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The Mission


Supporting healthy, safe, & satisfying pregnancies, births, & postpartum experiences for military families across the globe.

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The Mission


Supporting healthy, safe, & satisfying pregnancies, births, & postpartum experiences for military families across the globe.

 
 

Birth & Family Support,
One duty station to the next

 
 

 
 

Supporting healthy, safe, & satisfying pregnancies, births, & postpartum experiences for military families across the globe.

 
 

 

It's difficult to understand exactly what it’s like to be a military family moving from one duty station to another.  A person would have to either personally experience it or talking to someone who’s spent a few years away from what they would consider their normal home.  The base entities do their best to provide services for our expectant families, however, many families are falling through the gaps and there is a need for continuity of care.  Military life requires frequent moves. Change is constant. Care providers come and go, breastfeeding support falls through the cracks and postpartum concerns can go unnoticed. Important aspects of our care that should be provided for by the military but are often absent because the system is ever changing. It is one of the main reasons why the Military Birth Resource Network is bringing awareness and resources to our military families stateside and those stationed overseas.

The Military Birth Resource Network blossomed from The Japan Birth Resource Network. The Japan Birth Resource Network was officially established in 2013 as a private organization through the base in Okinawa, Japan. The focus of the group was to provide birth and postpartum doulas, other birth professionals, resources and education through free events. These free events will include birth talks, Birth & Baby Fairs, and support group meetings. These meetings provide information and support to new families on island.

Advocating for this support helps create better outcomes for our families. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the number one complication of childbirth. Risk factors include a prior history, moving, changing care providers, unstable or absent partners/family, and trauma. Many military families experience one or more of these risk factors. The Military Birth Resource Network can offer emotional support, education, and referrals for care to increase the incidence of better family life and bonding with the baby.

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Visionary women in the community observed the need for continued support and the Japan Birth Resource Network was created out of this group of birth professionals in the community . Establishing an organization such as this was not an easy task,  the dynamics of base policies and procedures are challenging. Establishing a rapport with our base hospital was critical important to the birth network.

Since the official startup in 2013 we’ve been able to provide families on Okinawa with access to doula support. Three Birth and Baby Fairs have been hosted on base with support from the Kadena USO. This event displayed mother/baby businesses on base, doulas, guest speakers, break out sessions, giveaways and local resources. Monthly Birth Talks are held to educate and inform our families of a variety of pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics. Doula trainings and other events are planned throughout the year.

Whether you are a military family stationed overseas or stateside, you should have an existing system to provide support through every aspect of pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.  A military family has to be flexible to change and the Military Birth Resource Network is here to provide help and support.

 

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For Families


No matter where you are, MBRN is here to support you, one duty station to the next.

For Families


No matter where you are, MBRN is here to support you, one duty station to the next.

We're here for You

 

 

Find IBCLC's, Birth Photographers, Chiropractors, and other Birth Professionals 

 

We are happy to provide listings of those who support your community. Professionals of the Military Birth Resource Network 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. 

 

Locate Birth or Postpartum Doula

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. The doulas listed on our website have endorsed the Military Birth Resource Network's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and where applicable they have a base license. 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.

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Get Connected


Find your community. Become a member. 

Start a chapter. 

Get Connected


Find your community. Become a member. 

Start a chapter. 

professional Listings
 

Connect with military friendly professionals locally and on base.

Locate a chapter
 

Connect with your community. Find support. 

 

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Become a member of the Military Birth Resource Network.

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 Build support and resources for your local community.  

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Who We Are


Meet the team that is here to support YOU.

Who We Are


Meet the team that is here to support YOU.

 

 
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Amanda Dodson

Founder 

CD (DONA), HBCE, Founder of Japan Birth Resource Network (2013-2016),2016 Spouse of the Year Marine Corps Base Camp SD Butler

Linda Herrick

Founder

RN, BSN, CLE, CCE, Adv CD (DONA), BDT (DONA)

SALLY RILEY

Founder

BS Education & Psychology, CLE, CCE, Adv CD (DONA), BDT (DONA)

JANELLE MATTHEWS

Graphic Designer, USMC Veteran

Candace Castor

Photographer, Military Spouse

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Maria Provencher

Doula, Military Spouse

Founder of Operation Doula

 
 

 

Liz Nutter

Army Major, CNM, DNP

GERRI RYAN

LM, CPM, CDT

Penny Simpkin

PT

Lakesha cole

Entrepreneur, 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®

Ginger Breedlove

Phd, CNM, APRN, FACNM

ANN GRAUER

LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD (DONA), AdvPCD (DONA), IBCLC, BDT/PDT (DONA), RLC

 
 
 

 
 

KRISTI JAMES

Contributing Photographer, Military Spouse