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Law change victory for Dearne surrogate mums

Amy Bellamy (right), who was a surrogate for her cousin Jane Kassim (left), pictured with twins Isla Jane, and Ivy May at their home in Rotherham.

Amy Bellamy (right), who was a surrogate for her cousin Jane Kassim (left), pictured with twins Isla Jane, and Ivy May at their home in Rotherham.

A Rawmarsh woman has helped to push through a law change giving more rights to surrogate parents.

Amy Bellamy was carrying twin girls for her cousin Jane Kassim and her husband Adis but realised the couple would not get the same maternity leave as parents having their own children or adopting.

Jane and Adis were only entitled to 13 weeks unpaid parental leave, while other parents can share 52 weeks holiday.

Amy raised the issue with Dearne MP John Healey and a new law under the Children and Families Act has just been given royal assent.

The Act means parents having children through surrogacy will be entitled to leave and pay from next year, equivalent to those having their own or adopting.

Mr Healey said: “This is a victory for Jane, mums like her and it is a victory for common sense.”

 

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