If you were to take a poll at your next Family Readiness Group (FRG) meeting on who has given birth during a deployment, you might be surprised or even shocked. Having a baby while your spouse is far from home is not the rare occurrence one might imagine. Of the military spouse friends I have come to know through the years, several have given birth without their husband. One spouse has given birth to all three of her children during deployments. I am in awe of these women. The strength and courage of these military spouses is incredible. They are each role models to other military spouses who find themselves in this situation and prove that it indeed can be done.
If you are currently experiencing a pregnancy during a deployment and your spouse will not be home in time for the birth of your child, here is some valuable information from MilitaryOneSource.com to help ensure you have the support you need:
Before your due date
The military offers many resources for expectant parents. You can learn what's available through your Family Support Center. It's also important to do the following:
For more information on including your spouse in your pregnancy, helping your spouse connect with your new baby and more, visit: Militaryonesource.mil
I encourage you reach out to your fellow military spouse friends, command wives, neighbors on your block and ask them if they have given birth during a deployment or long separation. Chances are someone you already know has been through this experience. Listen to their story, and take comfort in knowing you are not alone.
How have you handled a pregnancy and giving birth during a deployment or long separation?
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