Maternal Birth Injuries

The birth of a baby is a life-changing moment for you and your whānau, but it can also lead to injuries for the birthing parent which take time to recover from.

Maternal birth injuries can have long-lasting effects so it’s important to get treatment and support early on. This will help you recover faster and reduce the impact of related injuries in the future.

If you have experienced an injury while giving birth on or after 1 October 2022, ACC may now be able to cover your treatment costs associated with your recovery.


What to do if you’re injured

A pelvic health physio, midwife, doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider can lodge an ACC claim for you after you’re diagnosed with an injury.

This might be straight away after the birth of a baby while you’re in the hospital, or sometime after birth when it’s been identified you need further support and care for your injury.

What does ACC cover?

ACC cover specific maternal birth injuries that happen during labour or delivery on or after 1 October 2022.

These are currently limited to:

  • Anterior wall prolapse, posterior wall prolapse, or uterine prolapse
  • Coccyx fracture or dislocation
  • Levator avulsion
  • Obstetric anal sphincter injury tears or tears to the perineum, labia, vagina, vulva, clitoris, cervix, rectum, anus, or urethra
  • Obstetric fistula (including vesicovaginal, colovaginal, and ureterovaginal)
  • Obstetric haematoma of pelvis
  • Post-partum uterine inversion
  • Pubic ramus fracture
  • Pudendal neuropathy
  • Ruptured uterus during labour
  • Symphysis pubis capsule or ligament tear

If you are unsure as to whether you have suffered any of the above injuries following child birth please get in contact with Linh Nguyen, our pelvic health physiotherapist for more information or visit the ACC info page here


Get Specialised Help.

Linh Nguyen is a qualified pelvic health physiotherapist, who studied under renowned New Zealand pelvic health specialist, Melissa Davidson, PhD.

We do not require a referral from your GP for you to be seen.

For further information please email [email protected] or phone the clinic on 07 828 9854.

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