Some of these links may be outdated, I compiled this list around 2013 and randomly adding some links as I see them. I’m due to revamp them soonish.
At the bottom of this list you will find resources in Whidbey Island.
Military One Source http://www.militaryonesource.mil/parenting
They are honestly the most valuable resource I can find on the internet.
Free baby carriers are provided to United States active duty military, veterans, and soldiers in the reserves who have sustained injuries in service to their country that prevent them from holding or bonding with their children under two years of age.
The Carrying On Project
For generations, the practice of babywearing has made caring for children easier while helping them develop or maintain life-long bonds with caregivers. The goal of the Carrying On Project is to help get carriers to the families of our military so that they may better obtain secure attachments with their children, something that deployment and injuries will often interrupt. We seek to assist both the service members and the families left behind in “Carrying On” while both home and away, to make something that is difficult for the whole family a little bit easier.
Operation Homefront - Star Spangled Babies
Operation Homefront is provides exciting morale building opportunities through a variety of programs. This includes Star Spangled Babies, a baby shower hosted by local Operation Homefront chapters for expectant military spouses or female service members or those about to adopt, in the paygrades of E-1 through E-6.
Operation Shower recognizes and honors the sacrifices military families make by producing and coordinating baby showers for expecting military personnel and their families. Operation Shower provides joyful baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment.
For military families who are expecting a new baby and are experiencing or have recently experienced deployment, we accomplish our mission through:
- hosting amazing baby showers
- delivering high-quality products
- creating a shared experience
- partnering with organizations to provide value-added services, such as health-related information
Operation Showers of Appreciation
Operation Showers of Appreciation is a non-profit tax-exempt organization, whose mission is to honor our military families in a unique way by showering them with gifts for their newborn babies, providing support during difficult times, and letting them know the many sacrifices of both the families and service members are appreciated.
OSOA does this by hosting and co-hosting large scale baby showers in honor of our local military and their families. We are a volunteer and donation based organization. All proceeds are evenly dispersed at our Annual Baby Showers.
Budget for Baby (Marines, Navy)
Budget for Baby
The Budget for Baby program is operated entirely by volunteers, is designed to serve new, or prospective, parents who want to learn about the impact that a new baby can have on the financial situation of the family. Clients learn about variations in pay and increased expenses, common consumer pressures targeted to new parents, and entitlements available through both government and private sources.
The Layette is given to any eligible recipient who attends a Budget for Baby workshop or receives individual counseling. It consists of a coordinated set of bedding and clothing, a baby book, and a handmade gift from a Society volunteer, packed in an environmentally sensitive tote. To receive a layette, eligible clients should contact the NMCRS office closest to their duty station or residence to register for our Budget For Baby class or make an appointment to see a caseworker. This service is available at all NMCRS locations.
Special Ops Doulas are professional, trained military doulas who have generously volunteered a portion of their birth and/or postpartum services to military families who are facing a separation during their upcoming birth.
Operation Special Delivery
Operation Special Delivery is a non profit providing military families with professional labor and birth doulas on a sliding scale based on military rank and pay. All members of Operation Special Delivery wish to extend their deepest gratitude to you and your family for the sacrifices that you make each and every day.
Gifts, gift baskets
If you are expecting your first baby you may register to receive a Baby Care Package full of essential infant items.
Perinatal Support of Washington
Postpartum Support International
Our support coordinators available to offer peer support, information, and resources for military women and their families for pregnancy or postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and recovery. Please contact one of the coordinators listed on the website.
Free duplicate CD-ROM of your ultrasound session (Stork Vision)
Stork Vision® proudly gives a FREE duplicate CD-ROM from your ultrasound session of all your baby’s pictures to expectant military mothers whose husband are deployed or going to be deployed. We realize how difficult it is for these honorable Dads to be away from their family and believe they deserve to be able to share their baby’s pictures with other deployed military Moms or Dads who are missing their families as well.
Whidbey Island Resources
Childbirth Education (Naval Hospital)
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, (360)257-5266
Lactation Support – Kathleen Hutchinson, RN, CLC
Kathleen.e.hutchinson4.civ@ mail.mil, (360) 257-9899
Family Readiness Group (FRG)
VAQ - 130
VAQ - 135
VAQ - 139
VP - 1
VQ - 1
Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSP)
Local FFSP at 360-257-NAVY (6289)
DSN 820-6289, Web: www.nffsp.org or www.navylifepnw.com
FFSP New Parent Support Team
FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress)
Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society(NMCRS)
Budgeting for Baby
NMCRS Visiting Nurse