Inspiring Pregnancy Story: A Baby Boom for Military Heroes

Here’s a pregnancy announcement we’re thrilled about: Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war vet who now serves in Congress, came on the Today Show yesterday to share her big news—she’s expecting a girl this December! In fact, she’s one of a “band of mothers,” four Iraqi war amputees who all either gave birth recently or are pregnant now.

The road to pregnancy wasn’t easy for these mothers. For Rep. Duckworth, that included several rounds of IVF, which she says were extremely challenging given her demanding schedule in Congress.

The Sun-Times profiled the amazing things these four women achieved after they recovered from their injuries. Rep. Duckworth, who lost both legs in 2004, went on to become a high-profile Congresswoman. Melissa Stockwell, who lost her left leg, became a para-athlete, and was a triathlon champion. (She’s due in November with a boy.) Danielle Green-Byrd lost an arm during combat, and now counsels other veterans who suffer from PTSD—when she isn’t spending time with her brand new baby boy. And Dawn Halfaker, who also lost an arm in Iraq, founded her own IT consulting firm, and is the mom of a four-month-old boy.

The four talked about how they bonded and supported each other through the long road to recovery, and now, through pregnancy and motherhood.

You can check out the video footage here:

Congratulations to these new moms and moms-to-be as they travel this much more joyful road together.

Tell us: Do you have a “band of mothers” who have your back? How did they support you through your pregnancy?

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Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 1
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 1
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 1

Image: courtesy of Rep. Tammy Duckworth/Facebook.com

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