Womb for Rent

Portrait of surrogate mothers Sofia Vohra, 35, and sisters Manjula Pandya, 30, and Gauri Pandya, 29 at Anand's Kaival Hospital. Dr. Nayna Patel, the hospital director, currently has more than 25 women who have been implanted with embryos at her clinic. A few have already gone through the process once and are eager for a second go. Photo by Stephanie Sinclair

Portrait of surrogate mothers Sofia Vohra, 35, and sisters Manjula Pandya, 30, and Gauri Pandya, 29 at Anand's Kaival Hospital. Dr. Nayna Patel, the hospital director, currently has more than 25 women who have been implanted with embryos at her clinic. A few have already gone through the process once and are eager for a second go. Photo by Stephanie Sinclair

Womb for Rent: Surrogate Mothers in India

Kaival Hospital in Anand, India, has become infamous for matching infertile couples, many from overseas, with local women willing to be surrogate mothers. The clinic cares for the women during the pregnancy, the delivery, and counsels them after the birth. Dr. Nayna Patel is a pioneer in the growing field of outsourced pregnancies, having helped the delivery of some 40 babies.

An estimated 50 women in Anand are now pregnant with the children of couples from the United States, Taiwan, Britain and beyond. The women earn more than many would make in 15 years. But the program raises a host of uncomfortable questions that touch on morals and modern science, exploitation and globalization, and that most natural of desires: to have a family.

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