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15th Jun 2020

Maternity hospitals begin to ease restrictions on partners attending C-sections

Good news for expectant parents.

Since lockdown began many hospitals have put strict restrictions in place regarding visitors or those accompanying patients to appointments.

Maternity hospitals in particular had to put special measures in place with some going so far as to request mums not to have birthing partners with them during labour to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

With current quarantine restrictions slowly being phased out some hospitals have also begun to ease the restrictions that had put in place, such as partners attending theatre for caesarean section births.

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Management at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar recently announced that they will further ease restrictions on partners attending theatre for caesarean section births from today, Monday June 15.

This will now allow all birth partners to attend the labour ward when their partner is in active labour.

Birth partners of mothers who have a planned caesarean section will also be able to attend the birth in the theatre from today.

According to the Westmeath Examiner birth partners will be required to wear full PPE, which will be supplied by the hospital.

While the hospital says that they will continue to uphold these and all other safety measures they hope in the near future that they will be able to relax visitor and birth partner restrictions even further.