‘Women Will Not Be Forced To Be Alone When They Are Giving Birth’

Women waiting to give birth at some New York City hospitals won’t have to work alone anymore, state officials said Saturday. Melissa DeRosa, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s secretary, announced that an executive order would be released requiring all New York hospitals, both public and private, to require women to have a partner in the labor and delivery room — in accordance with the new guidelines from the New York State Department of Health.

The order issued by the governor on Saturday night is a response to a decision taken earlier this week by two major hospital systems in New York City , New York-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai, to bar people from work and delivery rooms due to the COV-19. Women won’t be required to be alone while they are giving birth, Ms. DeRosa said on Twitter shortly after revealing the pending executive order.

In reaction to the COV-19 outbreak, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital network, where about 25,000 babies are born each year, and the Mount Sinai Hospital System, both private, had introduced a ban on assisting individuals, resulting in an uproar from expectant parents, doulas and midwives, and a petition that received more than 600,000 signatures.

And on Saturday Renatt Brodsky, a spokesperson for Mount Sinai, said the hospital system will be “effective today” despite the executive order. As our guiding philosophy, Ms. Brodsky said, we have always — and will always — make these challenging decisions with the best interests and health of mother, baby and our workers. Saturday night Mount Sinai revised its policy on its website, saying all visitors will still be barred from the area of postpartum rehabilitation

Research indicates that, beyond routine nursing, consistent one-to-one emotional support offered by a partner or support staff such as a doula is correlated with better outcomes for women in the workplace, Dr. Zahn said. He added, Job support may be especially important for women who already face inequalities in health care and other obstacles to treatment. Jesse Pournaras, a doula based in New York City who brought the petition against the new policies, said the decision was a win in New York City and beyond on behalf of women giving birth.

Note – As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, We are committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments.

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