SAN MARCOS, TX – Whether you’re already expecting or simply considering pregnancy this year, Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) 3rd 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 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the CTMC Main Lobby and central corridors of the CTMC Women’s Center.
Last July, more than 400 new moms, moms-to-be and their families visited BabyFest. This year’s event will feature mini-tours of the Women’s Center, healthy snacks, great door prizes and more than 30 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 since it opened in late 2009 have also been invited to the event. CTMC’s baby photographer will be on hand to take complementary photos of the babies and their families. 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 including the new Women’s Center. The Women’s Center features all private rooms, a special laboring-tub for mothers who choose to use it, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and two on-site cesarean section suites. CTMCs’ breastfeeding program is among the strongest in the area. In fact, the hospital recently received the special designation of a Mother-Friendly Worksite because of its breastfeeding-friendly practices for staff who work at the hospital. The facility also serves as a depot for the Austin area Mothers’ Milk Bank.
For those interested in setting up an exhibitor table at the event, vendor applications are being accepted through June 22. Door prizes and/or coupons for the gift bags may be contributed until July 13. For more information about BabyFest, please visit www.ctmc.org or call 512-753-3818.
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.
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.