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Neonatology

We provide the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art care in our region to critically ill newborns and premature infants. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Children's Neonatology program one of the best in the country.

We are the first and only hospital in Washington state to receive Level IV NICU designation.

When we care for your newborn, we’ll also support you in breast-feeding and in healing after delivery.

Our Leadership Team

Areas of Focus

  • Life-Saving Therapies

    When a newborn's lungs or heart need "time off" due to damage or disease, extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can keep the baby alive while the heart or lungs heal. Children's is the only neonatal ECMO center in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho to offer this and related life-saving therapies.

  • Expert Neonatal Transport

    Moving a critically ill newborn requires caring people with special skills and infant-sized lifesaving equipment. Children's has both.

  • Reducing Brain Injury

    When a baby doesn't get enough oxygen – due to asphyxia, stroke or other stresses before or during birth – the brain may be seriously injured. Brain injury may be reduced if the baby's body temperature is kept low for three days ("hypothermia"). Children's can continuously monitor brain activity before and during this new form of treatment.

Related Research

  • Protecting the Brain from Injury

    Neonatologist and researcher Dr. Sandra “Sunny” Juul is studying how the combination of hypothermia and a particular hormone (erythropoietin) might reduce or even prevent brain injury due to birth asphyxia, stroke and other stresses.

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  • Treating Pain in Newborns

    Newborns respond to pain medicines differently than older children or adults. Neonatologist Dr. Christine Gleason is a national expert on pain in newborns. She and her team are conducting research to find effective treatments for pain while minimizing potential long-term side effects.

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  • Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth

    Seattle Children's initiated the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, an international, collaborative effort to increase awareness and accelerate innovative research and interventions that will improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.

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  • Center for Global Infectious Disease Research

    Our research center seeks to understand, prevent and treat pediatric infections, including infections during pregnancy that cause preterm birth.

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Related News and Press Releases

News

U.S. preterm birth rate falls again but remains high
11.1.13 — USA Today

Thepercentage of babies born prematurely in the United States fell for the sixth straight year, but the problem remains more ... cont.

Seattle Children's has first level 4 neonatal care unit in state
6.22.13 — KOMO TV

Seattle Children's Hospital now has the first level-four neo-natal intensive care unit in Washington state. Dr. Craig Jackson, ... cont.

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson: Program Helps Parents Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome
4.3.13 — KING 5 TV

Both Dr. Ken Feldman and Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson of Seattle Children’s Hospital discuss head trauma, the number one cause of ... cont.

Press Releases

Seattle Children’s Hospital receives designation as first Level IV neonatal intensive care unit in Washington

06.20.2013

The Washington State Department of Health has designated the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Seattle Children’s ... cont.

Franciscan Health System Opens Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Partnership with Seattle Children’s Neonatology

06.04.2013

Combating a crisis: Global burden of preterm birth can be reduced if critical actions are taken

11.06.2012

New surveys show research and funding is uncoordinated, lacking a cohesive agenda. Article in American Journal of Obstetrics ... cont.