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Irish man ‘made to feel like a criminal’ in bid to stay by wife’s side during miscarriage


20th June 2021

An Irish man has claimed that he was ‘made to feel like a criminal’ as he made a bid to stay by his wife’s side as she suffered a miscarriage in hospital.a building that has a sign on a city street© Provided by Extra.ie

The ongoing implementation of stringent public health rules in Irish maternity hospitals has been the subject of much contention in recent weeks, as the HSE, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan have advised such facilities to ease restrictions to avoid causing ‘distress’ to patients and their families.

As of June 11, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has updated its regulations for maternity hospitals, stating that ‘an accompanying person/partner’ should be allowed to remain with a women ‘throughout the process of labour and childbirth’ while she is in the labour ward.An Irish man has claimed that he was ‘made to feel like a criminal’ as he made a bid to stay by his wife’s side as she suffered a miscarriage in hospital.© Provided by Extra.ie An Irish man has claimed that he was ‘made to feel like a criminal’ as he made a bid to stay by his wife’s side as she suffered a miscarriage in hospital.

In addition, the HPSC now advises maternity services to permit daily visits from partners lasting at least 30 minutes; the attendance of partners at 20-week scans; and partner visits to babies admitted to neonatal intensive care units.

Appearing on Newstalk’s The Hard Shoulder on Friday, a man assuming the name ‘John’ spoke about the experience he had at the hands of the HSE when his wife suffered a miscarriage.

John’s pregnant wife woke him up at 6.30am on Thursday, feeling that something was wrong. When the couple reported to the hospital, John was told that he would not be able to accompany his wife.The ongoing implementation of stringent public health rules in Irish maternity hospitals has been the subject of much contention in recent weeks.© Provided by Extra.ie The ongoing implementation of stringent public health rules in Irish maternity hospitals has been the subject of much contention in recent weeks.

Initially, John and his wife believed that she was merely spotting, and were given a letter of referral to The Coombe by their GP in case the situation worsened.

Unfortunately, this proved to be the case, and the couple ‘raced’ to the Coombe just after 1pm on Thursday.

John said: ‘We went in, explained what was going on and they told us, “There’s the emergency door, you’ve got to go in there.” And he pointed at me and said, “You have to leave.”a man and a woman looking at the camera: As of June 11, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has updated its regulations for maternity hospitals, stating that ‘an accompanying person/partner’ should be allowed to remain with a women ‘throughout the process of labour and childbirth’ while she is in the labour ward. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie As of June 11, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has updated its regulations for maternity hospitals, stating that ‘an accompanying person/partner’ should be allowed to remain with a women ‘throughout the process of labour and childbirth’ while she is in the labour ward. Pic: Getty Images

‘So I said no. I actually had a screenshot on my phone of an article that was in the media on May 13 that said that the HSE had advised hospitals to change the rules. I pulled it out, I showed it to them — they kind of just looked at it blankly, didn’t even really acknowledge it.’

Left with no other option, John returned to his car to wait for news. He criticised the lack of provision for emergency circumstances such as the miscarriage undergone by his wife.

Insisting that the HSE should be taking further action on these matters, John continued: ‘People can go into Penneys and buy flipflops and beach towels, but I can’t be there with my wife when she’s losing a baby?’Paul Reid in a suit standing in front of a sign: When asked about ‘John’s’ situation during an appearance on the same programme, HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he was ‘sorry to hear that case’. Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland© Provided by Extra.ie When asked about ‘John’s’ situation during an appearance on the same programme, HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he was ‘sorry to hear that case’. Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

He added: ‘It [his being turned away] was done in front of plenty of other women who were sitting on chairs, waiting to be seen. They were looking at all this — that’s going to frighten them as well, given the situation that they’re in.

‘It felt like I was being made to feel like a criminal…towards me anyway, zero sympathy. My wife was well looked after when she got into the emergency room, but it’s like the dad’s a second class citizen in these places — particularly yesterday.’

John went on to say: ‘That’s all I wanted to do, just be beside her, hold her hand and reassure her — that’s all I wanted to do. But I had to do it via WhatsApp instead.’

When asked about John’s situation during an appearance on the same programme, HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he was ‘sorry to hear that case’.

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