Hospitals and maternity units across Wales have been reviewing their policies on visitors and birthing partners in light of the current spread of Covid-19.

In some areas, antenatal care, including midwife appointments and antenatal classes, are being cancelled and replaced with telephone appointments or online videos, and most women are being asked to attend scans on their own.

In Cardiff, the midwife-led unit has been closed, and the Tirion Birth Centre has also shut.

A private Facebook group has been set up by midwives to give women up-to-date advice.

The announcements have been met with anxiety from lots of mums-to-be, with many worrying about childcare for older children during labour, which may lead them to have to give birth alone.

Here's the current position at each health board.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

With the midwife-led unit being closed all women are now being directed to the central delivery suite for birth and when they are moved to a postnatal ward, partners will be asked to leave.

Visitors are not allowed. Birth partners may only attend when the woman is in established labour, even if she has been induced. However, birth partners may be present for the duration of care on the labour ward. Once mother and baby are ready to leave postnatal care, they will be escorted outside the maternity unit by a member of staff to their partner.

For those having a C-section their partner will be allowed to stay up until the point they are transferred to the postnatal ward.

Overnight stays are now halted but midwives have said they aim to get women home as soon as possible.

When it comes to scans, women are being asked not to attend if they are showing any symptoms of coronavirus, or if anyone in their household is. Women are also being asked to attend these appointments alone.

At the moment, the health board is still allowing home births, although this may change as these events require two midwives to attend.

Cwm Taf

As of April 1, Cwm Taf maternity service rules have changed to no longer allow birthing partners, other than during delivery.

Birthing partners will be allowed before and during a c-section, but will be asked to leave when the mother and baby are moved to the postnatal ward, which should be 1-2 hours after the baby is born.

If a birthing partner is showing symptoms of Covid-19 they will not be allowed to attend the birth.

Women who are being induced will be allowed to have their partners with them, but only when they are moved to the delivery ward.

Any women who have scheduled antenatal clinics, ultrasound scans or planned hospital appointments in pregnancy will continue to be contacted prior to the their appointments, for screening purposes and they will be asked to attend appointments alone.

Find out more on their maternity Facebook page.

Aneurin Bevan

In Aneurin Bevan area it is much the same story as Cwm Taf and Cardiff health boards.

The midwifery department have been inundated with worried mothers to be asking questions about what will be happening during labour due to the pandemic, so Consultant Midwife Emma Mills released a video to explain all.

Visiting is only allowed for a birth partner on a birthing ward, not on antenatal or postnatal wards.

If you are being induced, you will be alone on the antenatal ward until you are in established labour.

Partners will be allowed to attend during a c-section and be able to stay for 1-2 hours after birth until the mother is moved to the postnatal ward.

Emma Mills said: "We have no intention at this point to stop birthing partners from attending birth." 

All antenatal classes, parentcraft and pregnancy yoga has been cancelled but alternatives are available online.

You can find more information online.

Betsi Cadwaladr

Betsi Cadwaladr has not updated its visiting policy since March 26.

All visiting in North Wales hospitals has been stopped.

For pregnant women, one birthing partner from the same household to support a woman in labour will be permitted.

This may change in the future and is usually a decision of the ward sister.

Find out more online.

Hywel Dda

Hywel Dda provided an update on Tuesday, March 24, so this information may be subject to change.

It is only allowing one birthing partner and said: "We know this is a very distressing time and it will be upsetting to not be able to visit your loved ones.

"Our patient support team are able to help to deliver essential items to patients from their family; if you need their assistance please call them on and 0300 0200 159 and they will do their best to help you."

Powys Teaching Health Board

Unless told otherwise, women should still attend midwifery appointments.

"We will only be seeing women at home in exceptional circumstances," said the board.

Women are asked to attend all antenatal appointments including scans alone. "For the foreseeable future we are asking that just one birth partner who feels well" attends birth.

No children are allowed to attend at any time.

Home births are still being offered at this point.

Latest information is online.

Swansea Bay Health Board

On March 24, the health board said all general hospital visiting had stopped. No-one can visit if they are feeling unwell or have a high temperature or new cough. Further information is also available on Facebook.

For the maternity wards, one birthing partner is allowed, but no new information has been given at this time as to whether that is including postnatal and antenatal wards.