18 Oct 2010

Less fragmented maternity care urged by select committee

12:41 pm on 18 October 2010

Parliament's Health Select Committee is calling on the Government to ensure maternity care is less fragmented.

The committee has considered a petition requesting changes to the country's maternity system to increase safety and protection for all mothers and babies.

The petition, signed by 826 people, was referred to the committee in the middle of last year.

The committee has made a number of recommendations to the Government.

These include urging development of a more collaborative, non-fragmented model of maternity care in New Zealand.

The committee also recommends that new midwifery graduates have significant monitoring, supervision and education updates before going into independent practice.

Guidelines for investigating perinatal deaths and communication with bereaved familes, are also wanted.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says safer maternity services are a priority for the Government, which has put an extra $103 million over four years into improving maternity services.