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Big news for the couple who opt for surrogacy; Check new guidelines issued by Union Health Ministry

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Centre’s Big move for the couple who wanted to birth their child through surrogacy. The practice of surrogacy is increasing in the country. It has become very popular especially among the upper class and upper middle class couples. An important news has come out for those who wish to have children through surrogacy. Now the family wishing to have a child through surrogacy will have to take insurance for 36 months i.e. 3 years for the surrogate mother as well. This provision has been made in the recently issued rules related to surrogacy.

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Check new guidelines here:

– According to these rules, the amount of this health insurance should be at least such that the surrogate mother can be fully treated in case of problems during pregnancy and after giving birth to the child.

– According to the notification issued by the Union Health Ministry on June 21, a surrogate mother can be used for the process of surrogacy only a maximum of three times. According to the new rules, under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, a surrogate mother can also be allowed to have an abortion.

– “The intending woman or couple shall purchase a general health insurance coverage in favour of surrogate mother for a period of 36 months from an insurance company or an agent recognised by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority established under the provisions of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, for an amount which is sufficient enough to cover all expenses for all complications arising out of pregnancy and post-partum delivery complications,” the rules stated.

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– In this regard, the intending couple/woman also have to give an affidavit in court as a guarantee of compensation for medical expenses, health issues, specified loss, damage, illness or death of surrogate mother and such other prescribed expenses incurred on such surrogate mother during the process of surrogacy.

– The gynaecologist shall transfer one embryo in the uterus of a surrogate mother during a treatment cycle. Provided that only in special circumstances, up to three embryos may be transferred, the rules said.

– A woman may opt for surrogacy if she has no uterus or missing uterus or abnormal uterus or if the uterus is surgically removed due to any medical conditions such as gynaecological cancer.

– One can opt out also in cases of multiple pregnancy losses resulting from an unexplained medical reason, or any illness that makes it impossible for a woman to carry a pregnancy to viability or pregnancy that is life threatening, among others.

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