Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
251
Title
Hospital restrictions on doulas during COVID-19
Grievance
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the restrictions imposed on birthing women by hospitals during the current COVID-19 pandemic, disallowing doulas to be present at the birth of their client’s baby.

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) released a statement regarding doulas and COVID-19 noting that “Doulas are not visitors and should not be blocked from caring for patients in the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum period. Most doulas have been contracted by patients weeks to months ahead of time and have established provider relationships”. Doulas are recognized by AWHONN and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as essential personnel and part of the maternity care team.

AWHONN supports doulas as partners in care and acknowledges their ability to provide physical, emotional, and partner support to women and opposes hospital policies that restrict the presence of a doula in the inpatient setting during an infectious disease outbreak.

Doulas are not visitors and it is time we let women have their doula present with them in hospital at the birth of their baby.
Action
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Minister for Health, the Hon Martin Foley MP, and the Department of Health and Human Services to urgently review hospital restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic and allow doulas to be present as part of the maternal care team in the birthing of a woman’s baby.
Closing Date
2020-11-27
Not tabled signatures
0
Total signatures including previously tabled
518
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