Hospitals are canceling home births and closing independent maternity wards, but still prohibiting expectant mothers from having their partners by their side in the wards
- Since the beginning of the pandemic, home births have offered a solution for women
- This is because hospitals prohibit them from having partners by their side during labor
- But now that the virus is spreading, NHS trusts have canceled home births
Hospitals suspend home births and close stand-alone maternity wards as the new strain of coronavirus puts increasing pressure on the NHS.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, home births have provided a solution for women whose hospitals have banned them from having their partner by their side during labor.
But now that the virus is spreading rapidly, NHS trusts across the Southeast have stopped home obstetrics and “gutted” expectant mothers.
It comes after ambulance chiefs warned they could no longer guarantee to respond to women giving birth at home.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, home births have offered a solution for women whose hospitals have banned them from having their partner by their side during labor (file photo).
The Ambulance Service on the Southeast Coast said: “Due to the current pressure on our emergency services, we are no longer able to guarantee a response to the ambulance for women planning their birth at home or in one of the booths. only birth centers in the region. & # 39;
While a number of trusts have changed their rules to allow partners access to wards, some hospitals that have canceled home births continue to insist that expectant mothers only attend scans and appointments, contrary to official guidelines.
Sunday's Mail campaigned to end the trauma of pregnant women going through labor and scans alone.
Last month, NHS England issued guidelines clearly stating that trusts must find ways to enable women to have a partner by their side at all stages.
In order to win the campaign, all trusts have pledged to change their policies according to the guidelines. However, the recurrence of the virus has resulted in some hospitals delaying implementation and others reversing progress and imposing restrictions.
Alicia Kearns, the Conservative MP in the campaign, said: "Under national lockdown, families do not leave their homes, so there is no excuse to separate a woman and her partner."
Alicia Kearns, the Conservative MP on the campaign trail, said: "Under national lockdown, families do not leave their homes, so there is no excuse to separate a woman and her partner. The pressure on ambulances is great. If NHS trusts cannot facilitate the birth at home, it is imperative that they adhere fully to government guidelines that allow partners to be present at all stages. "
Abbi Leibert from the But Not Maternity campaign group said, “It's very stressful for parents whose trust limitations have been changed for the better. In some cases, partners will now close again on scans and, more problematically, on birthing units and birthing centers at home. & # 39;
Dr. Navin Kumta, Chairman of the NHS Kent and the Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, said, “The recent wave of Covid-19 is putting all of our services under pressure. Since the emergency services are particularly busy, we made the difficult decision to suspend home obstetrics and some midwifery-run units. We know how disappointing this will be at such an important time for families, but we need to ensure that we can provide the safest possible service in the event that complications arise during childbirth. & # 39;
A 2011 study found that 45 percent of women had to be hospitalized during their first pregnancy and 12 percent of other women planning a home birth.
NHS England said: “Women should be offered choices in their maternity care with adequate risk ratings.
"Although the current spread of Covid-19 is putting significant additional pressure on the NHS, local services continue to offer home births where it is safe to do so."
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