Primary maternity services

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

As of 1 July 2019 all primary maternity services providers, including community midwives, must comply with new legally mandated information sharing requirements. This impacts what personal information providers share about clients to whom and when. The requirements aim to better enable the safety and wellbeing of families, whanau and communities.

More information on how this might affect your practice is available on the New information sharing schemes page.

Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007

The Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 set out the terms and conditions for payment to Lead Maternity Carers for providing primary maternity services.

The Minister of Health notified a second amendment to the Notice in 2020, effective 1 October 2020. Go to the Maternity Notice page to find out more.

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 2007 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.

The Ministry also has a direct portal for online maternity claiming. Go to Online Maternity Claiming: User Guide to find out more.

Maternity Facility Access Agreement

The Maternity Facility Access Agreement is a contract which sets out the obligations of lead maternity carers accessing DHB maternity facilities when bringing women into hospital for labour and birth services. The Access Agreement, also Schedule 3 Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007, was reviewed in 2006.

Guidelines for Consultation with Obstetric and Related Medical Services (Referral Guidelines)

These guidelines provide Lead Maternity Carers with information about the categories of referral, referral pathways and criteria on which LMCs should advise women that a referral is warranted.

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