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House of surrogates: Edan's story

Dr Nayna Patel runs a clinic in rural India that attracts childless couples from all over the world. For a fee, they can pay for local women to act as surrogates, spending their entire pregnancy away from home in dormitories with up to 100 other pregnant surrogates living alongside them.

While critics accuse Dr Patel of exploiting the poor, she believes that she is empowering the local women with life-changing amounts of money.

Edan has spent nine months in the house of surrogates and has given birth to a boy for a Canadian couple. She hopes that by doing this work her children will have a better life.

Find out more in House of Surrogates on Tuesday 1 October at 21:00 BST on BBC Four. Or catch up later on BBC iPlayer.

  • 01 Oct 2013