This page includes information about the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 and related information.
The Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 (the 2007 Notice) which sets out the current terms, services and fees for community-based primary maternity care providers will be replaced by the 2021 Notice later this year.
Implementing funding of $85 million (over four years) allocated in Budget 2020 required the 2007 Notice to be updated so it could 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.
The 2021 Notice will be implemented on 29 November 2021. Until that implementation date the 2007 Notice will continue to apply to services provided and claims paid. On 29 November 2021 the 2007 Notice will be revoked and replaced by the 2021 Notice. Services provided on or after 29 November 2021 should be provided in accordance with the new 2021 Notice.
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.