Primary maternity services

This page provides information for the sector on the provision of and payment for primary maternity services.

Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021

The Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 (the 2007 Notice) which sets out the terms, services and fees for community-based primary maternity care providers has been updated. Implementing the new funding of $85 million (over four years) allocated in Budget 2020 required changes to the 2007 Notice, in order to deliver funding for additional primary maternity care to women with complex needs, and to women living in rural areas.

The Ministry of Health undertook a public consultation on proposed changes to the 2007 Notice from 4 September to 13 November 2020. Find out more about the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 Consultation.

The Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 will be implemented on 29 November 2021.

In preparation for implementation of the 2021 Notice, the Ministry is hosting a series of stakeholder information sessions across Aotearoa New Zealand. These sessions will give people working in the maternity sector the opportunity to find out about the changes to the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021, to learn about the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) Maternity Care Summary Standard and the New Zealand Perinatal Spine projects.

Find out more about the Stakeholder information sessions.

Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007

The Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 (the 2007 Notice) sets out the service specifications and payment rules for Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs) to claim for the provision of community-based primary maternity services.

An authorised provider can be a general practitioner, midwife or obstetrician who holds an authorisation to claim for services provided under the 2007 Notice.

The 2007 Notice has been amended so that new services and funding can be implemented for primary maternity services provided to women with complex clinical and/or social needs, and women living in rural areas. The changes will come into effect in the second half of 2021.

Providing primary maternity services

In order to provide and be paid for primary maternity services, you must submit an Application for Authority to Claim under the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 to the Ministry of Health. Go to Registering as a maternity provider to find out more.

Claiming for primary maternity services

Primary maternity service providers who have an authorisation to claim under the Notice may make claims for services direct to the Ministry. Go to Maternity claims information to find out more.

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  • The Ministry is hosting a series of information sessions on the changes to the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 and on the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) Maternity Care Summary Standard and the New Zealand Perinatal Spine projects. Read more
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