CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Two organizations came together on Tuesday to give expectant military moms and dads an educational baby shower.
Maternal and infant health nonprofit March of Dimes partnered with technology company Philips to surprise 40 soon-to-be parents at the "Mission: Healthy Baby" baby shower at Joint Base Charleston.
The shower was in recognition of the many sacrifices of military families, says March of Dimes spokesperson Erin Herrmann.
The "Mission: Healthy Baby" event was designed specifically to address the unique needs of military members who may be stationed far away from the support of family and friends, or who may be actively deployed while their partner is expecting a child at home.
Retired Air Force colonel and a member of the March of Dimes Board of Trustees Harris Brooks said that the event was important to give military families the support they deserve.
"Having a baby is a joyful experience. However, it's also one that comes with anxiety and stress, especially when your spouse is deployed overseas by the U.S. military," Brooks said. "March of Dimes supports all moms, babies and moms-to-be and we're grateful for this opportunity to help these military families."
Together March of Dimes and Philips have launched an online community to support the Mission: Health Baby shower events. The group provides military families with health information and an opportunity to communicate directly with peers, volunteers and health experts.