Between a rock and a hard place: Where Covid-19 precautions clash with mothers and their newborns

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"Mother baby contact in the early days post-delivery is life-saving". (Kemal Yildirim/Getty Images)
"Mother baby contact in the early days post-delivery is life-saving". (Kemal Yildirim/Getty Images)

As we ride out the second wave of the pandemic and safety measures take precedence, a local psychiatrist warns of "enforced restrictions that do not adhere to the national and [World Health Organization] guidelines" impacting new moms. 

"While hospitals have a right to restrict visitation from other relatives in keeping with Covid precautions, mothers and their newborns should not be separated or restricted in contact, unless a mother is severely ill and in need of ICU or equivalent care herself," says Dr Anusha Lachman, a child psychiatrist and consultant at Tygerberg Hospital.

The psychiatrist is passionate about highlighting the unseen impact of Covid safety measures on mothers and their newborns, telling Parent24 of the "new Covid-specific' stressors" mothers are now facing.

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