Your care team
At Kaiser Permanente, your labor and delivery care team may include:
- Certified nurse-midwives
- Obstetrics-gynecology physicians
- Maternal-fetal medicine specialists
At the hospital
Our obstetrical team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the hospital — whenever you arrive in labor, we’ll be ready.
When you’re a Kaiser Permanente member, your prenatal care team, primary care doctor, and labor and delivery team are all connected through your electronic health record. The physician on call when you’re in the hospital may not be the same one you saw during your prenatal visits, but they will have the same knowledge, expertise, experience, and access to your records. Kaiser Permanente delivered more than 101,000 babies in 2015, so you can rest assured that you and your new baby are in very good hands.
In addition to the traditional ob-gyn care model, you’ll have the option to get care from a team that includes certified nurse-midwives and ob-gyn physicians working together.
The midwife philosophy takes a holistic approach, recognizing that conception, pregnancy, and birth are part of a natural cycle. They look after women throughout their lives. Ob-gyn physicians specialize in all aspects of women’s health and medical care, and are highly trained in caring for women before, during, and after childbirth. We’re proud to be a leader in the movement toward this collaborative care model, where new moms and new babies can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of two types of medical professionals.
Care team members
Depending on your preferences and needs, you may receive care from a physician, a nurse practitioner, or a certified nurse-midwife during your pregnancy. If you or your baby need special care, we’ll refer you to one of our high-risk specialists.
A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) is trained to help families during times of challenge and change. Some parents need additional help finding out about helpful resources. Our LCSW's see all of our teen moms, and mothers of premature infants. There are many other situations when a social worker can help. If at any time you feel you need to see a social worker, let your nurse or doctor know.
Choosing your baby’s doctor
We encourage you to select a personal pediatrician or family medicine physician for your new baby before he or she arrives. Helping your little one grow up healthy is an important job, so make time to choose a doctor you really like.
During your third trimester, we’ll talk with you about setting up a parent pediatric appointment and help guide you to available physicians. You can also call our Moanalua Appointment Center at 1-808-432-7700 during your third trimester to schedule the appointment. You don’t need a referral, and there’s no copayment or cost for this visit.