She said, “It was horrible, I called the hospital five times a day to see if she was okay. My husband also had to quarantine for seven days, so she stayed a week without seeing us. A nurse was by her side, but I felt guilty for not being there to feed and change her. “
Anthony was finally able to bring Eva home last Thursday. “When I finally saw her, she had changed so much. “
Another mother who lost one of her twins in utero suffered additional trauma when she could not see her baby survive because she had been in contact with a parent who had tested positive for Covid- 19.
Zoe Llewellyn’s son Louis weighed 0.62 kg (1 lb 6 oz) at birth on December 17. She said, “We had a lot of fears with him, he had infections and blood transfusions. The moment he got better and we were going to take him home, Covid knocked. “
Llewellyn, 38, of Derby, who also has nine-year-old twins, said they should delay Louis’ return home after having to isolate himself. In late March, she was called to help her 90-year-old grandmother who had fallen and died later after being tested positive for Covid-19 while in hospital.
Llewellyn explained, “We think she got the virus in the hospital after I saw her, but because it couldn’t be confirmed, I was told to isolate myself for 14 days. “
She begged for a Covid test so that she could continue to see her son, now four and a half months old, but was told that this was not an option. “It was really overwhelming, I was afraid that he would forget me and that I would miss seeing his first smile. It was so painful to think about missing those first milestones. “
Bliss said that accelerated testing for affected parents could prevent them from missing essential bonding time with their babies.
The charity’s petition to ministers also calls for a fund to cover expenses – which has existed in Scotland since 2018 – to be rolled out in the rest of the UK, and demands free parking for parents of sick babies as well than a quick follow-up of the plans. for neonatal leave, currently being deployed in the spring of 2023.
Josie Anderson, campaign manager at Bliss, said, “Parents are not visitors but key people in the care of their baby. We know of a small number of units already capable of providing rapid tests, which can significantly reduce separation from two weeks to a few days once a negative test is returned. “
One in seven babies born in the UK needs neonatal care and around 300 are admitted daily to specialized units. Bliss said that the number of families seeking support has doubled since the pandemic.
Official orientation means that hospitals must reduce the number of visitors to the site and that only one parent can visit at a time. Some units ask for a designated parent and others limit the time they can spend with their newborn to as little as two hours a day.
Stephen Croft’s baby Theodore was born on March 13 at 25 weeks of age. Fifteen days after birth, the unit changed its policy to a designated visitor for each baby, which means that only the mother can visit as the named parent.
Croft, whose baby is expected to stay in hospital until the end of June, said, “Lindsay goes to the hospital to be with him everyday while I spend my days at home waiting photos and updates. I feel like I’ve had a little bit of my heart removed. “
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs said, “Any mother admitted to hospital who has a baby placed in the neonatal unit will be automatically tested for Covid-19, whether or not she has symptoms . “