Specializing in Complicated and High-Risk Pregnancies
Our twin girls, Camryn and Lydia, couldn't be more perfect. We believe they wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the constant care and monitoring by our perinatologists at St. Luke's. They are like superheroes to us.
The NICU care was also exceptional. There was never a time we felt scared that our babies were not receiving the best possible care. The nurses and doctors treated our girls like they were their own children. —Nicole and Matthew Reimert of Fogelsville
Working with The New Beginnings Family Birth Centers, The St. Luke's Perinatal Centers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of complicated and high-risk pregnancies. The state-of-the-art centers are on the leading edge of diagnosing, and in some cases treating, a baby before it is born.
Perinatal services, provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis in both Bethlehem and Allentown, include:
- Pre-conceptual counseling
- Medical consultation
- Genetic counseling
- High resolution ultrasound
- Comprehensive fetal monitoring
Prenatal diagnosis through such tests as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling
The Perinatal Centers' compassionate and caring staff include fellowship-trained, board-certified perinatologists, as well as fetal ultrasound sonographers, a board-certified genetic counselor and highly trained nurses. The Perinatal Centers average over 15,000 patient visits annually.
As part of the center in Bethlehem, a special inpatient unit – the High-Risk Antenatal Unit – is dedicated to caring for patients experiencing acute complications during pregnancy. Patients in this unit are closely monitored and have access to the full range of services in the New Beginnings Family Birth Centers.
St. Luke's Perinatal Centers offer a complete management program for pregnant women who have or have developed diabetes or for non-pregnant women with diabetes who are contemplating a pregnancy in the future. Working in cooperation with the patient's obstetrician, the Perinatal Centers coordinate a consultation with a perinatologist, a teaching session with a diabetic nurse educator and a diet consultation with a registered dietician. The staff at the Perinatal Centers will continue to closely monitor the pregnancy with periodic ultrasounds, regulation of insulin therapy if needed, and monitoring of the baby's well being through the use of biophysical testing.