Thank you for contacting me about maternity care during the Covid-19 outbreak.
During this pandemic, pregnant women in North Shropshire have had to deal with the often-daunting prospect of attending a scan or even giving birth unaccompanied. Partners – advocates for the woman and unborn child - feel at times they have needlessly been left out.
It is a welcome step that partners can once again routinely be present for every stage of labour and the birth. Hospitals have been told they can relax restrictions on family members attending other maternity appointments. During this crisis, everyone recognises that the first priority has been maintaining core maternity services, and I commend midwifes and doctors for keeping maternity services going.
It is devastating to hear reports of mothers experiencing miscarriages or difficult early stage labour without birth partners, and I hope that hospitals listen to the Prime Minister who said that it is of “upmost importance” that every hospital allows partners to be present in what are “incredibly special moments in people's lives”.
If you have concerns that a local hospital has not taken heed of the guidelines please do write to me and I will take it up directly.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.