Ministry of Health Again Permits Presence of Second Parent at Birth
The Ministry of Health, with regard to favourable trends in the epidemic, where the infection is no longer spreading in an uncontrolled fashion, and after consultation with epidemiologists, has re-assessed the current extraordinary measure concerning the prohibition of visits at healthcare facilities. Under precisely specified and defined conditions it is again possible for the second parent or other members of the household to be present at a birth. This measure comes into effect on 16 April 2020 at 00:00.
“We have agreed with epidemiologists that it is possible under the current situation and provided certain measures are complied with. The father has to wear a mask, have a temperature lower than 37°C, and the birth has to take place in a separate room. I’m very pleased for all parents, as I know it has not been easy,” said Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch.
The presence of third parties at a birth is possible only if the relevant conditions are complied with. A third party is understood to be the second parent of the child or a person living in a shared household with the woman giving birth. Childbirth takes place in a separate birthing room or box with its own hygiene facilities. The provider will ensure that contact between the third party and other expectant mothers is restricted. Such person will have his temperature taken before entering the birthing room or box and it has to be lower than 37.0°C. It is also important not to have any COVID-19 symptoms. Such third party will wear a surgical mask as the minimum airway protection. The presence of a third party is only possible at maternity hospitals where the specified conditions can be complied with.
This extraordinary measure comes into effect on 16 April 2020 from 00:00 and therefore replaces the extraordinary measure of 27 March 2020.
The full text of the extraordinary measure is available here.