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/often high intervention.

The choices of care are described 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, 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.

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!


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: 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. 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 (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.