Seen as a taboo earlier, surrogacy is slowly coming of age, especially in the Millennium City. With changing times, residents are slowly accepting the idea and are flocking to consultants.
Jagjeet Singh, director, Wyzax surrogacy consultancy, said, "Every month, I handle 40-50 queries. Unlike earlier, when the concept of surrogacy was not so accepted, people now openly talk about it."
The firm also has database with details of about 190 women who serve as surrogated mothers, generally in the age group of 22-30 years.
Dr Ritu Jain, director, Vardhman Medicare Centre for Infertility Laproscopy and Child Care Centre, has been practicing for the past 13 years and she feels the change. "These days, women suffer from several ailments at an early age. This is the main reason why couples have to turn to surrogacy. Unlike some years ago, the option is now being welcomed with open arms."
Dharmesh Quanoongo, 45, who has been married for 15 years, is one resident who decided to go for surrogacy.
"My wife and I took this decision after 15 years of being together, and believe me, my entire family supported this. That is the reason I agreed to talk to the media as well."
Moreover, though Dharmesh is scared about his unborn child's health, he is also ready to accept it if something goes wrong. "If there are any complications, I can't abandon the baby or blame someone else. When I took the decision, I was ready to accept everything," he said.
But, for 27-year-old Shanno, who is the surrogate mother, this is a means to live that brings a smile on the face of a childless couple. "This is my profession. My husband (unemployed right now) and I have to construct our own house and whatever I would earn through this would be my contribution."
"If my health would allow, I would certainly handle more such cases," she added.
Another surrogate, 24-year-old Swati Mitra, said, "There is a certain risk in every profession. This is my profession which helps me earn money. One can't stop working fearing by getting scared of death."
According to officials at Wyzax Surrogacy Consultancy, apart from Indians, a lot of foreign nationals from countries such as US and Australia have also visited Gurgaon to explore surrogacy options.
"It is not an issue of changing mindset. It is circumstances and needs which play a vital rol,” said Dr Samir Parikh, chief, department of mental health, Max Health Care Hospital.