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Could you be a breast milk donor?

February 02, 2017
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Donating breast milk can be an act of kindness for an infant in need, especially preemies and low birth-weight babies whose mothers can’t breastfeed. Breast milk contains substances that boost nutrition and prevent infection, important benefits for babies at risk. Learn more and consider donating extra milk to the Lytle Center at Swedish or Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Mom's bacteria could prevent allergies in kids

November 23, 2016
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When babies are born, they encounter bacteria for the first time as they pass through the womb and into the world. That might not sound healthy, but it is. Elizabeth Meade, M.D., assistant chief of pediatrics at Swedish, explains why.

Health apps for moms-to-be and parents on the go

October 07, 2016
In the same way you can use apps on your smartphone to save special moments and help manage your children’s lives, you can use them to learn about, monitor and aid in your child’s health and development. Here are a couple of apps to get you started.

Is an umbilical hernia in a newborn cause for concern?

September 28, 2016
Most parents are probably too busy making sure their newborn has 10 fingers, 10 toes and two ears to pay attention to whether their child’s belly button is an innie or an outie. An outie belly button can be caused by an umbilical hernia, which usually is harmless. But sometimes these hernias need to be repaired when a child is older to prevent complications.

Flu shots:With rare exceptions, everyone should get one

September 26, 2016

Illness from the flu puts millions of infants and children in the U.S. at risk every year. We are approaching the start of the 2016 flu season and now is the time to talk about the flu vaccine. You might be thinking, "I don't give my kids a flu shot" or "flu shots don't actually work," but I'm hoping to share some information that will change your mind.

Swedish Hospital doula program for all women, no matter their delivery plans

September 22, 2016

When first-time mom Jessica Bertrand heard about the Swedish Doula Program from her doctor, she knew it was something she was interested in pursuing. Jessica hired Shelia Kandeler, one of the doulas contracted with Swedish. Read more about her experience.

New help for moms with postpartum depression

July 27, 2016
Swedish has opened the first center of its kind on the West Coast to help new mothers struggling with depression. Watch this video to hear one woman’s story.

Structural reasons to postpone newborn circumcision

May 18, 2016
For parents who wish to circumcise their sons shortly after birth, there may occasionally be structural or anatomic reasons to defer the procedure. Here’s a look at some of the urologic reasons it may be best to avoid newborn circumcision and what to expect if circumcision is performed later.

Newborn hearing screenings and early intervention

May 13, 2016
Some newborns pass their hearing screenings just fine but also have risk factors for developing hearing loss. 

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In these cases, it’s important for an infant to be seen by an audiologist for a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Catching a hearing problem in infancy could keep a child on track to reach important developmental milestones.

Zika rates could grow in US this summer

May 04, 2016

So far, all of the Zika virus cases identified in the U.S. have been related to travel, but that’s likely to change soon. As warmer months approach, we expect to see the mosquito-borne virus spread locally in regions such as the Gulf Coast, home to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.