Thursday, 28 June 2012

From Australia : Anastasia, Harrison and Oliver - a year on

Anastasia, Harrison and Oliver ( 2011)

What difference a year makes! This was taken when we were in Delhi just before leaving to return home... and now they are so active and developing into fantastic little people... they are so wonderful to watch and we are constantly reminded how lucky we are to have them in our lives. Going to Dr Shivani and the team was the best decision we ever made and we will be forever grateful for our little miracles!

Anastasia, Harrison and Oliver ( Now)

What a difference a year makes, what a lovely house full of children, we wish Anastasia, Harrison and Oliver the choicest of blessings.

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Monday, 25 June 2012

From the U.S: a beautiful baby girl

As with many families, the journey to SCI is not smooth or kind. It is with great joy and delight when we can help families achieve their much longed for dream and finally have their baby, this is one such family

Words cannot express how thankful we are to Dr. Shivani for creating the Surrogacy Program at SCI.  We realize that without this program we would not have been able to have our own biological child.  After more than 4 years of pursuing IVF in the U.S. unsuccessfully, with countless exams, doctors, tests, expenses and disappointments, we were resigned to the fact that a biological child was not in our future. Our last reproductive endocrinologist suggested that we try to use a gestational carrier as a final attempt before pursuing other options, as the cause of our recurrent early pregnancy loss was unclear.

With no knowledge of surrogacy, we scoured the internet for information.  After reviewing many options we were most impressed with the experience and success of Dr. Shivani's clinic.  The testaments on the SCI Clinic Blog were invaluable for both information and to inspire some confidence that surrogacy abroad was a viable, and in many ways, a better option for us than pursuing this in the USA. Armed with this knowledge and with a leap of faith, we traveled to New Delhi to visit the clinic and meet Dr. Shivani and the Staff in person. This visit helped us finalize our decision and we moved forward.

We followed Dr. Shivani's advice in terms of cycling and sending our frozen embryos to optimize our chances and the end result was the birth of our healthy daughter. It is very intimidating and stressful to be halfway around the world from your growing baby but the clinic gave us constant updates to ease our anxiety. When we returned to New Delhi for the birth of our child, the clinic had arranged everything for us, including advice on where to stay, sending a representative to meet us the day of her birth, and promptly processing the needed documentation for the process to return with our daughter to the U.S.

After the birth of our daughter, we had an opportunity to reunite with our surrogate and one of her children to give one last word of thanks. That brief meeting made the whole process come full circle and we left with the thought, " two families changed for the better, forever".

In particular, we would like to personally thank both Rachna and Gourav for their professionalism. Rachna helped us so much when we came to pick up our child... it was truly a pleasure working with her. She is a credit to the clinic.

Special thanks to all the bloggers as well as Meg and Margarida for giving us the feeling that this was a viable option.

Dr. Shivani, again, we cannot thank you enough.  You have given us a priceless gift.  Thank you for giving us this opportunity.  Thank you for you taking care of our growing child and surrogate.  Thank you for your compassion and medical expertise.

We are so in love with our beautiful daughter. We will let her know how you all helped her come into this world.

 We wish this special family the choicest of God's blessings.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

From Australia : an update from Daddy Tony & Daddy Brett

What a surprise for all of us when Tony & Brett announced to the world that they would be having four babies, and what delight when they shared with all of us, on the 23rd September, 2011, that they were a family of boys. We were delighted to received this update from this special family from Australia

Here are some more beautiful pictures from this wonderful SCI Australian Family

What a wonderful family, we wish them the choicest of blessings.

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Sunday, 17 June 2012

From the U.S : Two Daddies

Some stories are best left to parent words and pictures, and what beautiful thoughts and pictures they are:


Dear Dr. Shivani,

Today we prepare to head back home to the United States to conclude this near 1-year journey that has culminated in making our family a reality. We are so blessed to have Ethan with us and we want to thank you for everything you have done for us. The past 9 months in particular have been filled with excitement, joy, nervousness, anxiety, and suspense, all which culminated to the sheer euphoria that we have felt holding Ethan in our arms for the first time. We also know that both you and the SCI staff, as well as Megan, have shared our emotional roller coaster ride with us. You have provided us with support and guidance, and we can't thank you enough for doing what you do.

As we leave India we take with us joyous memories of meeting everyone involved, both at SCI and at Delhi Newborn Center. Although our stay has been brief, what we have experienced here in Delhi will stay us for the rest of our lives. It has truly been a life-changing event. We were so happy to have the opportunity to take a picture with you and Ethan at SCI, and we would like you to share that with others on your blog. We have also chronicled our journey with you, and celebrate the arrival of Ethan, through our own blog:  We would be delighted to have you share it with other IP's on your website and include us in your ever-expanding family of SCI parents.

Thank you for making our dreams, and the dreams of countless others, come true every day. You give to all of us the gift of the miracle of life, and through it, a life with never-ending joy and happiness. We hope to celebrate another miracle with you in the future!


John, Michael & Ethan

We wish this beautiful family the choicest of God's blessings.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

From Australia: Sisters... forever friends

It is always wonderful when families come back again; asking us to help complete their family: i will leave this post to the pictures and thoughts from these wonderful parents:

SCI sisters: Zahra & Caia

Dear Dr Shivani
We are so grateful to you, our daughters' surrogate mothers and to everyone at SCI for helping us to complete our family.  The opportunity to receive these gifts in India (closed to us in Australia) has been a humbling blessing. We promise to do our very best to provide lives full of love to these beautiful babies.
Mark and Chris (Australia)
Zahra 2011, Caia 2012

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Friday, 8 June 2012

From the US and Spain: a Daddy & Papá

We'll just let this photo and statement speak for itself. For those of you who want to know more about this amazing story, you can read about it here:

Dear Dr. Shivani and everyone at SCI --

As I write this, Olivia is asleep on my chest and Adrιán is feeding Clara near a window overlooking a Delhi skyline.  It's the morning after our first truly sleepless night on our own with our daughters, and we're a little groggy, but happy.  We spend a lot of time staring at them, as they eat, as they sleep, just letting it sink in that they're real and they're ours. 

Even under the best of circumstances, having a baby via IVF literally on the other side of the world is a daunting experience, in some ways even moreso for a gay couple.  How will we be treated?  Will two men having a baby (or two!) be an issue?  At SCI, we were treated with warmth and respect.  You and your team did so much to demystify the process for us and patiently answered all our questions over the course of more than a year, as we investigated surrogacy options and saved our pennies.  When other clinics took days to answer our questions, if they answered at all, we always received a response from someone at SCI within hours, even before we were officially clients.  That level of attention continued throughout our pregnancy.

Thank you so much for your professionalism and your warmth.  There's no better testimony to what you do than the tiny girl sleeping on my chest right now.

Much love,

Jason, Adrián, Olivia and Clara

Querida Dra. Shivani,

La verdad es que, como hombre gay, siempre había visto la posiblidad de tener hijos como algo muy lejano -- hasta que mi marido, Jason, me mostró que esta posibilidad existía en la India contigo.  Tras superar los lógicos miedos iniciales y tomar la decisión de convertirnos en padres, todo el proceso con SCI fue claro, fácil y humano, con un resultado final espectacular:  nuestras hijas Clara y Olivia.

En todos los cumpleaños de las niñas, siempre haremos un brindis por ti.

Con mucho cariño y agradecimiento,

Adrián, Jason, Olivia y Clara

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

thoughts & feelings with a touch of sleep deprivation

We are always touched when parents express their thanks to us, but there is always something very special when people take the time to personally express their thankfulness in their own word. This is even more touching when you take into account that all are experiencing the wonders of much wanted, much desired, sleep deprivation...

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Sunday, 3 June 2012

From Australia: a beautiful baby girl

Congratulations to our newest little Australian, Zoe and her parents James & Jenny. We thank them for sharing their story with us and wish them the choicest of God's blessings.

"Dear Dr.Shivani and the SCI team
We just wanted to say how grateful we are for the wonderful gift of our daughter. After many years of trying and heartbreak we have been blessed with a beautiful baby girl all thanks to you and your wonderful team. Being so far away and yet having the reassurance that things were moving as planned under your expert supervision is a feeling that cannot be expressed in words. Thank you for helping us to fulfill our dream of completing a family.

A special thank you to Margarida and Meg,


James, Jenny and Zoe"

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