The Herald is reporting that the Government is putting an extar $100 million into maternity care over the new four years.
The money will go on:
* Longer stays for new mothers in birthing facilities
* An optional meeting each trimester for at risk mothers, attended by the pregnant woman, their GP, and their lead maternity carer (usually a midwife)
* Obstetric training or refreshers for GPs wishing to return to maternity care
* Meeting the costs from the increase in the number of births each year
* Fully funding the Plunketline 24 hour telephone advice service (although this was previously announced)
In general more money on maternity is good and that longer stays might be good for some new mothers.
When I lived in Korea many mothers were in post-maternity for a month and had the mother-in-law move in to help with the baby (though some women may have seen this more as curse than a blessing). They were absolutely horrified that New Zealand hospitals were discharging woman after just a few hours in some cases.
I do wonder if merely training GPs will give the more incentive to provide LMC care given that the major issue is that the time involved in being an LMC just isn't worth the money for most GPs.