Restric­tions in the sup­port per­son­’s right to be present at childbirth

Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Joint Munic­i­pal Author­i­ty for Social and Health Ser­vices Soite restricts from the 6th of April 2020 the sup­port per­son­’s right to be present at childbirth.

Based on the joint deci­sion by The Finnish Soci­ety of Obstet­rics and Gynae­col­o­gy and all mater­ni­ty hos­pi­tals in Finland:

  • the woman in labour is allowed to have one symptom free support person with her in the delivery room who has not been abroad during the past 14 days and has not been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus covid-19 infection.
  • the support person is given advice on protection and hygiene
  • the support person can not be present during labour induction, in the operating room or on the maternity ward
  • after a caesarean section, the support person can be with the mother who has given birth and with the newborn baby in the family recovery room.

With these mea­sures, we do our part to stop the epi­dem­ic from spread­ing, so that we can make sure we have enough per­son­nel at the hos­pi­tal even in the future. We want to empha­size that the sit­u­a­tion is tem­po­rary and that the restric­tions are lift­ed as soon as possible.

We are sor­ry about the incon­ve­nience and frus­tra­tion this caus­es the fam­i­lies, but we are liv­ing in an extra­or­di­nary sit­u­a­tion and hope for under­stand­ing due to the situation.

Char­lot­ta Frost­dahl
chief physi­cian in obstet­rics and gynaecology

Pir­jo Dab­nell
med­ical director

Marko Rahko­nen
chief physi­cian in infec­tious diseases


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