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CTMC to host 4th annual 'BabyFest'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                
June 3, 2013
Rachel Nelson 512.753.3616
SAN MARCOS, TX – Whether you’re a new mom, expecting or simply considering pregnancy this year, Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) 4th  annual BabyFest is a great way to become familiar with the latest in products and services for moms and babies. 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.
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, fun activities for dads and children, great door prizes and dozens of booths featuring products and services for new parents, moms-to-be and their babies. 
”Within Hays County we have so many great resources for mom, baby and family,” said Margie Lieck, CTMC Director of Women’s Services. “Moms and moms-to-be are already incredibly busy, so it is important that we bring all of these resources and organizations together for a fun, one-stop shop-ortunity and so much more.”
This year, all the babies born at the Women’s Center in the last 12 months will be invited to the event. Additional highlights of BabyFest include networking opportunities with area new moms and moms-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.
BabyFest was first launched in 2010 after the completion of a $35 million expansion, which consisted of a 64,000-square-foot facility that houses the CTMC Women’s Center.  The Women’s Center features all private rooms, a special laboring-tub for mothers who choose to use it, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and two on-site cesarean section suites.
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.