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Banana, doula wife to Papa Banana and mother to Banana One, Banana Two, Banana Three, Banana Four...
Barbara: an always learning SAHM of Ilana (11) and Aiden (8) living in Belgium with my amazing husband.
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.
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.