The stresses of being military and having separations from your spouse or significant other, or being a single parent pose an especially unique challenge to our community. Many service members don’t know where to go or who to turn to in this special time in their lives and feel incredibly alone.
Military families often live minimally right? Moving every few years we become experts in packing, making lists and sleeping on air mattresses or in hotels for weeks at a time.
What happens when it comes time to have a baby and packing for the hospital? I giggle a little when parents bring with them everything short of the kitchen sink. So here are some tips to help guide you prepare and get that birth bag ready to go.
There are some staggering birth statistics for the United States of America; a developed country with some of the best doctors in the world and yet a rising maternal mortality. It is therefore no surprise that many women and families are returning to personalized community support systems to help them through labor and delivery. One specific labor support person is the birth doula.
Time after time, I hear stories of women who are in the birthing room by themselves for one reason or another. There are many different reasons, but often mom is alone because her spouse is deployed, she is a single active duty mom, or perhaps she is stationed halfway around the world and does not have access to a good support network.
PCSing from Okinawa, Japan’s lush tropical island, to Seattle in the month of February is something I do not recommend. It was so cold! After 3 years being basically sweaty 24/7, we stepped out of the airport into 30 degree weather. Rowan was all bundled in her carrier and we kept each other pretty cozy. We waited for what felt like forever (though it was around 45 minutes) for the hotel shuttle to pick us up. Rowan was happy the entire time, peaking out of the carrier and snuggling up to me.