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The BirthPlace

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Giving birth is one of life’s most amazing experiences. At The BirthPlace, the health and well-being of each mother and newborn is our highest priority. We offer premier home-like maternity suites where the mother- and father-to-be can stay together through labor and delivery. In each private birthing room, you can deliver, recover, and receive postpartum care, even if you require a cesarean section. “Rooming-in,” where the baby stays with you in your room, is encouraged, and counselors can assist you in breastfeeding and answer any questions you may have.

The BirthPlace is arranged in a semi-circle with the nurses’ station at the center of the circle. A state-of-the-art central monitoring system feeds continuous medical evaluations of mother and newborn to the station.

If your newborn should need critical care, treatment is provided by highly specialized staff, including board certified neonatologists, in our fully-equipped Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Hearing Loss Screening
All babies born at The BirthPlace undergo Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) screening to check for hearing loss, a common condition which can otherwise go undetected for years. This non-invasive test can help identify problems and avoid developmental delays.

Secured Unit
The BirthPlace is a secured unit. To maintain the highest level of privacy and safety for our families, no one may enter or leave the unit without authorization.

BirthPlace Tours
Tours of The BirthPlace are available for expectant parents and others. To arrange a tour, please call 610-776-4756.

The BirthPlace is located at:
Sacred Heart Hospital
421 Chew Street
3rd Floor
Allentown, PA 18102

“What to Bring to the Hospital” Checklists:


  • Health insurance cards
  • Health care provider phone numbers
  • Hospital pre-admittance forms
  • Your birth plan

Items for Labor

  • Object to use as a focal point
  • Slippers
  • Bathrobe
  • Extra socks
  • Hair bands
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion or massage oil
  • Favorite pillow
  • MP3, iPod, or CD player with relaxing music
  • Books, magazines or other reading material
  • Glasses
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Watch with a second hand
  • Camera or video camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Rolodex, address book, or phone book


Items for Your Husband or Partner

  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Reading material
  • Quarters for vending machines


Items for After Delivery

  • A nightgown
  • Clothes to wear home
  • Baby book
  • Thank you cards or notes
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Deodorant
  • Facial soap
  • Makeup
  • Prescription medications
  • Sibling gift(s)


Items for Baby

  • An outfit to wear home
  • A hat or cap
  • Diapers
  • A car seat
  • Receiving blanket



Lactation Counseling
If you have any questions about breastfeeding, our lactation consultants are specialists who are available to help you overcome common obstacles to breastfeeding. If you have never breastfed before, need help using a breast pump, and/or are having problems getting your baby to breastfeed, please don’t hesitate to contact a lactation expert. They can guide you through the process and help the breastfeeding experience be a bonding one for you and your baby. Please contact The BirthPlace at 610-776-4756.

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