Vaginal Examinations, Consent & COVID-19

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This blog will examine the policy which has been implemented by many NHS Trusts during COVID-19 which provides that pregnant persons will only be admitted to the labour ward once labour has been “confirmed as established”. Only once a pregnant person has been admitted to a labour ward (therefore only where established labour has been confirmed) will her birth partner be allowed to join her in the labour ward.

Clearly no doctor or midwife wants to perform a VE against the wishes of the pregnant person and when that is the case would much rather find an alternative means of establishing whether the ‘admission requirements’ for the labour ward are met. But there is a risk that pregnant people will be coerced into consenting to VE if this alternative is not made clear to them.

Period22 May 2020

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  • TitleVaginal Examinations, Consent & COVID-19
    Media name/outletBMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date22/05/20
    DescriptionThis blog will examine the policy which has been implemented by many NHS Trusts during COVID-19 which provides that pregnant persons will only be admitted to the labour ward once labour has been “confirmed as established”. Only once a pregnant person has been admitted to a labour ward (therefore only where established labour has been confirmed) will her birth partner be allowed to join her in the labour ward.

    Clearly no doctor or midwife wants to perform a VE against the wishes of the pregnant person and when that is the case would much rather find an alternative means of establishing whether the ‘admission requirements’ for the labour ward are met. But there is a risk that pregnant people will be coerced into consenting to VE if this alternative is not made clear to them.
    URLhttps://blogs.bmj.com/bmjsrh/2020/05/22/ve-consent-covid/
    PersonsAnna Nelson