Mission: Healthy Baby
Being in the military – whether as a serviceperson or as the partner of a serviceperson – can cause extra stress. Very high levels of stress, such as the stress caused by a deployment, may contribute to premature birth or low birth weight in full-term babies. Recognizing this concern, the March of Dimes created Mission: Healthy Baby®, a baby shower program specifically for military families that provides free pregnancy and newborn health information and support services to help them have one less thing to worry about and have healthy, full-term babies. In addition to the resources and health information, families are “showered” with donated products to defray costs of baby essentials.