Expectant mothers will no longer be able to have their partner join them for their antenatal scans, as part of new measures introduced to curb the spread of covid-19.
Other halves are also no longer allowed to attend antenatal clinic appointments, but will have the option to join virtually.
Catherine Houlder and Ceri Norman, the community midwifery managers, have put the new system for both virtual and face-to-face antenatal appointments in place over the past month to reduce health risks to pregnant women, their partners and staff.
Expectant mums, who do not have the virus or any of its symptoms, are still allowed to have a partner with them during labour.
However, anyone with the virus or symptoms will have to give birth alone, as their partner will need to be in self isolation.
Women who have to attend labour on their own will be fully supported by a midwife at all times. The midwives will have to wear personal protective equipment during labour.
“Despite this uncertain and challenging time, we will strive to give women and their partners a positive pregnancy and birth experience," Ms Houlder said.
“Maternity staff are still here for you. Please contact us on the usual telephone numbers with any concerns or worries about your pregnancy. We will still see you whether you have coronavirus or not.”
Pictured: Women who have to attend labour on their own will be fully supported by a midwife at all times.
To give future parents a better understanding of what maternity services look like during the coronavirus pandemic, the team has shared the following guidance:
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