Many women will be able to spend up to four days in hospital after giving birth under an expansion of maternity services to be introduced by the Government.

Maternity and medical groups welcomed Health Minister Tony Ryall's announcement yesterday, which fulfils an election promise with a $103.5 million increase for maternity services, spread over four years.

This will provide for longer post-natal stays, extra meetings with health workers for at-risk women during pregnancy and obstetric training for GPs.

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