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Center for Women Veterans (CWV)

 

Nationwide Baby Shower

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Collage of baby supplies

 

Women make up approximately 10% of the Veteran population in the United States, and nearly half of our nation’s 2 million women Veterans are of reproductive age.  The Department of Veterans Affairs offers comprehensive primary care, prenatal and preconception (pre-pregnancy) care, infertility services, maternity care services, and the first 7 days of newborn care.  However, many women Veterans are unaware of these VA services – we need them to know that this is not their grandfathers’ VA!  In order to foster a connected community as Veterans become parents, the VA is proud to host a baby shower with dedicated partners to provide useful baby items and information on VA programs and services.

To honor and support Veterans welcoming new babies into their families in 2018, VA is hosting the first ever Nationwide Baby Shower for Veterans in May, 2018!  This week-long event will take place at 60 VA Medical across the country from May 7-11, 2018, the week leading up to Mother’s Day on May 13.  So far, over 2,400 new Veteran parents and new Veteran parents-to-be have signed up to participate!  Here’s where we need your help.  In order to provide a uniform experience to our noew Veteran parents, we developed a sweet and sensible new baby package containing a variety of useful baby products:  a diaper bag, new baby toiletries, hair brush and comb set, bib, layette, blanket, and hat.  Just $50 will purchase a new baby kit full of terrific items to be delivered to the Veteran at their local Baby Shower.  There are three ways you can help!

  1. Spread the word – please help us share information about this exciting event with your networks through email and on social media.  You may purchase kits screened for compliance with American Medical Association and American Pediatric Association recommendations at https://www.promoplace.com/205353/stores/Babyshower.  Note:  By accessing this link you will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs web site.  VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked web site.  Reference VA disclaimers.
  2. Purchase multiple kits – if your organization would like to purchase 100 kits or more, we would love to recognize your generosity online and at the events.  Contact Danielle Corazza learn more, particularly if engaging with a non-profit partner would make this option more feasible.