Tiny Toes Tap Into Maternity Program

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Some 20 babies born last year in Payson Regional Medical Center and their parents got together this month in honor of the hospital's new "Tiny Toes" maternity program to celebrate.


The infants (200 tiny toes) and their parents enjoyed a pastel-colored hobby horse cake, punch, and fresh fruit and received specially engraved baby spoons and balloons at the PRMC Health Outreach Center on North Beeline Highway.


"It was an opportunity for the babies to meet the babies," said PRMC Assistant CEO Missy Spencer.


One lucky little one, 11-month-old Bridget McLaws, received a $5,000 college scholarship in a drawing that was held for babies born last year at PRMC.


The hospital's Tiny Toes program, which began Aug. 1, is open to any expectant mother and is designed to promote the use of PRMC's obstetric and pediatric programs.


The program is not limited to parents planning to have their babies at PRMC. But the yearly drawing for the $5,000 scholarship is only for babies born in the preceding year at the hospital, Spencer said.


Those in the program receive monthly newsletters that guide new parents through pregnancy. Members also receive take-home kits, access to on-line information about having their babies at the Payson hospital and discounts from area merchants.


There is also an "Internet Nursery" for parents, which includes a digital photo of the baby and birth announcements that are sent to a selected group of friends and family.


For information on Tiny Toes, call PRMC at 472-1275.

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