The John Hunter Hospital is a local hospital in the Hunter region.

This hospital has a few great programs for pregnant women. We have listed their information below for your interest. Please contact the hospital to ask further questions and to book in, we are not affiliated with any hospitals

OPTION 1: The Belmont Midwifery Group Practice (functionally linked with John Hunter Hospital)

Many women feel blessed and lucky to birth through this program. The group can provide women with the great positives of one-to-one midwifery care throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal.

Although based at Belmont Hospital, it is still accessible because care is also provided within your home and at various local community health centres. eg. Toronto, Wallsend, Newcastle.

There is a restriction on the distance you can reside from the Belmont hospital (approximately 30 minutes travel, but it is best to ring and ask them to clarify exact details of the program).

This birthing option is highly recommended for anyone who wants to be in a program that supports and believes that birth can unfold naturally without the need for intervention or drugs/medical procedures.

This style of care is well supported by research to have the most positive birth outcomes for mother and baby!

Studies show that a woman who receives continuous care from a known midwife is more likely to:

> have a normal birth
> have a more positive experience of labour and birth
> be satisfied with her maternity care
> successfully breastfeed her baby
> have her baby born at term
> have her baby born healthy

Sadly, at this time, this service is only available to women who are assessed as having a low risk pregnancy. And many women do miss out on a place in the program due to risk factors that may arise What are the assessment guidelines? What factors may class me as high risk or B or C risk?

The clinic’s schedule, and having a midwife on duty in the Birth Centre 24 hours per day, enables support for women to meet midwives during their pregnancy, and to receive care on arrival at the Birth Centre (or in their own homes).

Read more about the Belmont Midwifery Program Here or Phone (02) 4923-2108

OPTION 2: The John Hunter Maternity has a birth Centre, midwife led, continual care team. Ask about this when you phone them.

OPTION 3: John Hunter Hospital Antenatal Clinic (or “Birth Suite”)

Through this option you will be supported by Midwives, but sadly may not meet the same carers regularly throughout your pregnancy and birth.

JHH has a range of other antenatal services including the normal maternity department, shared care, and high risk specialist obstetrician care. Plus services also include counsellors, family care, physiotherapy, interpreter service, diet and nutrition advice, and a diabetes education service.

Phone: (02) 4921-3600

More Options:

John Hunter Hospital M3 Team

At the John Hunter Hospital Antenatal Clinic you may sometimes be referred to the M3 Team, a multi-disciplinary team providing midwifery, medical, and obstetric care throughout a high risk pregnancy or during your birth.

Phone: (02) 4921-3600

John Hunter Hospital Antenatal Day Care Unit

The Antenatal Day Care Unit is located at the JHH and is staffed by midwives and medical staff. This service provides an alternative to hospital admission for women needing a pregnancy health assessment due to a risk arising.

Phone: (02) 4921-3600

John Hunter Hospital Birra-Li Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Service

Birra-Li is a service offered to Aboriginal women or women with Aboriginal partners. Coordination of care, education, and support throughout pregnancy is provided by Birra-Li Health Officers and midwives, and for some designated geographical areas, a Child and Family Health Nurse. The Birra-Li workers can see you in the antenatal clinic, at our outreach clinics, or visit you at home providing individual care during your pregnancy and up to six weeks after the birth of your baby. Phone: (02) 4924-6595

Read more about the John Hunter Hospital Options Here


Follow this link to the Hospitals’ Webpages if you are looking for information about their birth, parenting, VBAC and breastfeeding education courses.