Protecting human rights in childbirth

Birthrights’ communication with Trusts & other organisations re coronavirus

Birthrights works to empower individuals contacting our advice line, Maternity Voices Partnerships and others with an interest, with the information they need to assess and challenge local decisions where appropriate. However where necessary we also write to Trusts and Local Maternity Systems and other organisations directly. The table below lists our correspondence with Trusts and others.

Date Trust/LMS/Org Issue Response
23/04Cheshire and Merseyside Local Maternity SystemWithdrawal of home birth services. Letter here.Response awaited
23/04NHS EnglandLetter sent on transparency of decision making during coronavirus.Response awaited
22/04Society of Radiographers and British Medical Ultrasound SocietyGuidance that recommends not allowing partners to video conference into scans. Birthrights sent joint letter with National Maternity Voices, Sands, the Twins Trust and ARCResponse awaited
20/04Brighton & SussexSeparation of babies in neonatal unit from their parents if baby needs respiratory support even if parents don’t have COVIDPolicy on separation reviewed – only babies with respiratory symptoms that are unexplained and could be COVID are isolated. Bliss sharing best practice with Trusts.
14/04GuernseyWithdrawal of home birth services without full explanationStill awaiting response
11/04Maidstone and Tunbridge WellsBirth partners required to be from same household meaning some women give birth aloneTrusts are currently reviewing this policy
11/04Greater Glasgow and ClydeWithdrawal of home birth without investigating option of Independent MidwivesResponse to say home birth service will be reinstated as soon as staffing allows, and that IM option has now been looked at. Birthrights will continue to monitor
10/04Borders, ScotlandBan on birth partners in theatre (due to higher risk given set up of hospital)Now allowing partners in for elective caesareans. Ongoing dialogue with Board about unplanned caesareans.
09/04Princess Alexandra Hospital, HarlowLetter sent out to women about cancellation of maternal request caesareansResponded to say that letter should have said this was only a possibility, and that no caesareans have been cancelled .
07/03 Shrewsbury & TelfordNot offering contracts to Independent MidwivesResponded to say that this is now under consideration
30/03DoncasterBan on birth partners in theatreBan reversed on 31st March
26/03Northwick ParkBan on birth partnersNorthwick Park changed policy on 28th March

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