(From left to right) Lt. Cmdr. Morgan Holden, Lt. Noelle Kitenko, Lt. Dana Vankoski, Lt. Cmdr. Carrie McKinney, and Petty Officer 1st Class Katie Harnois organized the Baby Gear Event at Coast Guard Base Alameda. Photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Carrie McKinney.

From the Homefront: Navigating life as a new parent

New babies are a joyful addition to a family. But they also bring with them a tremendous number of questions and concerns. Add to that the idea of incorporating Coast Guard life to a pregnancy and new baby, and it can be the source of stress, said Lt. Cmdr. Carrie McKinney.