South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO -

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.

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