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Okinawa Chapter


Okinawa Chapter



The Japan Birth Resource Network is the first Chapter with MBRN, proudly serving the Pacific.


About Us



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

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




    Chapter LEADER



    Jennifer Richards, CD(DONA), HCHD, CYBE




    Okinawa Professionals

    Okinawa Professionals




    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.





    Yui Clinic


    Fumi Shimabukuro, M.D., Director, Obstetrician & Gynecologist

    {OBGYN Clinic}
    Phone:  81-98-989-3801
    Email:  yuihappy@yuiclinic.com
    Website:  www.yuiclinic.com

    At Yui Clinic we support natural birth and breastfeeding in a home-like environment for you comfort you while your appointments and stay.  We believe mothers who are giving birth will have a better and more secured feeling when she is taken good care of.  The delivery is done in a relaxing manner, and this environment provides different sense of security than the one that the big hospital gives. We value the relationships with our local community while communicating well with other neighboring hospitals.  W do the best we can to contribute to the mental and physical health of those who visit this clinic.  We provide a variety of maternity classes for a mother's knowledge of natural birth and breast feeding.  If you are interesting visiting our clinic or giving birth here, please make an appointment for a check up at once!



    Golden Baby Doula

    Christina Golder

    {Birth Doula}
    Email:  Goldenbabydoula@gmail.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/Goldenbabydoula
    Phone: 080-6482-7330

    I am a mother of a busy boy. I have been married for three years. I deal with infertility issues. Through my own journey I became passionate about childbirth and pregnancy, I also didn't have the smoothest birth and that led me to becoming a doula. I became a doula because I never want anyone to experience what I did, I want your birth to be as close to what you invisioned as possible! I have a lot of experience with breast feeding, babywearing, and cloth diapers. To see if I'm the perfect fit for you and your family please email me or contact me through my Facebook page. I am looking forward to hearing from you!




    Faithful Doula Birth Services


    Heather McQuillan

    {Birth Doula}
    Website:  wwwFaithfulDoula.com
    Facebook:  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.



    Serene Beginnings Birth Services

    Jennifer Richards, CD(DONA),CLD, HCHD, CYBE

    {Birth Doula, Childbirth Education}
    Website:  www.SereneBeginningsBirthServices.com
    Email:  Jennifer.G.Richards@gmail.com
    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/JenniferRichardsDoula
    Phone:  080-3477-9820

    My name is Jen. I have been married for 15 years and have 3 wonderful children. My passion for pregnancy, labor and delivery, led me to become a certified birth doula through DONA as well as a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula. I am also a certified “Your Birth Experience” Childbirth Educator. “YBE” helps you create your own positive and memorable experience, with my full support in your decisions. My goal is for you to feel informed, empowered, and to be an active decision maker in the birth of your baby. I want you to feel confident that you can achieve the birth you desire. This is your body, your baby, your experience and I would love to support you during your birth journey.



    Babymoon Lactation Consulting

    Hello I just relocated to Okinawa, my response time may be very slow due as we get settled at our new location. Thank you for reaching out to me! 

    Kelli Zackary, RN, IBCLC (NEW!)

    {Breastfeeding and Infant Massage}
    Phone: 760-362-8530
    Fax: 760-362-8516
    Email: Nursekelli@babymoonlc.com
    Website: www.babymoonlc.com

    I’m a RN and IBCLC with over 13 years of experience helping moms breastfeed their babies. I offer Breastfeeding Counseling and incorporate Infant Massage into my consultations. I do in home consultations as well as in my office on base. I am a Tricare Authorized Provider and Tricare covers up to 6 one hour visits with me, no copay and no referral necessary. I am also an In-Network Provider with Aetna.



    Laura Belle Birth Services

    Laura Barbour, (CD)DONA, CLEC, EBB Instructor

    {Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Placenta Encapsulationist, Evidence Based Birth Instructor}
    Email:  laurabellebirthservices@gmail.com
    Web:  www.laurabellebirthservices.com
    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/laurabellebirthservices.com
    Phone:  070-1545-9369

    As the momma to 4 children, I know what an impact pregnancy, childbirth and the first year have not only on you as a woman, but also your partner and overall family dynamic. As your doula, I provide physical, emotional and evidence based information to support YOUR birth, YOUR way. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding have always been passions of mine. To learn more about me and the birth services I offer, please visit my website.



    Labor with Leslie Doula Services

    Leslie Mort, (CD)DONA

    {Birth & Postpartum Doula}
    Facebook:  Labor with Leslie
    Email:  laborwithleslie@gmail.com
    Phone:  080-8361-0542

    I believe that birth is a sacred moment that will be captured in your memory forever. As a Doula, my passion for pregnancy and birth started with a desire to see other women being supported, respected, and cared for during this vulnerable and powerful experience. I began my journey by educating myself both formally and recreationally in evidence based information surrounding pregnancy, birth, and babies. I am honored to be able to provide families with calm and loving informational, emotional, and physical support in order to make what may seem like a fleeting moment, become a satisfying and treasured memory.- Leslie



    Lora Lee Doula Services

    Lora Garcia

    {Birth Doula, Birth Photographer}
    Email:  loraleebpandds@gmail.com
    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/LoraLeeBirthPhotographyandDoulaServices
    Phone:  080-4868-3791

    My name is Lora Lee Garcia and I’m so excited to start serving the military community of Okinawa, Japan! I completed my Doula training in August of 2015 and am currently working on my certification through Doulas of Northern America (DONA). I married my high school sweetheart in 2000 and have spent the past 16 years as a Marine Corps spouse. We have four boys. My oldest is in middle school and my youngest will turn 5 in December. Now that my youngest is about to start school I thought it was time to pursue my own interests and joys. Bringing new life into my own family was one of the most exciting and rewarding times of my life as a mom. I enjoyed every second of my pregnancies and after, but my births were not as exciting. I had all four of my boys via cesarean section. None of my births went as I had planned or envisioned them going. Which in turn lead me down the path that I’m on now to becoming a certified doula. As your doula I’ll draw on my professional training, knowledge and experience to provide physical, emotional and informational support to you and your partner to ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience.



    Caring Hands Doula Services

    Megan Horvath, Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula

    {Birth & Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulationist}
    Email:  caringhandsbirthdoulaservices@gmail.com
    Web:  Caring Hands Doula
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/caringhandsbirthdoula
    Phone: 090-7587-1810

    My name is Megan I am a wife, mother of two, doula. I believe in the empowerment of women through their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I believe in supporting women to have the birth experience they chose; however they define it. I believe in opening to birth as it unfolds, often unexpectedly, and finding surrender. I provide emotional and physical support for the mother and family throughout pregnancy, birth, and help with postpartum adjustment. This precious time lays the foundation for trust and connection that can affect each of us though out life.



    Blissful Birthing with Nicole

    Nicole Fike, CD(DONA)

    {Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula}
    Facebook:  Blissful Birthing with Nicole
    Email:  Fike20@hotmail.com
    Phone: 090-6864-8025

    Becoming a doula has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I can remember always being so intrigued by pregnancy and babies. The word "doula" means "a woman who serves", I like to think of myself as a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informative support to the mother before, during and just after birth. I practice evidence based birthing techniques that studies have shown shorten labor, lower complications, and allow babies to be born healthier and breastfeed more easily. I can't wait to join you on YOUR birth journey!



    Wonder Women Birthing Services

    Rachel Roberts, HBCE

    {Birth & Postpartum Doula, HypnoBirthing Educator, Placenta Encapsulationist}
    Facebook:  Wonder Women Birthing Services
    Email:  Rachel@wonderwomenbirthing.com
    Phone: 080-3582-6588

    Hi, I'm Rachel, and thank you for visiting my page. Before I gave birth, I thought there was only one way to have a baby. I was scared, and unsure of my ability to birth. During my pregnancy, I dedicated myself to learning all I could about natural birth, holistic healing, aromatherapy and evidence based birth. My birth experience inspired me to become a doula.I am a trained Labor Support Professional, and I will provide continuous emotional, physical and educative support through all stages of your pregnancy. I believe that labor and birth are sacred events and those memories will be treasured forever.I want you to feel like you have the ability and power to birth YOUR way. My support can help provide the confidence you need to access the tools you already possess! I believe that all women are Wonder Women and sometimes just need a little assurance and support to unleash your body's amazing birthing abilities! Contact me to set up a free consultation. I can't wait to be a part of Your birth story!

    “There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” ~ Laura Stavoe Harm






    Kristi James Photography

    {MBRN Contributing Photographer}
    {Newborn, Maternity, and Family Photographer}

    Website:  kristijamesphotographyblog.com
    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/kristijamesphotography
    Email:  kristijamesphotography@gmail.com
    Phone Number:  080-9188-6808

    Hi, I'm Kristi! I am a wife of 14 years to my handsome Marine!  We have 4 wonderful kids.  The oldest is in a world of his own and smart as can be.  My second boy is a crazy, defying, loving teddy bear.  Our third is our sassy, tomboy princess.  And the fourth is a spitfire, opinionated little love buy boy.

    I love all things photography.  I self taught myself and later on have taken some online workshops to keep up with the latest.  I have been in business for 7 years.



    Anne Whitty Photography

    {Newborn, Maternity, and Family photographer}
    Website:  www.annewhitty.com
    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/annewhittyphotography
    Email:  anne@annewhitty.com
    Phone Number:  080-3709-2659

    I am a newborn, maternity, and family photographer. I received a photography certificate from Monterey Peninsula College in 2009 and began my photography business in 2011. My first love is newborn and maternity photography. I have a comfortable in-home studio where I do all of my newborn sessions. I strive to make your newborn, maternity, or family session as stress free and as fun as possible. I also offer high quality prints to grace the walls of your home. Let me help you capture memories with the ones you love the most.


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    Give back 

    As Military Birth Resource Network Chapters expand we need your help. We not only need volunteers for events at Chapter Locations but board positions and other opportunities that come along.  Sign up to help us grow!

    Our mission is to assist women and their families to have healthy, safe, satisfying pregnancies, births, and postpartum experiences by providing information, resources, physical support, emotional support, and advocacy at duty stations stateside, overseas, and during deployment.

    Learn More by clicking on the volunteer application below. 

    Volunteer Application


    Helping Hands Okinawa

    Funding program for birth or postpartum doulas.

    Helping Hands Okinawa

    Funding program for birth or postpartum doulas.



    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.



    Name *
    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.


    Workshop Registration

    Workshop Registration




    Register for Training and Workshops



     Birth Doula Workshop

    DONA Approved


    Childbirth Educator Certification Course

    Okinawa & misawa

    Hosted by the Military Birth Resource Network Okinawa & Misawa Chapters

    Presented by the Academy of Certified Birth Educators from Kansas City, Kansas


    Linda Herrick
    RN, CCE, CLE, Adv CD (DONA), BDT (DONA) 


    Okinawa-Kadena USO, Misawa- TBD


    Thursday, September 14th - Sunday, September 17th, 2017 Okinawa Birth Doula Course

    Monday, September 18th, Okinawa Childbirth Educator Certification Course

    Thursday, September 21st - Sunday, September 24th, 2017 Misawa Birth Doula Course

    Monday, September 25th, Misawa Childbirth Educator Certification Course


    Registration Information

    Registration closes September 1st, 2017, or until 20 seats are filled at each location. We must have a minimum of 10 participants at each location to facilitate a birth doula workshop. Please note, there are no refunds for the workshop. If you have a special circumstance arise, please contact us directly at contact@militarybirthresourcenetwork.org or office@acbe.com. If you can not attend the training and have already paid your registration, you may transfer your fee to another attendee. Some attendees may be traveling into town for this training and in order to respect their time and energy; no transfers will be given after two weeks before the training date.

    If you choose to make only half the payment now, the remainder is due by August 15th, 2017. Partial payments are only available for the Birth Doula Training and combination Birth Doula Training/Childbirth Educator Certification Course.
    If training numbers are not met, your tuition will be refunded. You will be notified by September 1, 2017.




    $450 Birth Doula Training (DONA Approved)

    $700 Birth Doula Training and Childbirth Educator Certification Course

    $300 Childbirth Educator Certification Course *See below for requirements*

    In order to take the childbirth educator certification course you must either be:

    • A registered nurse with a current license
    • A graduate of an institution of higher education who has been awarded a degree in a health related field
    • An attendee of past ACBE or ACBE-approved birth doula and childbirth education workshops,
    • A person who, by experience, meets the requirements as determined on an individual review basis by our Registration Committee

    Tuition may be made in two payments but must be paid if full by August 1st, 2017. Otherwise full tuition is due at the time of registration.   Fees include courses and materials.  Meals not included.


    Birth Doula Workshop details: 

      Breastfeeding Class, Introduction to Childbirth for doula and Birth Doula Training with all course materials provided.  This course is approved by DONA International and fulfills three in-person requirements for DONA Birth Doula Certification (Breastfeeding for DoulasIntroduction to Childbirth for Doulas and Birth Doula Workshop). 

    The Birth Doula Workshop is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to become a birth doula. You will learn how to assist your clients in developing a birth plan, methods of pain relief, unexpected outcomes, postpartum adjustment, infant care, and breastfeeding. You will participate in discussion and role-play, learning how to support clients through their labor and birth experiences and empower women and their partners as they make choices through pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

    The Birth Doula Training has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 23.5 continuing education hours. CEP #9357. ACBE is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education for the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The doula workshop is approved for 25.2 contact hours applicable for RN, LPN, and LMHT re-licensure. Kansas Sate Board of Nursing Provider Number SP-1373-0617.

    Learn more about how to get started with DONA Certification

    BABE Course details:

    The BABE Course is a certification class for childbirth educators.  Participants will be guided through a variety of teaching methods and will learn how to adapt course content to meet the unique needs of the childbearing family.

    • Certification Requirements
    • Attend the full accelerated training day
    • Pass the BABE certification exam
    • Compose a curriculum outline
    • Complete two (2) written book reports
    • To read more about the outline of the course please follow the link here

    The BABĒ Course Eligibility Requirements (one of the following):

    • A registered nurse with a current license
    • A graduate of an institution of higher education who has been awarded a degree in a health related field
    • Attendees of past ACBE or ACBE-approved birth doula and childbirth education workshops,
    • A person who, by experience, meets the requirements as determined on an individual review basis by our Registration Committee

    Learn more about the BABE Childbirth Education Certification Course


    You will also be provided with a session in the base approval process for SOFA businesses on and off base, working at the military hospital, and families in special circumstances.








    5:30pm - 8:30pm

    9:30am - 5:30pm

    9:30am - 5:30pm

    9:30am - 5:30pm

    9:00am - 5:30pm

    Breastfeeding for Doulas

    Introduction to Childbirth

    Birth Doula Training

    Birth Doula Training

    Childbirth Education Certification Course

    *Please notate Monday is for those who've registered for the BABE Childbirth Educator Certification Course


    Registration application


    Name *
    Phone *
    For Japanese cell phones, please enter accordingly: 080-1234-5678 should be entered (801) 234 5678.
    Workshop Location
    Will you be traveling from outside the training location? *
    I have read and agree to the refund policy. *
    *Refund Policy: If you can not attend the training and have already paid your registration, you may transfer your fee to another attendee. No refunds will be given. Some attendees may be traveling into town for this training and in order to respect their time and energy; no transfers will be given after two weeks before the training date. If training numbers are not met, your tuition will be refunded. You will be notified by September 1st, 2017 if training is not being held.
    I understand my registration is incomplete until tuition is paid in full by August 15th, 2017. *
    A registered nurse with a current license A graduate of an institution of higher education who has been awarded a degree in a health related field Attendees of past ACBE or ACBE-approved birth doula and childbirth education workshops, A person who, by experience, meets the requirements as determined on an individual review basis by our Registration Committee