Partners must be allowed to attend births, Norway’s Health Minister Kjerkol says

Ingvild KjerkolPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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The hospitals should now make it possible for women giving birth to have a partner with them during childbirth, Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol states.

During the pandemic, there have been strict rules on whether partners should be allowed to enter the hospital and be present during birth.

Now that society is on its way back to normal, the situation will also affect the hospitals’ rules, the government stated in a press release.

“I know that it has been tough for many parents who were expecting during the pandemic. In the current situation, everything is in place for partners to be involved in all parts of the birth,” Kjerkol (AP) pointed out.

New practice

The Ministry of Health and Care Services has now been in contact with all the health regions to ensure that there is equal practice throughout the country.

In special situations, access may still be restricted if it is at the expense of due diligence.

“It is important to learn from the experiences we had with infection control measures in the maternity wards during the pandemic and see whether these may have been practiced too strictly. 

“I will look at the regulations and assess whether there is a need to clarify that a companion should be able to participate during birth,” Kjerkol said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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