Lockdown stops couples who took a surrogate route to parenthood from holding newborns.
For the last 12 years, Sheeba* and her husband have been trying to have a baby. Their dream came true last month when she had a baby through surrogacy, but life has been more agonising for the couple. The couple is among the many who are unable to see their babies delivered by surrogate mothers since the country went into lockdown on March 24. In India, 5,000 to 10,000 babies are born through surrogacy every year.
“They had come down from Dubai to Kanyakumari and planned to come to Chennai a few days before the delivery,” says Dr Geetha Haripriya, fertility expert and chairperson of Prashanth Hospital. The surrogate was due to deliver by March-end. “Sheeba’s mother fell ill and the surrogate went into labour on March 17. By the time Sheeba’s mother recovered, the lockdown was announced. We’ve sent them photographs of the baby. We give them daily updates about the baby’s health,” said the doctor.
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क्या कोरोना वायरस गर्मी में खतम हो जायेगा ? डॉ शिवानी सचदेव गौर सर्जिकल सेंटर ऑफ़ इंडिया नई दिल्ली.
The Cabinet informed that the government had accepted all recommendations made by the Rajya Sabha Select Committee, which studied an earlier version of the draft legislation that aims at banning commercial surrogacy and allowing only altruistic surrogacy in India.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved recommendations made by the Select Committee on Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2020, to allow any “willing woman” to act as a surrogate instead of “near relative” as proposed earlier.
As per the revised bill, widows and divorcees will also be allowed to opt for surrogacy.
The proposed insurance cover for surrogate mothers has now been increased to 36 months from 16 months provided in the earlier draft.
“While it is a good step to omit near relative clause for a surrogate, it doesn’t help to not include monetary compensation for the surrogate because not many women would be interested in carrying someone’s child without being paid for it…,” Delhi-based IVF specialist, Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, said.
Dr. Shivani Sachdev Gour General Secretary INSTAR on Rajya Sabha TV today for a Debate on Surrogacy 21 November 2019.
Govt refers a surrogacy bill to Rajya Sabha select panel after members seek review.
1. Rajya Sabha members seek a review of the provision, which allows only a close relative to act as a surrogate
2. The proposed bill allows only altruistic surrogacy, which does not involve monetary compensation to the surrogate mother
The government on Thursday sent the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019, to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha for review. Click here to read the full article: https://www.livemint.com/news/india/surrogacy-bill-2019-referred-to-rajya-sabha-select-committee-for-review-11574347388503.html
Surrogacy bill discussed in UPCOG Conference (Uttar Pradesh Chapter of Obstetrics and gynecology conference) in Varanasi on 17th November 2019: Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour
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