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‘Operation Special Delivery' helps moms-to-be

Posted: April 3, 2009 1:11 a.m.
Updated: April 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Lisa Bones, owner of Stork Vision Valencia, is requesting donations from the community to fund 'Operation' Special Delivery.

 
What should be a joyous time in an expectant mother's life can be quite the opposite when their spouse is in the military. A solo delivery and not sharing the miracle of childbirth are just two hardships some women often experience.

Lisa Bones of Valencia's Stork Vision, a national prenatal ultrasound company, feels their pain.

The mother of two and business owner is from a military family, so she felt compelled to answer this particular call of duty by joining with Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association to provide labor doulas at no cost to expecting military mothers.

"Having your love one deployed - or worse, killed or seriously injured - and having to face the prospect of giving birth alone is unbearable," Bones said.

"To be able to provide a loving and helpful presence to military moms is just our small way of trying to repay an enormous debt of gratitude for their family's sacrifice in service to our country," she said.

Stork Vision will accept donations for Operation Special Delivery at their Cinema Drive location through April 30.

Operation Special Delivery provides volunteer doulas, who are specially trained to provide informational, emotional and physical support to women during childbirth, for pregnant women whose husbands or partners have been severely injured or who have lost their lives due to the current war on terror or who will be deployed at the time they are due to give birth.

Though times are tough, Bones hopes Santa Clarita Valley residents will consider contributing whatever they can afford.

"Some of these expectant mothers are really stressed financially and a lot of them are separated from their families, so they have no one to share their struggles with," she said. "I feel very lucky to be able to give back."

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