Better treatment for new families

Better treatment for new families

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Lauren Anderton started this petition to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) and

So I found out in November I was pregnant, and me and my partner was over the moon about it. Everything was going well with going in to appointments and scans and we were happy.. 

Everything changed when the corona virus pandemic started&just before, then it was just the mother allowed to any scans and midwife appointments. All the New Mum to Be classes had been cancelled. Now as this was mine and my partners first baby, it became a bit of a nightmare really.

The scan I went to just before lockdown. I had to provide proof of my appointment and had to be escorted to it, And was told that it was for ‘safety as we are going to be going into lockdown’. There I was also told my partner wasn’t allowed in the scan. The scan I went for was also to find out the gender of our new baby, it wasn’t the same going outside to tell him as what it would have been us both finding out together. The scans after that he wasn’t allowed in, and same again. He didn’t get to see the baby move. Didn’t get to hear the heart beat. He didn’t even get to see how clearly you could see the face on the scan! It was so heart warming for me to see, but to try and explain that to someone, how? 

Anyway. I was induced on June 9th. Just before they induced me. I had the Covid-19 test (which came back negative as I have been confined to my house because myself and family are classed as highly vulnerable). I was induced on my own, in so much pain, I couldn’t rest, I had no one to hold my hand, no one to tell me ‘it’s okay’. No amount of phone calls or FaceTime calls can make that up.

June 10th is when they broke my waters. Then my partner was allowed to come into the hospital and witness his new baby girl come into the world. 4 hours I was in labour but little did we know he was only allowed 2/3 hours with her after she was born. Imagine that, being told you have to leave your new born child 2 hours after!! 

I can honestly tell you it is very painful giving birth to a child. I give birth naturally, I couldn’t sit properly, couldn’t walk properly, it hurt me to pick my baby up. Baby’s are a hand full and there’s a million things to juggle, it was so hard for me doing that when I was in so much pain. I couldn’t just say ‘can you pass me a nappy’ cause the midwives are busy, how much easier would it have been if my partner was there? 

She is nearly 4 weeks old now, and still has no ‘official’ name. I’ve only managed to get her registered at the doctors without using her proper name. She isn’t taking my last name, She’s taking my partners, yet if she was to die, I could register her death. Are you crazy? I wouldn’t like the back log of registering a baby, 4 months some babies have gone without having a legal name. 

Here we are on July 4th. The government has allowed Pubs, bars and restaurants to reopen. Whoohoo. We can go out and have a drink with someone from another house hold, but you can’t let someone from the same household in for a check up on their baby? You can book a table in a restaurant for the evening, but you can’t let a new father stay longer than two or three hours with their new born child? You can register a death but not a birth? Sit in a pub with I don’t know how many people, but 4 people in a room registering a new life isn’t good enough?

I hope you have a good read of this and think about how backwards our government can be and the priorities that they have. I really hope something gets done about this soon as bringing a new life into the world is hard to do on your own. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. 

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