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Extraordinary ART Journeys

Quick Facts:
Parents: Kate & Glenn
Country: Canada
Doctor: Dr. Samit Sekhar
Clinic: Kiran Fertility Centre (P) Ltd., Hyderabad, India
www.kiranivfgenetic.com

Our journey with the Kiran infertility centre , stared 2 years ago around Christmas time... After 5 years of trying to have a baby here in Toronto, Canada we were looking for a miracle and we found it on CNN. We watched a show about the Kiran infertility centre and the possibilities of surrogacy in India. We started trying for a baby in early 2005. After several months and many trips to our family doctor and specialist nobody could tell us why it was not happening. This is what all we tried:

• Chinese acupuncture
• Chinese herbal teas
• Naturopathy
• I has 3 different surgeries to see if there is a reason I could not get pregnant and nothing was amiss. Because of the surgeries, one of my fallopian tubes was damaged and it had to be removed.
• We tried one fertility clinic, but they were just way too expensive for us
• We moved to another fertility clinic where we attempted many IUI and had 2 unsuccessfully IVFs
• After 5 long years I was not only diagnosed with UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY, but also we had to refinance our condo and take another line of credit to cover the medical expenses that were not covered by OHIP or our insurances.
• We also started to look into adoption, but with the wait-time and amount of debts we had the chances were slim.
So, another sad Christmas was coming and we were thinking if we should try one more time as we still had some money available to us from our line of credit, but we were really scared, as this was our last chance and if this did not work we had no more money. We knew that there are no guarantees... and suddenly we saw this show on CNN (you can probably watch it on YouTube). My husband Glenn did all the research about different clinics in India and we contacted a few of them and then we received a message from Dr. Samit Sekhar who is the program director at KIC and we really had a good feeling about him and the centre. We joined the clinic’s online social networking page contacted other intended parents and received first hand information about them.
We spoke to Dr Samit many times over the internet and we received all the info we needed and in April 2011 we came to India. I came first and my husband joined me a week later, as he did not have much leave. Our experience in India was great, the staff was fantastic and everything went well, but our surrogate did not get pregnant, after receiving the news we were heartbroken, however we knew we had 4 tries, so we were just waiting and we trusted Dr. Samit and Dr. Kiran Sekhar very much. After a few long months in November 2011 we got the news that the surrogate was pregnant. It was the first Christmas that was truly great for us! We were literally flying over the moon. During the pregnancy we were receiving scans and reports every 10 days and on June 20th the case manager Anjani emailed us that the surrogate was showing signs of labour. I flew to India on June 21 and our Zoe was born on June 22, well I did miss the birth, as the trip was so long, but it did not matter. We had a baby that we wanted for such a long long time. My husband came a week later and it took us exactly 6 weeks from the time Zoe was born to get all the paperwork done and on August 5 we returned to Canada. Had it not been for the doctors and the staff at the clinic we would never had a baby. Our Zoe will be 6 months old just before Christmas and there are not enough words to describe how much happiness she has brought to our lives. We are planning a little brother or sister for our Zoe with the Kiran Infertility Centre and expecting some good news soon.

Kate

Quick Facts:
Country: USA
CDoctor: Dr. Shivani Sachdeva Gour
Doctor: Dr. Samit Sekhar
Clinic: Surrogacy Centre India, New Delhi, India
www.surrogacycentreindia.com

Another amazing journey completed... I would like to thank you all for helping to give me the best gifts in life. When I started this journey last year, I didn't know what to expect. I did a lot of research and talked to others who were clients at your facility. It wasn't until I visited the clinic last year in person that I was completely sold and decided to partner with you on this journey. My egg donor produced a great number of eggs and my surrogate was pregnant with twins on the very first try!! Throughout the pregnancy I was always well informed on the babies’ progress and when I emailed questions, whether day or night, they were always answered promptly. Thank you for everything! I am forever grateful for these precious gifts.Sincerely, Father of Zora and Ravi

From Japan, two beautiful girls and a family completed…

Quick Facts:
Country: Japan
Doctor: Dr. Shivani Sachdeva Gour
Clinic: Surrogacy Centre India, New Delhi, India
www.surrogacycentreindia.com

As holding our pretty girls in our arms, we are now feeling happiness with relish. It is really our pleasure and honor to express our gratitude to you all. Our long-time dream "to have a child" finally came to a happy end. Our new dream "to raise our children" has now begun. To open the locked doors for our dreams, we had to find the KEYS. The KEYS, namely, a reliable doctor, a good communicator, and a cooperative surrogate mother. Let us give advice to the people who are expecting a journey to have a baby. The professional medical treatments and the perfect management by Dr. Shivani. The splendid documentary support and the smooth communication by the SCI team. The warmhearted cooperation and the devoted care of the fetus by the Surrogate Mother and the social & medical team. Thank you all who gave us our priceless gifts. Hope more people to be blessed with children with your help. With Love, K & M.

Hope Fulfilled

Quick Facts:
Parents: Bhavana & Rajesh Jain
Country: India
Doctor: Dr Mrs & Mr Malpani
CClinic: Malpani Infertility Clinic, Mumbai, India
www.drmalpani.com

This is the story of one couple's dream to have a baby and another couple's determination to make that happen. Bhavana and I had been married six-and-a-half years when we first visited Dr. Aniruddha Malpani in April 2000. I had known him and Dr. Anjali Malpani earlier as an entrepreneur. This time, I went as a patient.
Going to Infertility specialists is not something one can discuss easily with family and friends. It is a difficult decision to make. While the Web can be a helpful resource in understanding problems and possible solutions, there really is no alternative to spending time talking with doctors. Especially, ones who are as warm, friendly and knowledgeable as the Malpanis.

Our first IUI was in November 2001. Everything went well. Even though one knows the statistics (only a 10% success rate), optimism is always high. So it was in our case. Those two weeks after the transfer are long days. When we finally did the pregnancy test and it came as a negative, it was a blow. We tried IUI three more times over 2002. With each passing IUI, optimism began to get replaced with an acceptance of the reality. Perhaps, a baby was not in our destiny. Bhavana and I also discussed adoption on more than occasion. We decided to take a break from it in 2003. Even more than the physical pain of all the injections, the emotional stress can be quite unnerving. We did our first ICSI procedure in January 2004. Again, everything went as well as it could have gone. Hopes rose again - what could be better than having an egg and a sperm be mated together! (We also had the "lucky room" at the clinic, we had prayed to all the Gods, and even the astrologers had foreseen a baby!) When the report came, with a bit of trepidation, I opened it. The answer was what I had feared to think about. Bhavana was not pregnant. I made the call home and with a heavy heart made the short long journey home. Bhavana and I sat that afternoon and talked about life beyond. (We had gotten used to living life in one month increments in the hope that the next month would be different.) She was much more accepting of the situation than I was. When we went and talked with the Malpanis we were willing to call it quits. We were willing to accept that we'd never have our own baby. We wanted life to move on. The Malpanis determination was what brought the dream of parenthood back in our eyes. This never-say-die attitude on their part was what brought us back to their clinic in July 2004 for our second ICSI procedure.

Like the previous occasions, everything went fine. But this time, I was much more guarded in my optimism. If it happened, I'd think about it later. Else life would go on. Bhavana and I had decided that this would be our last attempt. I left for the US on a business trip a couple days after the procedure. The hectic schedule over the next two weeks left me little time to think. But I knew that the blood test was scheduled for August 16. As the date neared, I could not but think about the outcome. I was not very optimistic this time around, but there's always that glimmer of hope which never ebbs away.

I was at a friend's home in Atlanta. I knew when my mobile rang early in the morning that it was a call from home. It was Bhavana on the line. The Beta HCG levels indicated pregnancy! In fact, the high levels even suggested there could be twins - we had transferred four embryos. I could not hide my excitement but I was much more measured. It was another week before I reached back home. Bhavana was doing fine. My parents were delighted with our "good news." But the story had a few more twists. The ultrasound scan showed three active foetuses. Triplets! That would be something. The next ultrasound scan showed only two active foetuses. One had stopped growing. The next scan showed that another of the foetuses had stopped growing. There was now only one live foetus. Suddenly, the joy of a few weeks ago started to vanish. Each day brought forth its own suspense. The Malpanis started Bhavana on painful, intra-muscular injections. The ultrasound scan in the following week showed that the one remaining foetus was growing. A little happiness came back into our life. Luckily, there were no more surprises. Even though Bhavana's vomiting and nausea continued through her nine-month pregnancy, the baby was doing fine and growing well. The weeks passed by slowly.

On April 19, 2005, Abhishek came into the world as a six-and-a-half pound baby after a caesarian. I could not believe it till I saw him and held him in my own hands. He was a survivor, having seen the death of two of his siblings, and braved the odds to come into this world. Five years after our first meeting with Dr. Aniruddha Malpani and eleven-and-a-half years into our marriage, Bhavana and I were parents.