I Deserve Birth Support!! Birth support for Labor, Delivery & Post Partum

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Since the last week of March more and more hospitals in LA have been removing birth partners and support for birthing mothers.
Pregnant women are being stripped of their rights in a very crucial time! Women deserve and need their birth partners. #ideservebirthsupport 

Hospitals in California are removing our birth partners and it’s not right!! 

In the wake of COVID19, Los Angeles, CA hospitals are banning a support person to remain with a laboring mother from labor through postpartum recovery. These hospitals include but are not limited to Cedar Sinai, St. John’s, UCLA , with the list continuing to grow. This means women in labor are subject to birth alone and recovering alone.

Pregnant women are being stripped of their rights in a very crucial time! Women deserve and need their birth partners throughout the ENTIRE birthing process.

Fundamentally, risks for the people laboring alone will increase substantially. Not only can partners and spouses provide physical and emotional comfort during labor and postpartum, they are also essential in alerting staff when something has gone wrong and the laboring patient cannot notify nurses themselves, like in the event of an eclamptic seizure, a fainting episode, and spotting signs of postpartum depression. Timing is critical in these cases and monitors can be unreliable. The World Health Organization (WHO) agrees with these facts and so do we!

A partner/ support is a necessity when it comes to birth and postpartum. Denying a mother this, is not only discarding her mental health, but taking away her physical support and emotional state during birth & after giving birth. We already have the highest mortality rates for women, besides what’s going on right now, let’s not add to this with women having no advocate, no support & no rock to lean on.

We cannot expect nursing staff, already spread thin, to spend the limitless hours needed with each patient to ensure their health and their baby's health, to provide physical assistance and emotional support.
We know the hospital system is overwhelmed in this crisis and that people are dying. However, the burden and risks will only be increased by banning support people from Labor & Delivery or Postpartum recovery. Adapting policies to ensure strict rules around support partners is expected however, there are ways to do this while also ensuring that no one gives birth or recovers alone! We must ensure the maternal mortality rate does not increase during this critical time. We must protect mothers and their rights, even in critical times like these!
#ideservebirthsupport

Women are feeling vulnerable more than ever before with all going on in our world, as a pregnant mother in my third trimester, this is terrifying to me personally and for all other mothers.

As a mother, who suffered heavy post partum depression with my first baby girl, I can say this is horrible for a mothers health and setting her up for failure before she even begins. 

A partner/ support is a necessity when it comes to birth and postpartum. Denying a mother this, is not only discarding her mental health, but taking away her physical support and emotional state during birth & after giving birth. 

We already have the highest mortality rates for women, besides what’s going on right now, let’s not add to this with women having no advocate, no support & no rock to lean on. 

Forget about the after math of this, the lack of support, the mental health for mom and baby and the list goes on. We deserve birth support! 

The WHO and CDC also ruled against this and see the importance of maternal health