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Banning Companions During Childbirth Strips Women of Support

Expand Pedestrians wearing masks walk by New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital in New York, Monday, March 16, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/John Minchillo In response to the growing coronavirus pandemic, NewYork-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai health care systems in New York City earlier this week instituted policies barring a partner or companion from being present during labor and delivery and in postpartum hospital rooms. This is likely the start of many such policies, as hospitals face the crushing strain of COVID-19 but also try to stay open for routine needs like childbirth. It’s also…

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