Martinsburg VA Medical Center
Annual Baby Shower held at Martinsburg VAMC
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) Women Veterans Program held its 3rd Annual Baby Shower for 15 new moms and moms-to-be this week.
Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) donated car seats, baby clothes, diaper bags, baby shampoo, toys and more.
“We cannot express enough gratitude to the Volunteers and VSOs that were generous enough to donate,” said Missy Cool, LPN, Maternity Care Coordinator. “I was overjoyed to the point of tears in seeing the office fill with supplies for our women Veterans.”
The Women Veterans Program Maternity Care Coordinator assists women Veterans in finding their outside providers for pre-natal and delivery care. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does not provide these services, but they do help cover and coordinate that care.
“Acting as a liaison for our maternity Veterans is crucial aspect to my role,” said Cool. “Pregnancy can be a stressful time for our expecting mothers and having the ability to form a close relationship with an outside agency (OBGYN) to ensure continuity of care is the most important goal.”
The event wasn’t just all just fun and baby shower games; the women Veterans were treated to helpful demonstrations such as yoga and reiki along with informative presentations on nutrition, post-partum depression, medication safety and primary care services.
“Prenatal yoga is all about making space for the baby and moving the hips outward,” said Shianne Galt, yoga instructor and recreation therapist at the Martinsburg VAMC. “Post-natal yoga is about bringing the body back inward. Yoga is very beneficial to help your changing body.”
The Martinsburg VAMC Women Veterans Program provides comprehensive gender-specific care. Services provided include primary care, counseling, disease prevention, screening, telehealth, mental health and gynecologic care. There are currently more than 3,500 women enrolled within the 22-county catchment area.
“Our women Veterans have served their country and now they are serving a new purpose as moms,” said Teresa Wenner, Women Veterans Program Manager. “This is one small way we can recognize and support them on their motherhood journey.”
If you are a woman Veteran who wants to enroll in VA Health Care, please visit www.va.gov/health-care.