Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
VA throws ‘baby shower’ May 11 for Veteran parents
April 11, 2018
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- To honor and support Veterans welcoming new children into their families in 2018, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is throwing a baby shower Friday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CSRA mothers and fathers who want to participate must RSVP by Monday, April 16 by calling 706-733-0188 ext. 5807. The event will include parenting education, food, games, a photo booth and more. The event is being conducted at the Uptown Campus, room 2B (the Gymnatorium), on 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA 30904.
The event is being done in conjunction with 60 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers around the country also conducting baby showers between May 5-16, the weeks surrounding Mother’s Day, in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
“The Nationwide Baby Shower will ensure Veterans have what they need to focus on the joy of growing their families in those stressful first weeks,” said acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “With this effort, our goal is to celebrate Veteran parents — especially moms — while also increasing awareness of VA’s comprehensive maternity care services and to encourage women Veterans to Choose VA to support their health and wellness goals.”
Women make up approximately 10 percent of the Veteran population in the United States, and nearly half of the nation’s 2 million women Veterans are of reproductive age. VA offers comprehensive primary care, prenatal and preconception (pre-pregnancy) care, infertility services, maternity care services and the first seven days of newborn care.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for military caregivers, is expanding its existing relationship with VA by aiding in welcoming the newest caregivers to the Veteran community through local support and volunteer efforts at each baby shower location. Philips, the Veteran Canteen Service, and other partners are also supporting this initiative, which will provide new Veteran parents with items to help new parents and babies.
More than 2,400 new Veteran parents and new Veteran parents-to-be will be recognized at the events. At least one VAMC in every Veterans Integrated Service Network is participating. All 60 sites can be found at https://www.va.gov/womenvet/acwv/babyShower.asp.
For more information about VA’s benefits and services for women Veterans, as well as the Nationwide Baby Shower, visit www.va.gov/womenvet. For more information about the VA Augusta baby shower, call 706-733-0188 ext. 5807.