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Pregnancy and Childbirth
Seattle Children’s NICU Affiliation
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If your baby needs advanced care after birth, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is here to help. Through our partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital, our newborn specialists coordinate with their neonatology experts to provide the best care for premature and critically ill infants.
Expert neonatal care in Seattle and Tacoma
In 2013, we affiliated with Seattle Children’s to respond to the medical needs of premature and moderately to critically ill newborns in our own community.
Consistently ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Seattle Children’s has some of the most highly skilled and experienced neonatology physicians and other clinical staff in the Puget Sound.
Specialized care for critically ill babies
Seattle Children’s neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners provide medical leadership by working with our providers for advanced newborn care. They provide continuous in-hospital care for critically ill newborns in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.
Experts from Seattle Children’s assist our childbirth and neonatal teams with medical management services by:
- Attending high-risk deliveries to help ensure safe births
- Consulting with our obstetricians, midwives and pediatricians to provide the best possible care for critically ill babies
- Providing Frenotomy clinic
The Seattle Children’s Neonatology team also supports our Level II special care nursery at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. They provide phone consultation and urgent on-site care as needed for moderately ill newborns.
The highly trained obstetricians, nurses and staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw consult with the Seattle Children’s Neonatology team by phone, as needed.
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