John Hunter Hospital Info

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

They provide birth-management styles that range from low intervention, homebirth/birth centre through to high risk/OB managed/low-high intervention.

The choices of care are described below for your interest.

Plus, keep in mind there are different clinic times and locations possibly available to you:

John Hunter Hospital
 Monday and Tuesday 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
 Wednesday 9.30 am – 12.30 pm and 2 pm – 4.30 pm
 Thursday and Friday 9.00 am – 12.30 pm

Tomaree Hospital
 Tuesday 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Toronto Polyclinic
 Tuesday 8.00 am – 5.30 pm

Wallsend Hospital
 Monday and Thursday 8.30 am – 4.00 pm

Belmont Midwifery Group Practice
Appointments are arranged with your midwife, phone (02) 4923-2108
 Monday 9.00 am -12.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
 Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

(Please contact the hospital to ask further questions and to book in, we are not affiliated with any hospitals)

BIRTH CARE OPTION 1: The Belmont Midwifery Group Practice, women birth at the Belmont birth Centre (or at home can also be an option to chat with your midwife about), but the program is 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.

To birth with the midwives and at the birth centre at Belmont, you can live and travel from a large area.

BUT.. for their homebirth service, there is a restriction on the distance that you can reside from the John Hunter Hospital (you must be under 30 minutes driving time).

The Belmont Midwife Group Practise is highly recommended for anyone who believes that birth is not normally a “medical event” and that normally birth can unfold smoothly and well 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!

ie. 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 being “low risk” (more specifically they must be “A” risk only). 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?

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

OPTION 2: The John Hunter Maternity DOES have a Birth Centre, midwife-led, continual-care-team. Ask about this when you phone them to see if you can get a place.

They are a  small team of midwives offering continuity of care for women with low risk pregnancies who have a natural approach to pregnancy and birth. The
midwifery team provides antenatal care on the JHH campus and in the community. The clinic’s schedule, and 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. Postnatal care is provided by either the JHH Home Maternity Service or the postnatal ward at JHH. After the birth, a postnatal follow up visit takes place on the ward or women will receive a phone call at home from one of the birth centre team midwives.
 John Hunter Hospital Campus, Royal Newcastle Centre, Level 1
Clinic hours: Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 4.30 pm
 Hunter New England Waratah Campus, Community Health Centre
Clinic hours: Wednesday 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
 Phone (02) 4921-4585

This can be a really great choice as women can be supported by a known midwife and birth in a culture of faith and patience for natural birth.

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

Through this option you will be supported by Midwives, but sadly it will not be continual, one-one care.

Where you end up birthing will also have epidural available from the beginning of your arrival to the room so IF you hoped to aim for a natural birth without interventions, it may be hard to resist when you are in the throws and challenges of labour!

The clinic provides a range of antenatal services including midwifery-led care, shared care, and high risk specialist obstetrician care. Other services include social work, family care, physiotherapy, interpreter service, diet and nutrition advice, and diabetes education services.
The clinic also provides women with the information and support required to enable them to make an informed choice about a vaginal birth or repeat caesarean birth.

Phone: JHH Hospital: (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.
The majority of women requiring review in the Day Stay Unit have pregnancies that have reached 41 weeks gestation and beyond, or are experiencing complications in their pregnancies that require extra monitoring. This service provides an alternative to hospital admission.

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 (at their webpage)

Are you interested in looking at the statistics for this hospital? Your individual circumstance will not necessarily reflect these stats, but the stats may help you have an understanding of what is happening to women birthing at this hospital as a general outcome.

Statistics – Data Table: John Hunter Hospital, NSW 2008 to 2017
Outcome of selected primipara (mums birthing for the first time),

Clinical indicator: Spontaneous vaginal birth
Year, Per cent
2008, 59.9
2009, 59.5
2010, 52.6
2011, 56.9
2012, 51.9
2013, 54.2
2014, 54.2
2015, 53.9
2016, 51.1
2017, 52.8
(TREND: Spontaneous vaginal birth has been DECREASING)

Clinical indicator: Induction of labour
Year, Per cent
2008, 34.0
2009, 34.2
2010, 34.4
2011, 39.3
2012, 43.0
2013, 43.1
2014, 46.0
2015, 47.1
2016, 51.0
2017, 52.5
(TREND: Induction of Labour has been INCREASING)

Clinical indicator: Instrumental vaginal birth
Year, Per cent
2008, 23.1
2009, 20.0
2010, 22.6
2011, 19.1
2012, 24.0
2013, 19.9
2014, 21.7
2015, 22.7
2016, 23.3
2017, 20.5
(TREND: Instrumental vaginal birth has stayed around the same percentages)

Clinical indicator: Caesarean section
Year, Per cent
2008, 17.0
2009, 20.5
2010, 24.8
2011, 24.0
2012, 24.1
2013, 25.9
2014, 24.1
2015, 23.4
2016, 25.6
2017, 26.7
(TREND: Caesarean Section has been INCREASING)

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