We are humbled by the strength and courage of military families who sacrifice so much for us and our country. With Veteran’s Day here, I want to remind you about our program for military families in your communities. Mission: Healthy Baby®, is a program designed specifically for military families to provide free pregnancy and newborn health information and support services. The program was developed with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW.
Pregnancy has its ups and downs for every woman. But high levels of stress can be a very real problem for moms-to-be who serve in the military or have a partner who does. Very high levels of stress, such as the stress caused by a deployment, may contribute to premature birth or low birthweight in full-term babies. Mission: Healthy Baby® can help.
Mission: Healthy Baby® is a partnership of the March of Dimes and the VFW that offers military families information and education on topics ranging from relieving stress, to learning how to stay healthy during pregnancy, to understanding the costs involved in having a new baby.
The program also treats military moms to the baby shower they might not otherwise have and offers dads ways to get involved. The March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program® also provides information and comfort to families who have sick or premature babies in a hospital newborn intensive care unit. These services help make pregnancy and the birth of a new baby a positive and joyful experience for our military families.
Having a baby is a joyful experience, but it’s also one that comes with anxiety and concerns. We want to thank our military families for their service, support them and help them focus on the new joy in their lives.
Military families can request Mission: Healthy Baby materials by sending their name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org.