NSW Ministry of Health is reviewing the NSW Health maternity policy to provide an evidence-based, life-course approach for the health and wellbeing of the mother and baby. The updated policy will replace the current NSW Health policy directive Towards Normal Birth in NSW.
The new policy will have broader objectives and will be a companion document to the recently released The First 2000 Days Framework which outlines the importance of the first 2000 days in a child’s life (from conception to age 5) and what action needs to be taken to ensure that all children have the best possible start in life.
A series of engagement workshops with health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders were held across NSW between February and May 2019. The workshops explored how NSW Health policy can support high quality maternity care and the feedback from these workshops will help to inform the draft policy.
Once the policy has been drafted, a consultation draft will be released via this web page for stakeholder comment.
A short online survey was conducted in 2018 to help us to understand what is important to women and their partners about their maternity care. A summary of the survey responses is now available.