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March of Dimes Mission Complete with Operation Shower

Portsmouth, Virginia — Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Wendy Davis, who plays the role of Lt. Colonel Joan Burton on the Lifetime Television show “Army Wives” (back row, fifth from right), is pictured with 22 military moms who got the baby shower they never had because their babies were born too sick or too soon.

The March of Dimes partnered with nonprofit Operation Shower and Portsmouth Naval Medical Center’s Newborn Intensive Unit (NICU) to provide each mom with a joyful event and a gift box filled with baby supplies, clothing, DVDs, books and much more courtesy of Kmart.

The March of Dimes also announced the re-launch of Mission: Healthy Baby® and the NICU Family Support ® programs that are designed specifically for military families to receive free information needed to cope with the stress of having a sick baby. Portsmouth Naval Medical Center is the first military facility to partner with the March of Dimes to support families of babies in NICUs.

Crystal Brown, whose twins were born at 32 weeks, admires a cute pink outfit for her daughter Ally May as the March of Dimes partnered with nonprofit Operation Shower and Portsmouth Naval Medical Center’s Newborn Intensive Unit (NICU) to give her and other military moms the baby shower they never had because their babies were born too sick or too soon. Ally May’s brother, Gary Allen, remains hospitalized in the NICU. The baby shower was made especially meaningful to Crystal when her husband returned home from active duty earlier in the day. Each mom had a joyful event and received a gift box filled with baby supplies, clothing, DVDs, books and much more courtesy of Kmart.

The March of Dimes also announced the re-launch of Mission: Healthy Baby® and the NICU Family Support ® programs that are designed specifically for military families to receive free information needed to cope with the stress of having a sick baby. Portsmouth Naval Medical Center is the first military facility to partner with the March of Dimes to support families of babies in NICUs. 

 

Kathryn Placek reads to her baby girl Abigail, who was born prematurely, from the card she and other military moms received as the March of Dimes partnered with nonprofit Operation Shower and Portsmouth Naval Medical Center’s Newborn Intensive Unit (NICU) to give them the baby shower they never had because their babies were born too sick or too soon. All the moms had a joyful event and received a gift box filled with baby supplies, clothing, DVDs, books and much more courtesy of Kmart -- as well as having a tree planted in honor of their baby. Abigail, born at 25 weeks, spent time in the NICU but is now home with the family.

The March of Dimes also announced the re-launch of Mission: Healthy Baby® and the NICU Family Support ® programs that are designed specifically for military families to receive free information needed to cope with the stress of having a sick baby. Portsmouth Naval Medical Center is the first military facility to partner with the March of Dimes to support families of babies in NICUs. (Photos Courtesy Stephanie Beaty)

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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