Belmont Midwifery Group Practice
Belmont Midwifery Group Practice (BMGP) is a service provided by John Hunter Hospital maternity services.
The midwives who work in this model work in close collaboration with the obstetric staff at John Hunter Hospital and provide women centred care through pregnancy, birth and for up to two weeks after the birth of your baby in a relaxed, personalised environment.
Your antenatal care will be attended by midwives at either the Hunter Street Clinic in Newcastle, Belmont Hospital or your home.
Belmont Midwives provide a publicly funded homebirth program, for women who are booked to birth with the Belmont Midwifery Group Practice and have no identified risks for birth.
Belmont Midwifery Group Practice is located on the second floor of Belmont Hospital, Croudace Bay Road, Belmont. It’s a small unit run by a team of midwives with a wealth of experience. They offer holistic, expert midwifery care based on your needs.
The service provides a warm, friendly, family-friendly low technology environment for your childbirth experience. You will be allocated your 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 Belmont Midwifery Group Practice team. You will get to know all the midwives in the team and you will get someone you know whenever you ring for advice or when you are in labour. You can also ring us for advice after you have your baby.
Your GP is there for you at any time and we encourage you to see your GP following your baby’s birth for your six-week check. You may also choose to see your GP for your routine pregnancy blood tests.
To make an outpatient appointment for your baby's SWISH Hearing Screen please phone: 4921 3555
A visit to an obstetrician is only necessary if there is any medical problem that arises during pregnancy and birth and a referral to one of our doctors at John Hunter Hospital is easily arranged for this purpose.
Is Belmont Midwifery Group Practice right for me?
Important points for you to think about while deciding if Belmont Midwifery Group Practice meets your needs and is right for you and your partner:
- This service is only available to women who have a normal, healthy pregnancy. The midwives at your booking visit will discuss with you whether this is a suitable option. We do this to make sure that our safety standards are of the highest level possible.
- Women will be discharged home within four hours after birth provided there are no complications for you or your baby.
- Postnatal care will be provided by the Group Practice in your home for up to two weeks.
- Like every other public health service, you can change your mind at any time. We want you to be happy with your choice.
Complications with a previous pregnancy or birth do not necessarily exclude you from the Belmont Midwifery Group Practice.
- There is no on-site medical cover at Belmont Midwifery Group Practice.
- During your pregnancy, if you developed a problem that means you are no longer suitable for Belmont Midwifery Group Practice, your midwife would discuss with you why your maternity care would need to be transferred to John Hunter Hospital.
What does Belmont Midwifery Group Practice offer?
- Birth in the unit at Belmont Midwifery Group Practice.
- Homebirth: some women who book to have their babies under the care of Belmont Midwifery Group Practice 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.
- A friendly, efficient, professional, up to date service.
- Allocation of an experienced midwife as your primary carer.
- Care by a small team of midwives working with your primary midwife.
- All appropriate investigations and screening tests.
- Flexible appointment systems.
- Low technology environment.
- Comfortable, relaxed and calm surroundings.
- 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.
- Large baths.
- Provision for post-natal care for four to six hours in the unit and up to two weeks in your home.
- Preparation for parenting groups.
- Every prenatal visit with your midwife is an opportunity to explore ideas and gain more information.
- Emergency transfer to John Hunter Hospital if necessary, accompanied by your midwife.
Obstetric (doctor) services are provided at John Hunter Hospital, they are not provided onsite. This means there is no:
- Induction of labour
- Continuous foetal monitoring by machine
- Assisted birth by forceps, Ventouse (suction cap) or births by caesarean.
These services would be provided at John Hunter Hospital if required.
Your care and safety
Belmont Midwifery Group Practice is a great option for any healthy woman with a normal, healthy pregnancy who wishes to birth normally in the company of midwives you know and trust .
We follow strict guidelines and refer to our obstetric colleagues as required or indicated by our guidelines.
If a mother or baby develops any complications at any time during the childbearing experience, she will be transferred to the John Hunter Hospital’s medical specialist team of obstetricians and/ or neonatologists.
Women stay in the birthing service for four to six hours after the birth and are visited at home by their midwife for up to two weeks.
You are very welcome to come and have a look around and meet the midwives before you make your decision on where you want to birth your baby. Please telephone us on 4923 2108 and make an appointment for a time to suit you.
Contact Belmont Midwifery Group Practice
To access the Belmont Midwifery Group Practice, you can attend your booking in visit at John Hunter Hospital and ask to birth at Belmont Midwifery Group Practice or call the Belmont Midwifery Group Practice directly and make an appointment with the midwives.
Once accepted to Belmont Midwifery Group Practice , you will be given a phone number for your allocated midwife, or please ring: 4923 2108.