Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Women in NYC Now Give Birth Minus Husbands; Hospitals Bar Spouses' Presence Due to COVID-19

Women giving birth at two leading New York City hospital networks are being told they must labor without spouses, partners, or doulas by their side -- leaving the expectant mothers upset and frightened about their upcoming deliveries -- the NY Times website reports today (March 25, 2020).

The New York City hospital network New York-Presbyterian yesterday instituted one of the most restrictive visitor policies in the country for women giving birth, barring spouses, partners and other family members or outside support people, such as doulas, from the delivery room, in an effort to protect mothers and children during the coronavirus outbreak.

And last night, Mt. Sinai Health System announced it would also bar partners and other visitors from its labor and delivery rooms, beginning today.

"We do not take this decision lightly, but these are unprecedented times that require unprecedented steps to protect our patients, their families and their new babies," Lucia Lee, a spokeswoman for Mt. Sinai said in a statement.

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