Saturday, 31 January 2015

Mixed race children - the future of the world


ART (assisted reproductive technique) clinic statistics in India reveals that more and more Caucasians are demanding Indian egg donors instead of their own race, resulting in babies of mixed race.

Culturally, we have evolved a lot in the last century. Many walls were broken (Berlin wall was definitely a big one) including that of religion, race, economy, color, nationality etc. Now a days, we are getting to see lot of colored people among Americans, Europeans and Australians.

This definitely means that humans have imbibed to accept other fellow humans as equals, even though they look or behave different.

It was fascinating for me to apprehend from a Caucasian traveler that, out of all the countries he had visited, Iran was one of the best places. (He had visited almost every single country in the world!) It suddenly dawned on me, how biased I was about the Middle Eastern countries.

When a dark, short, thin surrogate mother carries a chubby, blonde and long baby for a Caucasian, it is really intriguing. I feel, this is when humanity salutes equality. Same goes when a Caucasian asks for an Indian egg donor, because he wants to have a baby of mixed origin.

The number of highly successful people from mixed origin is pretty long. To name a few, it includes American President Barack Obama (African American), great golf player Tiger Woods (African, American, Chinese, Thai and Dutch inheritance!), renowned super model Naomi Campbell (African , Jamaican and Asian inheritance), Formula one champion Lewis Hamilton, Actor Keanu Reeves (English, Irish, Portuguese, Hawaii and Chinese apparently lineage in him) and Artist Sean Paul ,(Jewish, African , English and Chinese mix of genes !)   




Many British studies  published  proves that mixed race children are more attractive and successful. Scientifically, we all know that mixed breed gives better outcome in plant and animal kingdom. Inbreeding always leads to exaggeration of the faulty genes leading to their expression and many diseases are common in such races including infertility and repeated miscarriages. Due to this occurrence, some races are nearly extinct or have become a minority. 
http://bangaloreivf.blogspot.ae/2014/08/marriage-among-relatives-increases_5.html

This phenomenon was proved in a research where pheromones were tested on college students. The girls were reportedly more attracted to the pheromones of those guys, who had the genetic composition which was more distinct than their own.

So it is time we start looking for partners or donors from different race, in case we are expecting smart kids. I sincerely hope that mixing of religions and races might just stop all the religious fanaticism prevalent today.




Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre
anitadane@gmail.com


Dr. Anita Mani is a renowned infertility specialist in south India with 15 years experience in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Dr. Anita has successfully set up ART hospitals in Cochin and Bangalore,  along with her spouse  Dr. S Mani, who specialises in surrogacy. She completed MRCOG, from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  London, DFFP from  ART Warwick university and  worked in UK for 5 years. Dr. Anitha believes in scientific and ethical practice and is currently the director of Gift Gyno IVF centre Cochin and  Bangalore.  Apart from advanced laparoscopic surgeries, she is also an expert in various ART techniques including IVF, IUI, ICSI , donor egg / sperm  and surrogacy . Her proficiency is in genetic abnormalities and high risk pregnancies.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Infertility and marital discordance - life story of a patient



It is very unfortunate and tragic that, even in this modern day and age; marriages are broken and shattered by the pressure from family and society  due to infertility.






Recently I met my old patient and it was heart breaking to listen to her story. Six years back when I met her, she was struggling to conceive and we had treated her successfully. The couple had a love marriage and I could instantly sense the love and chemistry between them.  Unfortunately her pregnancy ended up in preterm delivery at 29 weeks and consequently her baby died. I could not meet her after the incident,  as they were located very far.

When I met her recently, I was shocked to know the string of events which followed the baby’s death. Invariably all the family members put the blame on the woman. I was surprised to know that, the family actually analyzed the situation and looked for a solution with the help of astrology (jyothishm). The recommendation was that, the horoscope ( jathakom ) of the husband and wife did not match which resulted in the baby’s death. The worst part was that, they even predicted that the husband will die, if he continued in the marriage and divorce was suggested. Friends and relatives made sure that their happy marriage was mercilessly crushed.
           
I still remember the chemistry between them. They were a lovely couple, so happy together, they did not really need a child to make them happy, both were very creative , talented and unique individuals. Divorce created lots of problems for both the individuals, she had to take antidepressants, he became a drunkard and the career of both was affected badly. The ex- husband is facing financial issues and drinking problems now.

When we ponder on this issue, from the superstitions what did the family gain? What did the society gain ? Do you think that the families or parents that make such decisions are good for the society? 

The reason for the sub-fertility was that the sperms were subnormal, so the actual medical reason is far from the truth. The cause of preterm delivery and neonatal death must have been semen abnormality. It has nothing to do with mismatch / jathakom or religion. But the superstitions shattered the life of two happy individuals. I feel that society and family should stop interfering in the life of couples, who are unable to have a baby. "PLEASE LEAVE THEM ALONE". 

It is not a must that you should have your own baby to have a fulfilling life, many couple chooses to live happily without planning kids. Consider finding happiness in looking after other children, there are so many unfortunate children around us who are thirsting for parental love. Adoption is always a great option.

Above all, it is the basic human right to make their own decisions when it comes to building a family.  (women and men have equal rights) You have to be strong enough to say, "I WILL MAKE MY OWN DECISIONS IN MY LIFE". Whether you are single, Gay, heterosexual or homosexual couples, every  single human should have the basic human right to decide how they should live, without  interference from society.







Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre
anitadane@gmail.com
bangaloreivf.blogspot.in

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Dr. Anita Mani is a renowned infertility specialist in south India with 15 years experience in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Dr. Anita has successfully set up ART hospitals in Cochin and Bangalore,  along with her spouse  Dr. S Mani, who specialises in surrogacy. She completed MRCOG, from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  London, DFFP from  ART Warwick university and  worked in UK for 5 years. Dr. Anitha believes in scientific and ethical practice and is currently the director of Gift Gyno IVF centre Cochin and  Bangalore.  Apart from advanced laparoscopic surgeries, she is also an expert in various ART techniques including IVF, IUI, ICSI , donor egg / sperm  and surrogacy. Her proficiency is in genetic abnormalities and high risk pregnancies.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

GIFT IVF CENTRE – Answer To All Your Infertility Woes




When you are looking for  international  surrogacy,  due diligence is very important. Look for a clinic which  (a)Maintains high hygiene and safety standard, (b) Provide surrogates with good housing standards, (c) Maintains donor anonymity and strict medical screening, (d) Healthy Surrogate mothers ,(e) Frozen embryo transfer expertise (f)  Affordable  (g)  Good Success Rate (h)  Specialists in Surrogacy (i) Advanced medical equipment (j) Effective communication (k)  ICMR Registration and Medical Visa (l)  Availability of legal back-up.(m) Availability of FRRO (n)  Availability of NICU / Neo-Natologist

We can proudly say that Gift IVF centre meets all the above criteria. Through surrogacy, Gift IVF centre has helped fulfill the dreams of  hundreds  of women with severe endometriosis, cervical incompetence, uterine abnormalities, Chromosome abnormality and several other medical conditions .  This fact is evident from the numerous testimonials of satisfied parents. You can watch the video and read their testimonials on the following links.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQOJ-vkMUfY  http://bangaloreivf.blogspot.ae/2014/12/testimonial-of-australian-couple-after.html 

The clinic is conveniently located in Cochin, Kerala (India), just 5 km away from the Kochi International airport. It is built in an area of 20000 square feet with the state of the ‘ART lab’ with   latest medical technologies and equipment. The cost of Surrogacy packages offered by GIFT Surrogacy centre is very low in comparison with the packages offered in other cities of India and one-tenth in comparison with the surrogacy rates in USA and Canada. All this offered at an above average success rate of 80% to 90% in donor egg surrogacy. 

Dr. Anitha is an infertility specialist , laparoscopic surgeon and surrogacy specialist
with an overall experience of 18 years. She Completed MBBS from Kottayam Medical College, MRCOG from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist , DFFP from ART Warwick university, London. She Worked as an Obstetrician & Gynecologist in Worcester royal Infirmary, Maidstone Hospital, Sharoe Green Hospital, Leeds university Hospital, Barnet General Hospital, St. Cross Hospital, in the UK.  She has mastered in Artificial reproductive technology treatments like  IUI,
IVF , ICSI , donor egg , donor sperm , surrogacy etc . Patients come to Dr. Anita from far and wide for getting expert opinion and treatment on  rare conditions, abnormal babies , repeated intrauterine death ,  repeated abortions, repeated  IVF/ ICSI failures , second opinion on surgeries , severe medical problems in pregnancy etc.

Dr.S. Mani is a surrogacy Specialist and the IVF coordinator for Gyno Speciality Hospital, Gift IVF & Surrogate Mothers of India. Dr. Mani is actively involved in international Surrogacy meetings and he represented the first south Indian doctor at Surrogacy conference in Melbourne - Australia. Dr. S. Mani, along with other doctors initiated the birth of an organisation called 'INSTAR'-- Indian Society for third part associated reproduction, which is, first of the kind in India. He  was also one of the speakers at the US - San Francisco Surrogacy Conference which took place at Fort Mason Conference Centre on 15 March 2014, which was attended by renowned Surrogacy doctors, specialists, psychologists and experts from all around the world. He works with zealous vision and always chooses the team with great expertise, the team provide online consultation, counseling and surrogacy co-ordination as well assist in the smooth processing of passport and visa applications.

 The problems of the patients are evaluated systematically, hence the success rate of treatment is very high. Variety of options are given to all couples, thus increasing the possibility of conception. Patients receive Warm and cordial treatment and are made to feel very comfortable.  At gift center, only a single embryo is transferred to avoid the complications of multiple pregnancy, premature deliveries and other maternal and fetal complications . The policy of day 5 blastocyst transfer for all cases is a huge advancement and helps in selecting the best embryo. Very few Centers in the world are able to do blastocyst culture routinely for every single patient. We offer good success with frozen embryo transfer as well.

Kerala, popularly known as the “God’s Own Country”  is  one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It was rightly listed as one of the ten paradises of the world by National Geographic Traveler . You go to any prestigious hospital in any part of the world, you are sure to find an Indian doctor  and  some of the reputed  doctors worldwide are  from Kerala. The fact that the very same quality treatment is available at a substantially lower cost in Kerala is pulling medical tourists like magnets to this place. The low cost healthcare and high medical standard is boosting medical tourism in Kerala. Foreign nationals can have a holiday along with the treatment and they prefer Kerala, as it is very clean and hygienic  compared to the other states in India . The low maternal and neonatal mortality along with the high rate of literacy is an added attraction.


Steps in international surrogacy
Choose the right clinic
The first  step is you need to choose the right clinic, in the right country at the right cost, which gives you maximum chance to take home a healthy term baby with minimum effort  within your budget. This requires thorough research  and there are guidelines to be followed. Our website www.surrogatemothersinindia.com will help you  in making the right decision by choosing right clinic for surrogacy.

Contact details of clinic
Communicate with the right person and get direct  counseling or  by phone or email  . Best contact  person at GIFT surrogacy center is Dr.Mani, he will be available on  ph +91 9446075032 , +91 9591266699 , drmanisurrogacy@gmail.com.  Or Skype on giftivf  or Dr Anita on anitadane@gmail.com .
As Dr Anita Mani and Dr. Mani makes frequent trips abroad you may be able to meet them  in your country, while they are visiting for an informal consultation.

Travel arrangements
Once you decide on the surrogacy program you can travel to the clinic on a  visiting visa to sign the legal papers and for choosing the surrogate mother, alternatively you can decide on the surrogate from there and later obtain medical visa, which will help in avoiding one trip .

Application for medical visa 
Obtain letter from the embassy stating that surrogacy is legal in your country. (surrogacy cannot be done if it is banned in your country). Get a letter from clinic confirming the treatment plan and their ICMR registration number ( without which medical visa is not given).With the  above 2 documents, apply for medical visa from Indian High Commission.

Procedure
Once you receive the  medical visa ,you can  travel to the clinic and undergo IVF / ICSI procedures. semen and eggs will be collected from the couple Semen sample is usually frozen  for Artificial Reproductive Technology. In case of donor egg cycle, choose your donor  before  you visit   so that your travelling  time is synchronised with the procedure and there is no time wasted. 

Financial arrangement
You will need to arrange for the first payment if self cycling procedure is followed during your initial  visit. But In case of donor egg cycle, an advance payment  via bank transfer will be needed before arrival , as treatment needs to be started early.

Requirements
Legal papers like surrogacy contract and financial agreement  should be signed before starting the procedure . Fitness test in the form of blood tests are mandatory and done in the  clinic during the first visit or it can be done in your country and the reports mailed to us .

Embryo transfer 
Once the procedure  is completed ,details of ART will be given to you The choice of staying back or  leaving back to your country is  with you, the clinic will carry out the Embryo transfer to the surrogate mother and do freezing of embryos which can be used in case of failure in the first attempt . 

Surrogate mother stay
Surrogate mother stays in hospital until the full term of pregnancy is completed and will be provided with  luteal support .The clinic will keep you up to date  with the  result of pregnancy test and scan  reports, through email, or you can contact the clinic .

Antenatal care 
Once surrogate is pregnant , the clinic will provide good antenatal care , excellent accommodation, nutritious diet and a pleasant stay .for any emergencies ,  24/7  gynecologist on call will be available. All the details of the progress are informed regularly to the Intended parents (IP). You can contact Dr Mani at office time for clarification . For details of antenatal care refer site page .

Payment in installments
The payment should be done in installments via bank transfers , which is usually in installments at 2nd , 4th and 6th month . 

DNA test
Once the surrogate completes 5 months , approach your high commission to arrange kit for DNA from a government recognised lab.

Delivery 
You can come to India ,around the expected date of delivery. The baby will be handed over to you immediately after the delivery, so you should be prepared to stay here , looking after the new born , till all the papers are cleared.  

Paper work
Birth certificate will be  issued by the local government authority with your names as parents. You need to apply for passport and citizenship of the baby  at your embassy and they will conduct DNA test to confirm the parentage, before issuing the certificate. Collect all the necessary papers from the  hospital ,  reports of surrogacy , pregnancy care, delivery ,financial settlement,  legal agreement etc before approaching  the embassy .

We have set of formats at GIFT Fertility Centre for all the paper work needed and will be given to you promptly after delivery .

NICU
In case of medical indication delivery might be expedited before date and  all the necessary arrangements will be done to take care of the baby, till you arrive . NICU charges are usually negligible, but  you have to be financially prepared  for unforeseen circumstances.

Communicating with surrogate mother
If you wish , you can communicate with surrogate by Skype during pregnancy, or visit her in between if feasible. 

Frozen Embryo Transfer FET
If pregnancy is not obtained , frozen embryo transfers can be done  several times, even after you leave the country , depending on numbers available.


Friday, 9 January 2015

Physiological and psychological benefits of regular sexual intercourse



I often hear couple saying  that "we are planning for pregnancy, so we are having a sexua
l relationship" This is often after years of marriage, really shocking! You might think I am joking, but this is what I hear from a lot of patients during my practice in India. Although India is the country of" Kamasutra" this is the reality.


If you think that the only benefit of sex is to have children, then  you are mistaken. Making love regularly has lots of benefits other than procreation. 






The probability of pregnancy declines considerably if you try to have intercourse only for conceiving by counting days of ovulation.

Sex play a pivotal role in the psychological and physiological well-being of human beings.

Sex can not only improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and balance, it also takes care  of emotional health.

Regular sexual intercourse makes you sleep well, relieve stress and burn calories.

A recent study says that men who have sex more than twice a week, have a lesser risk of getting a heart attack, than men who have sex less than once a month. 

It will also Increase your immunity and makes your body stronger against illnesses like the common cold and fever. 

In today's world of extreme stress, sex   acts as a great stress buster, relaxing your body and mind. It is a vital factor for a happy and peaceful married life.

When you have an orgasm, the level of the hormone oxytocin increases many times. This endorphin actually reduces aches and pains, so it can act as painkiller too.

Sex can even promote longevity in men. During an orgasm, a hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone is released. This improves immunity, repairs tissue and keeps the skin healthy. 

The heart rate increases when you have sex, fresh blood is supplied to your organs and cells. This increased blood circulation will help in removing toxins and removes tiredness.

Vigorous making out improves overall fitness. This is an excellent way to lose the flab and extra weight and will help you keep in shape. Regular sex will do wonders to your waistline. Half an hour of lovemaking burns more than 80 calories. 

In men, the hormone testosterone is what makes them more passionate. Not only will it make you feel way better in bed, but it also improves your muscles and bones, keeps your heart healthy and keeps a check on your cholesterol.  In women, on the other hand, the hormone oestrogen protects them against heart disease and osteoporosis.




Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre
anitadane@gmail.com
bangaloreivf.blogspot.in

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Dr. Anita Mani is a renowned infertility specialist in south India with 15 years experience in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Dr. Anita has successfully set up ART hospitals in Cochin and Bangalore,  along with her spouse  Dr. S Mani, who specialises in surrogacy. She completed MRCOG, from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  London, DFFP from  ART Warwick university and  worked in UK for 5 years. Dr. Anitha believes in scientific and ethical practice and is currently the director of Gift Gyno IVF centre Cochin and  Bangalore.  Apart from advanced laparoscopic surgeries, she is also an expert in various ART techniques including IVF, IUI, ICSI, donor egg / sperm  and surrogacy. Her proficiency is in genetic abnormalities and high risk pregnancies.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Swiss Professor visits GIFT IVF Center

Swiss Professor visits GIFT IVF Center 





Renowned International surrogacy lawyer, Professor Dr. Andrea Buechler from the university of Zurich,  visited our Bangalore center to know about  surrogacy in India .


We had an interesting discussion with the Swiss professor on the topic “surrogacy in India”. It was indeed an eye opener for her, as the impression that she had from the documentaries she had watched was somewhat different from the reality in the field of surrogacy .

She was quite surprised to know that the surrogates are given an option to stay either at their home or in the hospital during pregnancy. She was even more amazed when she came to know that often children of surrogate mothers stay with their mom in the hospital during the term of pregnancy, many of them get a chance to go to school from the remuneration received from being a surrogate.  Dr. Andrea was impressed to see that the surrogate mothers are provided with all facilities including bath attached single rooms, cooking facilities/nutritious food, proper counseling and medical care, care takers etc.  We were proud to inform her  that, we  offer one of the highest remuneration for our surrogate mothers in India. Dr Mani gave a few examples, where the couples were able to save their family by having a baby through surrogacy.

We came to know that there are numerous European couples waiting  to have surrogacy, as adoption is a difficult and time consuming procedure in the European countries . The modern lifestyle has resulted in late marriages and postponing of pregnancy, which has resulted in lot of sub fertility due to the advanced age of women . Many of them go to USA to have surrogacy done, where the cost of the treatment is very high. When the child is born in USA, they get US citizenship automatically at birth and they are brought to Europe on temporary visa.

It is really a sad state of affairs , as the patients have to undergo great deal of stress and strain just to complete their family. We have heard stories of babies separated from parents for several months, waiting for visa  due to the official delays.

If the European countries reach a consensus , which is going to happen any way in future, to legalise surrogacy in their respective countries , then these couple will not have to undergo so much trauma and can  have surrogacy easily done any where they want . Surrogacy in India is a good option as the  cost is very low compared to the western countries.

We get large number of enquiries for surrogacy from countries in Europe, but currently we are unable to help them as they cannot get a medical Visa  to do surrogacy in India . In order to get medical visa, letter from high commission is needed , stating that the country recognises the child as their citizen , if the child is born to a surrogate mother.

I am sure that legal advises from experts will make a difference in future .We wholeheartedly  welcome international experts to help  achieve a more modern out look towards surrogacy, by popularizing the concept . After all, every woman has the right to have a child and it is not fair to deny the right to motherhood. Those women who cannot conceive by any other means can realize their dreams only through surrogacy

Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre
anitadane@gmail.com
bangaloreivf.blogspot.in



Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Men Beware Of Laptops !! Laptop Can Reduce Your Fertility






Are you unmarried? Are you planning to be a father? If the answer is yes to any of the above questions then avoid using laptop on your lap, so that your chances for fatherhood is not pushed down. Taking care of small things in everyday life will ensure that you steer clear of many health issues.

Numerous studies conducted worldwide have undoubtedly proven the fact that men working constantly in above normal heat conditions face infertility issues. Heat can affect the quality of the semen adversely, resulting in failure to start a family.

Regular users of the laptop should be alerted that excessive use of laptop is determinant in causing male infertility. When the laptop is placed on the lap close to the scrotum, even for a short period of fifteen minutes, it will cause an increase in the scrotum temperature considerably, causing the sperm quality to deteriorate. Internal operating temperatures of Laptops can cross more than 70°C.

Appropriate scrotal temperature should be maintained for the normal production of sperm. In recent times there has been an enormous increase in number of male infertility cases. Reduction of sperm production has now become a common complication faced by a large number of male population. This can be correlated to the substantial increase in the use of laptop. Frequent use of Sauna or hot tubs is also not prudent as this can also elevate testicular temperature.

 Key to the problem : it will be judicious on part of men to place the laptop on a table or desktop rather than on their lap and avoid exposing your body to high temperature for long duration.

Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre
anitadane@gmail.com

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Dr. Anita Mani is a renowned infertility specialist in south India with 15 years experience in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Dr. Anita has successfully set up ART hospitals in Cochin and Bangalore,  along with her spouse  Dr. S Mani, who specialises in surrogacy. She completed MRCOG, from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  London, DFFP from  ART Warwick university and  worked in UK for 5 years. Dr. Anitha believes in scientific and ethical practice and is currently the director of Gift Gyno IVF centre Cochin and  Bangalore.  Apart from advanced laparoscopic surgeries, she is also an expert in various ART techniques including IVF, IUI, ICSI , donor egg / sperm  and surrogacy. Her proficiency is in genetic abnormalities and high risk pregnancies.