A primary health care system for women must be established that provides universal access to all women within the larger context of a system that guarantees optimal health care for everyone. Its providers must maintain the highest quality of clinical and ethical standards. Provisions also must be made for the legal protection of both the providers and recipients of such health services.

An ideal primary health care team for women would include nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, family practice physicians, obstetrician/gynecologists, mental health professionals, health educators, nutritionists, social workers, and any other tertiary care specialists that are needed. Each of these groups has a very special contribution, and collaboration by all is essential.