Aleasha Pique said staff at the Caboolture Hospital in Queensland’s south east, took her newborn son Remy from her arms, against her will, after discovering her 16-year-daughter might have been COVID-positive.
Ms Pique said she was told by staff she wouldn’t be able to see little Remy again until she returned a negative PCR test, which could take several days.
“It was terrifying. I was so devastated,” Ms Pique told 9News.
“That was the thing, I didn’t know how long it was going to be.”
She said the tough approach left her traumatised.
“Now I’m so upset all of the time and I’m scared to even put him down at the moment and it shouldn’t have been like that.”
The Caboolture Hospital said it has not launched an investigation into Ms Pique’s case.
In a statement a spokesperson for the hospital said “all efforts are made to ensure mum and baby remain together. However, on occasions where a baby needs to attend the Special Care Nursery, this may not be possible”.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer said the general principle should be that mothers and babies are not separated.
Queensland’s Liberal Party Leader David Crisafulli said that it was a tragic incident.
“Think about it through the eyes of a young mum, how tragic this would’ve been for her at this time.”
An increasing number of expectant mothers have been opting for home births in Queensland to avoid any COVID-19 requirements or complications.
The state government has now reversed the rule preventing partners in the birthing suite for women who test positive and is allowing two support people to be in the room.
Ms Pique said she’s now just happy to be home with her baby and hopes no one else has a similar experience.
“I would hate anyone else to go through what I have.”