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Almost 2,500 mothers have to give birth alone


Nearly 2,500 women have given birth alone since early October as hospitals violate government guidelines, a shocking new report revealed.

The Mail am Sonntag is committed to ensuring that all hospitals are present and that the trauma of women who take part in scans and work alone is ended.

NHS England has stated that all but one hospital trust allow partners to participate in active births, which refers to the final stage of labor.

However, today's study of more than 4,100 births in October and November in England and Wales has shown that this is not happening locally.

Of around half of non-induced hospital births, seven percent are born alone. The majority were in all regions of England.

Even women whose partners are allowed to attend for a short period of time face Covid restrictions for most of their time in the hospital, the study by activist Pregnant Then Screwed found.

Charlotte Taylor-Philip, 32, moved from one London hospital to another while pregnant with daughter Emmeline (pictured together) simply because the second had a more lenient partner visit policy

Meanwhile, nearly half of women induced in England without their partner ended up spending more than 24 hours alone in the maternity ward while they were working.

Every third person spent more than 48 hours alone in maternity wards and was not allowed to have their partners by their side.

Charlotte Taylor-Philip, 32, moved from one London hospital to another while pregnant with her daughter Emmeline simply because the second had a more lenient partner visit policy.

"I didn't want to have to beg to have my husband with me," she said.

She had only participated in scans and covert records for her entire pregnancy, which had complications and was classified as "high risk" so that accurate information could be passed on to her husband, Abey.

Even so, her hospital only allowed visits during the day and her birth in late October mostly took place at night.

30-year-old Abey stood in the cold outside the hospital for three hours, waiting for a moment to be allowed to enter. "It was pretty traumatic," she said.

“I did much of my early work all by myself in an empty hospital stairwell. It was a busy night shift and I saw the midwife maybe three times in those 14 hours. “On October 31, Boris Johnson promised to prioritize maternity wards for the 15-minute tests that will be used on partners to give them access to wards and scans.

The Prime Minister said: "No woman should go through work alone." But more than a month later, trusts didn't introduce the tests, while many put restrictions in place during the second wave.

NHS England has stated that all but one hospital trust allow partners to participate in active births, which refers to the final stage of labor. However, today's study has shown that this is not done on site (file image)

NHS England has stated that all but one hospital trust allow partners to participate in active births, which refers to the final stage of labor. However, today's study has shown that this is not done on site (file image)

Joeli Brearley, Founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said, “It is clear that too many women still spend long periods of time alone when going into labor and far too many women give birth without their partner present. That is totally unacceptable. & # 39;

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England, said: “The Maternity Services Guidelines make it clear that women should have access to someone's assistance during appointments at all stages of their maternity journey, and we have asked all trusts to do so as soon as possible allow, with only one confidence in England, which recently reported not to do so.

At the same time, preventing and controlling Covid-19 infection and keeping women and employees safe is a priority. Trusts must overcome all obstacles, including taking advantage of new testing capacity from the Test And Trace program. & # 39;

NHS England said its records show that only Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust are not following partner visit guidelines.

l Anna Mikhailova was "highly acclaimed" at the British Journalism Awards last week for leading the team on her previous publication, the Daily Telegraph, which broke the story of government scientist Professor Neil Ferguson who broke his own lockdown rules and ultimately resigned forced. The judges called it "one of the defining stories of the year".

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