USO to bring baby shower back Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 January 2018
GUIDON staff

The USO and What to Expect are partnering for a sixth year to host baby showers for military moms-to-be around the globe, with a shower for Fort Leonard Wood scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the installation’s USO facility.  

Heidi Murkoff, the best-selling author of the “What to Expect” book series and founder of the What to Expect Foundation hosts each event in conjunction with a local USO center.

Combining traditional baby shower games with a Q&A session with Heidi, the showers provide a touch of home for moms-to-be  who are often away from their families, friends and support networks during their pregnancies.

Target joins the Special Delivery team this year, contributing gift cards to every attendee gift bag, which includes items for parent and baby. Also, each attendee will receive a book from the “What to Expect” series and the opportunity for a book signing and personalized advice from Murkoff, compliments of What to Expect.

Nearly 10,000 military spouses and expectant active-duty mothers have been served through this program since it was launched in 2013. In 2017, the Special Delivery Program hosted 32 events across three continents —21 showers, nine reunions and two showers for expecting fathers.

“Due to the impact the Special Delivery Baby Shower had on our community and the overwhelming feedback we received on this program, we wanted to bring it back at the first chance we got,” said Kelly Brownfield Fort Leonard Wood USO director.  

“Special Delivery is a great chance, not only to meet Heidi Murkoff and ask any questions you have ever had about “What to Expect When Expecting,” but this event gives everyone a chance to meet others that are going through the same thing and help build a network and support system.

The shower is open to expectant women and those who gave birth after Aug. 1, 2017.

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