Neonatal ICU (NICU)


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One of Washington’s Largest Neonatal Care Programs for its Smallest Residents

Of the thousands of babies born at Swedish each year, the vast majority will never see the inside of a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). But for those who need extra attention, our First Hill campus is home to a Level IV NICU. This is where babies who are born very prematurely, or face life-threatening illnesses or complications receive the highest level of specialized care. We have a nationally renowned team of neonatologists available 24 hours a day — plus pediatric nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons, therapists and other specialists dedicated to caring for sick or premature babies.

Depending on a baby’s needs, we offer different levels of NICU care. Our NICU FAQs page can answer common questions about why a baby might need the NICU and what kind of care she would receive there.

Parents at First Hill have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that if their baby needs it, expert help is just down the hall. And our newborn transport service — available 24/7 — is dedicated to safely transferring babies from our Ballard, Edmonds or Issaquah birth centers to the First Hill NICU.