Baby Evyatar may not know it yet, but he’s special. His parents have made an over 4,000-km journey from Tel Aviv in Israel to Mumbai only so their dream to extend their family could be realised.
“Evyatar’s a name we chose from the Bible. It means ‘more fathers’ in Hebrew,” explains Yonatan, executive director of Jerusalem Open House, Israel’s biggest gay rights organisation. Omer works as a psychologist in Tel Aviv.
In September, when the surrogate mother was in the 37th week of pregnancy, the couple flew down to Mumbai. “We wanted to be there for the baby’s first moments,” says Omer, adding they have read every book on parenting.
The baby got a local birth certificate after which a DNA test was performed on him. “The results were sent to the Israeli consulate, which issued him a passport,” says Yonatan. They couple, who flew back home on Monday, says they will be back next year, this time with Omer’s sperm.