Markets: World Babies


December 24, 2010

…Prospective parents put off by the rigor of traditional adoptions are bypassing that system by producing babies of their own—often using an egg donor from one country, a sperm donor from another, and a surrogate who will deliver in a third country to make what some industry participants call “a world baby.”

They turn to PlanetHospital and a handful of other companies. “We take care of all aspects of the process, like a concierge service,” says Mr. Rupak, a 41-year-old Canadian.

…During one client meeting over tea in Chicago, Mr. Rupak first answers a question about the possibility of breast-feeding if you’re not the birth mother. Then, as the conversation wraps up, he says: “I have some good news for you. We’ll be offering you and your husband complimentary teeth-cleaning while you’re in Hyderabad.”

From the WSJ, interesting throughout.