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Hospitals are forcing women to give birth alone

As COVID-19 continues to spread in the U.S, Mount Sinai Health System which operates eight hospitals in New York City and Long Island began banning visitors to its maternity and postpartum units in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Although the birth of a child is a pivotal moment, more hospitals have banned spouses from delivery room

According to its spokeswoman Lucia Lee, “We do not take this decision lightly, but these are unprecedented times that require unprecedented steps to protect our patients, their families, and their new babies. We know how important it is to connect with loved ones while in our hospitals and we will do everything we can to virtually connect patients with family and friends.”

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The announcement by Mount Sinai, which operates eight hospitals in New York City and Long Island, followed a similar move Monday by NewYork-Presbyterian, which has 13 locations in the city and Westchester County. NewYork-Presbyterian has warned that it would lead women to give birth at home, but there is doubt as to whether or not that is the best medical decision for pregnant women. More than 275,000 people have also signed an online petition that calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to intervene and reverse the hospitals’ orders.

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