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Hospitals still force mothers to work without partners, MP claims


Hospitals are still forcing mothers to work without partners, claims MP, inundated with "extremely heartbreaking" stories of traumatic births and miscarriages suffered alone

  • Alicia Kearns has been "repeatedly" told about 16 trusts that still did not follow instructions
  • The government and NHS guidelines allow partners to attend appointments and workers
  • Women who had had traumatic experiences without assistance told Ms. Kearn's stories

Concerns about more than a dozen hospital trusts using Covid-19 as an excuse to enforce draconian guidelines for pregnant women have been reported by a MP.

The trusts refuse to implement government and NHS guidelines to allow partners to attend important dates and workers.

Tory MP Alicia Kearns wrote to NHS England last week after being "repeatedly" briefed on 16 trusts that are still not following instructions, as the mail shows on Sunday.

Ms. Kearns has been inundated with stories of women who had traumatic experiences during labor and pregnancy without the support of a partner.

Shannon Steele, a nurse from Ipswich, said she had a "stolen pregnancy" after giving birth to triplets Emilia, Ronnie and Maddison in August

Some trusts have since relaxed their rules – but at least 12 retain outdated restrictions, including the Royal Wolverhampton, Royal Free London and the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.

The University Hospitals of Dorset, Calderdale and Huddersfield prohibit partners when it is induced, while the Royal Wolverhampton requires partners to choose a three-hour appointment during induction – although the process can take three days.

Partners are also not allowed to perform scans and prenatal appointments. Royal Wolverhampton apologized for "any emergency" and said that its rules were regularly reviewed.

Ms. Kearns, who is pregnant, said: "Women and their partners across the country have come to me with extremely heartbreaking stories of traumatic births, miscarriages, and stillbirths."

Shannon Steele, a nurse from Ipswich, said she had a "stolen pregnancy" after giving birth to triplets Emilia, Ronnie and Maddison in August. Her husband Matthew cannot take part in any scans and has "missed so much". Add. “It could have been so different. We could have enjoyed so much more. "

The Mail am Sonntag is committed to ending the scandal of the singleborn. At least ten NHS trusts across England still refuse to follow-up mothers-to-be if they are notified of their baby's progress after 12 weeks.

Tory MP Alicia Kearns wrote to NHS England last week after being repeatedly notified of 16 trusts that are still not following instructions, as the Sunday mail shows

Tory MP Alicia Kearns wrote to NHS England last week after being "repeatedly" briefed on 16 trusts that are still not following instructions, as the mail shows on Sunday

Of these, seven won't allow birth partners to join them on the 20-week scan either – including the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and East Kent Hospitals. Among other things, South Tees said partners could only partake in incumbent labor once, while University College London and Royal Free London hospitals have time restrictions. Assessments are conducted at the NHS Foundation Trust by Guy and St. Thomas based on the mother's needs.

Northern Ireland's Southern Health and Social Care Trust only lets partners stay for up to an hour when workforce arises.

However, a spokesman for NHS England said: "While the approach taken by the hospitals at the Covid Summit and during the lockdown was understandable, our NHS advice, supported by midwives and obstetricians, is clear that mothers should be accompanied wherever possible from partners for scans, antenatal visits, and births that they were able to perform throughout the pandemic. & # 39;

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