Brad and Pete, Australia, proud fathers of Alice, Oscar and Jonathan, born 2011
We have been trying hard to get pregnant for twelve years straight and in the process been trying more or less everything. We were both 41 years old when we started looking into both surrogacy and adoption.But due to new regulations in Norway and a presumptive long waiting time, adoption more or less where out of the question.
We decided to go for surrogacy for several reasons. Among others since we had a special relationship to the country due to our wedding rings being made in India and warm recommendations from an auntie with long traditions from India. We also like the culture and people very much.
We used a lot of time going through all aspects of surrogacy and would be sure that we had thought through everything surrounding surrogacy. All the moral and ethical questions. We wanted that everything should be handled in the most professional way and use what we consider to be the best clinic for us. At the time we started the process there were no media attention and no attention from the politicians. That changed of course. Looking back now we are confident that we made all the right conclusions.
SCI and Dr. Shivani with her team and set up was just perfect! We got a very tight and professional attention and feedback all the way. It was very good to see that also our dear surrogate got a very tight attention and feedback as well. We really appreciated that Sanju was taken so good care of, as all the other surrogates at SCI. We always look really forward to receiving the scans and if we had requests they were immediately taken into considerations. We also got to meet Sanju some three weeks before giving birth and she was just shining and glowing like a big sun! So good to see her then.We arrived one week before the birth to be prepared and all the information we got from Dr. Shivani helped us a lot. The biggest thing in our lives where when Leon Sebastian where born on the 29.10.2010. We were so happy to learn that the birth itself went as smooth as we could hope for and Sanju were also taken very good care of after the birth. We were completely filled with happiness and when Leon Sebastian could leave from the hospital, we were so proud. There were some moments there just outside the room the birth took place together with her husband, that we never will forget.
We used a lot of time just waiting for papers to be shipped from the one office to the other back in Norway and then we got the passport for Leon Sebastian and then the exit visa. It was very good to be able to go back home, but also with mixed emotions. Everybody had been helping us to make the stay so comfortable as possible, and even Dr. Shivani were so patient with us and all our questions. Thank you Shivani! And we must also give a big thank to Shilpi. She was fantastic with helping and supporting us. Think she also knows how that red hair of Anne Stine is working, when there were some heavy times waiting to get this exit visa at FFRO and MHO… Another memorable time was when we met Sanju, her husband and Sonika at the Norwegian embassy. It felt so good and she again shined like a sun.
We are so grateful for all the help and support we got from SCI, Dr. Shivani and her team. We really remember the last day in Dr. Shivani’s office taking pictures with her, Shilpi and Seraugh. We will be back again as soon as Leon Sebastian is a little bit bigger to say hello and visit friends.