Birth certificates elude single IVF moms

Ruhi Bhasin, Risha Chitlangia | TNN | 13 December 2008

NEW DELHI: Sonia Verma (name changed) became a mother way back in 2001. The single mother conceived through in-vitro fertilisation with donor sperms. But till date, she has not been able to procure a birth certificate for her seven-year-old child.

Verma’s troubles began when the hospital she delivered in wrote her father’s name where the name of the baby’s father should have been. She had to approach the court to rectify the mistake, but since it is compulsory to give the father’s name to get a birth certificate, she still hasn’t been able to get the document in the absence of an Act to deal with special cases like hers.

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