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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Teddy Bears For Babies

Staff holding teddy bears to give away to women Veterans expecting babies.

Staff get ready to give away teddy bears to women Veterans expecting babies.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Recent numbers have shown that 17% of today's military are women.  This has lead to an increase in women Veterans receiving care at VA.  At VA Western New York Healthcare System, 10% of Veterans served in 2010 were women.  One initiative that embraces the ever changing face of VA health care and the younger population of female Veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom /Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) is Teddy Bears for Babies.

The Women’s Primary Care Wellness Center at VA Western New York Healthcare System is sending Teddy Bears to all new moms to celebrate the arrival of their newborn. It is a gesture to welcome the new family members and thank Veterans for their military service.

 “We want these women Veterans to stay with us for their lifetime,” said Jill LaMantia, Women Veterans Program Manager for VA Western New York Healthcare System.  “We need to do a little something extra to show them how special they are.”

VA Western New York Healthcare System offer maternity services through obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) providers of their choice in the community.  All maternity services are covered through the six week post-natal check up.  VA also offers benefits for lactation services and seven days of newborn care. Last year over 40 pregnant Veterans received maternity care through their VA Western New York Healthcare benefits. 

“VA is committed to these young women and young mothers. We want to care for them through this stage of life and beyond,” said LaMantia.

VA Western New York Healthcare System meets the unique needs of Women Veterans by delivering the highest quality comprehensive health care.  In addition, VA offers privacy, dignity and sensitivity to gender-specific needs.  Services that are tailored to Women Veterans include a private 'Women's Primary Care Wellness Center, gynecological exams, family planning, mammograms, bone mineral density testing and mental health counseling. 

For more information about VA Western New York’s Women's Primary Care Wellness Center or Teddy Bears for Babies, call Jill LaMantia 716-862-8891. 


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