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Okinawa Chapter


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Okinawa Chapter


 

JBRN - OKINAWA

The Japan Birth Resource Network is the Founding Chapter of MBRN, proudly serving the Pacific.


 
 

About Us

 

 
  Est. 2013

Est. 2013

The Mission:  

Japan Birth Resource Network provide a supportive network for military families by developing opportunities for women and their families to be a part of a network that provides pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum, lactation, and parenting support.

We are the founding chapter of the Military Birth Resource Network

What We Offer:

  • Provider listings
  • Free Birth Talk meetings  to include guest speakers and informative topics.
  • Events such as movie showings,workshops, Birth & Baby Fairs, Red Tent Events. 
  • Connections with other families in the community. 
  • Support Groups

      Want to learn about local events this chapter is hosting? Connect with us on Facebook.

       

       
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      Okinawa Chapter Member Professionals


      Okinawa Chapter Member Professionals


      Chapter MEMBERS

      Chapter Members are active with your local Chapter and working hard to build your community while providing much needed resource to the military community.

       

       

      We are happy to provide listings for your community.  The birth professionals listed have endorsed the Military Birth Resource Network's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and where applicable they have a base license. These professionals endorse our goal to make a positive difference for pregnant women, new mothers, and their families through education, nurturing, and advocacy while fostering respect, knowledge, and integrity among professionals everywhere. 

      Find  a birth or postpartum doula. There are a range of levels of experience for doulas from the newly trained doula to a doula with many years experience.  Doulas listed on our website do not work for MBRN or the local chapter. There are a range of "well seasoned" to "brand new" doulas to fit your needs. Doulas listed on our website do not work for MBRN or the Local Chapter.  We support a mother's right to choose the type of birth that is right for her - un-medicated, medicated, cesarean, VBAC, home birth, hospital birth, or birth center birth.  Every woman will choose birth practices that she feels is right for her and regardless of those choices, our goal is to support her during this incredibly important time.  There are variations in philosophies and practices in the professionals listed in our member guide.  The doulas within our network are trained by a national or internationally recognized organization.  It is the responsibility of each consumer to verify the credentials of each professional.  MBRN encourages consumers to interview professionals to determine which professional is the right person for their needs.  Some doulas may provide volunteer services while others will charge a fee for service, MBRN does not regulate a doulas' fee but the network does encourage doulas participating in this program to consider each families' situation and circumstances.

       
       

       
       
       
       

      MO’s Birth Partner Services

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      Mareike “mo” O’Neil

      {Doula – Pregnancy - Birth - Postpartum - Bereavement - Multiples}

      Website: Mo's Birth Partner Services

      Email:mo@birthpartnerservices.com

      Phones: 080-3551-5879 

      Hi, my name is Mareike “mo” O'Neil. Originally hailing from Germany, I am married to my husband who has been a marine for over 26 years. We have three children and have been in Okinawa since 2014. I had my first daughter on Camp Pendleton. After we moved to Okinawa, I had a twin miscarriage. About a year later, my rainbow baby twins were born via c-section.

       I feel very blessed to share my knowledge and experience with you on your own journey.  My main focus will be on empowering your partner and you to create the experience you would love for your birth- no matter the circumstances or hurdles. I am looking forward to supporting you with calm assertiveness and comfort measures.  If your partner will be away for the birth, I strive to help to be that partner for you and can accompany you to your prenatal appointments as well.  

      It is never too late to get a doula! If I am available, I can join you even if you wait till the day of your birth to contact me.  But the more planning we can do together, the better you will feel prepared for your big day :)

      Some of my specializations besides being a birth doula include postpartum, multiples and bereavement.  Please check out my website www.BirthPartnerServices.com or contact me at 080-3551-5879 for any questions or to set up a meeting.

      I can't wait to meet you, your partner and your newest addition to your family. :)

       
       

       

      Birth With Grace

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      Grace DeMaria

      {Birth Doula}

      Website: Birth With Grace

      Email: pgrace14@yahoo.com

      Phone: 080-4298-9820

      Hello, My name is Grace. I discovered my passion for pregnancy and birth during my first pregnancy. When I found out I was pregnant one of my first thoughts was, “Oh no, this means I have to give birth!” We hired a doula and as I read and prepared for a healthy pregnancy and birth the more excited I became. I want to share that excitement with other moms as they make this amazing voyage into motherhood, whether it is her first birth or fifth. I am here to provide resources, information and emotional and physical support through your pregnancy, birth and post-partum. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to meet.

      Supporting mothers in the birth they want. Equipping families to make informed decisions. Welcoming little ones with love and grace. 

       

       

       

      Divine Design Doula Services

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      Liv Schroers

      {Birth Doula}

      Website: Divine Design Doula

      Email: olivia.schroers@gmail.com

      Phone: 080-4094-3706

      My name is Liv -- I am originally from our homesteaded farm outside of a small town in Minnesota. Out there on the prairie, I had never heard of the term 'doula' until coming here to Okinawa. I fell in love with the opportunity in which doulas are granted to partake in God's Divine Design of human life in a very special way. 

      I am a planner; I love to be organized and have a plan a, b, c, and z. However, with the pregnancy of our son, the Lord challenged me to put down my pen and let Him do the writing. He had already written our birth story, but it was up to us if we were going to trust His plan or create our own. He desires us to say, "Yes." when He asks, "Do you trust me?" 

      "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

      JEREMIAH 29:11

      Through various means, I will help ensure you are informed and supported throughout the duration of your pregnancy and birth experience. I am sincerely humbled in the opportunity to partake in His plan for your birth.

       
       

       

      Divine Nature Birth Services

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      Amanda Michels

      {Childbirth Education}

      Website: Divine Nature Birth Services

      Email: contact@divinenaturebirth.com

      Phone: 080-6496-9686

      I am offering the lovely families on Okinawa some classes to assist them as they prepare for their child's birth.  Classes will cover a wide variety of topics from third trimester health, labor and delivery, medical interventions, comfort measures, and postpartum care for baby and mom!  My goal is to provide families evidence based information so they can make the choices that best fit their family needs.  

       
       

       

      Faithful Doula Services

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      Heather McQuillan

      {Birth Doula}


      Website:  Faithful Doula

      Email:  heather.mcquillan@faithfuldoula.com

      Phone: 080-3080-7804

      I provide quality care, and comfort techniques to support you through your labor and birth. I will answer your questions with evidence based research and provide local resources for your needs. I can assist you in creating your birth plan. My goal is for you to have the birth YOU envision, the way YOU envision it. We all know that things happen that are out of our control, but my hope is that you can make confident decisions and work with your Dr. to find an outcome that you are comfortable with.

       
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      Helping Hands Okinawa


      Funding program for birth or postpartum doulas.

      Helping Hands Okinawa


      Funding program for birth or postpartum doulas.

      SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

       

      Funding ranges from $50-$350
       At this time, grants are only open to families on Okinawa.
      You will be notified via email/phone upon being selected for a
      Helping Hands Doula Funding Program.

       

       

      This program was created to help provide financial assistance in helping expectant women have professional support from a doula. 

      Below you will find how this program works and what your obligations are as the recipient.

       

       Hiring a birth doula, payment and terms of agreement.

      It is the recipients personal discretion as to who they hire within the Japan Birth Resource Network. Doulas listed on our website do not work for JBRN. The birth professionals on our listings have endorsed the MBRN Standards of Practice and  Code of Ethics, have approved base business licenses (if applicable) and preserves our goal; Our goal is to make a positive difference for pregnant women, new mothers and their families through education, nurturing and advocacy, while fostering respect, knowledge and integrity among doulas everywhere. We support all kinds of birth - unmedicated, medicated, Caesarean, VBAC, home, hospital or birth center. Every woman must make the choice for herself as to what kind of birth she desires and we as women, no matter what our views, should support each other with those choices. There are variations in the philosophies and practices of MBRN/JBRN professionals.  The doulas within our network are fully trained by a national or international organization. It is the responsibility of each consumer to verify the credentials of professionals and JBRN encourages consumers to interview professionals in order to find the care that is right for each individual and family.

      We are not responsible nor determine doula fees or contracts. If the doulas fee is more than the funding provided, it is the responsibility of the expectant mother; recipient, of the Helping Hands Program to pay the difference to the contracted doula.  Any agreements made between the doula and the recipient for any other services, placenta encapsulation, belly casting, breastfeeding classes, birth classes, etc., will be the responsibility of the expectant mother. Any agreements made on payment plans, is not the responsibility of Japan Birth Resource Network.

      Japan Birth Resource Network does not promise or garuntee the availability of the doulas within the network.  JBRN is not responsible for the availability or prior commitments of the doulas.

      If the birth or postpartum doula services are of a lesser fee than the allocated funding, the amount will only be reimbursable up to the service fee.

      Birth Doula vouchers expire 30 days after the delivery of your baby.  Postpartum Doula vouchers expire 60 days after the delivery of your baby.

       

      Application

      Name *
      Name
      Phone *
      Phone
      Are you in Okinawa *
      Are you *
      Is your spouse deployed during the birth?
      Have you hired a doula?
      If you have a deployed spouse during the time of birth, are single and expecting, or have a special circumstance for the birth or postpartum needs please include in the essay.