Belmont Midwifery Group Practice (BMGP)

Some information about Belmont Midwifery Group Practice (BMGP) is listed on Options of Care During Pregnancy page. The following provides further details for you to consider.

The Belmont Midwifery Group Practice is a model of care offered by John Hunter Maternity Serivces which provides women centred care through pregnancy, birth and for up to two weeks after the birth of your baby. Belmont Birthing Centre is a free-standing birthing unit located on the second floor of Belmont District Hospital, Croudace Bay Road, Belmont. It is staffed by a team midwives who offer holistic and expert midwifery care.

The philosophy for BMGP is to provide continuity of midwifery care for women and their families. The midwives in this group practice believe that pregnancy, birth and becoming parents is a normal life event, and they will help to prepare you to achieve an active labour and birth.

The model of care offers a warm, family-friendly low technology environment. You will be allocated a primary care midwife who will care for you throughout your pregnancy, birth and for up to two weeks at home. If at any time your primary midwife is on leave you will be cared for by another midwife in the BMGP team. You will get to know most of the midwives in the team. You may also choose to see your GP for your routine pregnancy blood tests and scans.

Belmont Midwifery Group Practice is staffed by experienced midwives who consult and collaborate with an Obstetrician at John Hunter Hospital as required.

This model of care is available to women who have a healthy pregnancy with normal risk of obstetric or medical conditions. The midwives at your booking visit will discuss with you whether this is a suitable option.

Belmont Midwifery Group Practice offers:

  • Birth at the Belmont Birthing Centre.
  • A public health funded homebirth service: some women who book to have their babies under the care of BMGP choose to have a planned homebirth with the care and support of Belmont midwives. If this is an option that interests you, please ask your midwife at Belmont for more information. There are some restrictions including set geographical boundaries that we are happy to discuss with you
  • Allocation of an experienced midwife as your primary carer
  • Supportive care by a small team of midwives working with your primary midwife
  • Flexible appointment systems
  • Comfortable, relaxed and calm surroundings including baths for water immersion in labour and/or birth
  • Support and promotion of natural ways to manage the sensations of labour, remembering that when women are relaxed and feel supported by someone they know and trust, they manage labour well with their own pain-relieving hormones
  • 24-hour access to phone advice by a BMGP midwife
  • Provision for post-natal care for four to six hours in the unit, and up to two weeks in your home

Obstetric medical officer services are not provided onsite.

If you require referral to an obstetrician for ongoing care during your pregnancy

Some women do unfortunately develop conditions during their pregnancy which are better managed by an Obstetrician.

If these conditions develop before 37 weeks of pregnancy, your primary midwife is required to handover your care from the BMGP to a doctor and other members of the maternity team at JHH. This will mean the BMGP midwife will be unable to care for you during labour, birth and the postnatal period.

However, women who develop reasons for needing medical care after they reach 37 weeks will be provided ongoing care by their BMGP midwife in partnership with the medical staff at JHH. They will be supported by the BMGP to have their baby at JHH.

Please click on the Virtual tour link below to view the Belmont Birth Centre environment.

The BMGP welcomes your enquiries. Tours of the unit can be arranged. Belmont Midwifery Group Practice can be contacted by phone on (02) 4923 2108.