Maternity services in New Zealand are free for New Zealand residents and other eligible women.
When you are pregnant you can choose a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) to provide and coordinate the majority of your maternity care. Visit Services provided by your Lead Maternity Carer to find out more.
Your LMC will work with the staff in maternity hospitals and specialist services if you need any extra care for complications you may experience.
Am I entitled to free maternity care?
If you’re a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or are eligible in another way, you’ll receive free care.
- Read the Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health services to see if you’re covered.
- If you’re not eligible but your partner is, you may still be able to receive free care – visit Who is eligible for publicly funded maternity services? for more information.
- If you’re eligible, your baby will be able to receive free care if born in New Zealand.