General News of Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Sperm donation, in vitro fertilisation (IVF), surrogacy, and other specialised childbearing methods available to childless persons are being conducted within the country without any regulation.
Twenty-three-year-old Denise Vanga is one of many vulnerable women being paid pittances, by “baby agents” to carry life within them for special clients but left to live in deplorable conditions.
She rented out her womb to an unknown client and is currently carrying quadruplets but is being cheated out of an agreement made with the fertility centre which “employed” her.
Speaking to Joy News’ Kwetey Nartey, Denise says she was informed of the opportunity to rent out her womb by a friend who put her in touch with an agent, named only as Rashida.
Rashida introduced Denise to doctors at the Mount Camel Fertility Centre at Dowena, who promised an amount of GH¢10,000 for the child she was to bear for an unknown client.
She was also promised a monthly stipend of GH¢400 as well as a rented room for herself and her three-year-old son.
Denise underwent procedures at the City of Hope Medical Complex and Research Centre, after which she conceived.
In a surprise twist of fate, all four inseminated eggs placed in her womb proved viable; she is carrying quadruplets for a client she has had no contact with.
Despite fulfilling her end of the bargain, the promised rented apartment was never provided and according to her, the agreed upon stipend is insufficient to make ends meet.
Denise lives in an uncompleted building in Tema community 20. The building is covered in construction waste and mosquitoes feast upon her and her son at night.
The building lacks toilet facilities and has no running water. It is certainly not the best condition for an expectant mother.
Even more disturbing is her confirmation that no contracts were signed between her and the Mount Camel Fertility Centre.
Attempts by her to get the centre to stick to their end of the bargain pertaining to accommodation have proved unsuccessful and the 4-month-old pregnant woman is beginning to regret her decision.
Orphaned in 2007 and, she has been struggling to make ends meet so she saw the opportunity to rent her womb out as a godsend.
According to her, she was excited about the opportunity because it offered her a chance to help out someone who could not carry a child on their own while enabling her improve on her lot in life.