June 12, 2018

Lactation consultants Katie Perez and Shannon Scott promote the benefits of breastfeeding to new moms in the Lake Houston area.

In celebration of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, The Women and Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center is hosting an educational baby fair on Saturday, August 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to illustrate the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, provide ongoing support and promote community resources for new moms.                      

Whether you are a first time or “experienced” parent, certified childbirth educators at The Women and Children’s Center can help prepare you and your entire family for what to expect, before and after you take your baby home.

The day’s festivities will begin with The Big Latch On at 10:00 a.m., an internationally synchronized breastfeeding celebration, in which mothers and children simultaneously breastfeed during a one-minute count across 31 countries in 826 locations. 

Vendors from across the area will be showcasing baby/family inspired services to reach families with young children, including: Baby Dream Cream, Babywearing International of Greater Houston, LuLaRoe with Sara and Andrea, Tynkle Tykes, dōTERRA, The Lake Houston Family Y, Hilltop Designs, Captain Swim, and Costco to name just a few. 

“Hosting this annual event is one of the many ways the Women & Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center increases awareness about the health benefits breastfeeding can provide,” said Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center. “The Women & Children’s Center has earned the prestigious Texas Ten Step Program designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services and joins other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to new mothers as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.”

The Women and Children’s Center provides a full range of expertise from prenatal care through labor and delivery to postpartum care. The newborn nursery, neonatal transport team and Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provide comprehensive care close to home for the tiniest patients. At Kingwood Medical Center, neonatologists work with neonatal nurse practitioners, who are on the unit 24/7, along with specially trained registered nurses to monitor and care for each baby in the unit. The family-centered unit encourages skin-to-skin contact between baby and parent through “Kangaroo Care,” and breastfeeding is strongly encouraged.

The Women and Children’s Center offers monthly classes in Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding, Infant Safety and CPR, Newborn Care, a Sibling Class, and a Grandparents Class. To register for classes or for a physician referral, please call 1-800-258-5064. Visit Kingwood Medical for a description of the classes and details about the breastfeeding support groups at Kingwood Medical Center. For more information about the Big Latch On, visit Big Latch On.

For more information, please contact Katherine Perez Olivares

Kingwood Medical Center is a 411-bed acute care facility that has provided quality care to the Lake Houston Area for over 25 years. It is home to the area’s only comprehensive cardiac care and neuroscience programs. The hospital is recognized by DNV as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and ADA as an Accredited Diabetes Center.

Our Women & Children’s Center provides Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, high-risk obstetrics, a breast diagnostic center, a designated pediatric unit, and the area’s only pediatric emergency department. The hospital also provides surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and emergency services – including a 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Creek. The GI Center complete the services offered at Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home.

Kingwood Medical Center complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, payment source or ability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

About HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division

HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 17 hospitals, nine ambulatory surgical centers, 10 freestanding emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150- mile radius. For more information, visit HCA Gulf Coast.