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July 21st, 2010
BabyFest at Central Texas Medical Center helps new and expectant moms

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Attendees at BabyFest were given the opportunity to ask questions and get information from more than 30 exhibitors.

STAFF REPORT

On July 11, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) hosted its first annual BabyFest at its Women’s Center to a crowd of more than 300 new mothers and expectant mothers. The free community event featured mini-tours of their new Childbirth Center as well as health talks and more than 30 exhibitors offering resources and services for families. There was even a “toy hospital” for the dolls and stuffed animals of the children in attendance.

“We were pleased to see so many moms and moms-to-be join us for our newest community event,” said Gary Jepson, CTMC President and CEO. “The philosophy of our new women’s center is to educate expecting families and bring them every resource they need.”

In 2009, CTMC completed its $35 million expansion and renovation, which features a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and all private rooms. It also includes two Cesarian section suties.

“The program was very helpful and informative in the things I did not know,” said one mother-to-be in attendance. “The tour calmed my nerves and let me see what to expect.”

BabyFest exhibitors included AMEDA, Austin Mommies, B&J Pharmacy, Caring Center for Women, Corridor Primary Care, CTMC Cradle of Care, CTMC Rehabilitation Services, April Todd (Doula), Fireside Photography, CTMC Gift Shop, CTMC Medical Imaging, Mother’s Milk Bank, Perfect Gift, Similac, Strasburg Children and Superior Health Plan.

“We believe that it was a huge success for us and allowed us to branch out and meet and educate participants about the B&J Pharmacy,” said Rebecca Cable, B&J Pharmacy Marketing Manager.

The Women’s Center is planning its first annual Baby’s Birthday Party in November of 2010 for all babies born at the new hospital during the past year.

Visit www.ctmc.org to see photos or find more information about BabyFest.

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