Proof of Pregnancy/Miscarriage/Abortion/Tubectomy/Operation

Last updated on Jun 22, 2022

Proof of a pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion or tubectomy operation is necessary if you want to claim maternity benefits. You can prove the fact that you are pregnant, had a miscarriage, abortion, tubectomy operation or suffered an illness arising out of these procedures if you produce a certificate to that effect from any of the following1:

  • Registered Medical Practitioner
  • A Medical Officer of a regional hospital or a dispensary set up under the Coal Mines Welfare Organisation
  • Medical Officer of a Mines Board where the mine is situated.

The fact that a woman has been confined can also be proved by the production of a certified extract from a birth register or a certificate signed by a registered midwife. Additionally, a certificate signed by a registered midwife also proves miscarriage. The death of a woman can be proved by a certified extract from a death register.

  1. Section 4, The Maternity Benefit (Mines and Circus) Rules, 1963[]

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How to claim Maternity Benefits?

The employer must pay you your maternity benefit before your delivery. Give your employer a written notice of the same.

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At the time of joining the employment, employers have to inform women about maternity benefit available in the organization.

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Maternity benefits can be sought by expectant mothers, adoptive mothers as well as those recovering from an abortion or tubectomy.

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Maternity Benefits under law are applicable to almost all government and private establishments and offices.

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An employer has the duty to pay maternity benefit even in case the woman dies as a result of the pregnancy.

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