Eight years after it started the midwifery-led Belmont Birthing Service is growing in popularity, but the service is hoping to spread the word further by opening its doors to the community at an open day.
The Belmont Birthing Service Open Day will be held on Monday 5 May to coincide with International Midwives Day. Midwifery Unit Manager of the Belmont Midwifery Group Practice Jane Crosbie said the service will open its doors so women can learn more about the birthing option for low risk pregnancies.
"More and more women are using the public service, but we want to raise even more awareness," Ms Crosbie said.
Ms Crosbie said the service offers women with low risk pregnancies the option to birth in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment with highly skilled midwives.
"Belmont Birthing Service is in line with best practice midwifery care and is a part of Hunter New England Health's range of options for maternity care," she said.
"Intervention rates are lower but women requiring an assisted birth for example caesarean or forceps are transferred with their midwife to John Hunter Hospital for obstetric specialist care."
The service also offers home birth and the demand for that option is increasing all the time.
"About one third of our women choose to birth at home with the support of their midwife and for the month of February we actually had more women birth at home than in the birthing centre at Belmont, so this is very encouraging."
Tess Lieberman President of the support group Friends of Belmont Birthing said she really appreciated the one on one care she received from the midwives at Belmont.
"Your pregnancy is treated as a really special time in your life to celebrate. The midwives seem to have all the time in the world you and your baby throughout the pregnancy, birth and after the birth," Ms Lieberman said.
"I have had my two girls in the care of Belmont midwives and I can truly say that the relationship established with the midwives made the difference in having the confidence to birth my girls naturally and without interventions. I wish this experience for all local mums if that's what they choose."