Our survey of 300 UK mums who have given birth in the past five years found that more than 1 in 4 women said their partner was unable to attend midwife appointments due to their workplaces not granting the necessary time off. The research also revealed that 25% of respondents said that their partner was unable to be involved in the pregnancy as much as they wished.
18-29 year olds were the most likely to report that they had to attend midwife appointments alone due to partners not being permitted time off, with almost 1 in 3 (30%) of this age group reporting this was the case.
Linda Bryceland, head of midwifery at Private Midwives, said: “Antenatal appointments are crucial way in which we support and advise not only mum but their partners too. Each appointment is an opportunity for partners to feel involved in the pregnancy, discuss how they are feeling, which is such a special opportunity for both parents. It’s heart-breaking that employers are making it difficult for partners to be involved in this special time, despite legislation being implemented by Government to prevent this happening. This legislation aims to achieve a greater involvement of both child’s parents from the earliest stages of pregnancy.
“By attending antenatal appointments from the early stages, partners will feel more involved in and will have a better understanding of the journey that they and the baby’s mum are on. This can contribute to a more positive birth experience – as it means both partners have had the opportunity to ask questions, learn and be reassured about the birthing process from the outset. Our services offer appointments outside of working hours so couples can attend together, as we understand the importance of both partners receiving support and guidance during the pregnancy.”
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