Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
VA Baby Shower honors Women Veterans
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The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System held a Baby Shower on May 11 for women Veterans who are pregnant or who recently gave birth.
The Baby Shower included a free lunch, cake and refreshments and games. Each of the women also received gift bags with items such as diapers, baby clothes, a diaper bag, blankets, wipes, lotion and baby shampoo.
The event also gave women the opportunity to learn more about VA benefits and services specifically for women.
“The goal of our baby shower is to help provide our women Veterans with baby items needed most during the early months of parenthood,” said Susie Hartsell, RN, BSN, Women Veterans Program Manager. “We also wanted to increase awareness of VA benefits for maternity care and support Veterans and their pregnancies/babies.”
Air Force Veteran Samantha Kuhn was one of six women who attended the Baby Shower and said it was a wonderful time.
“This event was such a warm reminder of the support that is offered by the VA staff,” said Kuhn, who lives in Glenpool. “Not only was it a fun time filled with laughs, games and prizes, it was a wonderful way to network and become informed of services that are available for Veterans and families. I would definitely encourage other women and their families to attend in future years.”
Five other women registered to attend the Baby Shower, but were unable to attend. Hartsell said she would personally deliver each of the gift bags to the women.
Thank you to Wagoner Elks 2838, American Legion Auxiliary in Wagoner, Oklahoma Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Blue Star Mothers, Chapter 1 in Tulsa for donating items for the gift bags.
To learn more about VA services for women Veterans, please call Susie Hartsell, RN, BSN, Women Veterans Program Manager, at 918-577-4277 or visit our Women Veterans page.