Allow Partners in Birthing Suites

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At the moment with the progression of Covid19, hospitals are putting a ban on allowing men in their birthing suites or being around their family shortly thereafter. This means that pregnant women across the world are either being forced into labour without their significant others being allowed to experience the moment their child enters our world altogether, or their significant other is being rushed out the room as soon as baby enters this world. 

It started in America, and I see from this mornings recent NZHerald article it’s slowly making its way over here (albeit slight differences in protocols)

We need to make sure that this right is not taken away from our significant others. I am a first time expectant mother, with worries beyond belief about not only the birthing process but also what the future will look like for our beautiful girl - my Partner supports me through all my worries & stresses and reassures me that I’m doing a great job. Not to mention, without him I couldn’t have created our beautiful little girl. 

I am asking that we review birthcare and hospitals’ Covid19 protocols nationally. I strongly believe that risks for the women laboring alone will increase substantially if our significant others will not be allowed in the birthing unit. Not only can partners provide physical and emotional comfort during labor and postpartum, they are also essential in alerting nursing and hospital staff when something has gone wrong and the laboring women cannot notify nurses themselves, like in the event of an eclamptic seizure or a fainting episode. Please help David, Mia and I by signing our petition