Aims & Objectives

The objectives of the Maternity Services Consumer Council are:

  • To highlight the need for and availability of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care options
  • To encourage women and their families/whanau to participate fully in their pregnancy and birth care and parenting
  • To emphasise the concept of partnership between consumers, health funders, planners and providers of maternity care
  • To oppose the unnecessary medicalisation of childbirth
  • To share information and ideas and explore alternative patterns of maternity care
  • To provide a powerful voice for women using maternity services and to act as an advocate for them
  • To monitor the provision of maternity care to ensure funders, planners and providers are responsive to consumer needs