1 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Families allowing visits for new babies - midwife

From Morning Report, 6:09 am on 1 April 2020

A Christchurch midwife is concerned that some families are continuing to let people into their bubbles to visit their new babies.

Belinda Marker says midwives are having to re-think home visits to reduce the chance of catching or spreading Covid-19.

She says they are concerned by government advice that they don't need protective wear.

Yesterday, the government announced it would send seven million masks to front-line health workers, including midwives.

Marker told Leigh-Marama McLachlan that masks are just one part of it and they also need sanitizer, medical grade wipes and disposable gloves.