Evergreen Hospital Medical Center is celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Baby & Family Boutique, located in Suite 320 of the Coral
Building at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, 12040 NE 128th St. in Kirkland. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, year-round. Parking is free.
This retail outlet opened in 2003 with a few items on a bookshelf when the Breastfeeding Center staff realized parents of newborns were having trouble finding recommended products. It expanded to a clinic room, and then moved to an old storage room. Four years ago the boutique moved to the third floor of the Coral Medical Office Building.
The Baby & Family Boutique offers products such as breast pumps (for sale and for rent), breast pump parts, breast milk storage options, Mustela skin care line, nursing bras, belly support belts for during and after pregnancy and nursing tank tops. The accessory line features swaddle blankets, options for starting solids for infants, locally hand-made baby clothing, baby carriers like Moby Wrap and Ergo Baby carrier, educational toys, and books on parenting, breast feeding and baby care. The products are available for hands-on decision making instead of looking online. The highly-trained staff will answer questions and demonstrate how to use these items.
Certified bra fitters will help find the right bra for nursing mothers. In addition to getting a comfortable bra, proper fit may prevent lactation-related issues.
Appointments may also be made with Evergreen breastfeeding consultants to help mother and baby figure out this natural but sometimes difficult process.
The boutique is open to the public, not just families who have given birth at Evergreen. For more information, visit www.evergreenhospital.org.