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Partners banned from antenatal scans

Friday 24 April 2020

Partners banned from antenatal scans


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.”

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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:

  • Before you attend any appointments, a midwife or a health care support worker will call you and ask if you or your family have any coronavirus symptoms. 
  • Some of the antenatal and postnatal appointments are being held virtually at the Bridge Family Health Centre and others at the antenatal clinic in the General Hospital. 
  • The appointments are arranged so that as much antenatal care can be given at one consultation in as short a time as possible.
  • Unfortunately, homebirth and waterbirth services have been suspended at this time. However, it is constantly under review.
  • All midwives and doctors will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves.
  • Women with coronavirus symptoms are also asked to wear a mask.
  • It is recommended by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists that all babies of women with coronavirus symptoms are monitored continuously throughout established labour.
  • Only one named person will be allowed to visit the mother and baby on the maternity ward after they have had their baby. However, in order to protect newborn babies on the ward, this person will not be permitted to attend if they are showing symptoms of coronavirus. Siblings will not be permitted to visit. 
  • Postnatal mothers will still receive care from community midwives and health visitors. We have found that women want to leave hospital soon after they have had their baby. Postnatal care is being provided face-to-face at The Bridge Health Centre and virtually, depending upon requirement. 
  • Support with feeding can be arranged, with frequent visits and telephone support via video call.
  • Registration of the baby’s birth is carried out remotely within 21 days. Women will not be required to attend the Superintendent Registrar’s office to register the birth. Midwives will provide a copy of the application to register the birth and a letter explaining the process before you leave the hospital.

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