For more than a century (103 years to be exact), Swedish has welcomed more newborns into the world than any other provider in our region. In fact, Swedish delivered 10,000 babies last year. Thanks to the ongoing support of the community and our dedicated donors, we’ve added something new to the “Swedish baby” experience: The Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns. The new center, which debuted in July, was created with the complete needs of moms and babies in mind.
To celebrate the opening, more than 200 donors to the Lytle Center gathered for an evening event featuring guest speaker and new grandmother, Christine Gregoire. Guests were able to tour the center and clinic, peruse the retail offerings, enjoy the outdoor patio and warm ambiance of the fireplace and living room, and learn about the important services offered through the center.
“Since the opening of the Lytle Center, we’ve definitely seen more families coming to us for support,” said Emily Pease, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), “We’ve made it easier to book appointments for lactation and wellness checks, where timing can be critical. Moms and babies shouldn’t have to wait, when even a little bit of support can resolve their issues. Additionally, having more support staff to help with appointment bookings, bra fittings and answering phones really allows me to focus on what I do best, which is working directly with moms and babies to support breastfeeding. I expect we will only see more demand for the great services we are providing here.”
Patients are also accessing the wide variety of educational sessions in the new classroom, as well as postpartum mood disorder support provided by Swedish psychiatrists Veronika Zantop, MD, and Catherine Davies, MD, and learn about other resources in the community they can tap into.
In other words, this is a one-stop baby and family shop. Check out this KING-5 TV segment for a glimpse inside the Lytle Center, and consider taking your own tour if you or someone you know is expecting.
The resources offered at the Lytle Center extend even further into the new mom and parenting community. Swedish is currently partnering with local nonprofit organizations such as PEPS, Listening Mothers and Open Arms Perinatal Services to offer meeting space for support groups and referral services for mom and baby.
“The Lytle Center is the perfect example of how philanthropy can make an impact on patients, an organization, and the community for years to come,” said Chuck Lytle, “These are vitally needed services that are now all in one place and can save babies’ lives. We are so grateful to help.”
How You Can Help?
The Lytle Center is being funded entirely by philanthropic gifts from the community. So far, $2.7 million has been contributed toward the goal of $5 million, which covers cost of the construction and ensures families have access to these important programs and services. Leadership gifts were generously given by Chuck and Karen Lytle, Charles and Lisa Simonyi, Mark and Sarah Everitt, and Pediatrix/Obstetrix.