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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