Childbirth resources for military families
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Breast pumps and supplies
Budget for Baby
Gifts, gift baskets
Postpartum support and continuity of care
The Carrying On Project
For generations, the practice of babywearing has made caring for children easier while helping them develop or maintain life-long bonds with caregivers. The goal of the Carrying On Project is to help get carriers to the families of our military so that they may better obtain secure attachments with their children, something that deployment and injuries will often interrupt. We seek to assist both the service members and the families left behind in “Carrying On” while both home and away, to make something that is difficult for the whole family a little bit easier
Operation Baby Shower (Operation Once in a Lifetime)
Expecting a child is an exciting time. For most, this time includes a baby shower thrown by family and close friends. For a service member and/or their spouse, this isn't always possible as they spend years away from their loved ones, transferring from duty station to duty station. Operation Baby Shower was created to step in and assist with the makings of the almost perfect baby shower. Contact us to see how we can help make the expected arrival of your new little one a special event.
Operation Help A Hero
Operation Help A Hero is a public charity dedicated to the well-being and care of our American military members. Our programs support military units and families as they prepare for separation, while they endure the challenges of deployment, and as they transition back to the US. Our projects uplift our military heroes and send a clear message of support to their entire family. Operation Help A Hero connects communities with service members and provides real opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those who serve our country. We are an all volunteer organization. All board members and directors volunteer their time to focus all donations on our projects and the military heroes they serve.
Operation Homefront - Star Spangled Babies
Operation Homefront is provides exciting morale building opportunities through a variety of programs. This includes Star Spangled Babies, a baby shower hosted by local Operation Homefront chapters for expectant military spouses or female service members or those about to adopt, in the paygrades of E-1 through E-6.
Operation Shower recognizes and honors the sacrifices military families make by producing and coordinating baby showers for expecting military personnel and their families. Operation Shower provides joyful baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment.
For military families who are expecting a new baby and are experiencing or have recently experienced deployment, we accomplish our mission through:
- hosting amazing baby showers
- delivering high-quality products
- creating a shared experience
- partnering with organizations to provide value-added services, such as health-related information
Operation Showers of Appreciation
Operation Showers of Appreciation is a non-profit tax-exempt organization, whose mission is to honor our military families in a unique way by showering them with gifts for their newborn babies, providing support during difficult times, and letting them know the many sacrifices of both the families and service members are appreciated.
OSOA does this by hosting and co-hosting large scale baby showers in honor of our local military and their families. We are a volunteer and donation based organization. All proceeds are evenly dispersed at our Annual Baby Showers.
San Diego Military Outreach Ministries (SDMOM)
SDMOM is an incorporated charity supported by churches, civic organizations, businesses, military members and private donors working with other nonprofit organizations. With a small paid staff of military wives and many volunteers, SDMOM provides helping services to thousands of enlisted families each year. All services are provided free of charge. Services include nearly daily distribution of food, furniture and household goods, children’s supplies and hosting holiday events, baby showers and family events.
SDMOM serves the junior enlisted military family (mostly ranks E-5 and below), typically headed by a 19-23 year old, with young children, away from home, and trying to survive in our expensive economy on a low salary while struggling with high debt and the family stresses of deployment.
USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery
In 2013, the USO launched a new partnership with the What to Expect Foundation to host baby showers for military moms-to-be around the globe. Each of the showers include a question and answer session with Heidi Murkoff, the best-selling author of the “What to Expect” book series and features traditional baby shower activities.
The shower events are hosted by Murkoff in collaboration with a USO center and provide a touch of home for moms-to-be who are often away from their families, friends and support network when they are expecting.
Since launching in August 2013, the program has supported nearly 4,000 military spouses and expectant active-duty mothers. Twenty nine Special Delivery events are planned for 2017 and will support expecting mothers in the U.S., Pacific and Europe.
Breast pumps and supplies
TRICARE covers breast pumps and breast pump supplies at no cost for new mothers, including mothers who adopt an infant and plan to breastfeed.
Budget for Baby (Marines, Navy)
Budget for Baby
The Budget for Baby program is operated entirely by volunteers, is designed to serve new, or prospective, parents who want to learn about the impact that a new baby can have on the financial situation of the family. Clients learn about variations in pay and increased expenses, common consumer pressures targeted to new parents, and entitlements available through both government and private sources.
The Layette is given to any eligible recipient who attends a Budget for Baby workshop or receives individual counseling. It consists of a coordinated set of bedding and clothing, a baby book, and a handmade gift from a Society volunteer, packed in an environmentally sensitive tote. To receive a layette, eligible clients should contact the NMCRS office closest to their duty station or residence to register for our Budget For Baby class or make an appointment to see a caseworker. This service is available at all NMCRS locations.
Operation Doula (Military Birth Resource Network) (San Diego, CA)
Operation Doula provides no-cost doula support as an option for any family delivering at Balboa Hospital in San Diego on an as available basis once a mom is admitted and in active labor. The doulas within the network are trained by a national or internationally recognized organization. The birth professionals listed have endorsed the Military Birth Resource Network's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and adhere to the guidelines set forth by Operation Doula for volunteers. These professionals endorse our goal to make a positive difference for pregnant women, new mothers, and their families through education, nurturing, and advocacy while fostering respect, knowledge, and integrity among professionals everywhere. Volunteer doulas are an option for any family.
Operation Special Delivery
Operation Special Delivery is a non profit providing military families with professional labor and birth doulas on a sliding scale based on military rank and pay. All members of Operation Special Delivery wish to extend their deepest gratitude to you and your family for the sacrifices that you make each and every day.
Gifts, gift baskets
If you are expecting your first baby you may register to receive a Baby Care Package full of essential infant items.
Operation Top Knot (Soldiers' Angels)
Founded by college student Audri Cid in November 2003, Top Knot is a nationwide network of service clubs and individuals who sew, knit and shop to create gift baskets for infants and expectant mothers in military families. Deployments are difficult on the entire family unit, but even more so when that family is expecting or has an infant child. Our mission is to commend the women and children at home for their strength, to let them know we are proud of their sacrifices as well as their husbands' and fathers', and most importantly, to do what we can to support them during the emotionally challenging times of deployment.
Our dedicated volunteers knit, crochet, sew, quilt, and design blankets, booties, hats, onesies, bibs, and many more homemade gifts. We also assemble and deliver gift baskets full of goodies such as bottles, diapers, onesies, pacifiers, washcloths, grooming kits, and more. Additionally, we make sure to remember Dad by sending "It's a Boy!" or "It's a Girl!" bubblegum cigars to wherever he is stationed.
Support Our Soldiers' Special Delivery
Our “Stork Specialists” love to welcome new military babies into our SOS family with pride and tenderness. For our families needing extra support, we provide blankets, bibs, onesies, washcloths, small toys, and summer/winter clothes size newborn to 12 months. We welcome donations of handmade baby quilts, blankets, booties, etc. if your talent is creating these special gifts as well.
Postpartum support and continuity of care
Military Birth Resource Network
The Military Birth Resource Network has a mission to enable continuity of care by providing the necessary community, network, resources and awareness to our military families stateside and those stationed overseas.
Postpartum Support International
Our support coordinators available to offer peer support, information, and resources for military women and their families for pregnancy or postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and recovery. Please contact one of the coordinators listed on the website.
PSI also offers a free military support group. Participants need to register to save their seat in the meeting. - LINK