CTMC Partners With City of San Marcos, WIC For National Breastfeeding Month Proclamation
SAN MARCOS, TX – In partnership with Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) and the Texas Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), the City of San Marcos issued a proclamation July 31 to recognize National Breastfeeding Month, which is observed in August. The hospital will host a Latch event Aug. 7 to support and promote World Breastfeeding Day. The event is set to kick off at 11 a.m. and will include several mothers gathering in the CTMC Women’s Center waiting room to breastfeed their babies. All area breastfeeding women are encouraged and welcome to attend.
|CTMC's Chief Nursing Officer Lana Cameron, Lactation Nurse Mary Goulais and Director of Women's Services Margie Lieck have contributed to the hospital's breastfeeding-friendly practices.
“Because Texas has the most uninsured women and infants in the United States, and because breast milk is proven the most complete nutrition for infant feeding, promoting breastfeeding is one of the most beneficial things we can do support the well-being of women and children in Hays County,” said CTMC Director of Women’s Services Margie Lieck.
Following CTMC’s Latch event, WIC will host a World Breastfeeding Celebration on Aug. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. at its San Marcos location, 700 N. LBJ, suite 104, that will feature breastfeeding information and an opportunity for mothers to apply for WIC.
The city’s proclamation follows several of CTMC’s breastfeeding initiatives, the most recent of which includes earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.
“We have worked very hard to earn the Texas Ten Step Program designation,” Lieck said. “And we are proud to join the other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to our new mothers.”
Based on the World Health Organization (WHO)/ UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birth facility’s support of breastfeeding mothers before, during, and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to have 82 percent of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged.
CTMC also received a Mother-Friendly Worksite designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services in May. CTMC filed an application to become a Mother-Friendly Worksite after implementing a private feeding/pumping room and making a $3,000 investment for 2 state-of-the-art breast pumps. The equipment was funded by a grant from the Women’s Council, a unique fundraising committee of the CTMC Foundation that utilizes member dues to fund its efforts rather than traditional events and activities.
Last year, CTMC partnered with the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin to become the only Certified Milk Bank in Hays County. Since then, CTMC has donated around 30,000 ounces of donor breast milk to the Austin Milk Bank. New milk donors will be present at CTMC’s upcoming Latch event.
The hospital provides breastfeeding instruction and support services to mothers in San Marcos and surrounding communities and maintains an 80 percent in-hospital breastfeeding rate. For more information, visit ctmc.org or call 512-753-3723. To learn more about becoming a Mother Friendly Worksite, visit www.texasmotherfriendly.org.
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 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC 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.