As with most policies, I play this one by ear and make a case by case decision when it comes to emergency situations.
In the past there have been players dealing with all the big issues that can come up during the course of the year: Death, life, pirate invasion, etc. Some of those occasions I have extended an extra consideration to them usually (but not always) amounting to an extra bye week so that they could deal with their real life.
Will I do that again? As I said, there is no hard and fast rule for it. The person dealing with the situation needs to contact me as soon as they can and we can see if we can work something out.
The “other Idol Baby Rule” (that several contestants a season have to become pregnant during the course of the season) is still in effect. This year it extends to male contestants as well!