Motherhood: the one place where you are never alone but can still feel incredibly lonely.
Pre-COVID, feelings of loneliness were combated with group playdates, coffee meet-ups with friend, or story time at the library. Military spouses had access to on-base services like Baby Bootcamp and the New Parent Support Program to navigate the tricky waters of preparing for a newborn, adjusting to a new baby and military life demands. However, with the global coronavirus pandemic placing social gatherings on hold, military moms are limited on outlets to find connection and support.
With this in mind, Motherhood Maternity® teamed up with the USO to deliver a virtual discussion featuring industry experts on a range of subjects from wellness to pregnancy and parenting. Topics include COVID-19 concerns and birth plans to self-care and life balance with a newborn.
The four-part video series, hosted by Tamron Hall — new mom, award-winning journalist and host and executive producer of “Tamron Hall,” — runs monthly through September.
“I remember when I was expecting with my son, I was terrified and filled with emotions, questions and concerns as I was transitioning into a new stage of my life. I relied heavily on my inner circle of friends and family to create my community of mom experts,” Hall stated in a press release. “I am thrilled to be a part of building this much-needed community as part of the USO to serve as a valuable resource for connecting expecting and new moms who are part of our military family.”
The next livestream, part of Motherhood Maternity®’s social media movement called Motherhood Juggle, takes place July 20. It will feature guest experts Diana Spalding, a midwife and Motherly’s senior education and newsletter editor, and Gili Levitin, a HypnoBirthing educator and doula. They will be discussing how to create a personal birth plan, how to select a birth support partner, the roles of midwives and doulas, and giving birth during COVID-19.
Military spouses can sign up to participate at: REGISTER HERE.
Motherhood Maternity® serves as a resource for expecting women and new moms, Marla Ryan, Motherhood Maternity’s president, says.
“Within our #mhjuggle community, we recognize and want to support the expecting and new mothers in the military community. These women are often separated from friends and family and face some unique hurdles on top of the everyday juggle. We are excited to work with the USO, Tamron Hall and health and wellness experts to specifically support these moms and have open conversations about all of ups and downs and everything in between. Together, we can be there for one another, sharing the juggle of motherhood with each other.”
This series is among a number of virtual programming options the USO has worked to deliver to the military community throughout the ongoing pandemic.
“Caring for the military family has always been a priority for the USO. Throughout this pandemic, our mission of strengthening service members and their families is more important than ever,” said Christopher Plamp, senior vice president of USO operations, programs and entertainment. “Through our military virtual programming, we continue to provide support, resources, community, entertainment and more to service members, spouses and families who may be feeling separated and isolated. At the USO, we help military families through some special and critical moments. This series demonstrates we will be by their side during an exciting time as their family grows.”