Domiciliary Midwives Society of New Zealand (Inc.), 1976-2000
|Folder title||Folder 4.12 Correspondence, re Maternity Benefits, 1981-1990 (WWAT 2000/1)|
|Holdings location||Wise Woman Archives Trust (Inc.). Available at wwat.nz|
The contractual process enabling DMs [domiciliary midwives] to access the Maternity Services Benefit (MSB) was long established, as was the mechanism for her to obtain specified supplies free of charge through the Midwifery Orders. However it was the very low level of remuneration that provided a constant and real cause of concern for DMs, one which created ongoing challenges to their ability to continue in practice… At the 1977 United Women’s Convention in Christchurch, participants at a home birth workshop advocated that the [Department of Health] make available a grant to DMs to set up practice and buy equipment. Thus began a fourteen year long campaign by home birth consumers, women’s health lobbyists and DMs aimed at achieving a level of MSB payment that would ensure a viable home birth option (Banks, 2007, p. 88).