Cork TD calls for easing of maternity restrictions after hearing 'heartbreaking' stories

Cork TD calls for easing of maternity restrictions after hearing 'heartbreaking' stories

Cork TD Holly Cairns (Soc Dems) is calling for a change in the restrictions to allow for partners to attend pre-natal scans and other appointments. 

CALLS have been made for changes in the ongoing visiting restrictions at maternity hospitals across Ireland as a result of Covid-19 and the subject is to be raised by a Cork TD in the Dáil this afternoon. 

Visiting restrictions were implemented in recent months due to the virus.

Cork TD Holly Cairns (Soc Dems) is calling for a change in the restrictions to allow for partners to attend pre-natal scans and other appointments. 

“I’ve received many calls and messages from pregnant women, new mothers and their partners who are very angry and upset about the ongoing visiting restrictions,” she said.

“I know public health is the priority but it’s difficult to understand why you are allowed to attend a wedding with 49 other people, but your partner can’t accompany you to a prenatal scan. 

"The Covid-19 restrictions in maternity hospitals were introduced six months ago. Many other restrictions in general society have eased and I would urge the HSE and the hospitals to revise these restrictions.”

A petition calling for restrictions in maternity hospitals to be eased has gained more than 22,000 signatures.

A spokesperson for CUMH said the hospital “understands the challenges associated with our visiting restrictions at this time”.

“The health and wellbeing of mothers and babies and our staff is paramount and we need to minimise footfall to limit the risk of the virus spreading,” she explained. “We are following the current guidance of the National Women and Infants Health Programme on this matter.”

The spokesperson added that CUMH is “happy to review the practice under the guidance of the National Women and Infants Health Programme”. Under current restrictions, partner access to outpatient and inpatient appointments is restricted but attendance at birth is permitted.

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