Two hospital systems in New York City block partners from delivery rooms while the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the U.S.
New York-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai Health System – which together have 18 hospitals – say no visitors will be allowed into rooms where pregnant women give birth.
Several midwives and midwives have rejected the policy changes, saying mothers-to-be could choose to give birth at home, risking their own health.
The number of cases in New York was over 25,000 – ten times the number in California, which has the second highest number of cases – and the number of deaths was 210.
New York-Presbyterian (left), which has a network of 10 hospitals, said it banned visitors in delivery rooms starting Sunday as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. On Monday, Mount Sinai Health System (right) announced a similar decision for its network of eight hospitals
Several doctors and midwives say the decisions can lead to pregnant women giving birth at home, risking their own health. Pictured: Emergency Medical Technicians ride a stretcher to the emergency room of NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, March 18
Employees of NewYork-Presbyterian, which has a network of 10 hospitals, reportedly heard the decision during a video briefing on Sunday morning.
The updated policy has been posted to the hospital website on Monday and have come into effect ever since.
“At this time, no visitors, including birth partners and support staff, are allowed for obstetric patients,” the statement said on the website.
“We understand that this will be difficult for our patients and their loved ones, but we believe it is a necessary step to promote the safety of our new mothers and children.”
In addition, all patients over the age of 18 are banned and only one visitor is allowed for each pediatric patient, and that person must be a parent or caregiver.
Actress Chloë Sevigny, (photo), who is currently expecting her first child, was outraged by the decision
In an Instagram post, the 45-year-old actress called the news “disturbing.” Pictured: Sevigny at The New Group’s 25th Annual Gala on March 9 in New York
Meanwhile, midwives and midwives at the Mount Sinai Health System, which has eight hospitals, were notified of the decision to attend a conference call.
The policy changes of Mount Sinai were published on the website website and entered into force on Tuesday.
Exceptions are ‘pediatrics and end-of-life situations’ and only healthy visitors are allowed in these situations.
Both hospitals referred DailyMail.com to their websites’ statements when asked for comments.
The New York Post reports that certain hospitals – including NYU Langone Health, Northwell Health and the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp – all allow visitors to working women.
Many were outraged by the decision, including actress Chloë Sevigny, who is currently expecting her first child.
#pregnantincoronatime, ‘wrote Sevigny, 45, in a caption to two photos of her holding her stomach.
“I hope all future families find some peace. Today’s news in NY was very painful for everyone. ‘
Meanwhile one petition on change.org, the hospital has collected over 293,000 signatures to ask hospitals to reconsider their policies.
And NYC Midwives further warned Instagram that these restrictions will lead to more women delivering babies at home “whether that’s the best medical decision for them.”
Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University, encouraged expectant mothers to give birth in hospitals.
“I would strongly encourage people to give birth in the hospital anyway, because there are certain things that home births don’t have,” she told DailyMail.com.
“If you have complications or an emergency arises, what help do you get?”
She also encouraged pregnant women to use the same social distance techniques as the general population.
“Don’t forget basic things when you’re pregnant. Social distance. Encourage pregnant women to only come in for appointments, ”said Dr. Minkin.
“We also try to see one pregnant woman at a time instead of a room full of women.”