There are many resources for expectant mommies in military families. These organizations provide free baby essentials and support to pregnant soldiers and military spouses. Check out the list below!
- Baby Bundles: This resource provides pregnancy information for E-4 and below Army active duty military and active duty family members who are expecting a new baby. Upon completion you will receive a layette including blankets, wipes, nursing bras and more. This may or may not be available at all bases and program details may vary. Baby Bundles is provided through the ASYMCA. Contact your base for more information.
- Budget for Baby: This resource provides pregnancy information and is open to Marine and Navy members who are active duty or retired, family members with a valid military I.D., surviving spouses and reservists on extended active duty for 30 days or more. After completing the workshop, you will receive a Junior Sea Bag containing bedding, Onesies and more. You will also learn how to adjust your finances for your new baby and can receive extra financial budgeting online payday loans assistance afterwards if you need it. Contact your NMCRS office for more information and to sign up.
- Bundles for Babies: This resource provides pregnancy information and is open to all ranks active duty and active duty spouses for the Air Force. When you complete this course you will receive a bundle with a bath set, Onesies, burp clothes, booties, blankets and more! Contact your Airman Family Readiness Center for more information and to sign up. You will be able to sign up once you are in your 6th month of pregnancy.
- Operation Shower: This resource is for military families who are expecting a new baby during or just after a deployment. To qualify, you must have a spouse/partner who is currently deployed or deploying at some point during the pregnancy, be active duty with a group that is deploying or have a spouse/partner who was injured during a deployment. All branches are eligible. You will need to apply and if there is a shower in your area you will be contacted but you are not guaranteed a shower in your area. Moms who participate will receive a “Shower in a Box” that contains goodies donated by companies and organizations.
- Operation Top Knot: This resource from Soldier’s Angels provides support to infants and pregnant mommies going through deployments. To qualify, you must have a deployed parent or active duty military servicewoman AND be expecting a child or have one under the age of two. If you are pregnant or a new mom in a special circumstance such as having a husband who is NOT deployed BUT is stateside/wounded/veteran you can qualify as well. If you do qualify, you will receive gifts in the mail near your due date month as will your new baby’s big brothers/big sisters. Your deployed service member will also receive an “It’s a Boy!” or “It’s a Girl!” bubble gum cigar at his deployed station. You must apply no earlier than 3 months prior to your due date.
- Star-Spangled Babies: This resource from Operation Homefront is for military families going through deployments or in need no credit check loans of financial assistance. To qualify in most locations, the expectant mommy must have a deployed, wounded, or junior/mid grade service members, however, qualifications may vary by location. Moms attending a shower will receive gifts that have been donated. To find a shower in your area, keep an eye on your local Operation Homefront website/Facebook page. Find your nearest location here.
- Stork Vision Ultrasounds: This resource provides duplicate CD-ROMs of your 3D or 4D ultrasound to your deployed or soon-to-deploy spouse. Packages vary by Stork Vision locations and be sure to ask about a military discount on your ultrasound package.
Also be sure to ask your readiness center and fellow spouses about specific events and programs on your base and in your local community. For instance, Wayne County in North Carolina offers a program called Young Moms Connect where you receive free gifts after completing birthing classes if you are under the age of 25 as well as support classes for military moms!
–Know of any other programs local to your area or specific to your military branch? Share below in the comments! I’d love to “meet” my military families. Post up a photo of your military family on my Facebook wall and let me know what branch you represent!
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