02 Apr HSE Guidelines For Expectant Irish Mothers In Hospital
Posted at 18:00h in Advice
The HSE has issued new guidelines following concerns from expectant mothers about restrictions being imposed on partners accessing labour wards in some hospitals.
- Update is correct as of the last few hours (Evening of Thursday 2nd April), and we will keep you updated as things change.
- The update comes as the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists reassured pregnant women that they do not appear to be more likely to develop a serious illness if they contract Covid-19.
- The Chair of the organisation Dr. Cliona Murphy said there had to date been no severe cases of the coronavirus among pregnant women in Ireland.
- She said that expectant mothers generally have weaker immune systems in order for their pregnancies to continue successfully, and so they may pick up infections more easily.
- The HSE says it is not yet known how Covid-19 affects pregnant women and their babies.
- The new guidance states that women should be permitted and encouraged to have their birth partner alongside them during labour.
- Of course is the partner has symptoms of coronavirus they are being asked to stay away from hospital and self-isolate at home.
- Some hospitals are still prohibiting partners from attending during labour. We will update you as updates arise.