Maternity and paediatric care
Expectant mothers need to open a file for themselves at a maternity hospital. To ensure a smooth access to maternity services, please open the file before the seventh month of pregnancy. The following documents are needed to open a file:
- Passports of both parents
- Marriage certificate; attested and translated if not in Arabic
- Residence visas of both expectant parents
- Emirates ID of both expectant parents
- Insurance card
- Family book (for UAE nationals)
The child can be delivered in either a government or a private hospital. The cost of delivery at a public or private hospital depends on a number of factors such as:
- extent of coverage provided by the insurance (if applicable)
- grade of package chosen (economy, luxury etc.)
- services chosen in the package (type of room etc.)
- type of delivery (normal or a caesarean; the latter being about twice as expensive)
- other essential medical treatments as per individual case.
The baby will carry the citizenship of the father.
You can look for maternity and paediatric healthcare facilities on the websites of:
Federal Law No. 11 of 2008 Concerning Licensing of Fertilisation Centers in the State (PDF, 100 KB) lays down the rules and conditions under which Assisted Reproductive Techniques may be used and for preservation/freezing of unfertilised ova and sperm.
The law specifies that Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) shall include the following:
- Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI)
- In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and subsequent use of ovum
- Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer (GIFT) or Zygote Intra-Fallopian Transfer
- Any universally accepted fertilisation techniques, as determined by a Cabinet decision upon the proposal of the Oversight and Control Committee.
The law prohibits ART done in the following ways:
- Performing fertilisation using the sperm of a man and the ovum of a woman other than his wife, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into his wife’s uterus
- Performing fertilisation using the ovum of a woman and the sperm of a man other than her husband, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into her uterus
- Performing external fertilisation using the sperm of a man and the ovum of his wife, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into the uterus of a gestational surrogate
- Performing external fertilisation using the sperm of a man and the ovum of a woman other than his wife, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into the uterus of another woman
- Performing external fertilisation using the sperm of a man and the ovum of his wife, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into the uterus of another of his wives.
The law also prohibits fertility centres from using unfertilised or fertilised ova or sperm for commercial purposes, or conducting research, or executing genetic modifications of the characteristics of neonates, or disposing of them for the benefit of others.
The law allows preservation of frozen unfertilised ova and sperm for future reproduction for the benefit of a couple, for a maximum period of five years. It stipulates that the fertilised ova that have not been implanted inside the woman and the frozen unfertilised ova and sperm may be destroyed upon the death of either spouse or in the event of divorce or upon the request of the couple.
According to the UAE law, it is a crime to abort a pregnancy unless:
- it endangers the woman's life or
- there is evidence that the baby will be born with fatal deformities and will not survive.
In the latter case, the foetus must be aborted before it is 120 days old, which is during the 17th week of the pregnancy and one week into the second trimester. The abortion must be approved by an authorised medical board. Abortion of foetus after 120 days of pregnancy is not permitted.
Updated on 24 Jun 2020