Promoting the rights of women throughout the birthing cycle

Resources for pregnant women and maternity providers

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Front cover of MSCC's Choices for Childbirth pamphlet

The Maternity Services Consumer Council is a consumer organisation that promotes the rights of women throughout the birthing cycle. We believe that birth is a normal life cycle event. We oppose the unnecessary medicalisation of childbirth. The MSCC provides a wide range of information on topics and current issues relating to the maternity services in New Zealand. We distribute resources covering topics relating to maternity care and a woman’s options throughout the childbirth cycle.


Get our evidence-based, resource series pack free for pregnant women, parents and whānau family.

MSCC's full range of 'The Facts' pamphlets and booklets

The Facts

MSCC's full range of 'Your Choice' pamphlets and booklets

Your Choices

Our evidence-based, resource series The Facts and Your Choices for pregnant women, parents and whānau family comes as a helpful and comprehensive pack of 12 resources. With new resources being developed consistently and revision being undertaken when needed. The full pack of these resources is available free to all consumers – just pay for postage.

Maternity Providers can purchase the resources in bulk (including bulk discounts) by first registering or .

Here at the Maternity Services Consumer Council we provide a variety of services within the Maternity sector including:


Information on maternity services to individuals and other community groups. Access to our comprehensive information files and historical maternity information for school, midwifery, nursing students and interested individuals.


A quarterly newsletter sent out to individuals, interested parties, consumer groups and available on demand on our website. The newsletter features articles on a range of controversial issues.

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MSCC collates and produces articles on maternity topics as well as highlighting international and national studies on maternity care


Consumer representatives for health committees and working parties at both a local and national level within the maternity sector.

SINCE 1990

Providing quality information and promoting rights

We advocate for women and families, encouraging them to participate in all decisions relating to their pregnancy, birth and parenting options. We believe all women and their partners, families and support people should be informed and included in decisions relating to their care.

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