Is it true that women who have to give birth cannot be accompanied by their partner or a trusted person at the time of delivery?

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Is it true that women who have to give birth cannot be accompanied by their partner or a trusted person at the time of delivery?

No, the recommendations of national and international health institutions provide that it is possible the presence of a person, chosen by the woman, who does not have disorders attributable to COVID-19, and has not had them in the previous 14 days, who has not had a fever in the last 48 hours and is virus negative.

He may be present for the entire duration of labor, during childbirth and during the stay in the hospital, to support the woman and make the birth experience better.

The person who will assist the woman in the process of giving birth will receive clear instructions on the need not to travel within the ward / hospital.

The most common disorders (symptoms) of COVID-19 are:

  • fever (38 ° C and above)
  • dry cough
  • exhaustion

Less common:

  • aches and pains in the muscles
  • sore throat
  • diarrhea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • rash or discoloration of the toes or hands

Serious:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • tightness or pain in the chest
  • loss of speech or movement

Giusti A, Zambri F, Marchetti F, Sampaolo L, Taruscio D, Salerno P, Chiantera A, Colacurci N, Davanzo R, Mosca F, Petrini F, Ramenghi L, Vicario M, Villani A, Viora E, Zanetto F, Donati S Interim indications for pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and care of the very young of 0-2 years in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Version 31 May 2020. Rome: Higher Institute of Health; 2020 (ISS COVID-19 Report No. 45/2020)

World Health Organization (WHO). Clinical Management of COVID-19. Interim guidance 27 May 2020 WHO / 2019-nCoV / clinical / 2020.5 Geneva: World Health Organization, 2020 (English)

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection in Pregnancy. Information for healthcare professionals. [Version 12: Published 14 October 2020] 2020 (English)

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