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CTMC's 4th annual 'BabyFest' to feature new activities for dads

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June 24, 2013
Rachel Nelson 512.753.3616
SAN MARCOS, TX – Central Texas Medical Center’s 4th annual BabyFest is a great resource for new and expecting mothers, but there will also be fun new activities for dads and children at this year’s event. 
BabyFest will be held Sunday, July 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the CTMC Main Lobby and central corridors of the CTMC Women’s Center. Bring the whole family to catch up on the latest in products and services for moms, dads and babies.
”As part of CTMC’s growing emphasis on the CREATION Health principles, we are pleased to place a special focus on Activity and father/child Interpersonal Relationships at this year’s BabyFest event,” said Margie Lieck, CTMC Director of Women’s Services.  “As always, we will we have so many great resources for mom, baby and family that are all available within Hays County.”
Dads are encouraged to dress in athletic clothes and take part in HH Fitness’ fitness challenge that will consist of Medicine balls, ropes, and body weight exercises. When they participate, they will be entered into a raffle courtesy of CTMC. Winners will be announced at the end of the event, and participants do not have to be present to win. Prizes will include a $100, $50 and $25 gift card.
“A lot of times expecting parents spend the majority of their time preparing for the new addition to the family and focusing on the baby’s needs.  However, they forget to focus on their own health during this time,” said Heath Herrera, owner of HH Fitness. “Whatever you do as a parent, do not feel selfish for exercising and caring for your health. If you choose to not care for your health you are being selfish in the fact you are not preparing yourself to be the best for your family.”
Last July, nearly 400 new moms, moms-to-be and their families visited BabyFest. This year’s event will feature mini-tours of the Women’s Center and the new Honeysuckle Mommy Baby Boutique. There will also be healthy snacks, great door prizes and dozens of booths featuring products and services for new parents, moms-to-be and their babies. Additional highlights of BabyFest include networking opportunities with area parents and parents-to-be, baby boutiques, eco-friendly products, nutritional options for moms and babies, information on vaccinations and safety, representatives from obstetrics, pediatric physicians who practice at CTMC and more.
In recent years, the Women’s Center has been recognized for developing a breastfeeding program that is among the strongest in the region. Last year, the Texas Department of State Health Services recognized the hospital as Mother-Friendly Worksite for its breastfeeding-friendly practices for employees. CTMC was also recognized as a Texas Ten Step Program Facility for promoting breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns. Additionally, CTMC partnered with the City of San Marcos in 2012 to recognize National Breastfeeding Month locally, which is observed in August. CTMC also serves as a depot for the Austin area Mothers’ Milk Bank and has collected thousands of ounces of donor breast milk since 2011.
For more information about BabyFest, please visit or call 512-753-3818.
About CTMC
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.