Allow fathers to attend OBGYN appointments.

Allow fathers to attend OBGYN appointments.

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Sabrina Romain started this petition to Governor Gretchen Whitmer

While schools, bars, Walmart, Target, Lowes, restaurants, etc are open ... this is what it's like being pregnant during this "pandemic". Attending appointments alone. Your husband only getting to see his baby at one, MAYBE 2 ultrasounds, if you're lucky. While we've been blessed beyond measure to have had a healthy pregnancy thus far, there's still the constant worry of "what if", and knowing you'd have to hear that news alone. None of this is fair, nor does it make any sense. If people can go out in groups to go shopping, go out to eat, go riot and protest - pregnant women should be allowed to have a support person at their prenatal appointments.

The world is shutting down, but babies will be born. We can’t control that. Will they be born into chaos and panic? Separation and isolation? There is no evidence that separating mother & baby if either test positive for this virus is the right thing to do. There is evidence that breast milk has antibodies, bonding is crucial, and separation is traumatic. Babies will continue to be born. Preventing a birthing person from having their support team with them - not even a spouse, but ALSO not even their doula trained and contracted to provide them with emotional and physical comfort - is traumatic and brutal, plain and simple. Babies will be born, and not everyone has the resources to birth out of a hospital. It’s just unfeasible. I don’t know what the right answers are, but if separation and isolation and refusing support are the “right answers” now, what is the plan to support and treat the resulting birth trauma, mental health diagnoses, breastfeeding issues, etc.? I usually say, “ask a new mom how she’s doing,” and PLEASE DO THAT, but it’s time to check on your pregnant friends, too - because their babies will be born, even if the rest of the world is shut down.
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