March of Dimes and Philips Surprise Military Moms-to-Be with Baby Shower

| Friday, June 26, 2015

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“Mission: Healthy Baby®” Provides Information and Support Services

Lexington, MA, June 26, 2015 —

  The March of Dimes surprised 16 expectant military moms in Massachusetts with an educational baby shower and gifts at Hanscom Air Force Base. The moms-to-be received gift boxes filled with baby supplies and much more courtesy of the March of Dimes and Philips.


 Moms-to-be also received the latest pregnancy and newborn health information from the March of Dimes Mission: Healthy Baby® program.   In recognition of the many sacrifices of military families, March of Dimes brings educational baby showers to military moms-to-be.  Since 2009, March of Dimes has showered nearly 500 military moms at various bases around the country.


The March of Dimes support for the military dates back to its founding by President Roosevelt in 1938. Mission: Healthy Baby was designed specifically to address the unique needs of military members who may be stationed far away from the support of family and friends, or who may be fighting a war while their partner is home, expecting a child.


“Having a baby is a joyful experience. However, it’s also one that comes with anxiety and stress, especially when your spouse is deployed overseas by the U.S. military,” said Ed Doherty, Chapter Director, March of Dimes, New England. “The March of Dimes believes in supporting moms and moms-to-be and we’re grateful for this opportunity to help these military families. These showers and our Mission: Healthy Baby program give families the comfort and support they deserve.”


Very high levels of stress, such as the stress caused by a deployment, may contribute to premature birth or low birthweight in full-term babies. Military moms and dads can request Mission: Healthy Baby materials by sending their name and address to


“Our employees wanted to lend their support to the brave men and women who protect our country. What better way to give back then to help these individuals as they embark on one of their most important missions ever – the road to parenthood.  This was a natural opportunity through our partnership with the March of Dimes,” said Mark A. Stephenson, Head of Brand, Communications & Digital, Philips North America.



The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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