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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.
In this section
- Your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) will provide maternity care and support throughout your pregnancy, labour and the first weeks of your child’s life. Read more
- A guide to the services your Lead Maternity Carer will provide at each stage of pregnancy, labour, birth and the first weeks of your baby’s life. Read more
- You can choose where to give birth – either at home or in a small maternity unit or larger maternity hospital. Find out about your options. Read more
- Find out about the different maternity facilities in your area and the services they offer. Read more
- Free pregnancy and newborn screening is available for you and your baby. Find out about the 4 types of screening available. Read more
- The 0800 Mum2Be (0800 686 223) maternity helpline can provide you with contact details for Lead Maternity Carers in your area. Read more
- Find out about your rights when it comes to maternity care, and what to do if you find it difficult to talk to your health worker or are unhappy with your care. Read more
- A new system will create an electronic record of the information that is collected about you and your baby during pregnancy and until your baby is 4–6 weeks old. Read more
Your Pregnancy/Tō Hapūtanga
Available on HealthEd.
New Zealand College of Midwives
The professional organisation for New Zealand midwives.
Mothers and Midwives Association
An Auckland-based maternity group whose website includes lots of information to help you plan your maternity care.
Tapuaki – Pacific pregnancy and parenting education
Information to help you stay safe and healthy during your pregnancy and to care for baby when they arrive.
Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre
Maternity Quality and Safety