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Family Birth Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center


Exterior view of Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington
400 NE Mother Joseph Pl.
Vancouver, WA 98664
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Becoming a mom is full of joyful moments you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Our devoted Family Birth Center team is here for you during every step of your journey. Birthing classes, private suites and dedicated, family-focused care will help keep you and your baby healthy before, during and after delivery.

 

Why Choose Us

  • Single-room care for labor, delivery and recovery
  • Baby sleeps in room with mother in Halo bassinet
  • Adjacent single-room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • 24-hour onsite specialty providers
  • Options for natural birth, water birth and midwives
  • We have been named one of the best maternity hospitals in the United States by Newsweek magazine for three years in a row. Read more.

We understand you may be concerned about COVID-19 and its possible impact on the hospital and your upcoming birthing experience. Please be assured we are taking multiple precautions to keep you, your family and your newborn safe.

We are temporarily suspending all in-person classes and tours due to COVID-19. Many of these are now being offered through video and Facebook Live. Please see our class listings below for details. You may also watch the birth center tour videos below in English or en Español.
 

Our Safety Measures

Keeping Mother and Baby Safe

We understand you may be concerned about COVID-19 and its possible impact on the hospital and your upcoming birthing experience. We recognize that pregnant women and newborns may be at a higher risk for contracting the virus, and we understand your fears.
Please be assured we are taking multiple precautions to keep you, your family and your newborn safe.

Your safety is important to us

Our number one goal is to keep you, your newborn baby and family members safe and provide you with the best experience possible.


A message from Alyson Alexander, RN, nurse manager of the PeaceHealth Southwest Family Birth Center.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Who we are

Every baby is special and needs the nurturing that loving parents provide in order to thrive. Sometimes, babies are even more fragile, born with special medical needs. PeaceHealth Southwest offers specialized treatment for these newborns in the Holtzman Twins Special Care Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The Holtzman Twins Special Care Nursery is housed within PeaceHealth Southwest’s Family Birth Center. The nursery is designed to keep mom and baby close by offering private rooms with sleeping accommodations, so parents can be near their baby at all times.

A recent expansion of the Holtzman Twins Special Care Nursery and the NICU has increased capacity so we can better care for even more of these special babies and their families. We’re grateful to the David and Patricia Nierenberg family for the donation that made this expansion possible.

What we do

We offer state-of-the-art-technology, dedicated respiratory service for the newborn, a dedicated pharmacy specializing in newborns, and specialized nursing staff certified in neonatal intensive care nursery.

Our experienced team of board-certified neonatologists or neonatal nurse practitioners, from OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital's nationally ranked Neonatal Care Center, are on staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Support the NICU

You can help support the most fragile infants in our community by purchasing an art glass Tribute Tile to honor a beloved baby or anyone who is near to your heart. Your tile will be installed in our Family Birth Center and will remain a lasting tribute to that special someone.


Watch a KGW story about our NICU Music Therapy Program

NICU Graduate Assessment Program (GAP)

The NICU Graduate Assessment Program (GAP) is a NICU follow-up clinic that provides a detailed assessment of babies and children at risk for developmental delay.

We partner with parents and guardians to provide the education, skills and support required to make a lasting difference.

What we do

PeaceHealth cares about how you and your baby grow together. This program provides a comprehensive assessment of a child’s neuromotor function, growth and nutrition, language and motor development, and social skills. We know that when we identify developmental needs as early as possible, we can help provide the guidance, services and family support you need to help your child develop to their fullest potential.   

We evaluate babies and children at regular intervals, based on their medical and developmental history. Our team is made up of a pediatrician, a neonatologist, physical and occupational therapists, and a social worker. 

Who we serve

Infants and children birth to age three who have experienced prematurity, low birth weight, and those with special care needs during the newborn period. 

What to expect

  • Evaluation and physical exam to determine need for services such as physical, occupational or speech therapy.
  • Immediate feedback about child’s test results, and recommendations for therapies or activities, if needed.
  • Referral to specialists, if needed.
  • Coordination of care with your child’s pediatrician and other healthcare providers.
  • Assessment of family’s needs and assistance in accessing resources.

Caregiver resources

Download a list of resources for parents and caregivers.

Contact us

Phone:  360-514-4026 
Fax:  360-729-3542 
Email: RSSW-neograd@peacehealth.org 

Our clinic is funded by generous community support from the Nierenberg NICU Development Outcomes Fund. 

Classes & Support Groups

Having a baby can be a marvelous and wonderful experience, especially if you're prepared. The Family Birth Center at PeaceHealth Southwest can help you prepare for labor and birth as well as the experiences you and your family will enjoy during baby's first year.

We're happy to help you through the process. View the classes offered at Southwest below or call us at (360) 514-2229 with any questions you have about our programs. Please call your doctor or other healthcare provider with medical questions.

For clients in need of special accommodations please call (360) 514-2229.


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