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Kimberly and Christopher Houck, with their newborn baby girl, Hayden, the first baby born at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in 2019.


Newburgh, NY –The Kaplan Family Birthing Center at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) welcomed its first baby of 2019, a beautiful baby girl, Hayden Houck, weighing in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 20 inches long. Proud parents, Kimberly and Christopher Houck of Maybrook welcomed their newest addition shortly after 7 p.m. on January 2. 

Baby Hayden is the second generation born at SLCH, following her father Christopher 30 years prior. Hayden was delivered by Clarice E. Schwartz, Certified Nurse Midwife of Cornerstone Family Healthcare. 

“The entire team was amazing,” said Kimberly. “Everything was great and seamless from the moment I arrived to when Hayden was born; my nurses, the doctor, just everyone. If I were to have another baby, I am definitely going to deliver at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.” 

SLCH’s Kaplan Family Birthing Center has undergone extensive renovation and features some of the newest technologies in the industry, including a wireless fetal monitoring system that allows women in labor to walk freely throughout their labor room. In addition, SLCH labor and delivery rooms include a private bathroom and shower, as well as private and semi-private recovery rooms. Birthing suites for labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum (LDRP) are also available to allow new mothers to remain in the same room throughout their entire birthing experience. The facility also includes a private lactation room where families can utilize all of SLCH’s breastfeeding resources.  A certified lactation consultant also provides assistance and education on breastfeeding techniques and nutrition.  The Birthing Center also has a comprehensive infant security program.

In addition, SLCH has been named a 5-star recipient for Vaginal Delivery for four consecutive years by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This 5-star rating indicates that the hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

For more information or to schedule a free tour of the Kaplan Family Birthing Center, or the Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, please call (845) 568-2365. 

About St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital 
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. The Joint Commission noted SLCH for excellence in Key Quality Measures in the management of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke and Surgical Care. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the fourth year in a row. In January 2018, SLCH officially became part of the Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.