By Kimberly Gold, American Red CrossApril 26, 2017
USAG YONGSAN - Expectant father, James Cox, is the epitome of a prepared father. Not only taking infant Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) with the American Red Cross (ARC), James took advantage of the 2nd Annual Month of the Military Child Welcome to the World Baby Expo held at the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital April 15, 2017.
More than two dozen community agencies were on hand to provide him with a wealth of information. "These agencies have been instrumental for my wife and me. As new parents, the have helped us to better understand the required documentation for our baby before we relocate; to learning about the different immunizations."
The event was perfect timing for Cox to gather resources as that weekend; his wife went into labor and delivered their first child.
Organizations like Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and ARC generously donated baby items in addition to providing information and demonstrations on topics like postpartum depression and infant CPR.
Louise Gonel, Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program Specialist and Baby Expo committee lead said, "For us it's not just Month of the Military Child, it's also Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a way that we can educate families in the early stages in a healthy and positive way."
Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital Executive Officer and one of the key planners for the Expo, Maj. Sara Horak said, "We want to show that our community is important and that we support their family. We are their family away from family. Their baby is our baby."
With a team and community comprised of so many people passionate about their role in the new parent process, it comes as no surprise that the 2nd annual event was a bigger success hosting 300 people who received resources ranging from nutrition care, finances, pastoral care, home fire safety, and maternity pictures to assist them in welcoming their new additions.