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 2021 (the 2021 Notice) sets out the service specifications and payment rules for remuneration of those practitioners with an authorisation to claim for the provision of community-based primary maternity services.

In 2021, the previous Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 (the 2007 Notice), was updated so it could better deliver funding allocated in Budget 2020 for additional primary maternity care to women with complex needs, and to women living in rural areas.

The changes came into effect when the 2021 Notice was implemented on 29 November 2021. 

Services provided on or after 29 November 2021 should be provided in accordance with the new 2021 Notice. 

The 2007 Notice, and associated claim payments, will continue to apply to any care provided up to and including 28 November 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 to the Ministry, via a maternity IT vendor. Go to Maternity claims information to find out more.

Registering as a maternity provider

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