GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Expecting a new baby as a military spouse or as an active duty mom can present its own set of new challenges.
Best-selling author of What to Expect, Heidi Murkoff, partnered with the USO Gulf Coast chapter to give the expecting mothers a baby shower they will not forget. The traditional shower featured games, a Q&A session with Murkoff and tips for healthy pregnancies, deliveries and parenting.
The shower provided a touch of home for the new moms or moms-to-be, who are often away from their friends and support during their pregnancies or right after giving birth.
“You may not have that support or feel that support when you need it the most, I would say. It’s tough when you’re having a baby or have a new baby... maybe your partner is deployed. This is why we come in," explained Murkoff. “We bring moms together. We celebrate them and honor them. We talk a lot about supporting our troops. We also have to remember to support our families.”
The party, held at Climb CDC, was called the USO Special Delivery Baby Shower.
More than 10,000 military spouses and expectant active-duty parents have been served through the program since it launched in 2013. In 2018, the Special Delivery program hosted 58 events across three continents.