What’s the current situation?
We’re told that many women are encouraged to leave just hours after their birth despite our government’s commitment to a full 48-hour minimum funding per birth - or more for intervention births.
A woman’s choice about her postnatal care is controlled by her DHB’s decision to fund a range of community-based options or only their hospital-based services.
The level of postnatal care a woman receives varies depending on where she lives, how busy the hospital is and what contract for maternity services her DHB funds.
Mothers often leave early with unresolved medical issues or before she has had time to recover psychologically, physically and hormonally.
Mothers sometimes don’t receive the post-birth support needed to screen for mums at risk, PND (Post Natal Depression) and other health/contributing issues. These factors can negatively impact her ability to care for herself, baby and whanau, setting an impaired, life-long pattern.
We are requesting the New Zealand Government establish a ring-fenced national fund, managed by the Ministry of Health, via an unbiased NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation)
This will support a mother’s right to receive the clinically and psychologically appropriate amount of time, up to 48 hours or longer, of postnatal care at the maternity facility of her choice, regardless of the type of birth she has had. This fund will also provide for care at regular intervals to screen for psychological and health issues that could adversely affect a mother’s life, that of her baby, and that of her whanau.