Want to increase your chance of a positive, loved, special birth experience? Get yourself “continual midwife care”! (Plus – of course – great private, birth education)
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.
Great news – There is continuous-care Midwifery available in the Hunter!
The local choices are:
* Belmont Midwifery Group Practise (read more here at my homebirth page)
* Maitland Midwifery Group Practise
* John Hunter Birth Centre (scroll down on this JHH page to “summary of models of care available”)
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.
A poster put together by the Friends of Belmont:
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:
To ask for a spot in their programs, phone (02) 4923 2108(be ready to need to leave a message at the voicemail).
Belmont Midwifery Group Practice
Reception (Mon – Fri between 8:30am – 2pm)
Manager’s Desk (Mon-Fri between 9am -5pm)
0428 112 192
Fax (for referrals – but you can self refer too)
Belmont District Hospital, Level 2
16 Croudace Bay Rd