Maternity Services – The Queen’s Medical Center
Level 10 via Queen Emma Elevator
1301 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Labor & Delivery:
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.
All family and friends are welcome at any time
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 should be discussed with your physician and sent to the hospital before your delivery, so we can be made aware of your preferences.
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.
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.
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.
Babies who are nursing well and getting enough milk are:
Babies should have wet diapers and stools as follows:
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.
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: