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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

MEN 2 MEN ADVICE - The Semen Collection!

There was nothing that could have prepared me for what was to come in the Semen Collection Room at the Lilavati Hospital.

The room is located right in the IVF clinic on the second floor and is clearly sign posted ' SEMEN COLLECTION ROOM'.

Step into a very basic room, that has a bed and a toilet (bathroom for some of you). The first thing that you notice is the very strong smell of spice.....not a pleasant smell when you are trying to think about delivering a good sample.

The walls were dirty, the linen on the bed filthy and the toilet un-describable......simply put, this room was dingy!

This is a stark contrast compared to the rest of the hospital which appears highly hygienic.

You will definitely need some porn to get you mentally stimulated........

The best advice I can give is to take a magazine or two....or upload some clips on your IPOD.

This will help in trying to stop yourself thinking about touching the bed, walls, blocking out the smell and anything else grotesque in the room.

Be prepared!

Monday, 25 January 2010

A Ray Of Sunshine!

I started the morning off with a visit to the dentist! Ouch!

Late in the afternoon, I ventured off to meet Dr. Sudhir at his office which is right next to the maternity clinic...(almost an hour drive from the Novotel due to traffic)

But before I go any further.....for all of you that are pregnant. I saw a few of the pregnant surrogate mothers at the clinic today.....They looked RADIANT, HEALTHY and VERY HAPPY! One of them could have been your surrogate so I threw good luck their way!

First up was sorting out our new surrogate. Dr. Sudhir had a few choices of surrogates that met our requirements , the box got ticked on one of them and a meeting has been arranged for Wednesday. All fingers crossed on this one!

Dr. Sudhir then took time to discuss a few other bits and bobs.

Tomorrow is a holiday in India.....so perhaps Juhu Beach will be packed!

Sunday, 24 January 2010

What a Day!

I was dreading the 8 1/2 hour flight sitting at the back of the bus.......but my British Airways loyalty paid off and I was upgraded. Nice way to start this part of our life changing journey!

Arrived in Mumbai on time at 11:45am.....a quick whiz through Immigration & customs.....and then.......

I'm not sure how I survived the car journey, these folk drive in a frenzied manner.....cut in.....toot......weave out.....toot.....cut in......toot.

Tuk Tuks, Car, Motorbikes, Buses, Tractors, Animals and People all coming together to create traffic from hell.

After a short 15 - 20 min ride, I arrived at the Novotel Mumbai which is located right on Juhu Beach..(well it's no Miami beach or Bondi Beach)

The check-in was easy and in 5 mins I was sitting in my room.

The room is well appointed with a nice King Size Bed and Glass Shower Room. My window overlooks the entrance to the beach.

I would recommend the Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach!

Off to Dinner!

which divide

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Off To India On Saturday!

Over the past few weeks, we've been wondering if SI would pull through
in finding another Surrogate Mother that met our requirements. Big
Question! In the meantime preparations were still being made to travel
to Mumbai, as the trip could not be cancelled or postponed.

Could this be a wasted journey?

Well, things look good as an e-mail arrived today from SI with not 1
but 3 possible surogates.

So my trip is not in vain and most likely we will cycle next month.

Looking forward to baby success once again.

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Friday, 8 January 2010

ROAD BLOCK! ERRR...THIS IS NOT GOOD!


I heard my phone ringing at 7:00am, but I was just coming out of dreamland so missed the call!

Jumped up eventually and it was Dr. Sudhir....

He was calling to tell us that it wasn't looking good for our chosen Surrogate as her Uterus Lining was not thickening as normally required (A (fairly) normal uterine cavity and endometrial lining are necessary in order to conceive and maintain a pregnancy).......of course this just stomped me!

How could this be? I thought to myself, better now for her to be medically unfit then when she is carrying the baby!

This means we now have to scramble for options......Wait to see if the Surrogate's condition improves (to be honest, we are not really feeling this option as her condition raises a red flag for a successful pregnancy)

Choose a new surrogate and wait to cycle again next month.

This is a complete roadblock and just throws my so called planning into turmoil!

Mixed emotions all around..........

Has anyone had a similar experience with their choosen surrogate and wish to comment?

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Sprinkle The Baby Dust......Mumbai Here We Come!

Mumbai Checklist

So I depart for Mumbai on the 23rd of January, which is just a few weeks away. I am so used to planning business and leisure trips for myself that in this first instance I just got on with it.
  • INDIAN VISA - issued in 3 days from the Indian Visa Centre. I got a bog standard tourist visa which is only valid for six months as they do not offer a year long visa. Therefore I will have to repeat the visa application process again in October (if successful pregnancy) for baby pickup.
  • FLIGHTS - Virgin, Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher, Emirates, British Airways and the list goes on.. Think I'll stick with British Airways out of loyalty! There is not a lot of difference in pricing for direct flights....a lay-over in the Middle East might have saved me some £££.
  • HOTEL - Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach - Brand new property from the reputable French Hotel Group Accor. Their rates seem to be the most reasonable. If I am honest, hotel rates in Mumbai are not moderate compared to other Asian countries. (Hotel Review to come later.)
Now I just need to pack and relax!