What To Expect Project

What to Expect/USO Special Delivery

Being pregnant and becoming a parent isn’t easy under the best of circumstances surrounded by family, friends, a partner, a network of support. Take a mom away from that vital support system, and the challenges multiply exponentially. That’s what it’s like to be a military mom.

Since 2013, Heidi Murkoff and What to Expect have partnered with the USO on Special Delivery, a program that hosts baby showers for military moms-to-be and new moms stationed around the world, many serving thousands of miles away from home, often with their partner deployed. These moms are tackling the heavy lifting of nurturing a baby while doing the hard and selfless work of serving their country. They deserve our support.

Since its launch in 2013, Heidi and the Special Delivery program have:

  • Celebrated and supported over 30,000 moms
  • Hosted over 250 events for military spouses, expectant active-duty and reservist parents in every branch of service. Events include baby showers for moms, dads and other partners, and reunions with families and their babies.
  • Held events at bases around the U.S., including in Alaska, Hawaii,Texas, Florida, Delaware, Maryland, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Virginia, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Minnesota, Kentucky, Tennessee, Washington, and Washington DC.
  • Held events annually at bases around the world, including in Okinawa, Mainland Japan, Guam, South Korea, Italy, Germany, and the U.K.
  • Visited military hospitals at bases around the world, meeting with doctors, nurses, other staff, and welcoming new babies and their parents; attending Centering Pregnancy classes, CDC (Childhood Development Centers) and New Family Support Groups.
  • Donated 30,000 What to Expect books to military families.

Military Moms and babies still need our support – USO Showers Have Gone Virtual

As part of WTEP’s continuing efforts to support military moms and families, our program has gone virtual in 2020 so we can continue to serve those who serve us.

Date

4/24/2020
4/27/2020
4/28/2020
4/30/2020
5/1/2020 
6/8/2020 
6/11/2020
7/16/2020
8/25/2020 
8/27/2020 
9/17/2020 
9/22/2020 
10/6/2020 
10/7/2020 
10/13/2020
10/16/2020 
10/20/2020 
10/22/2020 
10/27/2020 
12/16/2020 
Total

Location

Bavaria 
Bavaria 
Italy 
Italy 
Alaska 
Kaiserslautern 
Kaiserslautern 
Denver (N. CO & S. WY) 
Hawaii 
Hawaii 
Arizona 
Fort Leonard Wood 
Japan 
Guam 
Korea 
Okinawa 
Okinawa 
Korea 
HRCV 
Liberty (Eastern PA/NJ) 
20 Showers

# Attended 

40
23
22
23
33
21
38
26
47
35
34
40
62
27
33
50
43
35
40
 
672 Attendees 



ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

'What to Expect' Author and the USO hold virtual baby showers for military families     https://militaryfamilies.com/military-spouses/what-to-expect-author-and-the-uso-hold-virtual-baby-showers-for-military-families/

Why supporting our troops means supporting their families      
https://www.speaknowforkids.org/why_supporting_our_troops_means_supporting_their_families

USO, What to Expect and Target present Special Delivery
https://www.uso.org/programs/uso-what-to-expect-and-target-present-special-delivery

USO Special Delivery Celebrates 160th Event for Military Parents https://www.uso.org/stories/2302-uso-special-delivery-for-military-parents