Holly Mongi of Bethlehem did not think she was going to have her daughter, Daphne, at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Muhlenberg's Family Birth and Newborn Center back in 2017. It was set to open just after her due date – but that changed.
“As my due date approached, my doctor and I were looking to schedule a cesarean section (C-section) for me if I went past due. My first child was an emergency C-section, so I decided if I did not go into labor naturally by my due date, we would schedule a C-section,” Mongi says.
It just so happened that Mongi’s obstetrician gynecologist, Reena Kanabar, MD, with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology–West Broad, was available to deliver Daphne on the first or second day the new family birth facility opened.
For Mongi, it was a huge blessing.
“I was so excited because this meant I'd be much closer to home, and I would get to see the brand-new hospital wing,” she shares. “When we arrived, I remember my first thought was, 'It's so quiet!' Everything was pristine and ready when we got there, and the staff and nurses were really welcoming and friendly.”