The Dear MilFamily Podcast

A podcast for anyone who has a family member in the military or anyone interested in the military lifestyle.
Ep: 23 The Military Birth
May 22nd, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Giving birth is definitely an experience. But doing it when your spouse is in the military can add some unexpected needs. Both of my birth experiences were unique in their own way. The thing I wish I did was have a doula at both of them. Mothers often feel like they have no control in their birth processes. Doulas can help moms get back some control. I talk to Amanda Dodson of  Military Birth Resource Network and certified doula about what a doula can do for you before, during, and after giving birth.

Amanda is a certified doula CD (DONA) and HypnoBirthing Educator HBCE.  Her passion to help service members and their families during pregnancy and beyond inspired her to found the Japan Birth Resource Network.  In order to coordinate and provide training and support for local area doulas and parents, Amanda opened the Okinawa Birth Education Center while stationed in Okinawa. As a military spouse of 19 years, she has spent over 13 years living overseas with her husband of 19 years and their 3 children, two of which were born in Okinawa.  Amanda was voted 2016 AFI Spouse of the Year for Marine Corps Base SD Butler, Okinawa, Japan for her important contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community and our country.  She has spent the past 9 years educating and supporting military families stateside and abroad, working to build a continuity of care for expecting families and building relationships while fostering growth in local communities.

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