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First, I'd like to say that there are many wonderful websites and forums on the web about pregnancy, IVF, surrogacy, and even ones that cover surrogacy in other countries, like India. This forum though is quite specific in that it focuses strictly on surrogacy at Dr. Patel's Akanksha Clinic in Anand, India. Not being aware of anything available like this on the web, I created a blog
with the same purpose a couple weeks back (public on 12 Feb 2009). This forum, with its more robust abilities, now replaces that blog...
If you have an interest in doing IVF and/or surrogacy with Dr. Patel, or are currently engaged with her and the wonderful staff at her clinic, then you should find this forum quite helpful. With the scope of this forum understood, I'd now like to share the motivation behind its inception.
If my mom had not made me aware of Dr. Patel (Oprah show) through an email in the Spring of 2008, we would not be pregnant today. And worse yet, we would not have hope; and that’s truly tragic. Similarly, when we were cycling in Anand with Dr. Patel, we met a couple from San Diego, California (USA) who had just witnessed the birth of their son. The father had explained to me that he learned of Dr. Patel while putting some newspapers in the recycle bin and noticed an article on surrogacy, referencing her name. He said it was a magical moment. Shortly thereafter, he contacted Dr. Patel through email, and about year later, the couple found themselves in India, holding their baby.
Call it a miracle or a whim, this is a wonderful story, but one is left to ponder how many folks were not so fortunate to stumble across such information, or have a proactive family member or friend share the possibility with them. Knowledge is indeed power; and the intent of this forum is to empower us all, not just a few, with this life-altering information.
Having been a part of many conversations over email, phone and in-person, it is very apparent that there is a wealth of knowledge and experiences that we all possess. Such information is essential in making well-informed decisions and helping us through this exciting and tumultuous journey. I would like very much for this forum to serve as a repository to help us and those who follow. I am quite confident that this forum will be a fruitful resource of self-help and support for those who are currently working with Dr. Patel, have done so in the past, or are contemplating such in the future...
For those who don't know me, I'd like to add that I am not employed by Dr. Patel or her clinic. Likewise, I have not been paid or otherwise compensated for these efforts, nor is that my aim here. My motivations are simply as explained above. Along these lines, the contents of this forum are from folks who have the same common interest - that of parenthood. While it is my hope that this forum will be full of enlightening information that will serve many, please understand that we are not the official voice of Dr. Patel and her clinic. Particular questions in relation to your unique situation are best addressed by her directly (firstname.lastname@example.org
Similarly, if there is interest in the current cost for IVF and/or surrogacy with Dr. Patel, she should be contacted. Due to changes in her service offerings and the economic climate, as well as other factors, this forum is not in the best position to know the current prices for services offered.
Lastly, for those who are segueing-over from the blog that I had created a couple weeks back, I strongly believe that participation here won't be as challenging due to the ease of registration and the community-like atmosphere that a forum provides and fosters. I listened, and here is the response folks!
Four cycles with Dr. Nayana Patel, with the first and fourth giving us two beautiful, healthy baby girls! Persistence and determination are often rewarded, so stay the course...