Post # 61
Who knows how many others he infected as well. I feel for expectant mothers during this time of crisis, I really do. But their emotional support does not tale precedence over the actual living welfare of others.
Post # 62
Hospitals should have preemptively instituted a policy of taking a visitors’ temperature. Having a partner in the delivery room isn’t only about emotional support: having an advocate in the delivery room is important in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the mother and the infant, especially when hospitals are understaffed.
Post # 63
that guy was clearly a dick and the hospital failed by relying on emotional people to self-report when they had incentive not to. BUT having a support person isn’t just about feelings. The US has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world, particularly for women of color. A woman in labor is not likely to be able to effectively advocate for herself if providers drop the ball on the providing adequate care. Even with excellent care nurses and doctors do not remain with you 100% of the time during labor – if something goes sideways (fainting, suddenly blood loss, anything) while they are out of the room a partner can quickly get her help and keep her and the baby safe.
Post # 64
I very much agree with this and with LilliV. This isn’t about emotional support; it has to do with better outcomes. When a patient cannot advocate for themselves or their own care, as many laboring women cannot, they need someone who will be able to ask the right questions and push for what that patient needs.