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Meet Katie- Kaiserslautern's (KMC) Chapter Leader

Meet Katie- Kaiserslautern's (KMC) Chapter Leader

Teamwork – it is my goal to work together with all the members of the community. This includes medical professionals, holistic professionals, local nationals and families, AD, Civilians and Contractors. We are stronger when we are united. Families will benefit when we work together! 

Meeting a need. A call to action with Operation Doula.

Meeting a need. A call to action with Operation Doula.

“I am one of the Staff Nurses and I can’t thank the doulas enough for helping support our patients in their labors.  I feel comfortable and confident with my patient’s pain when I can help them with medications and epidurals.  When they decide to go natural, it’s a different story.  I am always relieved when I see a doula walk through our doors and know that they are going to help support my patient in ways I am often too busy to help with!  Thank you to those in the volunteer program, what a wonderful idea for those with little support in the San Diego area!” L & D Nurse

A Doula for Military Families

A Doula for Military Families

Supportive care during labor does not include clinical care, but involves women who offer physical comfort, emotional support, and information. Doulas also assist women in communicating their wishes to caregivers, and engage their husbands or partners as desired by the couple. For an expecting woman without any support of any kind, having a doula could greatly improve her outcome and view on birth. 

Where it all began

Where it all began

Okinawa is the largest island of more than 140 islands in Okinawa Prefecture. Its history is flooded with beauty, culture, people and delicious food. Okinawa also carries a dark past, it is known for a season of war. Placing a large battle between the Americans and Japanese. Which over time planted American military bases on this tiny island. The US military presence in Japan and on Okinawa began at the end of World War II.

Okinawa hosts more service members by far than any other prefecture. (Reference 1) According to U.S. Forces’ Japan headquarters at Yokota Air Base, as of February 2016, there were 47,200 service members based in Japan, including 11,700 aboard vessels of the 7th Fleet. In addition, there were 3,510 U.S. civilian personnel and 41,695 family members. Of the 47,200 service members, 17,400 were in the are Navy, 15,000 in the Marines Corps, 12,300 in the Air Force and 2,500 in the Army personnel.