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
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.
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Some trusts have since relaxed their rules – but at least 12 retain outdated restrictions, including the Royal Wolverhampton, Royal Free London, and Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
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