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Becoming a Maternity Patient at The Queen’s Medical Center

Maternity Services – The Queen’s Medical Center
Level 10 via Queen Emma Elevator

1301 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Labor & Delivery:
808-691-4227

Admitting:
808-691-4321

Fax:
808-691-8780

Labor & Delivery Hours:
Partners, support adults and children are welcome at any time. All children must be accompanied by an adult responsible for them, other than the delivering mother.

Postpartum Hours:
All family and friends are welcome at any time

Becoming a Patient

Pre-Arrival Registration

Thank you for choosing to deliver your baby at The Queen’s Medical Center. We highly encourage you to pre-register with our Admitting Department during your pregnancy, before you give birth. Pre-registering yourself as a patient will make your day of admission go much smoother.
 
Registration forms will also include:
  • Consent for Treatment and Care: Minors must have parents or legal guardians present to sign consent for treatment and care.
  • Advance Directives: If you are an adult, 18 years or older, Federal law requires us to ask if you have an advance directive, such as a living will or a durable power of attorney for health care. If you have an advance directive, please bring a copy of the document for your medical records. If you have questions regarding advance directives, please consult with your doctor or ask for Social Work assistance.

You may complete Maternity pre-registration by calling 808-691-4321 or by visiting the Admitting Office, located on hospital Level 1, via Pauahi Elevator.

Mail or submit the completed OB Pre-Registration form in person to:
 
Attn: Admitting
The Queen’s Medical Center
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Admission

When your special day arrives and you are in labor, call Labor & Delivery at 808-691-4227 to notify them when you are on your way to the hospital. When you arrive, bypass Admitting and go directly up to the Labor and Delivery Unit on hospital Level 10, via Queen Emma Elevator. 

When arriving at the hospital during the day between the hours of 5:00 am – 8:00 pm, enter through the front lobby. If you arrive in the overnight hours from 8:00 pm – 5:00 am, the entrance to the medical center is through the Emergency Department, to maintain hospital security. There are wheelchairs available at both entrances.

Birth Plans

Birth plans should be discussed with your physician and sent to the hospital before your delivery, so we can be made aware of your preferences.

Frequently Asked Questions – Maternity Services

No, but it is highly recommended to pre-register with Admitting during your pregnancy. Pre-registering will make your day of admission go much smoother. Pre-registering can be completed over the phone at 808-691-4321 or in person at the Admitting Office located on the Level 1 of the hospital. 

Download Maternity Pre-Registration Form

No. The maternity tour and Understanding Birth & Babies Class are offered for your convenience and are not required to have your baby at Queen’s.

After checking with your doctor, call Labor & Delivery at 808-691-4227 to notify them when you are on your way to the hospital. Go directly to the Labor & Delivery unit located in on Level 10, via Queen Emma Elevator. When arriving at the hospital between 5:00 am – 8:00 pm, enter through the front lobby. Between 8:00 pm – 5:00 am, enter through the Emergency Department. Wheelchairs are available at both entrances for your convenience.

One support person is allowed in the delivery room.  Additionally, a professional doula may be present to provide labor support.  Complete the appropriate documentation by clicking this link.

Each of our private postpartum rooms has a chair bed (including bedding) for one adult support person to stay overnight. Children are not allowed to sleep overnight in the hospital.

Yes. To promote positive bonding, successful breastfeeding, and to prepare you for caring for your baby at home, we recommend that you keep your baby with you during your stay. Our skilled nursing staff will help you care for your baby, answer your questions, and assist you in becoming comfortable with the care of your newborn.

At this time, due to COVID-19 restrictions, children are not allowed in Labor and Delivery or Postpartum.

Frequently Asked Questions – Breastfeeding

Babies who are nursing well and getting enough milk are:

  • Sucking actively for 10-20 minutes on each breast and act satisfied after a feeding
  • Swallowing during the feeding
  • Nursing 8-12 times every 24 hours, during the day and night

Babies should have wet diapers and stools as follows:

  • One stool and one wet diaper during the first day
  • Two to three stools and two to three wet diapers per day in the first two-three days
  • Three stools and at least six wet diapers per day after four days (stools should be at least the size of a quarter)

Babies should regain their birth weight by 10 to 14 days.

It is important to have close follow up with your baby’s doctor to monitor your baby’s progress and weight gain. If you think your baby is not nursing well, please call us and your baby’s doctor for help.

The best way to prevent and cure sore nipples is to make sure baby opens his/her mouth wide and pull him/her onto your breast so close that his nose and chin are touching your breast. Your nipples may get sore if baby does not take a big mouthful of breast. Things to keep in mind:
  • Do not use soap on your nipples.
  • To take baby off your breast, first, break the suction by putting a clean finger between his lips and your breast.
  • Use a different position each feeding. Alternate between the football hold, lying down and holding the baby next to your tummy.
  • Be patient. With good positioning and time, your nipples will feel better in a few days. If not, please refer to the resources provided below.

Feed your baby every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. It is okay to wake your baby up and offer him the breast. Avoid giving your baby any bottles. The more your baby nurses, the more comfortable you will be.

If your breasts are so full that your baby cannot latch on, take one or two minutes to squeeze some milk out with your fingers. This will soften the area behind the nipple so your baby can latch on. Do this right before feeding your baby. For some women, this is easier to do in a warm shower.

If your baby cannot latch onto your breast, please call us at 808-691-4213, for help.

The fullness feeling should go away in about a week, but you will still have plenty of milk as long as your baby is nursing every three hours or more.

*References: Biancuzzo, Marie, Breastfeeding the Newborn, Clinical Strategies for Nurses, 2003, pp 164-165, 335-334. Lawrence, Ruth A. and Robert M Lawrence, Breastfeeding, A Guide for the Medical Profession, 2005, p. 310.

The first weeks of breastfeeding can be full of challenges. Be patient with yourself and your baby as you both learn this new skill. If you have any questions or concerns, please call your doctor or one of the resources below:

Breastfeeding Support at The Queen’s Medical Center

Hawaii Mothers’ Milk

La Leche League

State of Hawaii, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

WomensHealth.gov – National Breastfeeding Helpline

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant®