Five maternity units are STILL forcing mothers to have babies alone - despite ...

Five maternity units are STILL forcing mothers to have babies alone - despite falling Covid rates Maternity units in England still banning pregnant women from support partner   These include Walsall Manor Hospital and William Harvey Hospital in Ashford MPs last night criticised those maternity units that have refused to budge

By Anna Mikhailova For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 00:14 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 00:14 BST, 2 May 2021

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Five maternity units in England still ban pregnant women from having a partner for support, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

While the majority of NHS hospitals have changed their policies in a victory for this newspaper's Lone Births campaign, a handful continue to ban partners from attending vital scans – despite falling Covid rates.

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Last night, MPs criticised those maternity units that have refused to budge as acting in a way that is 'verging on the criminal'. In April, NHS England issued new guidance calling for 'urgent action' from remaining trusts to start allowing partners to attend.

The maternity units that continue to ban partners from attending vital appointments are: Walsall Manor Hospital, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Tunbridge Wells Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital, according to NHS England records disclosed to The Mail on Sunday.

The maternity units that continue to ban partners from attending vital appointments include Walsall Manor Hospital (pictured)

The maternity units that continue to ban partners from attending vital appointments include Walsall Manor Hospital (pictured)

The guidance makes it clear that partners should be allowed to attend appointments at 'all stages' of pregnancy – including scans.

One woman, who has her 12-week scan this week at Medway, said the 'anxiety is crippling' her, knowing

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