Robert: Eastern Health changes restrictions for birth partners/support persons
Eastern Health has made changes to their restrictions for birth partner/support persons, advising that patients throughout the region may now have one partner/support person present during labour and delivery and that person may stay with the mother and baby up to the time of discharge.
This change does come with a condition, however. No one is permitted to leave the hospital until discharge. Should the indivdual leave, they will not be re-admitted.
In addition, for the safety of patients, staff and physicians, the support person must:
• pass COVID-19 screening;
• wear a mask at all times; and,
• come prepared with supplies for the duration of their stay.
If the support person is a traveller, rotational worker or someone on mandatory isolation, patients are asked to contact the hospital and discuss with the unit.
This new change comes following public outcry over a birth partner/support person only being allowed to stay with the mother for 4 hours. This announcement was made shortly after the province went into an Alert Level 5-type lockdown due to the discovery of the B1117 COVID-19 variant within Newfoundland and Labrador.
Central Health has followed suit and will also allow one birth partner/support person to remain with the mother until discharge.