Maternal Health Services

The Women's Center Philosophy

At the North Hawai'i Health & Wellness Women's Center, we believe that all pregnant women deserve excellent care provided by a team of nurse midwives and obstetricians. This team approach allows us to create a personalized plan of prenatal and birth care for each woman and her family.


Prenatal Care Options

The Women's Center is pleased to be the only OB/GYN practice on the Big Island offering moms-to-be the option of a group approach to prenatal care known as CenteringPregnancy®.  CenteringPregnancy® combines three essential elements of care every pregnant woman needs: health assessment, education and support.   Approximately 10 to 12 expectant moms meet for 10 two-hour sessions starting in the first trimester of pregnancy.  Moms-to-be have an opportunity to share stories and learn from one another and talk about health issues that are important to you and what you’re going through – physically and emotionally.

Click here for more information about CenteringPregnancy®.

Your Birth

We are dedicated to providing you with quality and compassionate healthcare, which blends the highest quality medical care with a focus on education, prevention, and emotional support.  We encourage your active participation in all aspects of your care. We support your desires for your birth and will work together to ensure the best possible experience for you, your family and your new baby.

Maternal Health Resources

Click Here for our Pregnancy Informational Packet

Pregnancy: Week by Week Information
Mayo Clinic

Midwifery Information


Family Birthing Unit Facilities

The Family Birthing Unit located of North Hawai'i Community Hospital provides quality patient care to all pregnant women (after 20 weeks gestation) and all normal newborns. Our Family Birthing Unit consists of five over-sized birthing suites with hardwood floors and large windows that offer views of beautiful Waimea. 


Your Birthing Experience

We strive to make your delievery experience the best possible experience it can be.  That's why our family centered care is one of progressive and safe labor practices. Laboring women can move around, eat and drink, and use the shower or labor in a jacuzzi for hydrotherapy.  We have a special blend of aromatherapy created just for our laboring moms to use while in the tub.  Acupuncture is also available on a limited basis.  

We are known for our gentle births, placing the newborn directly on the maternal abdomen for skin-to-skin bonding, known as "The Sacred Hour."  The infant may stay there for up to two hours, with the staff attending to the new mother's needs as well as the infant's needs.  This practice leads to babies that are more content.


Your Baby and Visitors

Infant security is also our focus, and our policy is that the infant rooms in with the mother.  Most procedures performed on the infant are done in the room. Except for the laboring woman's support team, general visiting hours are from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.  We recommend no more than four visitors at any time. Visitors must check-in at the nurses station outside the Family Birthing Unit.

Visitation is limited to healthy visitors only (no coughs, colds or sneezes).  The only children allowed are big brothers or big sisters of the newborn.