How COVID-19 turned big celebrations of life into small mercies

The Covid-19 pandemic has also resulted in an increased rate of C-section, say doctors.

Married for over eight years, Mumbai-based Nupur, a chartered accountant, and her husband Nirmal (names changed) have been trying various ways to have a child.

After going through a cycle of in-vitro fertilisation treatment, Nupur became pregnant, but she suffered a miscarriage when she was two and a half months pregnant. Heartbroken, they decided to go for surrogacy last year.

The couple hired a surrogate mother in Anand, Gujarat, to have their baby. They even took a crash course on how to parent newborns without any assistance from family or nurses. Everything was going fine until COVID-19 hit the world. The lockdown meant that the couple could not move out.

On April 26, they got the news that they have been blessed with a pair of twins — a boy and a girl. Their joy knew no bounds. Through a video call, they saw their babies, but were not content; they wanted to be with them and bring them home.

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