Funding for this research was provided by:
FP7 People: Marie-Curie Actions (PIOF-GA-2011-301789)
Received: 11 December 2019
Accepted: 24 September 2020
First Online: 15 October 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Before interviewing surrogates, a consent sheet in English, Hindi and Marathi which explains the purpose of the research, its confidentiality and the right to refuse or withdraw, has been read and given to each surrogates. Then, the researcher asked for the surrogate’ verbal free informed consent. In our study population, oral consent allows to have a non-discriminative consent participation process inclusive of illiterate women. This procedure of consent and the entire study received approval from the Ethics Review Board of the Indian International Institute for Population Sciences (n°IIPS/ERB/217/2013).
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.