At Hilo Medical Center’s Obstetric (OB) Unit, we welcome you and your family into our ohana as we strive to make your birthing experience safe and memorable. Every year, we assist Big Island moms in bringing over 1,200 babies into the world. We do our best to care for every mom’s birth as our own and to provide exemplary customer service from the time you arrive to the time you return home.
What to Expect
Admissions Two months before your due date, we recommend you pre-register with our Admitting Department in the main lobby. When you are ready to give birth, please check into the Admitting Department before coming up to our unit.
Your Doctor Please call your doctor’s office before coming to the hospital. Doctors generally visit patients several times during labor. Ask your doctor about coverage during his/her absences for weeknights, weekends, and holidays. The on-call physician will care for you and your baby in the event your doctor is unavailable.
Your Baby’s Doctor A pediatrician or family physician will admit and care for your baby if your physician does not visit patients in the hospital. We recommend you find a doctor for your baby before you give birth.
Rooming-In We promote “rooming-in” with your baby to increase your comfort level in caring for your newborn. Spouses may spend the night to assist and learn to care for the baby. Please plan ahead. Per hospital policy, children are not allowed to stay overnight.
Length of Stay The amount of time that you and your baby remain in the hospital after you give birth generally depends on the type of delivery. Typically, your hospital stay for a vaginal delivery is one to two days or two to three days for a cesarean delivery.
Classes and Clinics
We encourage expecting parents to attend childbirth classes to learn about physical changes during pregnancy, nutrition, and choices during labor, newborn care and breastfeeding. Our 5-week class at the hospital includes a tour of the OB unit, breastfeeding education and Child Passenger Safety education with car seat installation. Registration fee is $50.00 or $10.00 if you prefer to take the breastfeeding class only. For more information and to register, call 932-3371.
- Childbirth Classes: Every Tuesday at 4:30-7:00 pm.
- Breastfeeding Education: First Monday of the month at 4:30-7:00 pm.
- Inpatient Diabetes Consultation: Call 932-3122.
- Fetal Monitoring Clinic: The Fetal Monitoring Clinic is open every Monday and Thursday from 8:30 am — 5:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, please call 932-3382.
What to Bring on Your Big Day
Please bring your insurance card and I.D., clothes for you and your baby to wear home and any personal necessities. Also, please install your infant’s car seat in advance for a safe ride home.
Location, Contact Information and Visiting Hours
The Obstetrics Unit is located on the third floor. For more information, call (808) 932-3371. Visiting hours are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. To enter the main doors of our secured unit, visitors must use the intercom to speak to staff. We ask that people who are ill stay home and reschedule the visit with the family to protect the health of the newborn and mother. Visitors are limited to 3 adults at a time. Visits by children are limited to the newborn’s siblings.
Manager: Christina Ranan, RN may be contacted at (808) 932-3371.
In Need of Maternal and Child Primary Care?
Contact HMC’s Hawaii Island Family Medicine Health Center at (808) 932-4215.