WHEN A WOMAN HAS ACCESS TO TRUSTED
EMOTIONAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL & PRACTICAL SUPPORT
DURING LABOUR & CHILDBIRTH
EVIDENCE SHOWS HER EXPERIENCE OF CHILDBIRTH
& HER HEALTH OUTCOMES IMPROVE
9 May 2020
9 September 2020
26 March 2020
2 September 2020
16 March 2020
ARE YOU PREPARING TO BIRTH DURING COVID?
Below is a template you may wish to use to communicate both verbally and in writing to hospital staff if you are impacted negatively by covid support people restrictions. This is not legal or medical advice.
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It's best to tell your clinician about the number of support people you require. If they advise this is not possible due to COVID restrictions, it's important to tell them you are not satisfied with this response and are making a formal complaint on the grounds of patient safety culture for them to escalate also.
Follow up your email with a phone call a few hours later to ensure it's received and has been marked as urgent.
Continue to chase up your email and phone call and to get their agreement in writing if it is given.
If you're not granted the exemption to have your required people at your birth you have the option of seeking independent legal advice if you're in a position to do so. You can also contact us here at the MCA so we can involve media.
We do not forgo our human rights when we become pregnant. It is important that we are heard and that our births are respected. So please do send your complaint through, but please don't forget your own self care throughout this process and seek out other forms of support when needed.