Special Delivery: USO, What to Expect Foundation Host Okinawa Baby Showers
Monday, August 12, 2013
By Andrea Sok and Eric
OKINAWA, Japan – The
military has manuals for a lot of things, but pregnancy isn’t one of them.
That’s why the USO and the
What to Expect Foundation hosted three Special Delivery baby showers here last
week. The events – held at USO Kadena on Kadena Air Base – each welcomed 100
new mothers and military moms-to-be for three hours of learning, food and fun.
is the ultimate sisterhood,” said What to Expect Foundation President Heidi Murkoff,
author of the best-selling “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” series of
military moms-to-be, far away from their immediate family and friends, these
baby showers were more than gift bags and cake," Murkoff said. "They were about connecting and
sharing a common bond and creating friendships with women experiencing the same
mix of emotions during one of the most important milestones of their life.”
Half a world away
from their relatives in the United States, moms and moms-to-be filed in to hear
Murkoff answer questions and give pointers on getting through pregnancy and the
early stages of child rearing.
The Okinawa events –
along with a May 11 event in Colorado Springs, Colo. – served as the launch for
the USO/What to Expect Foundation partnership. The What to Expect Foundation plans
to team with the USO for more Special Delivery events this year and is
considering hosting multiple events in 2014.
“This event was so amazing,” said Twalea Jordan, a military
mom. “I think when you are back home in the States you have more resources you
can go to get information. Over here, military families feel like we are
limited. This event actually brought all that to us.”
Heidi Murkoff and her husband, Erik, formed the What to
Expect Foundation in 1997 with the goal of educating and empowering mothers in
need so they could have healthier pregnancies, safer deliveries and happier
“It was important to us here at USO Pacific to bring the
Special Delivery program and Heidi Murkoff to the island of Okinawa, because
for so many of our moms, this will be their only baby shower and many will be
delivering while their spouse is deployed,” said Carly Harris, USO Pacific Regional Vice President.
See photos from the Special Delivery baby showers on the USO blog.
Photo caption: Heidi Murkoff, right, author of the
“What to Expect” series, teamed with the USO to host Special Delivery events
last week at USO Kadena in Okinawa, Japan. USO photo by Chris Willson
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