Clare’s Councillors have backed calls for restrictions at maternity hospitals to be eased.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, thousands of new mothers have had limited support from partners and family members, while a number of expectant mothers have had to attend scans and appointments on their own.
The Council has passed a motion calling on the Health Minister to consider solutions including staggered visits, the prioritisation of first-time mothers and those who suffer miscarriage, as well as the provision of testing and PPE where necessary.
There has been a strong campaign over recent weeks on the issue, which has affected around 30,000 families to date.
Mayor of Clare Mary Howard says the current restrictions are not how we should be treating our pregnant women.