Monday 26 May 2014

Dr.Shivani 'rocks' the Melbourne 'families through surrogacy' conference and celebrates with our Australian SCI Family part one

Dr. Shivani arrived in Melbourne and was greeted by SCI families at the conference and at the SCI Dinner...

Some people made their own i belong to SCI family badges

People posed with banners or identified their baby on fb

while Dr. Shivani did one of the things she does best, promoting surrogacy, Surrogate care and her SCI Family

But the event we were looking forward to the most, the now Annual SCI family Dinner,with short notice, over 50 people and a hoard of children with old and new SCI families, the evening. which is best reflected through parents quotes and photos:

 "It was an amazing night. An atmosphere of love and overwhelming joy. It was a real pleasure to meet the many people who we have been chatting to in online forums for years. Its an honour to be a part of it all. God bless you all."

David had a fantastic night. It's 2am and he's still talking about it. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking with lots of families and of course, catching up with Dr Shivani

it was lovely to read the thoughts of those that could not be there, especially for those just had babies or  who are expecting very soon...

Sounds like it was great fun and I'm sorry we missed it. But our two bubbas are a little young yet to be travelling so far. Maybe next time...

Sounds like you all had a great night wish we could have joined you all but with 3wks and 5 days to go (who's counting) we are madly trying to get ourselves ready for the big call!! Some photos would be good if you have any

a very special thank you to Mel who helped organised the dinner, we very much look forward to seeing everyone next year

We wll leave you with one ambitious request " So great to see you and so many other friends!!!! I think the next dinner should be in Hawaii so ips from the states can come too!! That would be so much fun!!

Friday 23 May 2014

From Canada: two proud parents with two precious boys

Another family completed with proud parents from Canada and two gorgeous chaps...

Dear Dr. Shivani and SCI team,

We can’t thank Dr. Shivani and the SCI team enough for our two precious boys.   They are evidence that miracles do happen. 

Surrogacy is not an easy decision to make, especially when everything is going to happen on the other side of the world.  Every family that goes down this path has their own difficult story that lead them to this path and it is a daunting decision to try something different knowing that more disappointment could be on the way.  We were very sceptical to start but found SCI to be very professional from the very beginning.  We can’t thank Margarida enough for always answering all of our questions during the early days and we can’t thank the entire SCI team enough for their professional behaviour.  Communication was very important for us and we were very impressed that we would always receive our updates on schedule and every email that we sent would be answered within 24 hours. 

There is nothing we can do or say to thank Dr. Shivani enough for helping us start and complete our family.  She will always have a special place in our hearts!

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Thank you once again,

Proud parents from Canada

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Sunday 11 May 2014

From Canada: With gratitude for our girls...

Another family completed with SCI...

Dear Dr. Shivani and SCI team,

It is impossible to adequately express our gratitude to SCI, Dr Shivani and our wonderful and very special surrogate, who carried our baby girls for 36 weeks. 
As so many others on this journey with us, we have endured years of heartache with numerous numerous losses along the way. 

We sometimes were unsure that we would ever be able to have our own children. After finding out about SCI and Dr Shivani, we both felt a peace that we have never had before about the decision to come to India to start a family. God has truly given us two huge miracles in our two precious little girls, Ahna Lee and Adalyn Grace, with the help of Dr. Shivani and the rest of the SCI team. 

Throughout the process we found our service to be prompt and professional with SCI, including Dr Shivani and all of the admin staff.

We were blessed enough to meet our surrogate to thank her in person, and meet her husband and eldest son. These were special moments for us and we look forward to telling our girls about the special role she played in their lives. We do not take for granted what she has chosen to do for us, and will be forever grateful for that. 

There are so many people who have played many different roles in giving us the most special gift we could ever imagine. We are continually staring at, kissing and cuddling our girls, and reminding ourselves that this actually our real life.

The biggest thanks to Dr Shivani and SCI for your helping us with the greatest gift of our precious little girls. We will be forever grateful,

From Canada,

Jessica, Jonathan, Ahna and Adalyn 

We wish this family the choicest of blessings in the coming years and thank them for sharing these special photos.

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Wednesday 7 May 2014

From Australia: a new little Australian

Our thanks to this Australian family in sharing their thoughts...

Hello Dr Shivani, Nabanita and everyone at SCI,

                          This is to let you all know how much we appreciate all you efforts in helping us to start our own family. Please pass on our thoughts to Shaheen especially . 

Baby Girl is now 8 weeks old and is settling in well. We look forward on giving her brother or sister in the near future, we will contact SCI in the coming months to start the process again! 

Again a big thank you for your professionalism and support will send more photos in the future.

Kind regards
M & J and baby J

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Tuesday 6 May 2014

April Births - Congratulations to all our families...

April Births - Congratulations to all our families...
The choicest of blessings for all the babies born in April...

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Friday 2 May 2014

From Canada: An experience of a lifetime

Reflections from a Canadian Family...

Dear Dr. Shivani,

It’s been exactly one year since you and your team at SCI gave us our precious little boy and I wanted to write you this letter not only to thank you and the SCI team for the priceless gift you gave my wife and I but also as a message to all the people out there who have suffered years of pain and doubt they will ever become parents.

Thanks to Dr. Shivani, the holes that were left in our hearts from a stillbirth we suffered in 2011 were finally been healed with the birth of our baby boy on April 30, 2013.

Many people don’t proceed with International Surrogacy because of  “Fear”
so the purpose of this email is to alleviate any fear that you may have.


If you are like us, you have endured unimaginable loss or constant rejection and feel it’s easier to stop trying than to face any more.  Can I guarantee that you won’t experience rejection if you try surrogacy? Definitely not.   After all, it took four surrogates before we finally had our precious bundle of joy.  What I will tell you is what someone told me when we were just starting with SCI and they were in India picking up their child… “It will work.  It may take a few tries but it WILL WORK.” 


My parents were born in India and as a child I visited there 5 times with the last trip being over 20 years ago.  To be frank, my memories weren’t that great – nobody spoke English, nobody had television, and I just couldn’t wait to get back to Canada and go to McDonald’s. 

When I first started reading the blogs, the one thing that jumped out at me was how most of the people upon picking up their baby were sad to leave India and how amazing they said their time was here.  I was perplexed.  This can’t be the same India I remember from my youth.

But for the 5 weeks that we were there picking up our baby boy, I can honestly say there was no other place that I wanted to be.  We stayed at a beautiful hotel that was not only filled with other Westerners going through the exact same journey, it was attached to a mall that rivals any one you would see in North America.  It had everything from Starbucks to Pizza Hut, McDonald’s to even a Hard Rock Café.  If you can go see the Taj Mahal in the morning and cap it off with a Haagen Dazs before you go to bed.  

Oh and I forgot to add…if you’re Australian or American you come home within 2 weeks of picking up your baby.  If you’re Canadian, like me, it’s a little longer (about 5 weeks) but that is a drop in the bucket compared to the lifetime of memories you’re going to have with your child.

So if the reason you don’t want to try surrogacy is the fear of travelling halfway around the world, don’t be.


OK, so you’ve decided that surrogacy is for you but now you are wondering “which clinic do I choose?”  Here is our thought process on how we finally decided upon SCI…

1) Choosing a Country – Many countries offer gestational surrogacy but we finally settled upon India for the simple fact that it was one of highest success rates in the world.  We have consistently found that the medical care in India surpasses that of our home.   Dr. Shivani is medically trained in the UK and the medical equipment they use is the same you would see at any hospital in the US and Canada.   Our poor surrogate had to be admitted in the hospital at 28 weeks.  From the first day she was admitted to the birth of our baby 5.5 weeks later we were getting daily updates on her well being.

2) Choosing a City – We chose Delhi over other cities in India because I knew all the head offices were there.  The Canadian High Commission was there so I knew if we had any issues whatsoever in just a 20 minute drive I could speak to someone face to face.

3)     Choosing a Clinic – Now for the most important part.  We finally settled on two clinics.  Surrogacy Centre India in New Delhi and Surrogacy India in Mumbai.  To break the tie I asked both clinics to provide with FIVE Canadian or American references who used their clinics.  Surrogacy India only sent over a couple.  Surrogacy Centre India not only sent me FIVE references but they sent me over five people who first didn’t have any luck at Surrogacy India but then had success using Surrogacy Centre India.   After our first call with a reference who lives only 15 minutes away from our home in Canada we were sold.  One other very important point. 

One of the biggest factors in deciding the clinic was how well they treat the surrogate mothers.  I can’t speak to other clinics but at SCI the Surrogates are treated very well. First and foremost,  they don’t hide them beside some secretive well.  We met the surrogate mothers (we used multiple) before the process started and again when we came to pick up our baby.  We even requested to meet her husband and children as we had gifts for them and SCI arranged.   Speaking of family, SCI keeps the surrogate mother with her family during the entire pregnancy.  This was also very important to us as we know most have little children of their own.  In fact, when our Surrogate Mother went on hospital bed rest, they made sure her family was able to visit her every day. 

This letter, has officially passed the 1,000 word mark so apologize for the length of it but if I can help guide someone who, like us, been searching for a way to build their family then this has all been worth it. 

If anyone wishes to speak with me about our journey, feel free to pass along my email address.

B, A and baby P

P.S.  Attached is the picture of P when we first brought him home from the NICU.

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