Mother’s agony as heartless bosses at a Queensland hospital BAN her from seeing her newborn baby until she receives a negative Covid test
- Aleasha Pique gave birth to son Remy three weeks ago in a Queensland hospital
- Claims she told nurses her teenage daughter was a recent Covid close contact
- When son was born, taken away until Mrs Pique was confirmed Covid negative
A mother who recently gave birth has claimed Queensland health bosses banned her from seeing her newborn son until she returned a negative Covid test.
Caboolture Hospital, in Brisbane’s north, has formally launched an investigation after Aleasha Pique, 36, was left ‘broken and alone’ in the maternity ward.
Just hours after Mrs Pique had given birth to her son Remy he was ripped from her arms as she informed staff her teeange daughter had been a casual contact.
She was told she needed to test negative to Covid before she could be rentuined with him.
Queensland mother Aleasha Pique has claimed Queensland health bosses banned her from seeing her newborn son until she returned a negative Covid test (pictured, with her partner)
The drama reportedly started when Mrs Pique (pictured right) informed staff at Caboolture Hospital her teenage daughter (pictured above) had been a recent casual contact of a confirmed Covid case
The new mother also claims she was informed by hospital staff her test result wouldn’t be available for a few days due to a system backlog.
She claims she begged for an rapid antigen test but was refused, leaving her sobbing and unsure of when she will see her newborn again.
Pique spent the entire day in agony waiting for her results.
Hours after her son was taken from her she fianlly returned a negative Covid result.
Pique’s horrible experience contrasts Queensland Health’s policy, which always looks to keep mother and baby together – even if the mother has Covid.
‘Everything about Remy’s arrival was destroyed by a decision made by the Covid team at the hospital. They declared that he needed to be separated from me,’ Pique told the Courier Mail.
The mother was then separated from her son Remy – and was also told no rapid antigen tests were available (pictured, the hospital in Brisbane’s north)
‘Even the nurses were horrified. One said to me ‘I’m so sorry, I’m ashamed to work here. This kind of thing should only happen in movies’.
When she then confirmed she was breastfeeding, she said on-duty staff stated they would instead feed Remy, who was born three weeks ago.
She has since been referred to a psychologist by her GP as she refuses to leave Remy’s side.
Kellie Wilton, from the Australian College of Midwives, was stunned by Pique’s claims.
She labelled the situation as ‘traumatic’, before acknowledging hospitals are under daily pressure to remain Covid safe.
A spokesperson from Queensland Health confirmed no RAT tests were available at the hospital when the baby was born.