WHAT IS MOTHERS MATTER?
Mothers Matter is about empowering women to make an informed choice about their postnatal care.
We would like to ensure all women and their families:
Know why postnatal care is important,
Understand they are entitled to receive up to 48 hours of funded, in-patient postnatal care, regardless of the type of birth they have had, and
Are able to make their own choice about where they receive their postnatal care, whether this is in a hospital, primary maternity centre or community birthing facility.
Birth can be transformational and we need to do what we can to ensure all mothers start their journey as a parent feeling empowered and respected.
The New Zealand Government currently recognises that every woman and her baby should receive up to 48 hours of funded inpatient postnatal care.
But in reality, this isn’t happening.
Right now, women and their families are not necessarily aware that it is their right to spend up to 48 hours after the birth of their baby in a dedicated maternity facility.
Right now, 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.
Right now, 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 Matter wants to change that.
We are requesting the New Zealand Government establish a ring-fenced national fund, managed by the Ministry of Health, to support a mother’s right to receive the clinically and psychologically appropriate amount of time, up to 48 hours or longer if clinically indicated, of postnatal care at the maternity facility of her choice, regardless of the type of birth she has had.
Our mission is to ensure all women and their families, know they are entitled to receive up to 48 hours of funded, inpatient postnatal care, regardless of the type of birth they have had.
Mothers Matter aims to raise awareness about the positive health and well-being outcomes for a mother, her baby and her family that can occur from receiving up to 48 hours postnatal care in a supportive environment and dedicated facility.
We are also wanting mothers and their families to have the choice about where they receive their postnatal care.
THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE
All women and their families have the right to choose what is best for them and their baby.
Mothers Matter recognises that every mother is different, and some mothers will be comfortable leaving the hospital within the period of 48 hours postnatal care which they are entitled to receive.
But we also believe, for mothers and their families to make an informed choice about postnatal care, they need to know what they are entitlement to and what the health and well-being benefits are that come from receiving postnatal care in a supportive environment and dedicated maternal facility.
All women have the right to birth at the place of their choice. They also need to have the right to receive their in-patient postnatal care at the birthing and maternal facility of their choice, whether this is in a hospital, primary maternity centre or community birthing facility.
But right now a woman’s choice is controlled by her DHB’s decision to fund a range of community-based options or only their hospital-based services. This ‘right to choose’ is comparable to the right every person has to visit the Government funded GP of their choice.