Swedish Opens First, All-Inclusive Childbirth Resource and Education Center

July 31, 2013

By Swedish News

SEATTLE — July 31, 2013 — Swedish announced that the Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns, a first-of-its-kind center equipped to accommodate mom, baby and a modern family’s every need, opened today. 

Shortened maternity stays, reduced family and community networks and the rising number of working moms have created a need for expanded access to comprehensive pregnancy as well as postpartum care and support services. 

For the first time, parents and their families can access these care and support needs, all in one convenient, well-thought-out location—the Lytle Center. The center includes:

  • A clinic for new mom and well-baby checkups a few days after an infant’s birth
  • Access to a certified lactation consultant to provide breastfeeding support
  • Childbirth, parenting and family education classes geared toward life with a newborn
  • Fitness classes for pregnant and postpartum moms
  • Meeting area for expectant parent, sibling and grandparent support groups
  • Counseling and support groups for postpartum mood disorders
  • Retail necessities for pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, breastfeeding, newborn and wellness
  • Outdoor play and recreational area for siblings and other new-baby visitors

“Most parents have to travel from provider-to-provider and store-to-store to access all of the services and products they need,” said Jane Uhlir, M.D., executive director of the Women & Infants program at Swedish. “I knew Swedish could help ease that stress for new parents. We built the Lytle Center to give our patients a home away from home and wrap-around care so they can focus on their new child and leave the rest to us.”

As the birthing resource of choice for more parents than any other medical provider in Western Washington, Swedish built the vision of the Lytle Center based on 103 years of experience serving moms and newborns.

Equipped with a fireplace and cozy lounge, outdoor play area for visitors to enjoy, along with a one-stop shop for all pregnancy necessities a new parent might need and/or want, the Lytle Center facilities provide a comfortable environment with the added benefit of world-class care. The 5,000 square-foot facility is located on the first floor of the South Tower on the Swedish/First Hill campus (just off Cherry Street between Broadway and Minor Avenue).

The new center is 100 percent funded by gifts from the community. To date, $2.7 million has been given toward a goal of $3.5 million to construct the Lytle Center. Leadership gifts were generously given by Chuck and Karen Lytle, Charles and Lisa Simonyi, Mark and Sarah Everitt, and Pediatrix/Obstetrix. In addition, the Swedish Foundation hopes to raise an additional $1.5 million to expand programs that will ensure it can serve all families who can benefit from these services.

“We are so grateful for the generous support of our donors who are helping us advance health care for the many new parents that come to us each year for one of life’s greatest journeys," said Swedish Foundation Executive Director Don Theophilus. “Having raised more than $2.7 million already, we are close to our final goal, but we haven’t reached the finish line just yet."

Perkins + Will designed the new center, and Sellen Construction was the general contractor.

“It’s been exciting to be involved in such an innovative project as the Lytle Center,” said Todd Lee, Senior Project Manager and Executive Vice President at Sellen. “And although it was very challenging working directly above a 24-hour emergency department and directly below a NICU, we met those challenges with minimal disruptions to hospital operations while delivering a project on time and on budget.”

To find out more about the Lytle Center, call 206-386-BABY (206-386-2229) or visit www.swedish.org/tlc

About Swedish

Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.

Swedish is affiliated with Providence Health & Services, which is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1856 with 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics and more than 64,000 employees across five states. Based in Renton, Wash., Providence Health & Services provides strategic and management services to integrated health-care systems in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. For more information, visit www.providence.org.