Restrictions eased on partners attending caesarean section births

Management at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar have announced that after review and consideration for safety, the hospital has further eased restrictions on partners attending theatre for caesarean section births from today, Monday June 15.

All birth partners can now attend the labour ward when their partner is in active labour and birth partners of mothers who have a planned caesarean section attend the birth of their new born baby in the theatre from today, Monday June 15.

Partners will be asked to wear full PPE, which will be supplied by the hospital, when attending the birth of their baby.

At all times, the priority remains the provision of safe maternity services for all patients at Mullingar.

The ongoing nature of Covid-19 will continue to pose a challenge to a small unit with a relatively low staff complement.

Therefore, management will continue to review restrictions on an ongoing basis throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

It remains the sincere hope that all visitor restrictions due to Covid-19 will be lifted in the near future.

Management are asking that everyone in the hospital and community hold firm and continue to adhere to NMPHET and HSE guidance on practicing good hand hygiene, cough etiquette and social distancing.