WHEN A WOMAN HAS ACCESS TO TRUSTED
EMOTIONAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL & PRACTICAL SUPPORT
DURING LABOUR & CHILDBIRTH
EVIDENCE SHOWS HER EXPERIENCE OF CHILDBIRTH
& HER HEALTH OUTCOMES IMPROVE
Report on Rights Violations in Maternity Care during Covid-19
9 May 2020
WHOs recommendation for support people during birth.
9 September 2020
Evidenced Based Birth videos on birthing during Covid
26 March 2020
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Pregnancy and childbirth
2 September 2020
States should not abuse emergency measures to suppress human rights – UN experts
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.
Email Hospital CEO, Head of maternity, Nurse unit Manager.
CC in Health minister, CHO, your local State MP and the state Department of Health
Please find email for you to edit HERE.
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.
If your birth takes place and the allowance wasn't made for your support people, please put through a formal complaint.
You can find instruction on this on our complaints page HERE.
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.