A Must Read Surrogacy Story
"It was just a dream to actually see him and he's ours. He's beautiful." – Dr. Mary Hui-Wee
My wife and I have been married for 22 years. We have entered a season of life when many parents are watching their children graduate high school. But we are joyfully celebrating the arrival of our first child, Connor, born last in December. We have traveled quite the twisted road to become Connor’s parents. Three failed In vitro Fertilization treatments set us back financially and took a huge emotional toll. “Every time we found out my wife wasn’t pregnant, it was heartbreaking,”!
By the mid-1990s we explored, but decided against, adoption. That’s when surrogacy became a real possibility. After catching an Oprah Winfrey episode on the subject, it seemed the perfect option. After so much time had passed and funds spent, we took the wheel without an agency – via the Internet. The Yashoda Infertility & Healthcare Services in Mumbai, India and coordinator, Dr. Meenakshi Puranik, impressed us immediately with high standards and credentials.
We found out that YIHS takes care of the surrogate mother during the pregnancy. The surrogates live on site in apartments until the baby is born. The YIHS maternal care, they discovered, is all encompassing. Surrogates at YIHS have regular check-ups, medications and health insurance and the clinicians monitor their diets and healthy lifestyles from beginning to end. It was another bonus over the adoption process for us.
We headed to Mumbai in April to begin immediately. (We didn’t tell anyone for a while.. people might have thought we were crazy to do this!) A couple of weeks later, the fertility treatment materialized into a parental dream come true. A healthy, 27-year-old woman was pregnant. Thanks God! We were finally going to have our first baby.
We sent two more installments to pay the clinic and reimburse the surrogate before Connor Robert Hui-Wee arrived on December 3. However, Connor was robust for a preemie, weighing in at six pounds two ounces. Mary rushed to India and Connor was immediately her own. They handed him to her that same day. My wife was just ecstatic!! In addition, Mary was able to meet the surrogate mother. She was very gentle and her face lit up when she met her.
I made it to Mumbai a couple of weeks later to escort our family back home. However, leaving the country with their newborn turned into an unplanned two-month scuffle with the embassy, immigration, and other entities. They wanted all kinds of things from us that we didn’t bring — utility bills, income tax returns and etc. And they also wanted a DNA test to prove that Connor was our biological child (they told us this 10 days later after many meetings, and it was supposed to be “optional”). It was so frustrating. No one told us any of this, and the information we researched did not provide these detailed requirements.
We lived in an apartment in India while we alternated trips to the U.S. and back before paperwork was finally in compliance. In February, Connor and us came home. We’re so happy and we wouldn’t trade this for anything.
Though it has a happy ending, to call us experience traumatic is an understatement. From exorbitant agency costs for any kind of assistance to paperwork requirements we've never heard of after Connor was born, we have been through the gauntlet of Indian surrogacy and realized that we didn't want anyone else to suffer through the frustrations, pain, and fear we had to endure. Thus WeeCare Partners LLC was born.
Taking our knowledge about all the things, great and small, that can go wrong in the process, we have made multiple trips to India to study the surrogacy process, the legal system, medical centers, and the American Embassy's requirements following birth. Partnering with the best medical and legal professionals, we have dedicated our self to helping families like your navigate the international surrogacy process, so that others can bring their babies into the world with a spirit of joy and relaxation.
Thank you for getting to know us!
We wish you best of luck, God Bless!
Victor, Mary, and Connor Hui-Wee
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