A study by the New Zealand Rural Institute of Health found:
Rural women had difficulty accessing services and wanted their voices heard.
Mothers were clear that the quality of clinical care was a really important issue for them.
Uptake of antenatal classes was variable and usually only used by first time mothers.
A third of responders were Maori and while some were comfortable with their cultural needs being meet some felt there needed to be improvement.
Findings will be used by the Midlands Maternity Advisory Group when they are looking at improving services for women across all our rural communities.