P-05-1035 Allow birthing partners to be present at scans, the start of labour, birth and after the birth



This petition was submitted by Hannah Albrighton having collected a total of 7,326 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

Due to COVID-19 there has been restrictions on birthing partners being present for scans, labour and birth in many hospitals.

There hasn’t been many reviews on this topic, if any at all.

It seems unfair, and an insult to new families that they can stand 2m apart from complete strangers down the beach or even in a shop, but they cannot have their partner or birthing partner there to witness first time experiences such as scans, the baby’s heart beat, labour and birth.

It needs to change.


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This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 13/09/2021.


The Committee considered the correspondence received and agreed that the changes called for by the petitioner have been reflected in the revised guidance, whilst also recognising this will be dependent on risk assessments to reflect local circumstances. The Committee agreed to thank the petitioner and close the petition.


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the Committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 03/11/2020.


Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Neath
  • South Wales West


Further information


Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 27/10/2020