Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
JCMVAMC Holds Inaugural Baby Shower
The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) held a Baby Shower on June 7 for our female Veterans who were pregnant or had recently delivered a newborn.
Organized by the Women Veterans Committee, the event served as an outreach effort to educate female Veterans about VA services for women including maternity benefits.
JCMVAMC offers obstetrician (OB) services and pays for newborn care, up to 7 days, for eligible women Veterans.
“We want to let women Veterans know that, even though we are not seeing them at the VA for their OB appointments, we do still care about them and their babies,” said Susan Hartsell, Women Veterans Program Manager. “We also want to provide them with information about Public Law 111-163, which authorizes the VA to furnish health care services of the newborn’s routine medical care for 7 days.”
Medical Center Director Brian Hawkins spoke at the Baby Shower and said the event was an opportunity to let women Veterans know how much they are appreciated.
“A Baby Shower is something new, but it is needed,” said Hawkins. “We wanted to show you how much we appreciate you and congratulate you on your new, or soon to be new, additions to your families.”
The Daughters of the American Revolution helped make the event possible by donating items including gift bags, which had an estimated value of $150.
For more information about VA benefits for Women Veterans, please contact Susan Hartsell, Women Veterans Program Manager, at 918-577-4277.