For women hoping for ‘as natural a birth as possible’, make it your TOP priority to get yourself “continual midwife care”.

There are such large advantages when you birth with a known and trusted midwife.

Studies show that a woman who receives continuous, one-one midwifery care 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


Midwives are trained to recognise and deal with deviations from the normal. Midwives always have an associated Obstetrician and if a serious birth complication occurs requiring surgical/specialist action, the midwife smoothly and speedily transfers care and can stay with the woman and strive to continue to support and believe in her body and her ability to birth.

Midwives are also skilled at baby care and postpartum womens’ health care.

midwife options

Great news – There is continuous-care Midwifery available in the Hunter!

The local choices are:

* Belmont Midwifery Group Practise (includes homebirth support)
* Maitland Midwifery Group Practise
* John Hunter Birth Centre

Belmont Midwifery Group Practice Info:

Please note: This is provided for your information and interest only, we are not affiliated with any of the hospital or birthing centre services.

Here is a photo of some of the team:

This group offer one-to-one midwifery care throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience. This service is based at Belmont Hospital, however care is also provided within your home and the community (there are various small birth clinics, probably one near you).

Home Birthing is an option for any women that is low risk and who lives within a 30 minute drive to the John Hunter Hospital.

See a picture of a room in the birthing suite below:

midwife options belmont group practice

Read more about the Belmont Midwifery Group Practice program here

To ask for a spot in their programs, phone (02) 4923 2108

(be ready to need to leave a message at the voicemail).