Hospitals are still forcing mothers to go through labour without a partner, ...

Hospitals are still forcing mothers to go through labour without a partner, claims MP inundated with 'utterly heartbreaking' stories of traumatic births and miscarriages endured alone Alicia Kearns was told 'repeatedly' about 16 trusts still not following guidance  The government and NHS guidance let partners attend appointments and labour Women who had traumatic experiences without support told Ms Kearns stories

By Anna Mikhailova and James Heale For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 22:14 BST, 3 October 2020 | Updated: 02:51 BST, 4 October 2020

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Concerns about more than a dozen hospital trusts that use Covid-19 as an excuse to enforce draconian policies on pregnant women have been flagged up by an MP.

The trusts refuse to implement government and NHS guidance to let partners attend key appointments and labour.

Tory MP Alicia Kearns wrote to NHS England last week after being told ‘repeatedly’ about 16 trusts still not following the guidance, the Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Ms Kearns has been inundated with stories from women who have had traumatic experiences during labour and pregnancy without the support of a partner.

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Shannon Steele, a nurse from Ipswich, said she had a ‘stolen pregnancy’ after giving birth to triplets Emilia, Ronnie and Maddison in August

Some trusts have since relaxed their rules – but at least 12 retain outdated restrictions, including the Royal Wolverhampton, Royal Free London, and Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.

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University Hospitals Dorset and Calderdale and Huddersfield ban partners when labour is being induced, while the Royal Wolverhampton requires partners to choose a three-hour slot

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