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Health Services

Mother Baby Unit

Mission

To provide safe, culturally sensitive, quality nursing care with a family centered focus through teamwork, compassion, education and support with the ultimate goal of providing the building blocks for a lifelong bond.

Vision

Pushing for excellence by providing high quality, safe, diversified nursing care resulting in healthy moms, healthy babies, happy families, and memorable experiences.

About

The Tripler Army Medical Center Mother Baby Unit is a 29 bed unit with single, private inpatient rooms. Our team consists of obstetricians, pediatricians, family practice providers, midwives, anesthesia providers, nursing staff, and nursing assistants all working together to deliver high-quality collaborative health care to you and your family.

At the Tripler Army Medical Center Mother Baby Unit, we use a “care team” approach in order to provide high-quality patient and family centered care, with enhanced communication strategies all while utilizing evidence-based performance standards.

Our patient population consists of antepartum patients requiring hospitalization, low to high risk term and preterm postpartum patients and their newborns, and stable GYN-Surgical patients.

Visitation Policy

We have a visitation policy to ensure adequate rest and safety for our patients.

Infant Safety & Security

We take an all-hands approach to protect the infants on our unit. We take the safety and wellbeing for the infants we care for at the Tripler Army Medical Center Mother Baby Unit very seriously, and utilize an all-hands approach to protect the infants under our care. We perform background checks on all staff members who provide care to our infants, provide education for our parents, conduct on-going training for our staff, ensure staff badges are easily identifiable, maintain unit-wide security monitors, and utilize an infant ID/tag system. Infants are not permitted to leave the unit unless accompanied by a parent/support person or appropriately identified personnel/staff member. During your stay you will receive detailed instructions and constant support to help you remain alert to potential abductors.

Rooming In

Rooming-in means your baby stays with you while you’re in the hospital, instead of sleeping in a hospital nursery.

Benefits of rooming-in include:

  • Sleeping better – you and your baby
  • Recognizing and responding to your baby’s cues
  • Baby crying less and calming more quickly
  • Breastfeeding easier, including better milk supply
  • Strengthening the maternal-infant bond 

What to Bring

The Mother-Baby Unit will provide diapers and wipes while in the hospital. We recommend that you bring the following items with you:

  • Pajamas/night gown
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Panties
  • Well-fitting bras (nursing or regular)
  • Bra Pads
  • Baby clothes, especially socks and hand mittens
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Grooming aids and cosmetics (NMCP has soap, but you can bring your own)
  • Mom's going home clothes (loose fitting)
  • Baby's going home outfit (to include cap) and blankets
  • Diaper Bag
  • Infant car seat for day of discharge **

What to Expect the Day of Discharge

The time you are discharged will depend on the orders given by your obstetrician and your baby’s pediatrician. The average length of stay after delivery, without complications, is 48 hours, depending on the time of birth. Many patients will stay 24 hours but you are welcome to stay 48 hours after a vaginal delivery and up to 96 hours for a cesarean delivery. Before you can be discharged, there is a mandatory “Shaken Baby Prevention Class” all parents must attend (even if you have already been to the class prior to delivery). Discharge medications will be available in the pharmacy before you go home. You or your spouse will be able to pick up the medications with a valid military ID card. Active-duty moms will leave the unit with convalescent leave documentation, however you will need to ensure your command receives your leave paperwork. You will be allowed to walk off the unit if you feel comfortable, or a wheelchair can be provided to assist you. Please bring your car seat to your room to transport the baby out of the hospital.

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Helpful Handouts

Tripler's OB/GYN services include:

Reproductive, Endocrinology, Infertility (REI) Clinic 
Behavioral-Medicine-Consultation-Services
Neonatal-Intensive-Care-Unit-NICU
Breastfeeding-Support
Urogynecology-Female-Pelvic-Medicine
Labor-and-Delivery-Unit
Midwife Services
Minimally-Invasive-Gynecologic-Surgery-MIGS
Centering-Pregnancy
Moody-Mom-or-Anxious-about-Baby

Contact Us

Tripler Central Appointment Line

(888) 683-2778 (888-MTF-APPT)

Nurse Advice Line

1-800-TRICARE, option #1

Mother-Baby Unit

Phone number: (808) 433-6808

Hours of Operations

Our unit is fully operational 24 hours a day; however we have a visitation policy to ensure adequate rest and safety for our patients.

Location

Mother Baby Unit
Tripler Army Medical Center
1 Jarrett White Road
5th Floor, Oceanside Entrance, 5B
Honolulu, Hawaii 96859

Directions

We are located at the hospital’s Oceanside, 5th floor, adjacent to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, at 5B.
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