maternity restrictions

  • Some maternity restrictions are set to ease at Mayo University Hospital, in a move welcomed by Mayo TD Alan Dillon.

    Deputy Dillon says pregnant women and their partners have been severely impacted by the restrictions over a number of months, and he's now been informed that visiting hours at the maternity ward at Mayo University Hospital will resume for partners, for one-hour daily visits from 6-7pm.

    He added that, from next Monday 3rd May, partners will also be permitted to attend 20-week scans at the hospital.


  • A Mayo Senator is calling for an end to maternity restrictions, which exclude partners from the labour ward.

    Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers says women's voices are being ignored, as 14 months into the Covid pandemic, the HSE and hospitals still haven't managed to find a solution which would allow partners to be included.

    Mayo University Hospital now allows visiting for one hour each evening on the maternity ward, while fathers are allowed to attend the 20-week scan.

    However, Senator Chambers says partners provide important mental and physical support to the expectant mother, and should be allowed to attend during labour.....

  • The Taoiseach says there's no need for Covid-19 restrictions in maternity hospitals.

    It comes as protests were staged at four hospitals earlier today, calling for partners to be allowed access to appointments, scans and the early stages of labour.

    Despite the HSE advising hospitals they can ease maternity restrictions, some remain in place as decisions on Covid restrictions are made by individual hospitals.

    Taoiseach Michael Martin says it shouldn't be happening.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers says it should not be up to individual hospitals to make a decision in relation to maternity restrictions.

    She told Midwest News this evening that it's scandalous that people have to protest outside hospitals to have these restrictions lifted....

  • A protest is taking place today outside Sligo University Hospital, in relation to maternity restrictions.

    It's part of a week of rolling protests at hospitals around the country organised by AIMS Ireland - the Association for Improvements in Maternity Services.

    It comes as the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed today that 14 of the country's 19 maternity units are complying with the HSE's direction that restrictions on partners should be lifted.

    However, the Minister said there are local reasons why maternity hospitals in Letterkenny, Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wexford are not fully compliant with the guidelines.

    Chair of AIMS Ireland Krysia Lynch is adamant that partners should be allowed to attend for the full labour process, as well as scans and ante-natal appointments.

    While the HSE has directed that hospitals can now lift the restrictions on partners, she told Midwest News this lunchtime that they are still in place in a number of units....