The Navy’s leadership of the Surface Force has launched a program to help pregnant Sailors find a balance between maintaining mission readiness and managing their roles as mothers.
The Artemis program is designed to provide future Sailors with access to a wealth of helpful resources and teach them Navy administrative skills, allowing them to remain productive in a less physically demanding environment.
According to First Chief Squadron Leader Phillip Posada, Senior Enlisted Chief of Artemis, program participants help Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) San Diego maintain personnel records, military allowances, entitlements travel allowances and deductions for our surface fleet.
The program also aims to help maintain physical fitness and provide consistent support throughout the pregnancy process, allowing these Sailors to return to the fleet prepared and ready to continue their military careers.
“Once this pilot program is approved and implemented across the Navy, it will open several opportunities for Artemis sailors to be proactive in their careers and motherhood, while still being able to serve in the Navy. » said Posada.
The program, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt and childbirth, welcomes pregnant sailors from various rates and duty stations across the fleet and teaches them skills that will benefit their careers and help create more complete sailors for the fleet.
After learning that they are pregnant, they will receive orders allowing them to continue to compete for promotion and have the ability to grow as leaders. They will also do their part by helping to take care of other sailors facing pay, eligibility and other administrative issues.
“A lot of women have to choose between their career and their family,” said Treysean Bradburn, first master of the Artemis program. “The goal of this program is to provide them with the support and skills that will enable them to further their careers in the Navy.
Giving these sailors the essential time to prepare for childbirth, while connecting them to a support network of strong women in coordination with their chain of command, empowers them for their journey ahead.
“Our chain of command is really supportive and knowledgeable in giving us information on appropriate resources and making sure we’re going to the right appointments.”
said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Holly Richardson.
Bosun’s Seaman Ashanti Cunningham echoed his sentiments.
“Serving in the Navy while pregnant is tough, but knowing you have other women who are going through the same situation as you who you can contact makes it easier.” said Cunningham
The flexibility of the program allows these sailors to learn and perform a new job while having time to learn how to be a mother. They will also have access to a command chaplain for their spiritual and emotional growth, and will work with Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Fleet and Family Support Program who will direct them to the resources they need. These resources include: monthly prenatal breastfeeding classes, monthly prenatal parenting classes, virtual breastfeeding classes, and fitness resources to help get them back in shape and ready to perform to the highest standards. .
“With this program, I have a support system while doing my part for the Navy and the program allows us to learn and grow in our careers,” said Richardson “I think it’s important for women because it allows us to be mothers while preparing to return to the fleet.
Participants are given two-year orders because it typically takes a new mother a year or more to physically recover from the effects of childbirth.
“Being here is a huge stress reliever, especially with the chain of command and how persistent and helpful they are.” said Cunningham.
Balancing the stressors of pregnancy with military duties can be challenging, but by showcasing and supporting women in the Navy, this program helps these sailors shine while empowering them to be the best mothers possible.
|Date posted:||04.06.2022 14:23|
|Location:||California, United States|
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