With surrogacy in India I have seen success rates quoted anywhere from 50 per cent to a whopping 90 per cent. Four years ago I took it upon myself to collate success rates for pregnancy, miscarriage, with self-cycles, FET, egg donor cycles - all separated into neat little groups so I was comparing like with like. If I was to work with any clinic I wanted to make sure the success rates they were quoting were, in fact, correct. I didn't want to simply accept a clinics "guesstimate" especially given there is no formal body in India that requires clinics to report their statistics, and even if there was, there is certainly no auditing system for statistics quoted by clinics anywhere in the world.
Last week I came upon this little PR spiel for surrogacy in India from the folks over at www.worldofsurrogacy.com - a US agent promoting surrogacy in India.
Success rates, as in live take home baby rate quoted by Crystal, WOS owner, was 10 per cent.
What? a 10 per cent chance of taking a baby home? As stated by Crystal, each year 25,000 Americans seek surrogacy services in India and 2500 take babies home.
Now where on earth did those figures come from? US Embassy doesn't give out statistics on the number of surrogacy citizenship applications; Travisa doesn't give statistics about how many Americans apply for visa for surrogacy each year. Certainly no person would get actual statistics from each and every clinic in India offering surrogacy services in India.
Why on earth would a surrogacy agency quote such low statistics? It makes no sense. I have no comment about any motivation for anyone giving such rubbish figures, but can assure anyone considering surrogacy in India, no way do 25,000 American go to India each year for surrogacy and it is very doubtful 2500 Americans take home babies each year. Success rates across all clinics are much higher, so do your research, ask lots of people about their experience, how many tries it took them to get pregnant, the average they spent, and ask this from a wide variety of sources, not just the clinic itself.