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Old 07-07-2008, 08:16 PM
 
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I just found out I was pregnant, and am new to the area. I was looking to see if anyone could give me advice on a good OBGYN or hospital. I've heard St. Lukes is good. Does it matter if it's the Allentown or the Bethlehem site of St. Lukes? Is one better than another?

I've also heard that Lehigh Valley Hospital is really clinical and has a tendancy to make people just numbers.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:09 PM
 
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Hi and Congratulations!

You really can't go wrong with either hospital, they both have their positive and negative points but are excellent in their own regards just the same.

Lehigh Valley has an excellent perinatal dept which is a nice resource if you should need it as well as a level III NICU, which hopefully you wouldn't need but is there should something happen. Top notch care, modern facility with decent equipment -its a great hospital.

St Lukes technically has a level II NICU as they don't have a pediatric surgeon on board so would have to transport out in case of a surgical emergency. I believe they advertise as a level III as they can accept babies as young as 24 weeks but the lack of a surgeon is potentially problematic. All that aside it is a very nice hospital and you would receive wonderful care there, but these are all things to take into consideration.

IMHO, the Bethlehem campus is the better site as far as resources are concerned, the Allentown one is still kind of an auxiliary hospital in a lot of respects.

Lehigh Valley only delivers at the Cedar Crest campus which is huge.

Best of luck with everything :-)

Last edited by cc_nurse; 07-11-2008 at 12:11 PM.. Reason: added opinion
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:34 AM
 
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I've had all 3 of my babies at St. Luke's in Bethlehem and had a wonderful experience all 3 times! I was high risk with my 2nd and 3rd and was followed the the Perinatal center and they were excellent as far as my care and my babies! I can't say enough good things about them!
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:55 AM
 
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I had both my Children at Leigh Valley and I have to tell you they were AMAZING! I actually called labor and delivery to tell the person in charge how WONDERFUL my nurse was.
Even in the mother/baby ward they were so nice and so helpful not matter what time it was.

I always say how wonderful they are to everyone I meet!

I also liked the fact they had a wonderful NICU just in case

Not sure what OBGYN you go to, but College Heights is wonderful as well!
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:30 PM
 
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Does anyone know about Sacred Heart Hospital? My Dr. works with both Sacred Heart and LVH Cedar Crest. I've heard so much about St. Lukes and LVH, but nothing about Sacred Heart. Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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Sacred Heart has a lot of very devoted nurses and physicians working there but *very* limited resources. If you have the choice, go to LVH-CC, they have everything you could need for most any situation, SH would need to transport out if a problem arose, that uses valuable time in an emergency, just MHO...
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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I had my daughter at LVH and I would not recommend that hospital to anyone! Many things went wrong that could have been prevented and the called for an unnecessary emergency cesarean that landed me in ICU with a transfusion and a breathing tube, and my child in NICU. It all happened because the doctors made such a huge attempt at CYA and not an attempt to actually care for their patient. I've heard St. Luke's is the best. A friend of mine was high risk both times, and did very well there.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:47 PM
 
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You might also look into homebirth. We have some excellent homebirth midwives in the area.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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We had one daughter at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest and one at St. Lukes Allentown. The staff at both were exceptional. My only complaint about St. Lukes Allentown is that I (dad) wasn't allowed to sleep over. St. Lukes was filled and my wife had to share a room and both I and the other dad were told we couldn't stay in the room, even though both moms said they didn't mind. The services at St. Lukes Allentown were much less than LVH-CC. At LVH, it is closer to staying at a hotel, than a hospital. From the menu of food that could be ordered and delivered anytime, to the free wi-fi.
Although we ended up at St. Lukes because of a scheduling goof at LVH-CC. My wife had a c-section scheduled at LVH-CC. At the time we lived about 90 minutes from the hospital, about 20 minutes away, the doctor office called and said LVH-CC couldn't do the c-section and it would need to be rescheduled.
Since we were almost there the doctors office called St. Lukes and got us in there. It was a very surreal start to the birth of our youngest daughter.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Allentown, PA
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We just had a baby at LVH-CC, and we could not have been happier with them. Every doctor, nurse, med student and even people from food service were fantastic.
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