I have been married to a Navy man for five years and it has been an incredible experience in so many ways, but this ride isn’t always a smooth one. Whether you have been a military spouse for five months, five years, or five decades, you feel the ebb and flow of life a bit more intensely than I think most people can even begin to comprehend.
With our upcoming PCS looming, it brings on a whole new set of challenges. I will have to basically start my doula business over when we get where we are going. Will there already be an established doula community there? Will I be welcomed in like I am with my doula tribe here? Will there be an MBRN chapter already or will I start one? Will the things that worked here, be good for there? All questions that will work themselves out in time.
Because I knew what to expect a little better, the second pregnancy and labor went so much quicker than the first! The first labor experience at the clinic out in town was amazing, so we decided to have the second baby there as well (Since we’re currently no longer stationed in Okinawa, we joke that we can’t have any more children unless we fly back to be at the same clinic.).
My husband and I decided to have a baby when we moved to Okinawa. As a nutritionist, personal trainer, and holistic health advocate, I believe in the power of the human body to achieve amazing feats as long as the body is nourished in mind, body, and spirit. My husband and I think similarly and we both knew we wanted an all-natural pregnancy and birth.
Military families in general are very resilient and resourceful! I learn new things from my neighbors and my community members all the time! Most new parents or young families are surprised at all of the things being offered just for their military family! From scholarships, to base wide baby showers, ball gown giveaways etc. It’s just a matter of connecting and showing people where the resources are. Moving every 3 years really means starting over finding the things your family loves or needs.