Kelsey - posted on 06/29/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
My husband is an HM3 at NMCP, the Navy hospital here in Portsmouth Virginia. Right now I having a few health problems and I cannot get into doctors at the base there. So I've been sent to whatever civilian doctor I can find. I am a stay at home mom and my husband shift is currently 7am-5pm most of the time. The child care they offer at the hospital there is only for people for who have appointments there, so we are forced to have my husband take half day off or leave a few hours early, etc quite often. I'm also in Physical therapy... and the only times I can get are the latest at 5, which means my husband has to leave work almost an hour early sometimes. I'm starting to get frustrated with this. I don't want to find some lame child care place here and pay for them to watch her for an hour here or there. It just seems ridiculous and expensive to me. One place said I would have to pay for their services as if my daughter was going to be there everyday! We live in Portsmouth and if you've never been here Portsmouth isn't the best of places and I am extremely hesitant to even send my 5 month to any kind of childcare here. I've looked into YMCA and they only do childcare if I'm staying there to exercise. I guess what I am wondering is, are we able to use child care services at another base for a couple hours a few times a month even though he's stationed at a different base? My husband can't keep taking off of work like this. Our only friend's just got sent somewhere else and our other friends all work during these hours as well. We have no family and no on up here we trust that's available. There must be some kind of service the military provides for such situations? Any information would help. Thanks!