1. Boosting the Maternity Care Workforce
• Establish a Voluntary Bonding Scheme that writes off student loan debt for graduate midwives who agree to work in hard-to-staff areas for three to five years. See our Voluntary Bonding Scheme for more details.
• Subsidise retraining and refresher courses for GPs who have a postgraduate Diploma of Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (or equivalent), and who want to resume providing maternity care.
• Encourage clinical networks across regions to assist in the planning, delivery, and improvement of maternity care.
2. Enhancing Continuity of Care for At-Risk Mothers
• Fund an optional meeting each trimester for atrisk mothers so they can discuss their care plan with their LMC and GP together.
3. Improving Birthing Choice and Confidence
• Work with DHBs to provide greater choice in birthing facilities.
• Ensure mothers have the choice to stay in birthing facilities longer so they can establish breastfeeding and the confidence to return home.
• Boost funding for postnatal care by $11 million a year so new mothers can stay longer in birthing facilities and have better access to breastfeeding support.
4. Boosting Postnatal Support
• Ensure every new mother and baby can have a weekly visit with their LMC or WellChild provider for the first nine weeks of their baby’s life. More visits will provide greater breastfeeding support and boost confidence.
• Fully fund Plunketline to provide a 24-hour service.