Premature Babies

Babies born after 39 weeks of pregnancy is considered Full Term. Babies born between 37-39 weeks of pregnancy are considered Early Term.  Babies born between 34-36 weeks of pregnancy are considered Late Preterm.  Babies born before 34 weeks of pregnancy are considered Pre-Term. The earlier a baby is born, the greater their risk for complications. Some of these complications include growth and mental development impairments, jaundice​, temperature stability issues, respiratory problems and feeding challenges. 
 
At PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, babies born prematurely are immediately placed in our Special Care Nursery where they receive one-on-one care. Our Special Care Nursery is staffed with skilled nurses and specialized technology, ensuring expert care is provided to babies requiring a higher level of care.
 
Extended or long-term care may require mechanical support. In these situations, we use infant transport (a specialized transport service) to utilize services found in Everett or Seattle. ​​