Family Birth Center

New Beginnings Family Birth Center

New Beginnings Family Birth Centers

St. Luke’s New Beginnings Family Birth Centers are trusted by more Lehigh Valley parents than any other hospital in the region. The Centers, located at St. Luke’s Campuses in Allentown and in Bethlehem, offer parents the comforts of a safe, family-centered atmosphere to welcome their new babies into the world.


To encourage family time and support for new parents, newborn nursery visiting hours are unlimited and a multi-tiered infant security system is in place for the safety of newborns

The nursing staff is highly skilled in labor, postpartum and newborn assessment and care. They are also specially trained and certified in advanced fetal monitoring. Board-certified anesthesiologists are available 24 hours a day and board-certified obstetricians make daily rounds.

Once baby is born, board-certified pediatricians make daily rounds and internationally board-certified lactation consultants are available to help new mothers who choose to nurse their newborns.


Preparing for your Baby

The New Beginnings Family Birth Centers offer a variety of educational services for new parents. New parents are invited to join classes in the preparation of their new child and are invited to join classes after the child is born. For complete and current class information, visit our Programs and Events section or call St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES toll free.

Lamaze (Prepared Childbirth) and Lamaze Refresher classes are offered at St. Luke’s Hospital. At the Allentown Campus, childbirth classes are taught by the Labor and Delivery Room nurses. For more information or to register, please call 610-628-8668. Lamaze classes are also available at St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem Campus through Childbirth Education Services (CES) * . Please call 610-868-7397 for more information or to register.


St. Luke’s Mother-Baby Resource Guide is On-Line

The St. Luke's Mother-Baby Resource Guide is a comprehensive resource that helps new parents prepare for your pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum and newborn care.


BreastFeeding Answer Line

This service offers information, education, and support for women who want to breast feed. Mothers can leave a message or breastfeeding question on the line anytime of the day. Nurses will respond within 72 hours. The BreastFeeding Answer Line is 610-628-8698 or 800-260-8355.

Please DO NOT leave urgent or emergent messages on this message line. Please DO contact your physician DIRECTLY if you have any urgent questions or concerns.

In the event of a suspected emergency medical condition please CALL 911 or GO TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.


* CES is a separate organization and not affiliated with St. Luke’s University Health Network. CES employees ARE NOT THE EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS of the hospital, but rather are private practitioners.