Boris Johnson has agreed that no woman should have to give birth alone, as he has pledged to review coronavirus restrictions introduced by hospitals.
The prime minister promised health ministers will re-examine rules that have prevented some fathers from attending pregnancy checkups and stopped being at the bedside during labor.
Mr Johnson, who was present at the birth of his son Wilfred in April, said he strongly agreed that this should be the case for all expectant parents.
During the coronavirus pandemic, some hospitals have banned their partners from prenatal appointments, including scans. Meanwhile, others said partners could only be present when the women were in the final stages of labor.
Boris Johnson, who was present at the birth of his son Wilfred in April, said he strongly agreed that this should be the case for all expectant parents.
It comes as a pregnant reality TV star has said she fears having to give birth on her own if current guidelines are not rescinded. Ashley James, who appeared on Made in Chelsea, urged Mr Johnson to be more sympathetic to pregnant women facing childbirth without a loved one.
The 33-year-old is expecting her first child with boyfriend Tommy Andrews, 30, in January. The thing that worries me the most, and that we cannot change, is what will happen with Covid and whether Tommy will be cleared in the hospital, she told MailOnline.
NHS leaders last week released advice on how hospitals can safely reintroduce partners, visitors and other supports of pregnant women to maternity wards in England.
During First Ministers Questions yesterday, Angela Rayner urged Mr Johnson to ensure that no woman is forced to give birth alone. The Labor deputy leader said: We have heard of parents dying alone in nursing homes and of people unable to say goodbye to loved ones. We have also heard from mothers who have had to give birth without the support of their partner or family.
The Health Secretary said yesterday that the new guidelines have been issued, but even under these new guidelines, many birth partners will not be allowed to join until this established labor time, leaving women to endure labor difficult or worse yet, traumatic and devastating miscarriages. without support.
Will the Prime Minister agree to meet with me and my honorable friends and work with us to ensure that no woman is forced to give birth without the support she needs?
Ashley James, who appeared on Made in Chelsea, urged Mr Johnson to be more sympathetic to pregnant women facing childbirth without a loved one
Mr Johnson replied: I totally agree that birth partners should be able to attend childbirth, which is why we changed the guidelines the way we did.
But of course, I am very happy to encourage cooperation between her and my very honorable friends in the Department of Health to move the matter forward.
More than 60 MPs wrote to the NHS Trusts over the weekend, demanding they immediately ease the restrictions.
In their letter, they accused local health chiefs of dragging their feet and failing to follow government guidelines that allow family members to be present during exams and during labor. It was organized by Conservative MP Alicia Kearns, who is pregnant, and was motivated by what she saw in hospitals.
Meanwhile, The Mail on Sunday reported that a woman last week gave birth to a stillborn baby at 41 weeks without her partner being present.