Before embarking on any surrogacy program ask for statistics - current statistics. Ask for the stats for the surrogacy cycles for the past three months.
Don't accept a percentage, ask for the actual number of cycles that make up the percentage. Stats should be divided into the following categories:
self-cyclers - fresh transfer
age under 30
self-cyclers - FET
same groups above, though there are usually few FETs from self-cycle
egg donor cycles - fresh transfer
egg donor cycles - frozen embryo transfer
Each clinic should maintain a record of at least the above. You should be told "in the past month we did 10 egg donor cycles with fresh embryo transfer of 3 embryos on day 2/3 ..." and x number were positive and ex number were negative.
This is the pregnancy rate, there will still be a proportion of those pregnancies that are chemical (ie failed to reach heartbeat) or later miscarry (usually around 5-10%)
A professional and honest surrogacy clinic will give you actual numbers, not tell you how many babies they have delivered over a period of time. If you are not given actual data, do not proceed.
I never felt I would ever have to write this blog post. I know a lot of you love her, I did too, but no more. I decided to leave comments open, I have had many interesting comments, to this blog and many emails to me personally. Thanks to those who have supported me in making this very hard decision to go public, it was your encouragement that allowed me to do this. To the trolls, (20% of the comments and no emails direct) if you want to send personal attacks, 1. didn't read your comment in full, first negative word I binned it, and 2. if you really want to be part of the solution and not the problem, you have my email address. Really, I was damned if it posted and damned if I didn't, simply due to the increasing number of people complaining, well after they were home with baby, who knew I must be withholding information to suddenly quit a job I loved for at least 3 years.
Why I left
I worked with SCI Healthcare from 2009, til early 2013. When I started working with this doctor, she was brilliant. My babies Toby and Mishali were born through her medical care, and forever I will be happy about this. Grateful? Now? No.To Rani and Mithu who carried my babies? Yes, To Shivani? No, Why no? Because repeated requests to be in touch with Rani and Mithu, I have been denied. YOu may read elsewhere I did not request this, that is complete rubbish. We also gave money to our donor and to Rani at the time we tried for Mishali. I suspect this money was never given to them and hence the reason they will not put us in touch. if they truly don't want any contact with us, then of course I will respect that. i just don't believe it to be true, given that every client with a baby or babies who have asked for contact with their surrogate has been told to let their surrogate get on with her life. Now it seems anyone can get in touch with their surrogate, publicly at least. Well I hope in coming out some of you who want to do this will have success.
In March 2013 I left SCI Healthcare because of numerous reports of over-charging. I left because of the incredibly high rate of surrogate hospitalisations, which gouged clients for money, but for which were never receipted to the client. I left because I did not believe SCI was actually doing FET for clients who were gay. single de facto, and I left because they were quoting pregnancy stats they I personally collated over years, that they relied upon to bring clients in, that were no longer true. I left because they were telling clients their surogates lived in accommodation, when they didn't, I left because they charged clients for services never given, and I left because when anyone quesstioned an account, or a medivsl report, or dared to ask about the progress of their pregnancy, Shivani got involved and was abusive to clients, accused clients of not caring about their surrogates, and then I had to deal with the emotions of the shattered IPs. It is okay to ask for medical results, proper medical reports should be given to parents, not these ditzy "your surrogate and baby are fine" emails followed up by an invoice. That is wrong, and since I have left and seen how other people operate, this doesn't go on elsewhere.
SCI Healthcare and Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, her husband Dr Vishal Dutt Gour, and their primary client manager, Margarida Maia, South Australia, are now all resting on their laurels. They are feeding you bullshit. It's great to see the babies being born, and promoting the positive, but where are the new pregnancy announcements? When will the baby births run out? Very soon.
Here is the truth about SCI Healthcare's actual stats now, not the old ones I collated from 2009, which I was very proud of.
This has been removed due to a complaint to DCMA alleging copyright violation. Clearly SCi does not want you to know the truth. Beware.
There have ben accusations flying around about my motivation for publishing the above. What does tht matter? My motivation is to stop new parents being deceived. It is not a business play to get clients to go to the clinics I refer to, but you can believe what you like. I don't work with everyone who asks me to and these days I have a very small client list, I can again be [personally involved with a client's surrogacy, rather than have to juggle a hundred or more clients and learn about their problems after baby is born, when I can't do anything for them. I do not work for clinics, I work for IPs, I always have the IPs best interest at heart, not my bottom line. I don't need to do this work, I am finacially secure, my husband earns a very good wage, this job for me is a labour of love and a bit of pocket money on the side.
The bitchy blog part - getting sick of seeing it at the top of my page, this woman barely knows me, and certainly knows nothing about my business dealings. She clearly has a vested financial interest in writing a whoelsale attack on my character in public, I guess her words speak for themselves. I have always been transparent and out there and willing to say what is really going on.
So while we're talking about transparency, Karen Lynagh over at Drippy Delhi Dreamers or some such thing is a client manager with SCI, has been for well over a year. One of the last communications I had with her was invoicing Vishal for her CM work to ensure she was paid. Seems my stats were good enough to present at Surrogacy Australia conference in 2012, but now they are simply "Megan's stats" that have no accuracy. I left in May, of course I have stats for Mar/April/and most for May. I did stay in touch with clients. She's also posting on Fertility friends UK forum as Kare72 posing as a happy IP clearly to shill for clients. I don't have a business partner, I am a sole operator, odd she knows so much about my business structure. If you're going to post defamatory comments, people will take legal action against you, not me, I don't have the money. If you're going to claim business partnerships and drag two agents into a mess that does not involve them because Shivani happens to be paranoid, perhaps you should not believe all she tells you. And s for minimising your role at SCI, I did your invoices Karen. I have your referral list, well over 20 clients on it. It's fine to have clients and be paid for it, if you do some work. It's not okay to abuse others who have always been transparent, even to their own detriment. If you're going to make public claims about me staling clients, you better have seen every single email I sent to SCI clients when I left, all stating that I had left, how did their cycle go, if they need anything not sure if I could help, but would always be there. I built relationship with clients, of course I was going to say goodbye. For the record, how many clients do I have from SCI? One. How many clients do I have? More than enough. There are none so blind so those who will not see.