Second midwife support

From 1 July 2018 there will be funding for a new service that can be provided by midwives to support LMC midwives in the provision of primary labour and birth services.

For midwives with an authorisation to claim for primary maternity services under the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 (the Notice), this new service can be provided if there is a need for a second midwife to support safe midwifery care during labour and birth. This is an interim measure while the Ministry of Health continues to review future primary maternity services.

The Supplement

The second midwife support service is being introduced in a Supplement that can be read alongside the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007.

The Second Midwife Support Services Supplement (PDF, 333 KB) outlines the scope of service provision, and terms that will apply to the provision of services and claims for second midwife support.

This is a service by community midwives to support community midwives during labour and birth in special circumstances, such as fatigue of the LMC midwife, to ensure safe midwifery care.

A Questions and Answers summary (PDF, 700 KB) with examples is available to help clarify how this new service will work.

Making a claim for second midwife support

A midwife with an authorisation to claim for primary maternity services can submit a claim for payment for the second midwife support services through any of the usual mechanisms for claiming for primary maternity services. This includes claiming via vendors, the Ministry’s Online Maternity Claiming service or via paper-based claims.

The claim must be made by the second midwife using the identifier for the non-LMC labour and birth (rural support) module (the non-LMC rural module). Please note:

  • the non-LMC rural module as defined in the Notice will continue to apply
  • the new second midwife support service will apply on the terms set out in the Supplement. The second midwife support service is linked to the non-LMC rural module only for the purposes of making a claim for payment
  • claims for second midwife services delivered from 1 July 2018 may be submitted to the Ministry on or after 17 September 2018.

If you have any questions about this service please phone 0800 855 066 – Option 2, then Open 1, then Option 2 again, or email customerservice@moh.govt.nz

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