Many LGBT people around the world are dreaming of babies. Tammuz international surrogacy is making it happen
Tammuz International Surrogacy is one of the leading agencies in the world, and has fulfilled the parenthood dream for hundreds of men and women through innovative procedures in state-of-the-art fertility clinics around the globe.
Ever since it was established in 2008, Tammuz has been at the forefront of the surrogacy revolution and led the struggle to allow fertility and surrogacy procedures for all.
The agency is best known for the "baby-boom" phenomenon amongst gay parents around the world. Over the past 6 years more than 350 babies were born through services supplied by Tammuz and many more intended parents are about to have their first born soon.
Over the years, Tammuz opened surrogacy options and offered special procedures by combining egg donations, surrogate mothers and fertility treatments.
Following the closing of surrogacy services in India in 2013, Tammuz has opened new surrogacy options in Nepal. In addition, Tammuz has been offering special discounted surrogacy services in different clinics in the USA and is working constantly to get the best affordable fertility services for all.
In 2011, Tammuz's founder, Doron Mamet-Meged, was chosen as one of the 50 most influential LGBT people in Israel by Mako Pride website. In 2013 he was chosen, among leading figures like Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg, as one of the pioneers in the world in the book "Überpreneur- 36 People You Must Meet".
The documentary Google Baby which followed the early activities of Tammuz in India, won the prestigious Emmy award for best documentary in 2011.
The Tammuz Nepal Surrogacy Plan
Excellent and affordable
The Nepal plan is made to provide a good, reliable and relatively inexpensive solution for anyone wishing to be a parent including the gay community, couples and individuals.
Where does the egg donation take place?
Egg donation and fertilisation may take place in Nepal (at the new state-of-the-art clinic Fertility International) or elsewhere. If not taking place in Nepal, the embryos will be shipped to Nepal.
Where is the carrier treated?
The Embryo Transfer process, as well as the first trimester of the pregnancy, take place in The IVF clinic Fertility International in Kathmandu. The rest of the pregnancy monitoring is done at the maternity centre at the new Grande City Clinic hospital where the delivery takes place as well.
What happens after the birth?
After the birth a legal process must be completed at the end of which the child will be granted a passport. This proceeding takes three to five weeks during which we will guide and direct you at each stage.
We do our utmost to assist and guide you on your way to parenthood.
Tammuz saves you money
Sharing of round of donation – beyond the low costs, Tammuz enables you to share with an additional parent the eggs extracted from your donor, thus allowing you to share some of the expenses.
Tammuz enables you to save on additional rounds
An economic umbrella for additional attempts – Tammuz enables you to pay a nominal fee in advance that includes three rounds of implantation.
Tammuz enables financial aid in cases of premature birth
Economic umbrella for cases of premature birth.Through a mutual responsibility payment by future parents interested in such, in case of a premature birth some of the neonatal care department expenses will be paid for the baby.
The surrogates are residents of Kathmandu. If originally they live elsewhere, we will arrange for accommodation for the surrogate and her family in Kathmandu for the duration of the process. All of them have their own children and a history of healthy pregnancies.
Over the course of the pregnancy the surrogates live in their homes with their families and continue their regular way of life.
The surrogates regularly visit the pregnancy planning clinic at the medical centre with which we work, as per requirements of the pregnancy. They undergo all standard pregnancy tests as well as periodic blood tests to verify their overall health.
Special pregnancy tests (nuchal scans, foetal haemoglobin, organ scans, etc.) are performed at specialist clinics.
The main motivation for our surrogates to participate in the program is economic. This process allows them to guarantee the future of their families and children. Our surrogates receive a generous payment for this service (in local terms the payment equals a number of average annual salaries). The surrogates receive most of the payment after the birth, and thus have a personal interest in maintaining a healthy and stable pregnancy.
Our Egg Donation Options
Intended parents can select a donor as follows:
1. Caucasian egg donor from our South African list
2. Local Nepalese/ Indian egg donor
3. Asian egg donor – outside Nepal
4. Independently arrange for a donor of your choosing.
Range between $34,700 – $46,500
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Following a surrogacy treatment in 2008 that he and his spouse underwent, Doron Mamet-Meged founded Tammuz International Surrogacy to enable more gay couples to become parents. He is father to Talia and Matan.
Have you found that gay couples with children face more problems in terms of public acceptance?
I live in Tel Aviv and Tel Aviv is a very gay-orientated city. There are some areas where you see more male couples with their children. If you're in the right place you feel no issue about being a gay family although it is still a little unique. On the state level, there have obviously been great achievements in the past decade but it is still not equal exactly. I think there was a gap between the public opinion and the official opinion. And I think the public opinion is one step ahead of the official opinion.
Why not adoption?
First of all, I am completely for adoption. It's a beautiful thing and when I first started my own journey my first meeting was with an adoption agency. However, I think adoption is less accessible, in comparison to surrogacy, and in many places you have to wait a long time. And there are always some people who want to continue their genes completely naturally. Lastly, with adoption usually you get a child who is a little bit older which some people will find important. Again, I am completely for adoption and I wouldn't try and convince anyone to do surrogacy versus adoption. On the other hand I respect each person's choice in whatever they feel is important for them – and surrogacy is a beautiful option as well.
Why choose Tammuz?
I think we are the most established agency in Nepal and we are a one-stop shop. When I started 6 ½ years ago I was like a referral agency – someone would come to me and I would link them to a clinic or a surrogacy agency to find a surrogate and I would just be the coordinator. Nowadays everything is under my wing. I'm a partner at the agency for the egg donor which we bring from either South Africa or locally from Nepal. I am a partner in the surrogacy side and obviously take care of the surrogates and pay them. I am also a partner in the clinic I actually manage and am the main director of the clinic so we are giving a full solution and that gives us the ability to control better all the information and their parameters.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your job?
I pretty much feel we did a revolution here in the gay part of parenting. When my daughter, Talia, was born there were less than ten surrogacy children in Israel. Now, there are, I think, 400 or 500 and out of them 350 were done by Tammuz. You really feel the revolution here. Currently I'm very proud on the infrastructure we set up in Nepal, because we went to a green field country and we built it up there and we also pretty much care about the surrogate and make sure as much as we can that we do everything in the most ethical way.
But finally I think I'm just really proud for each and every child that is delivered by us and I am proud that I have so many clients who come back for their second child.
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