Public Invited for a Sneak Peek of Swedish/Issaquah’s New Birth Center

Public Invited for a Sneak Peek of Swedish/Issaquah’s New Birth Center

SEATTLE, Oct. 12, 2011 – Swedish/Issaquah will offer a preview of its new Childbirth Center on Sunday, Oct. 23 when it hosts a community open house. From 10 a.m. to 2 pm. members of the community and expectant parents will have the opportunity to tour the new childbirth units and participate in activities on the campus.

The open house is designed for people who are considering pregnancy or who are newly pregnant.The event will feature tours of the birthing and postpartum suites, a chance to meet the doctors who deliver at Swedish, talks from child-rearing experts and a free concert by children’s music star Caspar Babypants (also known as Chris Ballew, lead singer of rock band Presidents of the United States). The event will offer other children’s activities, including cookie decorating and a harvest-themed photo booth.

Swedish/Issaquah’s Childbirth Center includes a staff of more than 100 professionals including world-class physicians, midwives, nurses, perinatologists, neonataologists and pediatric specialists who are ready to deliver world-class service. The new Childbirth Center features new state-of-the-art labor and delivery maternity rooms as well as postpartum suites. The rooms include Jacuzzi tubs, stereo systems with iPod jacks, and a la carte food service.

Postpartum care at Swedish/Issaquah also includes breastfeeding help, parent information phone-line support, childbirth and parenting classes, new mom and dad support groups, pediatric specialty care and a pediatric emergency room.

Since space is limited, Swedish requests that visitors register ahead of time in order to attend. Online registration is available here. Registered participants should enter the campus at the main entrance of the hospital, which is located at 751 N.E. Blakely Drive in the Issaquah Highlands, just off I-90 at Exit 18. (People who register will also be entered into a drawing to win a month of meals for two. Details are available by clicking the registration link.)

The open house schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. 

Doors open (visitors must pre-register by entering their contact information at the link above)
Moms’ Voices & Stories, Kristin Row Finbeiner
Author and co-founder of

11 a.m.

Caspar Babypants in Concert with Chris Ballew
Lead singer of Presidents of the United States of America


Juggling Work and Baby, Jenni Hogan
KIRO-TV traffic reporter and new mom

1 p.m.

Conscious Fathering, Bernie Dorsey
Founder of the largest class for expectant dads in Washington

All day

Tours of the birth center, postpartum area and pediatrics unit
Meet OBs and family practice physicians who deliver at Swedish
Tour the Shops at Swedish and get a free coupon book
Free cookie decorating for kids
Watch the Seahawks live from Cleveland

Workshops on these topics and more:

  • Transitioning to parenthood
  • Connecting with your children
  • Navigating the childcare maze
  • What to do with babies who won’t stop crying
  • Hop to Sign-A-Roo: Learning infant sign language
  • All about breastfeeding

Meet community resources for new parents:

  • PEPS: New parent support groups
  • Bellevue College parent and infant education classes
  • Swedish childbirth and parenting classes
  • The Breastfeeding Center at Swedish
  • How to choose an OB for you and a doctor for baby

The Swedish open house is free and open to the public. For the latest information about key construction milestones and events and about the opening of the new hospital on Nov. 1, visit

About Swedish/Issaquah

Swedish/Issaquah, which opened in July 2011, is the first new hospital built in King County in 25 years. Located in the Issaquah Highlands, it features a medical office building, emergency department, cancer center, primary-care clinic, full-service medical imaging department and other outpatient services. On Nov. 1, 2011, the medical center’s inpatient services – including a childbirth center, ICU, medical/surgical floor, and rehabilitation unit – will open along with the acute-care facility’s first 80 beds. The campus will eventually house 175 beds, as licensed by the Washington State Department of Health. For more information, visit

In 2007, Swedish embarked upon an ambitious $100 million fundraising campaign. Campaign investments are used to support a wide variety of initiatives throughout the healthcare system, including cancer, heart and vascular, women and children, neurosciences, and orthopedics as well as programs to support underserved populations. To date, the campaign has secured gifts totaling more than $81 million. For more information or to support the campaign, visit

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Media Coverage

  • To read a related article posted on The Issaquah Press Web site Oct. 19 about the robotic-assisted surgery services that will be provided at Swedish/Issaquah, click here.
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