All parents look forward to healthy pregnancies and routine deliveries. But unexpected challenges or complications sometimes occur. Mothers-to-be and newborns whose needs require more advanced care no longer have to travel to Tacoma or downtown Seattle. Valley Medical Center's state-of-the-art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides special monitoring, treatment, technology (including ventilation), and staff for sick or premature infants.

Neonatal intensive care at Valley Medical Center offers neonatologists and nurse practitioners available around the clock. Staff also practice developmental care, which research attributes to more positive outcomes in the sickest infants. Premature or fragile infants who require complex surgery may be transferred to a facility that offers a higher level of specialty care.

During 2005, Valley Medical Center's NICU was remodeled so that families could room together with their infants.

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"We had excellent care and friendly nurses who gave us all the privacy
we needed. If we had been in Seattle I would only have gotten to see them
twice a week or so. But since they were at Valley, I could be with them two
or three times a day."

— Parm Jeet Kaur, mother of twin babies born at Valley Medical Center
    2 months early and weighing just 3 pounds each.

Evaluations & Therapy
Specially trained physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists serve on our multidisciplinary team in the NICU to provide developmental evaluations and therapy to these fragile patients. Childrens Therapy staff is available Monday through Friday.

View more information about Childrens Therapy.

Finding Comfort Through Connections

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