65 successful surrogate pregnancy cases reported

60 out of 100 applications for surrogate pregnancy has been approved by the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Of these, 46 cases carried out successfully. On the other hand, Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City has reported to succeed in conducting 19 out of 33 cases.

Deputy Health Minister Dr. Nguyen Viet Tien said that the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology has received 100 applications for surrogate pregnancy since Vietnamese government had approved surrogate pregnancy. 

It is expected that these first children of the surrogate pregnancy cases will be born in around January, 2016.

The regulation allowing surrogacy in Vietnam is part of the revised Law on Marriage and Family that took effect on March 15 this year, enabling people to act or have others act as surrogate mothers for humanitarian purposes on a voluntary basis after satisfying certain requirements.

Under the new regulation, surrogacy is allowed when the woman who has found another woman to act as a surrogate mother has no uterus or deformed uterus that is unable to bear a fetus, or even her uterus cut off.

Three hospitals which the Ministry of Health allowed to carry out the surrogate pregnancy include the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Hanoi, the Hue Central Hospital in the central city of Hue, and Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Deputy Health Minister Tien also pointed out some arising problems after one year implementation of the the revised Law on Marriage and Family. For instance, some couples have a paralyzed kid because of maternity operation and wives can not give birth any more. These couples are not allowed for surrogate pregnancy.

By Minh Khang - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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