Surrogacy law in Kenya
Many countries have laws against the practice of surrogacy. Kenya however, is not one of them. Kenya has been open-minded about surrogacy for years and welcomes intended parents who are looking for a ray of hope in their life. Kenyan government considers surrogacy as an option for childless couples to have a child biologically connected to them.
According to Kenyan government rules, a legal contract has to be drawn between the surrogate and the intended parents. This surrogacy contract is created to ensure a safe and transparent pregnancy cycle.
As per the agreement drafted, the surrogate mother is responsible for carrying the foetus to term and handing over the custody of the new-born to the intended parents with no clause. The contract also conditions that the intended parents have to bear all expenses of the surrogate mother during the pregnancy term. This includes the dietary requirements, clothing, travel, accommodation, remuneration to the surrogate, and medical expenses.
Intended parents need to pay the first instalment of the agreed payment before the egg transfer and rest of the amount after the first ultrasound of a successful pregnancy.
The surrogacy treatment is only initiated once the agreement is drawn,and both parties agree to the terms.
The success rate of Kenyan surrogacy
The success rate of surrogacy in Kenya is between 70% to 80%. Since Kenya became a popular surrogacy destination, the standards of fertility clinics and awareness among surrogates have improved.
Women within 35 to 40 years of age typically work as a surrogate, and they are taught about the complete procedure and the responsibilities of being a surrogate. This education helps increase the success rate.
Also, best in class fertility clinics and trained and experienced heightens the chances of a successful pregnancy.
Single parent surrogacy
One of the main reasons intended couples shy away from surrogacy is the taboo that’s still around it. Surrogacy is still frowned upon by many countries, and it is vital for surrogate mothers and the intended parents to go through the process without added stress from society.
Kenya however, has not only been able to break taboos about surrogacy but also about gay or single parents. Kenya does not practise any discrimination of gender, race, marital status, sexual preference, etc., against the intended parents. Hence, in Kenya, gay couples or single parents do not have difficulties in fulfilling their instinct to become parents.
Nairobi – the fertility hub
Nairobi is not only the capital of Kenya but also the capital for a lot of fertility treatments in Kenya due to its best in class facilities, affordable prices and feasibility to travel to and from the city. All IVF fertility clinics in Nairobi ensures to constantly update themselves on the newest technologies and improvements in the business. This is one of the main reasons Nairobi continues to be one of the best in the industry.
Though intended parents will be in a lot of stress and uncertainty throughout the surrogacy process, there is no harm in letting go once in a while. It will help in reducing the strain and boost morale within the couples.
For those interested in a little sight-seeing, Nairobi will serve as a treat. Nairobi has all modern-day facilities one has come to like in a European country with holiday destinations like Safari rides.
Since one of Nairobi’s primary income is through medical tourism, they have ensured to provide a safe and secure stay for the intended parents during the surrogacy procedure and vacation time.
For all the reasons mentioned, Kenya has been and will continue to be one of the first choices of surrogacy destinations to intended parents.