The Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns
The 2013 Fund-A-Need project for the 28th annual Celebrate Swedish 2013 gala on April 27 was the new Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns, a unique community resource soon to be located at Swedish/First Hill. The event generated $2.6 million for the new center, scheduled to open in summer of 2013.
This 5,000 square-foot space will provide an array of care and support services that enable Swedish to provide comprehensive care to mothers and their newborns that continues through the first days and months of a new baby's life.
In addition to housing designated clinics for postpartum checkups, lactation consultations, and well-baby follow up visits, the Lytle Center will serve as a warm and welcoming community gathering place, offering educational programs, fitness activities and support groups to new families. Following are just a few of the programs available at the Center:
Women and Infants Follow-Up and Clinic
- New mothers and infants will come to the clinic three to five days post-discharge for a wellness check to ensure mom and baby are both healthy.
- Social work and psychiatry services will provide screening and individualized care for women experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression.
Women, Infants and Children’s Wellness Center
- Warm, living-room like gathering space for new moms, infants and families to rest, breastfeed, and connect with other new moms and families.
- Outside playground for toddlers and children and covered, warm, outside seating area for families.
The Center is slated to open in Summer 2013. The Foundation is planning to raise $3 million for the construction of the space and an additional $2 million for programs. Chuck and Karen Lytle have generously provided the initial major gift to construct the Center.