BE wants the right of pregnant women to be accompanied

“The law says that pregnant women are entitled to follow-up during pregnancy surveillance and at the various stages of delivery and this right must be respected. During Covid-19, several health institutions are not respecting this right ”, he pointed out.

The BE wants the rules of the Directorate-General for Health on pregnancy and childbirth within the scope of covid-19 to be revised so that the right of pregnant women to be accompanied is respected, in line with public health.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, deputy blocker Moisés Ferreira explained the objectives of the draft resolution through which he recommended that the Government, “together with the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), review the guidelines and standards produced on the subject, in order to better harmonize the rights of pregnant women and public health and guaranteeing respect for legally enshrined rights ”.

“The law says that pregnant women are entitled to follow-up during pregnancy surveillance and at the various stages of delivery and this right must be respected. During Covid-19, several health institutions are not respecting this right ”, he pointed out.

According to the deputy of BE, "there are pregnant women who are doing the surveillance of pregnancy and childbirth without a companion and this causes distress and some psychological disorder".

“What BE recommends is a very simple thing: it is that the DGS guidelines better match what these rights of pregnant women are with public health. This is possible to do ”, he explained.

In the perspective of Moisés Ferreira, the Ministry of Health should, together with the institutions of the National Health Service, guarantee “the means, conditions, procedures, circuits, the organization that is necessary so that no woman at that moment is deprived of her rights that the law gives it ”.

“Although the DGS's orientation has been changed and in several aspects in the right direction, it leaves some subjectivity and interpretation open, which each institution can then apply as it pleases,” he condemned.

The DGS rule, according to the blocker, as "it is written and what is actually happening is giving some space to many women to be refused the right to accompany".

For Moisés Ferreira, “what the rules should say was what conditions should be checked to guarantee the right to follow-up and the institutions should, in practice, correspond and guarantee these conditions”.

In the same vein, this week the Liberal Initiative had already proposed changing this DGS guideline on pregnancy and childbirth in the context of the pandemic to “guarantee the pregnant woman's effective right to the presence of a companion” during consultations, examinations, childbirth and postpartum.

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