About Us

The Maternity Services Consumer Council is a consumer-based organisation made up of 31 community groups with an interest in the provision of maternity services. Our organisation acknowledges and respects the unique and independent nature of all its member groups.

Membership of the MSCC is free and is open to community groups and individuals with an interest in maternity services. The Council works with women of all cultures to promote the rights of women throughout the birthing cycle. The Council endorses the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendations on Appropriate Technology for Birth (1985) and Appropriate Technology Following Birth (1986).

We emphasise the concept of partnership between consumers, health funders, planners and providers of maternity care. We oppose the unnecessary medicalisation of childbirth and so we aim to share information and ideas to explore alternative patterns of maternity care and provide a powerful voice for women using maternity services and to advocate for them when needed. The Maternity Services Consumer Council monitors the provision of maternity care to ensure funders, planners and providers are responsive to consumer needs.

Birth is a normal life cycle event that can be joyful as shown by this mother ecstatic after the birth of her baby
Birth can be ecstatic and joyful – Image by Bethany petrik on Flickr

The Maternity Services Consumer Council believes that birth is a normal life cycle event. We believe that birth is a family affair, an experience to be shared as the woman and her family/whanau choose. We believe that women have the right to any information that could affect their care or that of their baby.

We know that continuity of care is of the utmost importance to women and their families/whanau. We believe that midwives are the guardians of normal childbirth and in this role they must act as the advocate of the birthing woman. We believe that maternity care and related support services must be of a high standard and be accessible and acceptable to women and that all decisions relating to maternity care must involve the active participation of women health consumer representatives so that maternity services meet the needs of those who use them.

Our Team

Adith Stoneman

Adith Stoneman

Coordinator

Adith joined the team at MSCC in September 2015 as administrator, and then as a coordinator. She came to the MSCC with a background as a childbirth educator and has been involved with the La Leche League for many years.

Get involved

If you are an organisation and would like to join the Maternity Services Consumer Council or would like get involved as an individual please email us for more information. We would love to have you!

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