Trust should give serious consideration to relaxing maternity restrictions, says Tennyson

Trust should give serious consideration to relaxing maternity restrictions, says Tennyson

Cllr Eoin Tennyson

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Alliance Upper Bann representative Councillor Eóin Tennyson has written to Health Minister Robin Swann after being contacted by a number of constituents concerned by maternity visiting restrictions at Southern Trust.

He said it was important the Minister and Trust explore the option of removing these restrictions.

"I fully understand the reason why restrictions have been introduced in order to limit the number of people entering the hospital and minimise the risk of spread of COVID-19," said Councillor Tennyson. 

"However, the impact on expectant couples has been significant and has caused many great anxiety. Having a partner present throughout the process is important for bonding, but is also absolutely vital for those who receive difficult news. 

"Women should be allowed to be accompanied by a birth partner at all ante natal appointments and scans, as well as throughout the entire labour process, and for a longer period after birth. 

"My colleagues, Paula Bradshaw and Claire Hackett, have hosted a public meeting with concerned parents and I have written to the Minister asking him to look at this decision. 

"We will continue to lobby so the wishes of parents can be accommodated at such an important time, and the maximum chance for partners to provide support for their partner and bond with the child is realised."

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