I'm 38 weeks pregnant and I have to give birth alone. If my husband could get tested for the coronavirus, it wouldn't have to be that way.

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  • Due to coronavirus risks, New York-Presbyterian's hospitals have decided to ban partners from the delivery room when a woman gives birth.
  • Emily Scheer, who is 38 weeks pregnant, wants her husband to be able to get tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, so he can join her.  
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Emily Scheer, who is 38 weeks pregnant, will give birth alone due to new coronavirus-related hospital rules

Having a support person in the delivery room may improve health outcomes for the mother

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Even during the pandemic, the WHO has said that a laboring woman should have a companion with her

There's a way to ensure that a partner can safely be in the room — just extend coronavirus testing to them as well. We've seen NBA stars, celebrities, and politicians across the US get tested quickly for COVID-19 without an issue.

New York should make the same accommodation for a critical participant in the labor and delivery process. 

Testing is ramping up in New York. But it is still reserved for people exhibiting concerning symptoms, including fever and difficulty breathing. New York should make an exception for a pregnant woman's partner or support person. 

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