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Fathers treat Edinburgh maternity ward like hotel, say midwives

Midwives have complained that expectant fathers are treating maternity wards “like a hotel” and are risking the care and privacy of other patients.

The men are said to be sharing b with their partners on the postnatal unit at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and demanding meals. They also order takeaways, which is disrupting the sleep of new mothers.

Staff are said to be demoralised after managers told them to “just accept” it, but they fear that if the problem persists it may lead to angry confrontations between staff and the men. New mothers are apparently feeling too uncomfortable to breastfeed because of the presence of strangers on the wards.

Unison, the trade union, has urged the hospital, run by NHS Lothian, to put couples in single…