Partners will be allowed with pregnant women to maternity units from next week, confirms HSE

The Department of Health in Ireland has confirmed all of the 19 maternity units in the country will allow partners with pregnant women from next week. Amid Covid fears, many hospitals in the country advised the partners not to accompany the pregnant women during hospital visits. The government had eased many restrictions including allowing indoor dining last week but the public raised concerns over the hospitals continuing maternity restrictions. Many of them complained that even in complicated cases, the restrictions were in place.

But the HSE now confirmed the partners will be allowed to accompany pregnant women to all maternity units from next week and new regulations will be published within a week. All of the 19 maternity units across the country have to follow the new regulations from HSE. Last month Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly had also talked against continuing maternity restrictions in Irish hospitals.

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