Almost everyone was taken by surprise when Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao made an announcement about their son, Azad’s birth on December 5, 2011. Kiran had not been seen with any tell-tale signs of a pregnancy (i.e.a blown belly). Then where did the child come from, the star-struck country wondered?
Aamir came forward and clarified that Kiran and he had conceived a baby through IVF surrogacy.[Read: Bollywood Celebrities Who Did Not Conceive Naturally]. And once he did, questions poured in from hundreds of couples who wanted to know about this procedure. Thanks to Aamir and Kiran, surrogacy was no longer a taboo in the society. Let’s look at a few surrogacy lessons you can learn from this Bollywood couple.
So far, IVF and surrogacy have been words that were used behind closed doors of doctors’ clinics. Earlier, not many couples came forward to express their gratitude towards medical science for having kids.
Get inspired: One of the most respected and celebrated Bollywood stars, Aamir Khan came forward with the news of his son being born through IVF surrogacy. Aamir said:
“Due to medical complications, we were advised to have a baby through IVF-surrogacy, and we feel very grateful to the Almighty that all has gone well. We are humbled by the greatness of god and the miracles of science."
Aamir and Kiran opened the doors of IVF for many Indian families. Couples could now explore this option openly and proudly. Dr Indira Hinduja, who is credited with the birth of India's first test-tube baby, said:
"It's nice of Aamir Khan to talk about it. He is a top star and people may now no longer mind undergoing a surrogacy treatment and talking about it."
Also, know about this VJ-actor, who is soon going to be a father before marriage!
In India, if a woman is unable to conceive, she is looked down upon with great disdain. Husbands often pressurise their wives to conceive, even at the cost of their health.
Get inspired: Kiran was facing a number of health complications, which did not allow her to have a baby. After multiple miscarriages, the couple went for this procedure. Aamir says:
“We are very proud of the whole thing. She had a number of miscarriages. We realised that her uterus lining is very thin for her to carry the baby for nine months. Which is why we opted for this method.”
Your wife does not have to go through the physical and emotional pain of miscarriages, if she cannot give birth naturally. Medical science can help you conceive a baby, which is biologically yours.
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Surrogate mothers are not respected because they ‘sell’ their womb in exchange for money. But, what people do not realise is that through surrogacy, they not only empower themselves financially, but help someone build a new family as well.
Get inspired: The couple has contributed a great deal to change the mindset about surrogacy and surrogate mother.. Surrogates are doing a great service to a couple to build their family.
Many couples are ashamed to admit that their baby is not conceived naturally. But, they fail to realise that a baby born through IVF surrogacy, will share both their biological characteristics. The surrogate is only a carrier for the child. Even Aamir Khan in his press statement said:
"Biologically, the baby is ours."
Get inspired: Dr Firuza Parikh, the couple's doctor says:
"Aamir and Kiran are the biological and genetic parents of the baby."
Even though born through someone else’s womb, the child is biologically and genetically yours only. So, count your blessings.
When it comes to the Khans, Shah Rukh Khan is not far behind in parenting lessons: 4 Times Shah Rukh Khan Proved Why He Is The Best Father
Recently, Aamir Khan made headlines when he declared that he and his wife, Kiran Rao want to leave the country because of communal tension being on the rise in India. The Dhoom 3 star, who is known to be a perfectionist is ready to give up everything and put his family's needs and safety first. Now isn't that just something amazing?
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These are some great lessons that many couples who cannot conceive naturally, can draw inspiration from. Just like Aamir and Kiran, many other couples can help to lift the veil from the topics of IVF and surrogacy in India.
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