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Group Seeks More Access For Partners In Limerick Maternity Hospital

TOO many Covid-19 restrictions are still imposed in University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) limiting access for partners, the Irish Birth Movement (IBM) has claimed. The Irish Birth Movement staged a protest calling for maternity restrictions to be lifted immediately outside University Maternity Hospital Limerick recently. A group of women, including mothers, midwives, doulas and other birth activists have protested at various locations nationwide in recent weeks. Leigh Brosnan of the IBM said there are still too many restrictions being imposed in UMHL. She said that partners were still not allowed to be present in the early stages of labour in UMH and can’t attend for early scans when bad news is sometimes delivered to a couple. Ms Brosnan said a few weeks ago, a woman who attended the protest had a miscarriage on her own without her partner, which was very distressing for her. Stating more creative solutions must be introduced in UMH to increase access for partners, she referred …

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Protest to target maternity hospital

THE Irish Birth Movement has announced a protest for the easing of maternity restrictions outside University Maternity Hospital, Limerick next week. A group of women, including mothers, midwives, doulas and other birth activists are protesting at various locations nationwide. They have organised these protests as a response to the apparent negligence of a roadmap for when maternity restrictions will be eased as the rest of society reopens. Their Mid-West protest is planned for May 16 at 12pm following their claim a woman has a right to her chosen partner’s presence throughout the duration of her pregnancy, labour, and birth in line with the World Health Organisations guidelines. The group stresses that partners are not visitors – rather they are an essential part of the process and support needs of the woman. “The restrictions come at a high cost: international research has documented that maternity restrictions cause great concern for many women and contribute to a significant rise in perinatal mental …

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