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AIMS Calls On Health Minister To Publish Risk Assessments Underpining Maternity Restrictions.

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Hundreds of people are expected to gather outside the Dail later for a protest against ongoing restrictions in maternity hospitals.

The Association to Improve Maternity Services (AIMS) is calling on the Minister for Health to publish the risk assessments underpinning the continuing maternity care restrictions for partners in labour.

It says that some units have ensured the continuous support of a nominated birth partner all the way through labour but other units are not compliant with the current guidance.

Dr. Krysia Lynch is Chair of AIMS.

She says the failure to allow partners to attend birth during the pandemic is having knock-on effects.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather outside the Dail later for a protest against ongoing restrictions in maternity hospitals.

They want the Health Minister to honour his commitment to end the exclusion of partners from labour and emergency appointments in all units.

Pregnant women, partners and newborn babies are expected to be among those attending the demonstration.

Linda Kelly from Better Maternity Care says they didn’t think they’d have to take to the streets.

Dr. Krysia Lynch from says communications from the HSE on the matter is very poor

These demonstrators, who gave birth during the pandemic, say the limits on partner visits were devastating

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