Below you will find a suggestions for finding a hospital-based obstetrical care provider, followed by a list of group practices and obstetricians who deliver babies at Maui Memorial Medical Center. At the very bottom of the page is a photojournal of a beautiful and uplifting hospital birth. The birth is not at MMMC, but is much like what I have witnessed there as a doula.
Don't get confused by all those letters! There is a list of the acronyms and their definitions towards the bottom of the page.
Community Clinic of Maui, Maui Medical Group, and The Women’s Health Center of Maui all cross-cover hospital call for each other.
Kaiser Permanente doctors do not cross-cover hospital call with other groups or individuals.
Finding and Interviewing OB Care Providers
I recommend you interview several OBs and see whom you vibe with. Obviously you may be limited by your insurance, but be as proactive as possible. The ability to honestly express yourself and concerns to your OB or any health care professional is central to being able to make an informed decision concerning your care. Make sure that you choose an OB who you trust will respect your opinions and input and listen to your questions, concerns, and ideas. The following are some suggestions for finding the best doctor/group for you.
- Decide if you want a female or male obstetrician.
- Ask friends and family for a recommendation.
- Consult your insurance company. You'll likely want a doctor who is on your health care plan's network of providers.
- If you aren’t limited by your insurance:
- Don’t just interview one OB!
- Check out their references.
- Write down any specific concerns you have about your pregnancy.
- Talk about your views on labor process including natural childbirth, epidurals, fetal monitoring, circumcision and episiotomies. Get specific, for example:
- When would a cesarean section be advised? Ask their cesarean section rate. The World Health Organization recommends a c-section rate between 5—10% for optimal maternal and fetal outcome. Rates above 15% seem to do more harm than good (Althabe and Belizan 2006).
- Find out under what circumstances labor would be induced. How many days overdue do they feel comfortable with you going before they suggest you induce? What is their induction rate?
- How do they feel about episiotomies? If you prefer to tear will they allow that? What is their episiotomy rate?
- Discuss your birth plan, particularly if it includes a home birth. Some doctors or groups will not take a patient who wants a home birth.
- Find out if your doctor will be at your labor. Often another doctor from the group is on call; if so, you'll want to meet the other physicians.
- Find out your doctor's accessibility. How quickly do they typically call clients back? Are they available through email for non-emergency questions?
- Take a hospital tour.
OB-GYN Care Providers
Community Clinic of Maui
Malama I Ke Ola Health Center · 1881 Nani Street, Wailuku · 871-7772
Aaron Altura, MD
Shireen Hedari, MD
80 Mahalani St, Wailuku · 243-6000
Elizabeth Ausbeck, MD
Benjamin DeLisa, MD
Michael Kim, MD
Jodilana Jackson, MD
Martin Newman, MD
Nancy Rogers, MD
Sam Cooke, CNM
Ms. Cooke only sees patients in the office.
165 Ma'a Street, Kahului · 446-7120
Stacy Ammerman, DO
Christy Takemoto, MD
2180 Main St, Wailuku · 242-6464
Kylie Brookes, MD
Melissa Ching, MD
Nicole Brasiere, NP
Adele O’Neil, CNM, HHC, APRN
Ms. Brasiere and Ms. O'Neil only see patients in the office.
The Women’s Health Center of Maui
30 N. Church Street, #300, Wailuku · 242-9787
Celeste Adrian, MD
Benjamin Berry, MD
APRN—Advance Practice Registered Nurse
CNM—Certified Nurse Midwife
DO—Doctor of Osteopathic Medicin
HHC—Holistic Health Counselor
A beautiful hospital birth
This is a beautiful and uplifting photo journal of a hospital birth. It is not at MMMC, but it is much like what I have witnessed there as a doula.