Awards and Recognition

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In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children's Neonatology program as  one of the best in the country  and one of the highest in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Children's is the only ranked neonatology program in Washington.

About Neonatology at Seattle Children's

Baby and mom aboutWe provide treatment and support to critically ill premature and full-term babies.

Patients and families come to Seattle Children's Level IV NICU  (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Babies may stay with us for just a few days, several weeks or sometimes even months. Here, we can provide specialized care that is not available where the baby was born. Our goal is to get you and your baby home - or back to a hospital close to home - as soon as it is safe.

Your baby will be cared for by a team of medical and surgical experts, who have the most experience in the region dealing with rare and complex conditions. When your newborn child has a serious illness, we know how challenging and scary this time can be for your family. Seattle Children's is committed to high-quality, family-centered care . Patients, parents and families are all important members of the Seattle Children's team. We strive to provide care in a way that promotes healing, ensures dignity and instills trust.

We encourage you to be an active partner in your child's care. We are committed to working with you to provide the best possible outcome for your baby. We offer a comforting environment for you and your family, including support in healing from childbirth and help in breast-feeding your baby.

Seattle Children's specialists also provide care for sick newborns at other area hospitals. These include the University of Washington Medical Center, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue.

Our  Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Program  provides information and counseling for families facing complex congenital heart disease, brain malformations, spina bifida and other conditions.

We offer outreach to both prenatal and primary care providers throughout the region. We work with OB/GYNs to help facilitate early diagnosis. We provide after-surgery follow-up to families and pediatric primary care providers to support a smooth transition home.

Why Seattle Children's?

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Seattle Children's specialists perform more complex surgeries and heart procedures in newborns than in any other hospital in Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Some of our neonatologists are national leaders in research to improve the quality of life for the sickest patients.

We have the experience to respond to each infant's physical, developmental and emotional needs.

The 19-bed NICU at our Seattle campus is designated by the Washington State Department of Health as a Level IV NICU , which means it is staffed and equipped to handle the most complex patients' care. We were the first Level IV NICU in Washington. Our services include unique therapies including neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and hypothermia for asphyxia .

Our transport team of physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists are national leaders in safe newborn transport. They bring more than 400 critically ill babies to Seattle Children's every year via ambulance, helicopter or airplane.

Inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Your baby will be cared for by a team of medical and surgical experts. We will work with you to make decisions and treatment plans for your baby.