Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children has an updated, new NICU wing in the Diamond Head Tower. The staff and facilities are amazing but what really made me choose Kapiʻolani was the PEACE OF MIND that it gave me… knowing my unborn child would have these resources across the hall, should he need them, was priceless. Mahalo Dr. Pratt for letting me pick your brain about the NICU and what it has to offer Hawaii residents.
Some of the highlights from our interview:
The NICU is a state-of-the-art, brand new facility with opportunities for parents to use private rooms to breastfeed and spend time with their premature or special needs children.
As Dr. Pratt explains, “most of the time in obstetrics things go well, but when they don’t and you need support you are just a baby roll away” at Kapiʻolani.
In the private rooms, baby can be kept in the isolette connected to a monitoring system that allows staff to continue monitoring baby while the ‘ohana has private time with baby.
If you live on a neighbor island and give birth on a neighbor island to a child who has special needs, baby will get a medical evacuation to Kapiʻolani Medical Center NICU. Parents can stay with baby in the hospital (if it’s safe for baby of course).