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NEWS | Oct. 3, 2008

Bundles for Babies offers Airmen advice and support

By Patrick Desmond 37th Training Wing Public Affairs

The expectation of having a child can bring additional stress and financial strain on any family; Bundles for Babies' mission is to alleviate military parents' uneasiness through information and gifts.

Bundles for Babies is an Air Force Aid Society sponsored program that provides Lackland active-duty military and their spouses a comprehensive three-hour workshop in pregnancy and parenting.

In addition to valuable information concerning health, finance and parenting, participants receive a $120 gift bag including blankets, booties, first-year baby books, crib sheet set, and a cap and onesie outfit.

Program director Cindy Ibanez, 37th Mission Support Squadron, described the monthly course, hosted by Airman and Family Readiness Flight, as a way for new and expecting parents to network and share experience.

The meetings include guest speakers from the Red Cross, Health and Wellness Center, Family Advocacy Center and Wilford Hall. They present advice on topics such as financing the pregnancy, car seat safety, and health and fitness.

The Bundles for Babies class also includes a briefing by a Lackland financial counselor and the opportunity for one-on-one appointments.

The class is open to all ranks and branches of military, and is not limited to first-time pregnancies.

Parents interested in registering for the next Bundles for Babies class on Dec. 11 can contact the Lackland AFRF at 671-3722.