Levels of NICUs at Swedish
What are the different NICU levels at Swedish?
Swedish offers three levels of NICU care among our four campuses. No matter which birth center you choose, you’ll have ready access to the NICU that would best fit your baby’s needs, should that need arise.
Our First Hill campus is one of the few hospitals in the Northwest to offer a Level III NICU, which is equipped to care for the sickest and most premature of infants. If you already know you are at risk for having a premature baby or other complications, you would be best served by giving birth at Swedish First Hill, where the Level III NICU would be just down the hall from your birthing suite.
You’ll find this NICU at our Edmonds and Issaquah campuses. A Level II NICU can help babies born as early as 32 to 34 weeks, as well as newborns who need extra care.
You’ll find Level I NICU care at Ballard, where experts help babies born as early as 35 weeks. They serve babies who might need minimal monitoring or have a less-serious illness.
If a baby born at Ballard, Edmonds or Issaquah needs a higher level of care, our neonatal transport service is specially designed and equipped to transfer her to the First Hill Level III NICU.