Friends of Belmont Birthing

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Friends of Belmont Birthing

In a world where so much information is at our fingertips, it's surprising just how difficult it is to find helpful, fact-based information about maternity care options.

We are a group of mums and dads who believe in the power of natural birth and helping parents make informed birth choices.

Studies show that one-on-one midwifery care gives women the best chance at a natural birth, free of complications. A review of maternity care options published in April 2016 found that women who receive midwife-led care are less likely to experience interventions including epidural, episiotomy and instrumental births. They are also less likely to give birth prematurely.

Additionally, contrary to what some may assume, private care does not necessarily equal better care. A study of 700,000 women who gave birth between 2000 and 2008 found that babies born in private hospitals to healthy mothers are "significantly more likely to experience trauma and medical problems immediately after birth".

This paints a powerful picture - if you are healthy and well and wish to birth your baby as naturally as possible, reaping all the wonderful benefits natural birth has to offer, then midwifery care through the public system is a great way to go.

Here in the Hunter we are fortunate to have Belmont Midwifery Group Practice, a publicly funded, 'free' birthing service and one of only a handful in Australia to offer homebirth. Thanks to Belmont, the Hunter New England has the highest rate of homebirths in all of New South Wales, something we are exceptionally proud of.

We are passionate supporters of Belmont and its team of highly experienced midwives who work around the clock to help women achieve a safe, positive and powerful birth experience.