Saturday, 18 October 2014

Changing Lives

Until recently, a childless couple only had one of two options: adopt a child, or use traditional conceptive methods to get a child who could, at most, only be biologically related to one of them. With recent advancements in technology, however, many doors have opened: from methods such as IUI and IVF to surrogate mothers. India has been on the forefront of the legalisation and research in the surrogacy movement. Reviews of Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour reveal to us that she, and doctors like her, were and are at the head of such movements, facts confirmed by her resume.

Impact of Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour
The official meaning of surrogacy is to appoint another in the place of themselves. Medically, it means substituting a mother who is unable to have children with one who can. For many couples who want children and are unable to have them, yet wish for biological children, using surrogate mothers is a life-changing alternative, thanks to Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour. Reviews of her have always been positive, if not awestruck and deeply grateful.

Who Exactly is Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour?
Those who have reviewed Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour tell us that she is the current Director of the Surrogacy Centre India, which is a part of the Isis Hospital, and is the first officially recognized surrogacy centre in India once the practice was legalised in 2008. A force to be reckoned with, she aims to overcome the stigma attached to childbirth and surrogacy in India by calling for increased transparency, parental involvement and ease of the process.
According to reviews of Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, she received her MBBS from KEM Hospital, Mumbai; and received her post-graduate education from JJ Jospital, Mumbai. Officially recognised by both the Maharastra Medical Council and Medical Council of India, she is a practising OB/GYN in the UK and for four years was the fertility specialist of Hammersmith Hospital in London.
Her area of specialisation is assisted reproductive procedures, and through methods such as surrogacy, IUI, IVF, laser hatching, and so on, she has helped more than 2000 couples with assisted conception through her 8 years of being an infertility specialist. She has been crucial in raising awareness amongst Indian doctors of Western medical practices.

Memberships and Achievements
Due to her knowledge and position, reviews of Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour say, she is part of numerous societies and committees who are pioneers in the field:
         British Fertility Society (BFS)
         London, UK Royal College of OB/GYNs
         North Zone Committee of Federation of OB/GYN Societies of India
         Coordinator of OB/GYN/Infertility lectures in South Delhi, as part of a division of the Indian Medical Association
         The Assisted Reproduction Society of India
         Mumbai OB/GYN Society
         Medical Association of India based in New Delhi

She also ranked first in her OB/GYN medical exam; has received a prize for her paper Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section; is published in International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Journal of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Societies of India and the Bombay Hospital Journal; and was the youngest invited speaker at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, where she presented a study she had headed.

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