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#1 of 33 Old 07-26-2006, 07:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey there! I've been lurking the past few days and finally registered today. I'm a 27-yr-old brand new mom to a little girl, Geneva (Nevie). She was born early on the 30th of June (so it was still the 29th back home thanks to the international date line...). I had a pretty normal ol' vaginal birth with no drugs. Nevie is breastfeeding like a champ and put on almost a pound above her birth weight before her 2-wk checkup. Other than the no-drug birth and breastfeeding, I don't consider myself very militant about other issues that I've seen pop up on here.

Anyway, I finally registered because of the helpful threads I read through about a couple concerns that have already reared their heads for me: extended postpartum bleeding and possible prolapses. I'm seeing my CNM tomorrow, though, and hopefully that will clear up any concerns.

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Hi, welcome and congratulations on your new baby.
I am also in Japan but far far away rom Okinawa . I am in Nara.
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congratulations, mama!

i hope that your appointment with your cnm goes well tomorrow. your post jumped out at me just now because i have postpartum prolapse and have been able to find some wonderfully supportive and helpful resources. please feel free to pm me if you need them (i sincerely hope you don't, though ).
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Hiya Mama!!!!


I am on Okinawa! We live down on Camp Kinser. Been here for almost 4 years. Welcome to MDC!!!!!!
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Hi and congrats on your growing family.

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Megan, Welcome to MDC!

Congratulations on your new baby. One of the best things about this board is that you can usually find the support you need without others condemning you for what you do/don't do. There are just a lot of really nice people here!

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w e l c o m e!

In love with Dh since 1998. We created Ds (7.1.03), Dd (10.16.06) and Dd (3.16.09).
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Hello Megan! Congratulations on the birth of Geneva!!!

Welcome to MDC! Glad you found us

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Shannon -- good to know another Oki family is on the boards! We're Air Force (I recently separated from Active Duty to pursue a new dream... I was a Civil Engineer but want to be a Physical Therapist. Go figure.) So, my husband is still on AD at Kadena. We live off-base, though, close to Foster/Butler. I see your water birth icon there... did you have one here? I'm so jealous! I think I was the only drug-free birth the staff had seen here in a looooong time! Did you know that the epidural rate at Camp Lester is about 90%? It's so sad. Anyway, next time around (if there is one), I really want to pursue a home water birth.

And Michele/"Kidspiration" -- the visit with my CNM went well. Looks like a minor cystocele perhaps, but as she put it, my "cervix is still in the back 40 where it belongs." :-) I'm healing well, so now that i know, it's much easier to ignore the loosey-goosey feeling down below. I'll keep up with the posture from the Whole Woman site and try to reorganize the living room to make it more sitting-cross-legged friendly. I'm a bad couch-dweller right now.

Thanks for the warm welcome, all! I'm so glad I found this site. Support is so crucial for every new mama... especially living 3,000 miles from your OWN mama!

Megan. Student Physical Therapist. Married & Mom to Geneva (6/30/06). Recent transplant to the rainy side of the Cascades.
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welcome to the boards

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My husband got a kick out of reading where all you Okinawan folk are currently living. He was over there (USMC) back in the 80's and my brother, who is now retired from the USMC was there about 6 years ago.

Glad you're here.

Me : , husband ,daughter Raven : 10-28-95 :
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Wow, I was born in Okinawa! My Dad was Airforce for 23 yrs.

Welcome!
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Welcome to the MDC! Our last base was Kadena, we actually lived on Camp Foster though, housing on kadena is hard to get into
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Hi and welcome to MDC. I also live in Japan, but waaaay up north in Iwate.
Glad you could find someone close to home.
Enjoy your new bundle of love!!
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Congratulations Megs, I'm happy that you had a good birth experience, I am also a newly stationed in Okinawa. After being told how many babies are born at Lester every year I have to say that I am a little saddened by the epidural percentage that was posted. It makes me curious about the c-section rate there, although I would be suprised if it wasn't as appalingly high as it is in the rest of the US. I am a Doula and I was hoping that in a military community of 20,000+ , that I would find more Doulas and Childbirth Educators or maybe even a midwife. All women should have the opportunity to make educated choices about birth, but it seems as though here in Okinawa, all you have are the choices the naval hospital gives you. I have to say, I hope I'm wrong! :

Banana, doula wife to Papa Banana and mother to Banana One, Banana Two, Banana Three, Banana Four...

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welcome to mdc!! I'm also in Japan--Sasebo, pretty far from you! Come check out the other Japan mommas in finding your tribe.

Barbara:  an always learning SAHM of Ilana (11) and Aiden (8) living in Belgium with my amazing husband.

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Hi. I know this is an old thread, hope someone still subscribes.


My mother-in-law is from Okinawa (Oh the questions I have) and my college Japanese culture class (before meeting DH, oddly enough) did not prepare me for an Okinawan-military wife grandmother to be. Our relationship was good, until I decided on natural childbirth, etc. Also, I'm interested in my EDS's heritage. My father-in-law was AF. DMIL will not even disclose a recipe to me, much less talk of Okinawa or her worries. Ive found some info, just think some to be skewed or too broad. Any leads, sites, or contacts or shedding of light on any of this info would be so appreciated.

Most of my questions concern:

*Okinawan childbirth practices past & present
*Japanese/Okinawan genealogy today or in-the-works.
*Military/Air Force culture and records of WWII era.
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My grandmother was stationed (with my grandfather) in Japan around that time but is from the States. I don't honestly remember (I don't think) she gave birth over there but I do remember hearing of her first birth which was in a miliraty hospital. She had extremely fast labor and deliveries (between 2-3 hours total!). She never made it to the delivery room for any of her three births. After she delivered her first, a hospital attendant came in with a huge needle. When she asked what it was, she was informed "an epidural". My grandmother replied, "But I've already *had* the baby! I don't need an epidural!" The nurse, "Hospital policy, ma'am." So yes, because of military hospital posilcy procedure, my grandmother had a natural childbirth with an epidural to follow!

Good luck on your search. Hope you find the answers you need.
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Hi. I know this is an old thread, hope someone still subscribes.


My mother-in-law is from Okinawa (Oh the questions I have) and my college Japanese culture class (before meeting DH, oddly enough) did not prepare me for an Okinawan-military wife grandmother to be. Our relationship was good, until I decided on natural childbirth, etc. Also, I'm interested in my EDS's heritage. My father-in-law was AF. DMIL will not even disclose a recipe to me, much less talk of Okinawa or her worries. Ive found some info, just think some to be skewed or too broad. Any leads, sites, or contacts or shedding of light on any of this info would be so appreciated.

Most of my questions concern:

*Okinawan childbirth practices past & present
*Japanese/Okinawan genealogy today or in-the-works.
*Military/Air Force culture and records of WWII era.
Have you tried posting this question in other forums? Maybe "Talk amonst ourselves" or The Pregnancy/Birth forum? (i'm sure someone on this board may be of some help to you) I saw you posted in the Far East tribe..so that's a good start! Hopefully someone will be able to help you. Good luck, mama
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My grandmother was stationed (with my grandfather) in Japan around that time but is from the States . . . So yes, because of military hospital posilcy procedure, my grandmother had a natural childbirth with an epidural to follow!

Good luck on your search. Hope you find the answers you need.
Wow, that is very interesting. Thank you.
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Have you tried posting this question in other forums? Maybe "Talk amonst ourselves" or The Pregnancy/Birth forum? (i'm sure someone on this board may be of some help to you)
...And thank you. I'll look into that now.
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Have you tried posting this question in other forums? Maybe "Talk amonst ourselves" ... (i'm sure someone on this board may be of some help to you)
I feel silly, but I can't seem to find this forum. (a newbie still) I'll keep looking though, thanks.
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It's in the Natural Family living section..and waaay down near the bottom. Here is the link (HTH..hope this helps)

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...splay.php?f=16
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I "do not have permission to access this page"
(newbie)
Thanks, though.
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