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Pregnant Chloë Sevigny Speaks Out About 'Very Distressing' Ban On Partners In NY Delivery Rooms Due To Coronavirus

chloe sevigny speaks out about ban on partners during birth in new york

Chloë Sevigny is speaking out!

As you may be aware, the 45-year-old is currently expecting her first child with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic, and looks like she could pop any day now! However, a new ban has just gone into place in New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, which would prevent her partner from being present while she delivers her child.

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Along with two pics showing off her bump, the Big Love star penned on Instagram:

“#pregnantincoronatime ??? I hope all expecting families are finding some calm. Today’s news in NY was very distressing for all. #support #prayers
Me shot by @williamstrobeck a couple weeks ago for my old pals @richardsonworld / @supremenewyork T.”

On Sunday morning, New York-Presbyterian officials made the “incredibly difficult decision” to ban partners of expectant moms from labor and delivery rooms as of Tuesday. During the briefing, Dr. Laura Forese, the hospital system’s executive vice president, said:

“We don’t take this lightly. This is a significant step. We understand just how difficult this will be.”

Women who are admitted to labor and delivery units within the hospital system will be tested for the disease regardless of whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms, and will also have to wear face masks. Chloë isn’t the only one speaking out against this new ban! A petition on has already garnered over 290,000 signatures (at the time of writing). The message reads:

“As of March 24, all New York Presbyterian and Mount Sinai affiliated hospitals in the New York City area will act against WHO, CDC and DOH guidance and ban all support people–including spouses–from Labor & Delivery and Postpartum units.  This means people in labor will give birth alone and parent alone.  Parents will miss the birth of their child.

Fundamentally, risks for the people laboring alone will increase substantially. Not only can partners and spouses provide physical and emotional comfort during labor and postpartum, they are also essential in alerting staff when something has gone wrong and the laboring patient cannot notify nurses themselves, like in the event of an eclamptic seizure or a fainting episode.  Timing is critical in these cases and monitors can be unreliable.

We cannot expect nursing staff, already spread thin, to spend the limitless hours needed with each patient to ensure their health and their baby’s health, to provide physical assistance and emotional support.

We know the hospital system is overwhelmed in this crisis.  However, the burden will only be increased by banning support people from Labor & Delivery. We must ensure no one gives birth alone. We must ensure the maternal mortality rate does not increase during this time.”

We can imagine it will be extremely difficult for all new parents, including Chloë’s boyfriend, to potentially miss out on the birth of their child. What are your thoughts on this new order, Perezcious parents? Let us know (below) in the comments!!

[Image via WENN/Instar.]

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Mar 24, 2020 13:53pm PDT