Today I would like to feature Operation Special Delivery (or OSD), which provides volunteer doulas for pregnant women whose husbands or partners are deployed in the U.S. armed forces at the time they are due to give birth.

Doulas are trained birth professionals who provide physical and emotional support for women during childbirth. This free service is being offered as a thank you for the service these fathers are providing for our country, which prevents them from attending the birth of their child.

Please spread the word if you know an expectant mother who could benefit from this service. If this is a program you would like to support, you can make donations through the website, or order such interesting goodies as camo baby blankets.

OSD is an outreach program of CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association), the association that I joined seeking certification as a childbirth educator, and hopefully eventually as a doula (when my kids are older).

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