MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Combat Center mothers-to-be joined together to make new friends and enjoy free refreshments at the Mothers-to-be High Tea at the Marine Corps Exchange April 15.
“It’s really a baby shower in disguise to honor those mothers who are expecting,” said Ron Arden, MCX merchandise manager. “It lets our mothers-to-be know that we care.”
Guest speakers were present to talk to the mothers-to-be about the programs they represented as well as information about prenatal concerns.
Lt. Cmdr. Amy Wootten, Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital mid-wife, spoke about prenatal safety precautions, pre-admissions and proper nutrition during pregnancy.
Donna Templeton, New Parent Support program home visitor, spoke about the program and how it helps.
“We help those dads coming back from Iraq,” said Templeton. “The dad comes home, and he sees a new baby. A baby requires time and effort, and he may feel left out or neglected.”
Toni Jensen, Curves coordinator, talked about the Curves facility, available workout programs, and myths and facts concerning exercising during pregnancy.
Free refreshments from the Officers’ Club were available for the mothers-to-be to enjoy as well as prizes such as strollers, baby toys, diaper bags and other baby goods from several name-brand producers. The mothers-to-be also played games for more prizes.
“It was a great time,” said Gina Palmeri, wife of Staff Sgt. Christopher C. Palmeri, Operations and Training range scheduling.
After the guest speakers finished their presentations and all of the gifts were handed out, many of the mothers-to-be stayed a little longer to enjoy the refreshments and socialize with other mothers-to-be.
“Basically, it was a fun party where they could network, meet new friends, get prizes and have a social afternoon,” said Arden. “As the exchange, we’re happy to provide this.”