Written by: Lauren – Guest Blogger sharing her perspective as a VA employee and patient during her second pregnancy.

Hello again! I am now 22 weeks and found out last week that my family and I are having another baby boy! I cannot lie, I instantly saw myself in an SUV taking the two of them to hockey practice. We are very, very excited. Now we have to think of names…


In other news, my social worker called me again last week for a checkup, and I told her all was well. We talked about resources VA provides for breastfeeding moms (more on that next time!) and how some of my follow up care will work.

My office coworkers, staff around the medical center and Veterans were excited to find out if it was a boy or girl. It’s nice to come to work and have people care about you and genuinely have an interest in how you are doing.

I love knowing that I am surrounded by a very supportive clinical team as well as supportive coworkers, supervisors and friends and family. Being pregnant and then being a mother to a newborn is stressful enough, but feeling like you have a good support system and resources at your fingertips can make a huge difference.

About Lauren

lauren_wLauren is a Navy Veteran and current Public Affairs Specialist at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in West Virginia. Throughout her second pregnancy, she will be sharing her thoughts and experiences as a patient at VA. We are all excited to follow her on this healthcare journey!

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Published on Jun. 26, 2014

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