VA Northern Indiana is committed to providing high-quality services in a sensitive and safe environment for all female Veterans. On May 24, we celebrated the Women’s Health Clinic and their expecting mothers with a baby shower.
Anna Shelton, Congressman Jim Bank’s Office; an expecting Veteran, Kasandra Johnson, Women’s Program Manager; and Luther Green, Chief of Voluntary Service.
The Maternity Care Program coordinates maternity care for eligible female Veterans between VA and maternity care providers in the community. The program follows these Veterans throughout their pregnancy and into the postpartum period, coordinating their care during the pregnancy.
Every year, Voluntary Service coordinates with the Maternity Care Coordinator to determine the needs of each expecting mother. Voluntary Service reaches out to local organizations, corporations and other community partners to recruit for support for the baby shower needs. We served 57 expecting mothers in fiscal year 2021.
Strong support from community affiliates
“We honored our expecting Veterans by hosting our 4th annual baby shower,” said Kasandra Johnson, the Women’s Health Program manager. “The success of the baby shower is a direct result of the strong support from our community affiliates.”
During the ceremony, Elk’s Post 155 donated $10,500 to the Women’s Health Clinic. Elk’s Post 155 named VA Northern Indiana as their primary charitable organization with a concentration on the Women’s Health Clinic.
Mission to care for women Veterans
“With the help of this generous donation we look forward to offering some additional health education and outreach support to our female Veterans,” said Johnson.
The recognition of the Veteran Women’s Health Clinic is symbolic of the new era for the VA to demonstrate that our true mission is to care for our nation’s women Veterans and increase their Veterans’ experience.
Alex Sharpe is a public affairs specialist with the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System.