Because the maternity ward at the Weilheim hospital was closed, the care of expectant mothers in the district has "deteriorated significantly" according to the pregnancy advice of the health department. With a new half-day position - a "midwife coordination" - both pregnant women and freelance midwives are to be helped.
- It is not always easy to find a suitable midwife
- The situation has worsened, especially because the maternity ward in the Weilheim hospital was closed
- A "midwife coordination" should help now
District - In the best case scenario, women from the district who are expecting a child could look online to find out which midwife can help them with questions about pregnancy, childbirth and baby care. That said, department head Petra Regauer at an appointment at the health department in Weilheim about the planned "midwife coordination". At the press conference, the 2019 activity report of the pregnancy counseling - the "state-recognized counseling center for pregnancy issues" - was presented.
No more abortion doctor in the district
The “midwife coordination” of the health department should ensure improvements - for example when looking for a midwife - from September 1st at the earliest. Currently, as became clear at the press conference, pregnant women still have to expect to be turned away by a number of freelance midwives. The colleagues from the Weilheim hospital were missing as a substitute (e.g. for vacation time). The freelancers therefore take fewer women under their wing than before.
Another problem that concerns the pregnancy counseling is that there is no longer a doctor for abortion in the district. This has "great effects", according to the head of the counseling center, Susanne Nabholz. The county gynecologist, who had performed such procedures for many years, has retired. After that, there was only a short-term successor who performed limited abortions.
Doctors are afraid of being hostile to abortions
Women who are planning an abortion now have to travel farther than before, for example to Munich. According to pregnancy counseling, the associated effort is a major problem for some women - especially if the procedure is to be kept secret. Two people affected therefore had to forego the abortion they wanted in 2019. If doctors do not want to undertake such interventions, according to the pregnancy counseling, this may be because they would have to reckon with strong hostility.
The health department's contact point carried out 456 consultations in 2019 (seven more than in 2018). 142 of them were pregnancy conflict counseling. There are many reasons why women or families consider abortion. In around 60 percent of the 111 corresponding initial consultations, the reason given was psychological and / or physical excessive demands, in around 43 percent professional problems or a risk to the training and in around 41 percent difficulties in the partner relationship.
After counseling: women decide against abortion and in favor of having children
"In a large part of the conflict counseling it has become more difficult to convey the protection of the unborn child," says the activity report of the counseling center. “Nevertheless, in most of the counseling sessions it is possible to make the women aware of the importance.” And they are ready to look at various possible solutions. At the press conference it was confirmed that there are women who, as a result of the counseling, decide against an abortion and thus in favor of the child.
About the general pregnancy counseling, which deals with financial and legal issues, contact person Anika Schmidt said: "The counseling will be more intensive and complex." Fixed-term employment contracts were just as much a problem for expectant mothers as life on the poverty line and insufficient childcare times . Politicians are required. For example, it is important to create enough affordable living space.
To the advice center for pregnancy issues, which also issues authorization certificates for abortions: Telephone 0881 / 681-1609 (appointments). There are consultation hours not only in Weilheim (Eisenkramergasse), but also - thanks to Ronald Weber - almost every Tuesday in Schongau. Financial and material help can be organized through the cooperation of the counseling center with the “State Foundation for Mother and Child” and the “Kinderglück” association.
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