By Rachael Grealish
Expectant mothers will be allowed to attend their antenatal scans with a partner after the North Cumbria Intergraded Care Trust makes a U-turn.
On September 2, the NCIC announced mother’s would be allowed to attend scans with a partner or one support person for 12 and 20 week scans only.
However welcome this was to new expectant mothers, this announcement received backlash from women who had to go through the experience alone and fathers and partners who would continue to miss out in growth scans.
In the latest statement today, Tuesday September 15, the NCIC confirmed the restrictions had been eased further across all north Cumbria hospitals.
This includes all antenatal scans taking place at West Cumberland Hospital, The Cumberland Infirmary and Penrith Birthing Centre.
Amanda Kennett, Associate Director of Midwifery at, North Cumbria Integrated Care, said: “After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce we are now welcoming partners or one support person from the same household or social bubble to attend all antenatal scans across our hospitals.
“We will keep this under review going forward to ensure the health and safety of our mums-to-be, their families and our staff remains our number one priority”.
Since the reopening of pubs, restaurants and other venues a nation-wide campaign using the hashtag ‘#butnotmaternity’ arose calling on the government and NHS trusts to allow women to have a partner with them at scans and during a phase of ‘inactive labour’.
So people were allowed to gather in pubs, but many parents were unable to be part of special moments throughout the pregnancy.
When the NCIC announce parents would be allowed in 12 and 20 week scans, though many people were pleased, others commented calling the decision ‘unfair’ and some even questioned the mental health impact missing scans could have not only on the mother but parent missing out.
However, the change in partners being allowed in scans in NCIC hospitals the same can’t be said for hospitals around the country.
For expectant mothers and their support partners under the NCIC trust, they are being reminded to adhere to infection control measures, which includes wearing of face masks in accordance with Trust Infection Prevention Control guidance.
The trust also confirmed scan rooms will continue to be cleaned thoroughly between all women attending at present in accordance with Infection Prevention Control measures.
And any additional seats within the room that partners sit in would be part of this process of cleaning.