GROTON, Conn. – Twenty-five expectant military spouses and service members assigned to Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London and its tenant commands were honored with a group baby shower hosted by the March of Dimes at the Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum, July 23.
The mission of the non-profit organization March of Dimes is to promote full-term pregnancies and help expectant mothers take charge of their health. The organization’s “Mission: Healthy Baby” effort is specifically designed to address the unique needs of expectant military mothers who may be stationed far away from the support of family and friends, or who may have a spouse who is deployed.
Capt. Todd Moore, commanding officer, SUBASE New London, thanked the March of Dimes, SUBASE New London’s Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC), the local community and other organizations for their continued support of service members and their families.
“We are so happy and honored that there are local community members and organizations that help lend that support to make your job a little bit easier in raising a family and thereby putting our service members in a place where they can do their job and focus on the mission of defending our freedom here,” said Moore.
The baby shower provided participants with information, resources and tools they could use to help them during and after their pregnancy. Participants also had the opportunity earn prizes, participate in games and receive gift bags. The gifts included diapers, a bottle sterilizer system and handmade blankets and beanies.
Lt. j.g. Trevor Torres and his wife Melissa Warner who are expecting their first child, thought the baby shower was a great way to celebrate and welcome their new baby boy into their lives.
“I loved all of the information,” said Warner. “Coastal OB-GYN is actually my OB so I thought that was really great that they were a partner to come in and provide information to new moms, returning moms, and I just think that they provided a lot of really good information.”
Warner added she also loved the raffles and being able to connect with friends she hadn’t seen in a while.
Another unexpected highlight for many of the moms-to-be who attended the shower was the support network developed on the spot with other expectant mothers, March of Dimes staff and volunteers, and members of SUBASE New London’s FFSC.
Information Systems Technician Seaman Janet Rivette, who is expecting a little girl, said she had a good time making new connections.
“It was really fun meeting new people and finding more pregnant people,” said Rivette. “There’s not many on base.”
This is the fifth year the March of Dimes and SUBASE New London have hosted the group baby shower for service members and their families.