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Frequently Asked Questions

Maternity Services

Is pre-registration required if I plan to have my baby at Queen’s?

Are the maternity tour and classes required?

When I go into labor, what should I do?

How many people are allowed to be in the delivery room?

Is my partner allowed to stay the night?

Will my baby be able to stay in my room with me?

Are my other children allowed to be with me? What are the visiting hours?

Breastfeeding

How will I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

What if my nipples are sore?

I need help breastfeeding!

Breastfeeding Resources


Maternity Services

Is pre-registration required if I plan to have my baby at Queen’s?

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

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Are the maternity tour and classes required?

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.

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When I go into labor, what should I do?

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.

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How many people are allowed to be in the delivery room?

Partners, support adults and children are welcome at any time in the delivery room. All children must be accompanied by an adult responsible for them, other than the delivering mother. If young children will be present during labor and delivery, we suggest that you prepare them in advance for what they may see and hear.

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Is my partner allowed to stay the night?

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.

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Will my baby be able to stay in my room with me?

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.

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Are my other children allowed to be with me? What are the visiting hours?

Children are welcome at any time during labor and delivery, if accompanied by an adult responsible for them, other than the delivering mother.

Partners or other support adults are welcome in the Labor and Delivery unit at any time. In the Postpartum unit, all family and friends are welcome at any time.

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Breastfeeding

How will I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

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.

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What should I do about sore nipples?

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.
  • If your nipples are sore: apply lanolin cream on the nipples after feeds. Lanolin cream is safe for your baby so there's no need to remove it when you are ready to feed again.
  • 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.

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I need help breastfeeding!

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.

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Breastfeeding Resources

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®

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