaining the necessary documents to comply with UK immigration and surrogacy legislation, which can be very burdensome.

We had investigated a number of clinics prior to choosing Corion. We were keen for the clinic and surrogate to be from a major developed city in India. Corion had received very good reviews, it was a new clinic and we had noted that Dr Kadam, Head Doctor, was a very experienced and leading fertility doctor. Once we had visited the clinic in Mumbai and met Dr Kadam, the staff and surrogates, we felt very comfortable. It is a small and friendly team and the clinic was of a high standard. Dr Kadam is herself warm and approachable and the clinic proved to be more ethical in comparison to other surrogate clinics.
Whilst it is always more challenging to manage such an emotional journey between two different countries, with communications relying on e-mail, Corion have gone the extra mile whilst we have been here in India with our son trying to get back to the UK. We also received in depth medical reports every month detailing the progress of our baby and the health of our surrogate.

Now our son is born, both Dr Kadam and Dr Joshi of the Corion continue to be very supportive by chasing or producing the documents we need for immigration. If you are from the UK, my main recommendation is get as much of the documentation you need for your baby’s passport prior to the baby being born to reduce your stay and accommodation costs in India. Please do hire experienced immigration lawyers both in the UK and in India that will work with each other and do so as early as possible."

May 2014
Mr & Mrs W
United Kingdom


Monday, April 28, 2014

At Walk For Surrogacy, It’s One Big Happy Family!!!

It was a one-of-a-kind experience for the over 500 participants of this awareness walk. Hosted by INSTAR (Indian Society for Third party Assisted Reproduction) at south Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday, the 5 km event was attended by surrogate moms, doctors, lawyers and Assisted Reproductive Technology enthusiasts some of whom even traveled from far off states—Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and the Northeast—to be a part of the cause. 
           
                         


Surrogate mothers from these places walked alongside genetic parents and their children as did families from Delhi whose count was, however, higher. Some intended parents also attended the walk. "I came straight from Hyderabad. I am a surrogate mother of three children. It was a very nice feeling to give another woman the gift of motherhood," said Ramya Rao (name changed to protect confidentiality). 

Vimal Bhargav, who works in a construction company in Delhi, now has a two-and-half-year-old son. He came to the walk with his wife and son. "It's a viable option for achieving parenthood. We are living a very happy life and have faced no problems," Bhargav said. 

Himanshu Bavishi, a doctor and president of INSTAR, cleared some prevalent misconceptions about assisted reproductive technology, especially surrogacy. People do not feel comfortable enough to share their identities but this is now changing, he said. 

To address ethical and sociological questions on surrogacy, a legal framework is on anvil which may help simplify matters. But though the government drafted Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill in 2013, it's yet to be tabled in parliament. Opinion on it seemed positive as Supreme Court lawyer Inderbir Singh said, "The ART Bill takes care of rights and duties of all parties concerned in a very fair way. I don't think any contrary guidelines should be imposed." 

ART bank owner Akhar Anjum walked to support the cause. His bank provides contact info of women willing to become surrogates. "We provide a minimum compensation of Rs 2.25 lakh and living expenses for a year with healthcare. In metros like Delhi, we give Rs 3.30 lakh. It can't be too less and it can't be too much. Above all, we take proper care of surrogate mothers," doctor and general secretary of INSTAR Shivani Sachdeva Gour said. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fertility Tourism : Couples Desperate For A Baby Heading Overseas!!!

India has become a popular destination for families wanting to use a surrogate to have children. While leaving New Zealand allows them to avoid what can be a long wait, it's by no means an easy journey.

Paul and Angela Ashcroft were on a plane, flying somewhere over Australia, when their twin daughters Nicole and Peta were born.
"Paul and I looked at each other and the sun was just coming through the clouds and I said 'I've just got this funny feeling our babies are being born' and they were," recalls Mrs Ashcroft.
The Ashcrofts' twin daughters Nicole (left) and Peta in India shortly after they were born.
The Wellington couple, in their mid 40s at the time in June 2012, created the babies in India using in vitro fertilization (IVF) and paid a gestational surrogate to carry the little girls.

Eight months later they got a call to say the surrogate was in labour, two weeks early. Unlike most expectant parents who head to hospital, they boarded a plane bound for Mumbai.
The twin's surrogate mother, feeding Peta.
"We didn't find out our girls had been born until we checked into our hotel and we were in a state of shock."
The Ashcrofts were the first New Zealand couple to take advantage of commercial surrogacy laws in India, which is only one of a handful of countries that allow surrogates to be paid.
As a result of the 2002 law, lower costs, increasing medical infrastructure and the availability of surrogates, the country has emerged as a hotspot for this type of fertility tourism.
International surrogacy, also legal in the United States, Thailand, the Ukraine and at least one state in Mexico, is a growing trend for couples and singles, both gay and straight, seeking ways to overcome the hurdles biological, technological, financial, and legal of having children.
The subject was the hot topic at the fifth Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE Conference) in Brisbane this month. Closer to home members of the Law Society heard presentations from fertility specialists on the issue last week.
Fertility Associates group operations manager Dr John Peek says New Zealand had always aligned itself ethically with European standards but with the amount of reproductive technology exploding in Asia it could no longer be ignored.
"There's going to be a lot more reproductive tourism in this part of the world," Dr Peek says.
"The number of clinics and the number of treatments in India is growing by 25 per cent each year. I think in some ways we have to learn how to co-exist with some ethical things on our doorstep that are very different from our own without saying, 'Oh, we've got nothing to do with it'."
Medical visas are becoming commonplace and overseas governments are encouraging fertility tourism because of the economic benefits.
About 3000 clinics in India offer surrogacy services to foreigners, generating more than $400 million per year for the economy according to a study by Sama, a non-government group for women and health.
Dr Peek says New Zealanders are becoming more open to the fast-evolving fertility tourism market.
"What people are doing with their teeth and cosmetic surgery this decade they might think about doing in other more meaty areas of medicine such as reproduction in the future.
"As other countries improve their regulation and reliability and customer service then I think it's going to become more of a reality."
An estimated 2000 foreign babies are born to Indian surrogates each year but the industry is largely unregulated.
Two international incidents shone an embarrassing spotlight on surrogacy in India when two sets of parents did not complete the adoption process and were stopped at their home borders.
In both cases the Indian Government stepped in, resulting in the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs ruling in July 2012 that foreigners needed medical instead of tourist visas to engage a surrogate.
Only heterosexual couples who have been married at least two years and who come from countries that also permit surrogacy can now apply - amounting to a ban on single, gay, and unmarried people, and on those evading their home laws to have children.
The tighter restrictions have helped to popularise Thailand as another surrogacy destination but India is still the only country where the intended parents are recognised as the legal parents.
Fertility Associates group counsellor adviser Sue Saunders says a child cannot be "imported to New Zealand" without a huge amount of paperwork.
"They don't get passports and they don't get automatic immigration."
She tells a cautionary tale about a Kiwi couple who tried to returnhome with a baby born to a surrogate in Asia but who were stopped because they did not have the appropriate legal documents. "They thought it was like Australia where if you could prove a genetic link you'd be allowed to come in.
"The husband was working here and the mother and child were stuck in Australia."
It took 18 months before the couple could get their child into New Zealand.
The lesson for people considering overseas surrogacy is to hire a lawyer who specialises in international adoption, Mrs Saunders says.
Nerve-racking journeyWhen the Ashcrofts travelled to India it was on a tourist visa, before the new law was passed.
"It was very nerve-racking doing it because there was no proven way to come back to New Zealand at that time," Mrs Ashcroft says.
The couple spent months researching the legal requirements of the process, getting all the necessary paperwork in order to be able to bring the twins back before they embarked on the journey.
They had spent 10 years trying to conceive a baby themselves but fertility complications, health problems and limited finances almost ended their dream, until Mr Ashcroft inherited some money and Mrs Ashcroft's friend saw a documentary on surrogacy in India.
"The first time I went to India I was just so overwhelmed by the poverty," Mrs Ashcroft says.
"I just looked at my husband Paul and said can we even start a family in this situation?
"It was a culture shock.
"You don't think that this is what your life is going to come to, to have a family."
Clinic fees and surrogacy cost the couple $40,000 but that did not include legal fees, flights and accommodation for two trips to Mumbai - and time off work for up to seven weeks at a time.
They chose Corion Fertility Clinic to create their embryos, 19 in all.
Of those, four were inserted in their surrogate.
If more than two survived the Ashcrofts were contractually obliged to reduce to twins because of the health risks to the surrogate in the case of triplets or quadruplets.
But by putting four embryos in at once a couple's chance of "conceiving" is doubled and in the Ashcrofts' case only two embryos survived.
Their remaining embryos were eventually destroyed, under the terms of their contract.
Corion impregnates about two surrogates a week, who must be under the age of 30 and have completed their own family.
The surrogate can give birth to a total of only five children, including her own.
The women are then cared for, free of work commitments, in a surrogacy home where the clinic oversees medical attention, diet and hygiene to ensure a healthy live birth.
They may visit and receive visits from their families during the nine months before the baby is born at the top-quality Hiranandani Hospital.
The were no signs of coercion at Corion - when a woman is forced into surrogacy by poverty-stricken family members - according to Mrs Ashcroft.
Surrogates used by reputable clinics, such as Corion, are vetted through psychological testing before signing on.
With 80 per cent of India's 1.27 billion population "below the breadline" surrogacy provides a lifeline for some families, Mrs Ashcroft says.
"Our money is helping one family. At least that family has a better future or a future they're more in control of because of it."
The money is almost always used to pay for better education for the surrogate mother's own children.
She believes negative spin on surrogacy in India, dubbed "rent a womb" by some critics, has been propagated in the United States.
"They've lost a lot of money to the Indian market, particularly the fertility clinics."
She calls their surrogate a "wonderful caring person whose generous gift changed our life forever".
"We are so incredibly grateful for Nicole and Peta.
"It concerns me the debate in the media that diminishes this act of kindness.
"It takes away from the wonderful spirit of the Indian culture and their love of children that give them the understanding and empathy to help other couples such as ourselves."
New Zealand alternativeMrs Saunders says people don't have to go overseas to find a surrogate the option is available here but couples must get permission from the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology.
That process can take months and cost several thousand dollars depending on whether the couple are eligible for public funding.
Mrs Saunders says in some cases that could be an easier process to negotiate.
"Until New Zealand laws change and recognise births overseas it's a huge challenge for any couple to have a surrogate overseas. I think it's a bigger challenge for them to do that than to work their way through the clinic system."
The Ashcrofts made the decision to go public with their story when they launched a website to help other couples with international surrogacy.
"When we went through this process we were so incredibly private. We didn't tell anyone what we were doing because there is a bit of negativity about surrogacy in India and we didn't want to be judged."
Since they returned from India they have helped another four couples - one with twins, another who are expecting a single baby in July, a third who are expecting twins and a fourth who are currently undergoing IVF in India.
Their website, India Surrogacy New Zealand, has received 50 inquiries in the past year from couples wanting to know more about international surrogacy.
It's almost two years since the Ashcrofts made that trip to Mumbai to meet their daughters and bring them home.
Their girls are unaware of the momentous effort made to have them. For the 22-month-old toddlers, life is all about "tears and tiaras".
"When we're out with our girls in New Zealand, no one knows our journey," Mrs Ashcroft says. "We're just another couple at the playground or having lunch with our girls."

Pioneer calls for industry regulations
India's Akanksha Infertility Clinic is the country's most successful surrogate business, delivering more than 760 babies through surrogacy since 2002.
Medical director Dr Nayana Patel says infertile couples will continue to pursue international surrogacy as long as their home country allows only unpaid surrogacy.
Dr Patel said most couples felt uncomfortable or unwilling to engage a family member or friend for surrogacy.
A landmark case at Akanksha Infertility Clinic, in Anand, Gujarat, made headlines when a grandmother became a surrogate for her daughter, who had a congenital syndrome affecting her reproductive system.
The daughter's embryos were implanted in her mother's womb resulting in a live birth.
As with the Corion Clinic in Mumbai, the surrogates are vetted to make sure they are attending of their own free will.
Dr Patel has also developed a trust which educates the woman's children and supports her family while she is in a surrogate home for the pregnancy.
"It can change the lives of the surrogates because the money they earn may allow them to buy a home for their family, start a small business or educate their own children."
Once the baby is born the surrogate has no legal rights to the child. In India, the intended parents are recognized as the birth parents.
Dr Patel is urging all countries that recognize paid surrogacy to develop common rules to regulate it.
"This would make it easier for couples to make informed and safer choices about surrogacy and avoid any potential legal pitfalls," she says.
"At the same time, common rules would help to protect the rights of surrogates who are genuinely in the business of helping couples to achieve their dream of parenthood."
Using a surrogate
Surrogacy is where a woman, who cannot carry a baby, uses another woman to bear the child. An embryo, created using IVF, is transferred to the surrogate.
Commercial surrogacy, where women are paid to carry and deliver someone else's baby, is only available in a handful of countries including the US, Thailand and India.
Surrogacy is available in NZ but the time and cost to gain ethics committee approval, and the limited number of surrogates, mean some parents choose to pay an overseas surrogate.
India has become a hot spot for this type of fertility tourism, thought to generate the country $400 million a year.
About 3000 clinics offer surrogacy services and 2000 foreign babies are born annually in India to surrogates.
Five couples from New Zealand have pursued surrogacy in India, four with success while the other is still at the IVF treatment stage.
The costs, in the tens of thousands of dollars, vary considerably but India and Thailand are cheaper than the US.
In 2011-2012, there were eight applications for surrogacy in New Zealand, seven of which were approved.
Between 2005 and 2011, surrogacy applications approved by NZ's ethics committee resulted in 33 births.