Birthrights has today written to NHS England and NHS Improvement calling for national guidance on easing visiting restrictions in maternity services in England, to recognise the unique needs of pregnant women/birthing people and their partners. Some Trusts still have the same visiting restrictions that were put in place at the height of the pandemic. Birthrights wants Trusts to return to accommodating a woman’s partner or supporter of choice, and a second partner/visitor if possible, unless a Trust can show that local circumstances require additional restrictions.
Maria Booker, Programmes Director, Birthrights said:
“Ongoing visiting restrictions are a significant interference with the rights of both pregnant women and their partners at a huge moment in their lives. We want to see national guidance that makes clear that the “norm” is for an individual to be supported by their chosen partner/s throughout their maternity care, and that Trusts need to have a compelling reason for deviating from that.”