For most expectant mothers, pregnancy is an experience they
blissfully share with their partners.
However, for many military families, the call to duty leaves
expectant mothers behind to face delivery alone. Now however, two organizations have stepped up
to help fill the gap left by absent husbands and partners.
Stork Vision, a national prenatal ultrasound imaging company
with an office in Valencia
is partnering with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association
(CAPPA) to raise funds and awareness for Operation Special Delivery, a program
that provides labor doulas at no cost to expecting military moms.
"Having your loved one deployed - or worse, killed or
seriously injured - and having to face the prospects of giving birth alone is
unbearable," said Lisa Bones, Stork Vision Valencia owner. "To be able to provide a loving and helpful
presence to military moms is just our small way of trying to repay an enormous
debt of gratitude for their family's sacrifice in service to our country."
Operation Special Delivery provides trained volunteer doulas
for pregnant women whose husbands or partners have been severely injured or who
have lost their lives due to the current war on terror, or who will be deployed
at the time that they are due to give birth. A doula is someone who is specially trained to
give informational, emotional, and physical support to women during childbirth.
The program was started by Patricia Newton, a New
Jersey doula who wanted to help expectant moms who
had lost a husband or partner in the tragedies of September 11, 2001.
The response was so overwhelming that in 2005 she turned the program's
administrative duties over to CAPPA.
Stork Vision will be accepting donations for Operation
Special Delivery at its Valencia
location, 23300 Cinema Dr., #2910,
from now until March 30, 2009. For more information, call (661) 254-8100.
Donations can also be made directly via the organization's
website: www.operationspecialdelivery.com .
Expectant military moms who want more information can visit the website to fill
out an application form and get matched with a doula in their area.