Childbirth resources for military families

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Baby carriers
Baby showers
Breast pumps and supplies
Budget for Baby
Doula
Essential baby items
Postpartum support and continuity of care


Baby carriers

The Carrying On Project
http://www.carryingonproject.org/
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


Baby showers

Operation Once in a Lifetime's Operation Baby Shower
http://operationonceinalifetime.com/wp-content/themes/opsol/OOIALPrograms.php
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
http://www.operationhelpahero.org/ohh-baby-showers.html
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's Star Spangled Babies
https://www.operationhomefront.org
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
http://operationshower.org/
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
http://osoamil.org/
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)
www.sandiegomom.org
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.

Soldiers' Angels Baby Brigade
https://soldiersangels.org/Baby-Brigade-Team.html
Soldiers' Angels Baby Brigade is a fun-filled team that provides virtual baby showers for expectant spouses of deployed service members and expectant spouses of post-9/11 wounded, ill, or injured service members and veterans by providing virtual baby showers.

In addition to a special gift basket from Soldiers’ Angels, our expectant mother will receive a virtual baby shower from Angels across the country. Our dedicated Team Angels not only shop for baby items to help the military family prepare for their new little bundle of joy but many also put their personal sewing and crafting talents to use and lovingly create handmade baby gifts, including blankets and booties. 

To be eligible for this program, the expectant mother must be the spouse of a deployed service member or the spouse of a post-9/11 wounded, ill, or injured service member or veteran. They must be also within ninety (90) days of their estimated due date and must not have already given birth.



USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery
https://www.uso.org/programs/baby-showers-uso-and-what-to-expect-present-special-delivery
The USO and What to Expect have partnered for a seventh year to host free baby showers for military parents-to-be around the globe. Heidi Murkoff, the best-selling author of the “What to Expect” book series and founder of What to Expect, hosts each event in conjunction with a local USO center.

Combining traditional baby shower games with a one-of-a-kind Q&A session with Heidi, the showers provide a touch of home for moms-to-be who are often away from their families, friends and support networks during their pregnancies. Target continues to support the Special Delivery program, contributing to every attendee gift bag, which includes items for parent and baby. Also, each attendee receives a personally signed book donated by Heidi and the opportunity for hugs and photos together.

Over 12,000 military spouses and expectant active-duty parents have been served through this program since it was launched in 2013. In 2019, Special Delivery hosted 51 events across three continents – 32 showers, 14 reunions and five showers for expecting fathers.


Breast pumps and supplies

TriCare
​http://www.tricare.mil/breastpumps
TRICARE covers breast pumps and breast pump supplies at no cost for new mothers, including mothers who adopt an infant and plan to breastfeed. You are welcome to check out these organizations who would love to assist you:


Budget for Baby (Marines, Navy)

Budget for Baby
http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/budgeting-for-a-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.


Doula

Operation Doula (Military Birth Resource Network) (San Diego, CA)
https://www.militarybirthresourcenetwork.org/operation-doula
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
www.operationspecialdelivery.com
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.


Essential baby items for military families

MOM4USA (California)
www.mom4usa.org
https://www.facebook.com/MOM4USAORG/
If you are expecting your first baby you may register to receive a Baby Care Package full of essential infant items.

Operation Homefront
https://www.operationhomefront.org/
Operation Homefront's Critical Financial Assistance program helps military families address critical financial shortfalls. Most often, this means assistance with mortgage payments, rent, utilities, car repairs, home repairs, overdue bills, critical baby items, and groceries. Learn more - LINK


Postpartum support and continuity of care

Military Birth Resource Network
https://www.militarybirthresourcenetwork.org/
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
http://www.postpartum.net/Get-Help/PSI-Support-for-Military-Families.aspx
Military families face unique stressors that make them more susceptible experiencing perinatal mood disorders. Our Volunteer Support Coordinators are available to offer peer support, information, and resources for military families. Please contact one of our dedicated volunteers. You are not alone. Join us for our weekly online support group for military families!

PSI also offers a free military support group. Participants need to register to save their seat in the meeting. - LINK
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