National: Government ‘must prioritise’ Mothers and Babies

National: Government ‘must prioritise’ Mothers and Babies

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National’s Social Investment spokesperson Louise Upston says that the Government needs to prioritise women and babes, taking urgent action to resolve issues inside the maternity system.

“Reports of women not receiving the care they need immediately after giving birth is exactly why the Government must introduce National’s law change to make sure all mothers receive three days of postnatal care,” said Louise Upston.

“I have reached out to all political parties to formally seek their support to introduce a law change that would give all mothers a guaranteed minimum three days care in a postnatal facility.”


Changes made show allow someone to be opting for a shorter stay which makes funding available for another person that may require to stay longer.

Within the first days of a child’s life, it is said to provide a secure environment for the bond between a mother and baby to be forged.

“Taking greater care immediately after birth will help identify any challenges a mother may be finding, such as postnatal depression. It also allows for extra support to be provided to those who may need it,” said Louise Upston.

“Too many mothers are not even made aware that they are currently entitled to 48 hours at a post-natal facility; this law change would make it mandatory to inform mums about what care they can receive.”

“Giving birth can be a traumatic experience for some, and for many first-time mothers they don’t know how to care for their baby yet, it’s unreasonable to then burden them immediately afterwards with the responsibility to demand what they are entitled to.”

Ms Upston adds that the National Party is committed to supporting the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.

Making New Zealand one of the best to invest in children being welcomed into the world.

“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she wants New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child and this law change is one concrete way to help achieve this,” said Louise Upston.

“I have asked to meet with the Health spokesperson of each political party to seek their support in fast-tracking the legislation’s introduction to Parliament.”

“I hope all parties recognise the importance of supporting the physical, mental and emotional health of mothers and their newborns.”

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