Sometimes babies are born prematurely or have complications at birth that require lifesaving care.
Should extra medical attention be needed, your baby will be cared for in our Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU.
It provides one of the highest levels of care available for critically ill infants.
Neonatologists - doctors with specialized training in the care of fragile newborns - are on-site around the clock.
They work together with our specially trained nursing staff to provide lifesaving care and high-tech monitoring until babies are stable on their own.
Other members of the NICU care team include:
All have special training for dealing with fragile newborns.
The EvergreenHealth NICU partners with Seattle Children's and Swedish Medical Center to help newborns who require complicated care and/or surgery after birth.
The traditional neonatal intensive care ward monitors babies in one large, noisy room.
In the EvergreenHealth NICU, parents and babies stay together in single or semi-private rooms that are quiet and calm, because studies show that a quiet environment helps premature babies improve faster and go home quicker.
Multiple babies? Not a problem! Our rooms are large enough to accommodate triplets.
Each room is set up so your family can engage in all aspects of your baby's care.
This will help you bond and connect with your baby, and start living life with the baby as part of your family.
The privacy also helps make activities such as breastfeeding and kangaroo care more comfortable and intimate.
EvergreenHealth was the first hospital in the region to offer private and semi-private rooms for NICU families. Our rooms all have a private bathroom with shower and include a couch for a home-like environment.