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 identify the key principles of quality maternity care that are most likely to support a healthy pregnancy, and optimise birth outcomes for women, babies and families.
The new Policy will be a companion document to 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 actions to be undertaken to ensure that all children have the best possible start in life.
The Policy is being developed in line with:
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.
A series of engagement workshops with health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders held across NSW in 2019 explored how NSW Health policy can support high quality maternity care. Discussion and feedback at these workshops is informing the draft Policy.
A Reference Group has been established to support the development of the draft 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 Policy is currently being drafted and is expected to be made available for public consultation later this year.