Ashley Graham Joins Chloë Sevigny In Addressing Ban On Partners In Delivery Room During Covid-19

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From ELLE

Updated 25/03/20: Ashley Graham has joined Chloë Sevingy in speaking out in support of women having their partner in the delivery room with them while giving birth amid the Covid-19 outbreak.


The news comes after two major New York City hospital systems announced that they are banning partners from the delivery room in response to the pandemic.


On Tuesday, the model shared an Instagram video in which she breastfed her newborn son, Isaac, and also spoke about the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and midwives.

‘So now due to COVID-19, there are some hospitals in New York City that are not allowing mothers to have their significant others in the room while they're delivering,' Graham said.

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‘That means mothers will not have a support system while delivering their child,’ she added.

The star continued, explaining that she understands the need to protect staff, patients, mothers and children but that she believes that ‘mothers need to have a support system, even if it's just one face they know and they trust’.

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Graham noted that if she didn’t have her partner Justin Ervin with her to give her support and words of encouragement ‘it would have been a much different labouring process’ when she gave birth to their son in January.

While encouraging everyone to stay home to flatten the curve of the pandemic ‘bringing life into the world is a whole other conversation’.

'I am working with my midwives right now to ensure they have PPE for their home deliveries,' she added.

The global Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is uprooting people's lives in previously unimaginable ways.

Businesses have been forced to shut or completely rebrand their models, families who live in different areas must keep apart, people have lost their jobs and the once taken for granted act of socialising with friends has been halted.

Life doesn't stop because of the virus or the resulting consequences though, as many pregnant women will be all too aware of as they prepare to welcome a child into the world under unprecedented circumstances.

Chloë Sevingy, who is expecting her first child with her art gallery director beau Sinisa Mackovic, referred to this uncertain time in an Instagram post on Monday.

The actor, who is in New York, referred in particular to new regulations from the local government outlining that if women go into labour, they will not be permitted to be joined by other halves or birthing partners.

The New York Presbyterian hospital updated its visitor guidelines this week, which will reduce the amount of visitors in hospitals for the safety of its patients, stating: 'At this time, no visitors including birthing partners and support persons are permitted for obstetric patients. We understand that this will be difficult for our patients and their loved ones, but we believe that this is a necessary step to promote the safety of our new mothers and children.'

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In response, Sevigny shared a series of photographs with her baby bump on show, writing: 'I hope all expecting families are finding some calm. Today’s news in NY was very distressing for all.'

Photo credit: Chloe Sevigny - Instagram

In her Instagram Stories, the 45-year-old also linked to a social media campaign where people can record a 10-second video to rally on women going through childbirth to let them know they are not alone.

Though various hospitals in the UK have banned visitors entering hospitals at the moment, they have made an exception for birthing partners during childbirth and neo-natal intensive care units as is the case of North Middlesex hospital and hospitals in Birmingham (who will also allow parents visiting children, those visiting patients without decision-making capability) and critically ill patients.

Pregnant women are one of the groups the UK government has advised to self-isolate completely for at least 12 weeks. For a more comprehensive guide to pregnancy during the Coronavirus outbreak, read here.

Find out more information about the guidelines and research into pregnancy and coronavirus here. Visit the World Health Organisation website and the NHS website to find out the latest information regarding the coronavirus.

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