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Auckland and Waitemata DHBs have launched a plan to develop maternity services out to the year 2025.

Dr Sue Fleming of Auckland and Dr Peter van de Weijer of Waitemata DHB say the plan provides opportunities to improve the two DHBs’ maternity services and meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and growing population.

“In Waitemata births to Asian mothers have increased 50 per cent over the past six years and similar increases are predicted out to 2025. We’re going to make sure we meet the particular needs of women who may not have the same expectations as our majority population.”

Anticipating the future requirements of the two DHBs’ diverse populations is a key focus of the plan, which covers improving maternity services for groups such as Māori, Pacific, Asian and teenage women.

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