Sinn Féin TD for Roscommon/Galway Claire Kerrane has written to the Health Minister, asking him to convene an urgent meeting with all the CEOs of the Hospital Groups to end the various maternity restrictions.
An easing of restrictions and a uniform approach across hospitals was expected but did not materialise, a statement from the TD said.
“I have been contacted by countless pregnant women across Roscommon, Galway and further afield who are disappointed that despite talk of an easing of restrictions and an end to maternity restrictions which vary across Hospitals, nothing has changed,” Ms Kerrane said.
“This means that pregnant women will continue to face appointments, scans and in some cases, labour alone and without support. Their partners will also miss out on key milestones throughout the pregnancy.”
She said that people will soon be able to get their hair done, go to their beautician, visit a museum.
“Yet, women cannot be supported in our hospitals during their pregnancy, something the World Health Organisation say is clinically beneficial to the woman,” Teachta Kerrane said.
“I have written to Minister Donnelly asking him to meet urgently with the CEOs of the Hospital Groups to seek a consistent and uniform approach to maternity care across the State
“During what should be an exciting time in a woman’s life it is not good enough that they be left alone without the support of a partner.”