The Sims family received
the treat of a lifetime Thursday, October 31st, at ETMC with the arrival of a baby
boy at 5:44 a.m.
Christefer Cruz Bell, son of Tammy
Sims was delivered by Dr. Craig
McMullen, an ETMC First Physician clinic physician. Dr. McMullen
said this is the third time he has had a baby delivered at ETMC
Crockett on Halloween during his 7 years of practice there. "I have
delivered babies at ETMC Crockett on several holidays including
Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, New Years, Mother's Day, and
Father's Day, but this is the third time I delivered one on
Halloween," he said.
ETMC Crockett Administrator Terry Cutler presented the family
with a specially framed $2 bill to mark the occasion. "Many
families, including our ETMC Crockett family, commemorate special
events with $2 bills and we felt the Sims family would enjoy
sharing this special memento with Christefer when he is older,"
The Level 1 Birthing Center opened at ETMC Crockett in 2002 and
through 2012 some 2,303 babies entered the world in
one of the five state-of-the art labor and delivery rooms in the
According to statistics, the number of births at ETMC Crockett
have fluctuated, but a state trend indicates a decline overall in
births over the past several years. Crockett has shown a marked
increase. There were about 112 births in Houston County in 1995 and
that number has increased and decreased over the past 20 years but
settled at 227 births at ETMC Crockett in 2012.
According to Kids Count Data Center, births in the state
steadily declined between 2007 and 2011. In 2007 there were 407,625
births; in 2008 there were 405,554; in 2009 there were 401,977; in
2010 there were 386,118 and in 2011 only 377,445.
According to the most recent census, Houston County had a
decrease in population of 2.4 percent between April 1, 2010 and
July 1, 2012, while the state of Texas marked an increase of 3.6
percent during that same time frame.
In addition to Dr. McMullen, Dr. Chris Haeckler also has
privileges at the ETMC Birthing Center but did not have any
Halloween moms this year.