NSW Health has developed a revised Maternity Care Policy. Once finalised this policy will replace the current NSW Health policy directive Towards normal Birth in NSW.
The Maternity Care Policy focuses on providing women with family-centred, quality care during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
The policy is being developed in line with:
In late 2020, NSW Health received a large amount of feedback from the consultation on the draft Maternity Care Policy. This feedback is currently being analysed and will be considered by the reference group for inclusion in the policy. The draft policy will then be revised in preparation for publication.
NSW Health conducted a consumer survey in 2018 to help understand what is important to women and their partners about their maternity care. A
summary of the survey responses is available.
In addition, a series of engagement workshops were conducted across NSW with health professionals and consumers during 2019. The objective of the workshops was to understand how NSW Health Maternity Care Policy can support high quality maternity care. Discussion and feedback at these workshops has informed the draft Maternity Care Policy.
A reference group has been established to support the development of the revised Maternity Care Policy. The reference group includes maternity service managers and senior clinicians nominated by local health districts (obstetrics, midwifery and social work), consumers, GPs and representatives from Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
The First 2000 Days Framework