“A delivery room without flowers, without the grandmother, it’s sad”, recognizes Frédéric Leyret, director of the Sainte-Anne clinic in Strasbourg. But hugs, comings and goings, and bouquets are virus nests. And in the midst of a coronavirus epidemic, the rule is now common to all maternity wards: no visits for young babies.
On social networks, the rumor runs: some establishments would prohibit fathers from crossing their threshold, others would only tolerate it for childbirth. “Birth consultations and follow-ups, dad forbidden. He finds his little family only 3 or 4 days after… ”, testifies a midwife on Facebook. Result: “The demands for patients to give birth at home begin”, writes Camille D., also a midwife.
In Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine), the hospital center decided on March 25 that the spouses could no longer visit young mothers and their babies. A caregiver has passed