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Agency owner began surrogate business due to ‘need for it’

Out of the 10 couples that the Asian Surrogates agency has matched with surrogate mothers since 2006, only two were Singaporeans.

SINGAPORE: One agency here is known to provide surrogacy services – matching Singapore parents to overseas surrogate mothers – even though the Ministry of Health prohibits licensed healthcare institutions from providing assisted reproduction services to carry out surrogacy.

Mr Michael Ng of Asian Surrogates started his business as an egg-donation company for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures, and later ventured into the surrogate business to match clients with surrogate mothers in Thailand.

“There was a need for it. People were asking for surrogates, so I said, ‘Okay, why not,’” he said.

Out of the 10 couples he has matched with surrogate mothers since 2006, only two were Singaporeans.

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On top of the S$55,100 that Mr Ng charges each couple for matching them with a surrogate mother, his clients also have to directly pay doctors in Thailand for the costs of medical procedures, including the IVF process and embryo transfer.

Following Thailand’s move to speed up new legislation to outlaw commercial surrogacy after the recent scandal, Mr Ng said he has stopped his business temporarily and is looking at alternative countries for surrogate mothers, such as India and Eastern Europe.