Updates to maternity support person restrictions

9 Apr 2021

In line with national guidance, from Monday 12 April, we will be easing maternity support person restrictions across the RD&E. While restrictions will still be in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we understand how important support is for women and their support person and so our careful and COVID-19 secure approach will allow us to limit the transmission of the virus and keep women and their babies’ safe.

Please note that inpatient, outpatient and admission area visiting restrictions are also being eased across the trust – click here to find out more.

From Monday 12 April 2021:

  • One support person can accompany pregnant women to any scan or hospital antenatal consultant appointment. Please continue to attend community midwifery antenatal and postnatal appointments alone.
  • If a woman is being induced, they can have a partner with them between the hours of 8am to 8pm - our staff will continue to contact partners and ask them to attend the unit if, due to pain or distress, support is required outside of these times
  • If a woman is attending triage in labour, one support person can accompany women when they are being cared for in established labour on the Birth Centre, Labour Ward or if attending for an elective caesarean section, until transfer to a postnatal ward.
  • Unless in labour, please continue to attend triage appointments alone.

For inpatients on the ante/postnatal ward, one nominated support person can be with you during one of the following time slots:

  • 09.00 – 13.00
  • 13.00 – 16.00
  • 16.00 – 20.00

This nominated support person should be the only person who visits throughout the inpatient stay. Appointments to visit must be made by contacting 01392 406688. Please note that children cannot visit at this time.

We have worked closely with our Devon-wide Local Maternity System (LMNS) and in collaboration with the Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) to ensure that the views of our local families have been heard, considered, and incorporated into our decision making wherever possible.

We will continue to review our current restrictions, in partnership with the LMNS and MVP, so that we remain in line with the changing guidance and can continue to best support women and their babies.

We are unable to answer any individual comments at this time (including via social media), but if you have any specific concerns about your maternity care, please speak to your midwife.

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