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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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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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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!
 

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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.
 

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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!
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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.
 
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