Options of care during pregnancy
Belmont Midwifery Group Practice (BMGP)
If you are a healthy woman with normal risk for medical or obstetric conditions, and interested in continuity of midwifery care, this may be the model of care for you! The BGMP offers women continuous care with a known midwife throughout the pregnancy birth and postnatal period. You will get to know your allocated midwife and other midwives from the team. Your birth can be at home, at Belmont Birth Service (based at Belmont Hospital, a midwifery-led unit), or if necessary, at JHH. There is no planned postnatal stay in hospital. It is important to note that there are some restrictions placed on the home birth option, including the distance you live from JHH. Read more information on BMGP.
Hunter Midwifery Group Practice (HMGP)
HMGP Midwives also provide continuity of midwifery care for healthy women with normal risk for medical or obstetric conditions. If you choose this model of care, you will be assigned a midwife who will coordinate with you all your care throughout your pregnancy, birth and for 2 weeks after the birth of your baby. While the service is based at Belmont, antenatal care will be provided at one of our community antenatal clinics. Most women have their babies at the JHH Birth Centre, and go home after 4-6 hours where the majority of postnatal care can be provided in your home.
Midwifery Care with the JHH Birth Centre Team (JHH BCT)
Care with the Birth Centre Team of midwives is also for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy. If you choose this model of care, you be cared for by a small team of midwives throughout your pregnancy. Most antenatal visits will be held at the Wallsend Clinic, and we will plan with you to birth your baby in the Birth Centre at JHH. Most women will have met the midwife who cares for them during labour and birth. Postnatal care will be provided by Home Maternity or Postnatal ward midwives.
Shared care with your GP
Shared care means that you are cared for by your GP in consultation with the hospital doctors and midwives. You will need to come to your nearest Community Antenatal Clinic for a Booking-in visit, and a second visit usually around 36 weeks at JHH. Your baby will be born at JHH Birth Suite. Shared Care enables you to continue seeing your family doctor, who you already know and trust, during your pregnancy, and this may be more convenient for you.
Midwifery care in community clinics
Community Antenatal Clinics make our services more convenient for women to access ongoing antenatal care in their local communities. These clinics are run by midwives and are for healthy pregnant women with normal risk for medical or obstetric conditions. You may choose a Community Clinics near you:
- Newcastle Community Health Centre: Monday to Friday
- Belmont Hospital: each Monday and Friday
- Toronto Community Health Centre: each Tuesday
- Tomaree Community Hospital: each Tuesday
- Raymond Terrace Community Health Centre: each Thursday and Friday.
Specialist obstetric care at JHH antenatal clinic
Specialist Obstetricians are best able to care for women who have pregnancies complicated by:
- Had a previous pregnancy requiring specialist care and/or hospitalisation
- A pregnancy that is not progressing normally
- A multiple pregnancy, e.g. twins
- Diabetes and/or other conditions
M3Team: care for known complex pregnancies
For some women with certain medical conditions or complicated pregnancies, we offer the option of having care by a team of Obstetricians, other Specialists and midwives. The M3Team will provide your pregnancy care at the JHH Antenatal Clinic. You can enquire about this team at your booking-in visit.
Care with a private obstetrician
Women seeing a private obstetrician may birth at the JHH. Women choosing this option of care will see their obstetrician for all their antenatal care in their obstetrician’s private consulting rooms. It is important if you choose this care option that you attend an administrative booking visit at the JHH Admissions Office at around 24 weeks pregnant.
Birra-Li Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Service
Birra Li provides care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and/or women whose baby will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The Birra Li service aims to provide culturally appropriate support and education during pregnancy, after birth and for children up to early school years. This service includes antenatal care, child and family health care, immunisation, child health checks, support service referrals and health education. You may contact the staff at Birra Li directly, or talk to your GP or the staff at the Awabakal Medical Service or antenatal clinic to make a referral to our service.
Please contact Birra Li: (02) 4016 4900
- If you think you are pregnant or have a positive pregnancy test
- If you have children between 0-5 years