This is a petition for rights for birthing families. I believe that the current restrictions should be reviewed and reconsidered.
The covid pandemic has seen many lockdowns and restrictions come and go, but one that has stayed in Wales is restrictions on support people attending births and it simply isn't good enough. We have 60,000 people in a stadium and at the same time mothers are completely alone at the most important and potentially traumatic time of their lives. A day that is sometimes planned for years, can cost more than a wedding and can not be rescheduled. Partners are being left outside until active labour then told to go home within two hours of the birth. No siblings getting to meet the babies. Some women choosing between their husband/partner or their own mother to support them.
We have seen these restrictions on birthing women (people) and essential workers and visitors remain in place long after restrictions have eased and mass gatherings have taken place. How does this make any sense?
With postpartum depression and trauma on the rise, we need to do more.
We want to see the government bring in a policy to protect support people attending births and on postpartum wards not just now but for any future lockdowns.
Professional support such as privately practising midwives, doulas and photographers are an essential part of the couples birth team and should not be considered “visitors.”