End Birth Restrictions

End Birth Restrictions

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I am starting this petition today as a woman, a mother, a birth worker and a concerned and disturbed member of society. The current restrictions on birthing people in NSW and specifically in Sydney during this current lockdown period are unfair, unjust and unacceptable.

Over the last week I have been speaking to a wide array of women who are being affected by the current restrictions hospitals in Sydney are placing on them. Women who are afraid to continue with their plans to birth in hospital, women who are showing up to hospital in labour only to have their partners, husbands and support people turned away, women who are reporting to hospitals with abnormal bleeding in pregnancy are sitting in rooms alone while their partners and support people are refused entry, women who are afraid to fall pregnant at this time due to the restrictions hospitals are placing on labouring women throughout Sydney.

The restrictions that are currently in place are inconsistent across hospitals throughout Sydney and are damaging women. Women are stressed, anxious, worried and fearful about what may happen if they have to go in to birth their babies with no support people. It is no secret that our hospital system is failing women already, the system is hard to navigate under normal circumstances, now it is nearly impossible.

As a concerned member of society I am requesting the following:

* That all women attending hospital for regular antenatal appointments be permitted to have their children and one chosen support person with them at all times. This will reduce the logistical burden on mother’s during times where they are in lockdown and have no options for childcare/support.

* That all women are permitted to have, at minimum, one chosen support person (partner or otherwise) with them throughout their entire labour and birth whilst in hospital with no need to apply for an exemption.


* That all women birthing in hospital are permitted to have one chosen support person with them for a minimum of five hours a day after they have given birth. Remove the restrictions placed on ‘support people’ for women in the postpartum wards. This would ensure all women who have given birth are adequately supported in their postpartum period and would also reduce the burden on staff.

* That all women are informed of the restrictions before attending the hospital for their appointments/to give birth.

* That a blanket guideline be put in place for all hospitals in the Sydney region to follow the above requests. No more inconsistent advice and incorrect information being handed out.

Please hear our calls. Please effect positive change in this domain. Please put women first.

Petition created on behalf of Sarah Fowler, who works tirelessly and passionately to ensure all voices are heard, but especially for those who feel they can't use theirs. A true fighter.

If you feel you can do more to help, please visit: https://www.lifeandlens.com.au/endbirthrestrictions

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