New York City has become an epicenter of the pandemic, causing so many pregnant women in the state to worry about their pending labor and delivery.
According to CBS New York, the city’s hospitals have begun banning fathers and birthing partners of pregnant women from being inside the delivery room while they give birth.
It’s a heartbreaking reality: Women giving birth without the support systems on which they depend and parents missing the births of their own kids.
Evan and Rachel Puchalsky, one New York-based couple, are hoping and praying these rules will be lifted by May 2020 so they can be together for the birth of their first child.
“It hurts my heart to know I wouldn’t necessarily be there when my child is brought into this earth,” Evan told CBS New York. “But I’m more concerned about her being delivered healthy.”
Some expectant couples are so uncomfortable about the unknown that they’re buying medical supply kits for possible home births as the worst-case scenario.
While hospitals feel these new rules promote safety, many people are up in arms. In fact, a petition against the rule currently has more than 300,000 signatures.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also criticized the ban on spouses and birthing partners.
Watch the video below to learn more about the current changes in labor room policies.
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