As Karan Johar joins the celebrity list of surrogate parents, find out here what is surrogacy

By: | Updated: March 6, 2017 12:12 AM

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johan is the latest person to join the increasing ilk of single parents. He has become the proud parent of set of twins who were born through surrogacy.

The surrogacy is a process in which a couple wants a baby but are not able to have due medically unfit of either or both partners to conceive, another woman is inseminated artificially with the sperm of the father. (Representative Image: Reuters)

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johan is the latest person to join the increasing ilk of single parents. He has become the proud parent of set of twins who were born through surrogacy. As per reports, the twins-a girl and a boy, were born in February, even as the exact date is still not known. The filmmaker had tweeted this heart-warming message welcoming his kids into the world and his life earlier today..

Before him, actor Tusshar Kapoor was the last celebrity in the country to go through surrogacy route, after which he was blessed with a son in June 2016. Johar’s decision on the surrogacy move had come at come at a time as the draft surrogacy Bill which was cleared by the Union Cabinet in August last year has not been passed as law yet, which could have meant that the filmmaker would not have got permission to go through the step.

Well, in case you were wondering what this bill is all about, just for a reminder, the Centre, in August last year, had given the green signal to the draft surrogacy Bill with hope of making the legality of surrogacy more transparent in the country. Till now, the surrogacy process, through which another woman carries and gives birth to a child for a couple who want to have a baby but are not able to do so , have been in the grey area in India as far as legality is concerned.

Know what is surrogacy

The surrogacy is a process in which a couple wants a baby but are not able to have due medically unfit of either or both partners to conceive, another woman is inseminated artificially with the sperm of the father. The woman then carries the child and delivers it for them. Under such case, the surrogate mother is the biological mother of the child. In cases, where the father’s sperm is not been able to be used, a donor sperm can also be used. This is traditional surrogacy.

However, there is also another type, which is called gestational surrogacy, in which eggs from the mother are fertilised with the father’s or donor’s sperm and after that the embryo is placed in the uterus of the surrogate, who delivers the child after carrying it to terms. Under this case, the biological mother is still the one whose eggs are used, while the surrogate is called the birth mother.

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