Conroe, TX— Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will celebrate National Midwifery Week from October 5 - 11. CRMC is the only hospital in the service area where midwives attend births in the Labor & Delivery unit. During the month of October, all babies whose birth is attended by a midwife will receive a special gift.

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are advanced-practice registered nurses who completed advanced training and passed a national licensing exam. They provide an all-inclusive approach to caring for women from adolescence through menopausal years and beyond. In addition, they provide prenatal care and prepare women for birth, while creating a personal birthing experience that allows women to actively participate in their healthcare decisions. Midwives deliver compassionate, personalized, comprehensive healthcare, while providing support, education, and treatment of general gynecology and health care services needed throughout a women’s lifespan.

At CRMC the midwives and nursing staff work together to orchestrate your ideal birth in a safe and satisfying environment, while providing the highest quality care. The midwives are experts in low-risk maternity care, and work in collaboration with the obstetrician and gynecologist physicians who are always readily available for consultation and emergencies.

The midwives at CRMC strive to minimize interventions, and patients have options for pain management, including alternative and complementary modalities such as showers, birthing balls, birthing peanuts, rocking chairs, as well as IV medication and epidurals. CRMC also has options for intermittent fetal monitoring.

Conroe Regional Medical Center has committed to improving the health of newborns and infants by 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.

CRMC also has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and neonatology team consisting of board-certified neonatologists and expertly-trained support staff for babies born too early, or newborns with health conditions. Currently, CRMC is in in Phase III of a master facility expansion and renovation project that includes The Women and Children’s Center. The Women and Children’s Center will offer a modernized look with spacious rooms and a family lounge area for family members and guests to have a place to relax and gather. The renovations are currently in the final phase and have a completion date of December 2014.

For more information regarding The Women and Children’s Center or any services at CRMC, please call Kristen Barker at 936-539-7084.

About Conroe Regional Medical Center

Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is a tertiary acute care hospital that has been serving the community for more than 75 years. It provides a 24-hour Trauma III emergency care center, Level III neonatal intensive care, critical care, cardiac care services and has a Satellite Imaging Center – Lake Area Imaging in Montgomery. CRMC is a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, has an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, TMF Award of Excellence in Quality, an American College of Radiology Award full Accreditation for Quality and Excellence in MRI, and Pathway to Excellence Designation for nursing care. CRMC has a recognized women’s center, physical therapy, radiology, hyperbaric medicine diagnostic/imaging services and wound care facilities. For more information on Conroe Regional Medical Center’s programs and services, please call 936-539-1111 or go towww.conroeregional.com.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs ofGreater HoustonandSouth Texas residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 10 hospitals, 9 ambulatory surgery centers, 14 diagnostic imaging facilities, 8 off-campus emergency centers, a hospital-based express care center, 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 our website atwww.HCAGulfCoast.com.