Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007

This page also includes information about the Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notices 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Published online: 
15 December 2015

Last updated: 02 July 2020

Summary

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

Amendments were made to the Notice in 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. A further amendment will be notified in June 2020.

Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2020

The Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2020 was gazetted on 29 June 2020 (notice number 2020-go2803). The amendment implemented a 2.18% increase to the fees in the 2007 Notice for modules of care provided by LMC midwives. The new fee schedule came into effect on 1 July 2020.

This 2.18% fee uplift is reflective of cost pressures adjustments as determined by Labour Cost Index and Consumer Price Index for the 2020/2021 financial year. This represents only one part of the Budget 2020 funding for maternity services included in documents available on Treasury's website. The Ministry is unable to provide further details about additional maternity budget allocations until announcements are made by Ministers.

Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2019

The Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2019 was gazetted on 27 June 2019 (notice number 2019-go2897). The amendment implemented a 4.93% increase to the fees in the 2007 Notice for modules of care provided by LMC midwives. The new fee schedule was effective from 1 July 2019.

Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2018 

The Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2018 was gazetted on 28 June 2017 (notice number 2018-go3087). The amendment implemented an 8.9% increase to the fees in the 2007 Notice for modules of care provided by LMC midwives. The new fee schedule was effective from 1 July 2018.

Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice (No 2) 2017 

The Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice (No 2) 2017 contained two fee schedules. Schedule 1 was effective from 1 July 2016 and implemented a 2.5% increase to selected modules claimed by community LMC midwives. Schedule 2 was effective from 1 July 2017 and implemented a 6% increase to all fees claimed by community LMC midwives.

Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2017

The Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2017 implemented an increase of 2.5% applied to the fees in the Notice for certain modules of care provided by LMC midwives.

Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2016

The Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2016 (PDF, 134 KB) implemented the Budget 2015 increase of 2% applied to the fees in the Notice for certain modules of care provided by LMC midwives.

Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2012

The Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2012 (PDF, 29 kb) implemented the Budget 2012 increase of 2.5% to all fees in Schedule 1 of the Notice from 1 October 2012.

Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007

The Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 was implemented on 1 July 2007.

The Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 was the culmination of part two of a two part review. Part one of the review concerned a price adjustment, with new prices effective from 16 December 2005. Part two of the review focused on amending some service specifications, enhancing quality requirements for maternity services, and improving claiming processes. Some prices also changed as a result of service specification changes.

On 1 February 2007 the Minister of Health announced a further 9.2% increase in funding for primary maternity services provided under the Notice, effective from 1 July 2007. Most of the fees for LMCs and non-LMCs (except specialists) were increased, including fees that were increased in December 2005.

Second Midwife Support Services Supplement

This Supplement outlines the criteria for provision and payment for second midwife support services. Read more at Second midwife support. This Supplement should be read alongside, but does not form part of, the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007.

Claiming for COVID-19 related transfers of care

If you are unable to provide the requisite number of visits, or labour and birth care, to a woman registered with you as her LMC, where she has been transferred to DHB care because she is COVID-19 confirmed - see COVID-19 information for community-based midwives - the Ministry can still pay you, provided you supply the relevant documentation and information.

If you have been unable to attend a planned caesarean section in the interests of infection control, you may claim the labour and birth (exceptional circumstances) fee for any woman for whom you are the LMC [as per the service specification at DA25(c)]. Please email [email protected] to have this claim approved before submission.

If you have a query about claiming a module where you have been prevented from providing the requisite care outlined in the Section 88 Notice (PDF, 630 KB) because of the country’s COVID-19 Alert Level 2 status or because your client is COVID-19 confirmed, please email [email protected]

Please follow this process.

  • For any LMC claims related to confirmed COVID-19 women, please email [email protected] before submitting your claims with COVID-19 in the subject line.
  • If you are unable to continue providing LMC services to COVID-19 confirmed women, these claims will be reviewed by the Maternity Clinical Advisor on a case-by-case basis.
  • If you have already submitted claims and they get rejected, please forward these claims to [email protected] for triage and assessment by the Maternity Clinical Advisor.
  • Please continue recording all information related to the services that you have provided, where these contacts have occurred virtually (face-to-face video calls, phone calls, emails, text or other messages).

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