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New Braunfels Hospital Designated Baby Friendly

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels has been named a Bab-Friendly birth center.

A New Braunfels hospital has earned a much-sought-after designation as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.


If you deliver a baby at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels, you won’t be separated from your newborn.  Lactation consultant Kathy Parkes says the hospital is committed to making bonding and breastfeeding as easy and as natural as possible.

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CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels will deliver 600 to 700 babies this year.


"We are able to put babies skin to skin immediately following delivery," Parkes explained. "And we have no centralized nursery."

CHRISTUS New Braunfels is the first hospital in central and South Texas to be named a Baby-Friendly birth center, one of only 18 in Texas. It’s a global designation by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Parkes said their facility is starting to become a destination for area expectant mothers. "We have moms coming in from San Antonio. We’ve had moms from Austin," she said.

This year the CHRISTUS New Braunfels hospital will deliver six to 700 babies.

Wendy Rigby is a San Antonio native who has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. She spent two decades at KENS-TV covering health and medical news. Now, she brings her considerable background, experience and passion to Texas Public Radio.