The National Childbirth Trust said the removal of support from partners and families as a result of Covid-19 restrictions created extreme anxiety and fear for pregnant mothers.

The Care Quality Commission surveyed 23,000 women aged 16 and over who gave birth in February 2021 about their experience with childbirth services. Portsmouth Hospital University NHS Trust.

Patients were asked a variety of questions, giving them a score between 0 (which shows a very negative experience) and 10 and gave the best possible results.

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The new mother, who gives birth in Portsmouth, says she feels more isolated than ever. Photo: PA

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When asked if their partner or someone else could be with them as much as they wanted, the mother gave the Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust an average score of only 3.1 out of 10.

This is a decrease from 4.4 in 2019, when the last survey was conducted, and is the lowest since it started in 2015.

Across the UK, the same question was given a score of 3.5 compared to 7.5 two years ago.

Only 34% of women said they could stay together as long as their partner wanted. It was a record low, down sharply from 74% two years ago.

Elizabeth Duff, NCT’s senior policy adviser, said:

“As a result, I have heard reports that women are experiencing extreme anxiety, fear, and isolation.”

Only 61% of women across the country said they saw and talked to midwives during the postpartum period. This is an area of ​​great concern for Ms. Duff.

She added: “Because this is a very vulnerable time for mothers and babies, lack of access to support poses a real danger to both when support from family and friends was also restricted due to the blockade. . “

The mother gave the NHS Trust at Portsmouth Hospital 6.3 out of 10 on the amount of seeing and talking to the midwife and 7.9 on whether she received the necessary support from the midwifery team.

Meanwhile, trust was given a score of 8 for its mental health support.

The Royal College of Midwives praised midwives’ efforts under “great pressure”, but a serious staff shortage did not provide one in five women with a choice of places to give birth to babies. Said to mean.

RCM midwife Birte Harlev-lam welcomed the government’s pledge to hire midwives, but warned England that thousands more were desperately needed.

She added: “If shortages are urgently addressed and not prioritized, our obstetric services will continue to struggle to assist women.

“More midwives mean that women get the care, time and support they really need.”

The Ministry of Health said the number of NHS midwives has increased by more than 12% since 2010 and aims to hire an additional 1,200.

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