April 17, 2024

FedEx your embryo to India

Couriers arrested in Mumbai
One little-known feature of surrogate motherhood is
the possibility of delivering embryos by courier to a surrogate mother in India
and picking up the baby at the end of the pregnancy. Although this has been
going on for some time, it was given some unwelcome publicity this week when
Indian customs officers in Mubai seized a
shipment of frozen embryos from the US. They were to have been implanted in
local surrogate mothers. Two foreign couriers for the importer, Dr Hrishikesh
Pai, an IVF consultant at Lilavati Hospital, have been arrested. Dr Pai insists
that the import is legal. A press release
earlier this year from Dr Pai’s clinic outlined how a typical FedEx surrogacy
is carried out. ~ Times of
India, Sept 30

Michael Cook