• Adoptin Overseas | Okinawa hai
    July 6, 2015

    Adopting Overseas

    CONTRIBUTED BY SHANNON R. Have you ever thought about adoption, but weren’t sure how to get started? Or wondered if it was even possible being in a military family? I'm here to let you know that…
  • Birth Education Center Okinawa | Okinawa Hai
    July 3, 2015

    The Birth Education Center of Okinawa

    CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN GODDARD Giving birth is a journey: a beautiful, difficult, breathtaking journey that will forever change a woman. Whether you give birth by caesarian, with an epidural, completely…
  • Infertility Treatments in Okinawa l Okinawa Hai!
    March 12, 2014

    Infertility Treatments in Okinawa

    CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZABETH McKENZIE One of the first things I heard from other military wives about being stationed in Okinawa is that every family leaves with at least one more child. “There must…
  • June 4, 2013

    Doula Births

    CONTRIBUTED BY AMANDA DODSON/PHOTOS BY DANIELLE MATLOCK Editor’s note: Many expectant mothers have heard the term “doula” but not understood its meaning. Amanda has offered to explain what a…
  • October 11, 2012

    Pregnancy and Birth at Adventist Medical Center

    CONTRIBUTED BY STACY ROSE Adventist Med Center I recently gave birth at Adventist Medical Center and wanted to share my experience for anyone considering this option. At my first appointment, they…
  • October 17, 2011

    In Vitro Fertilization In Okinawa, Part 2

    CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE Last week we opened a new post about pregnancy and childbirth at Lester Naval Hospital for discussion, in order to update the information for all our mommies (and…
  • October 12, 2011

    Pregnancy & Delivery on Okinawa, Part 3

    CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE We have two types of posts on Okinawa Hai that receive a huge amount of comments from our readers, both in the form of questions and answers.  One of these is…
  • October 11, 2011

    An Okinawa Adoption Story

    I always wanted to adopt but was never able to. I was a single 24 year-old female serving in the United States Marine Corps and adoption is expensive. I got by but let’s face it, I was no Angelina…
  • March 5, 2010

    International Adoption Workshop

    CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER HANSEN Twice a year MCCS offers an International Adoption Workshop through the Marine and Family Services Center. The workshop covers issues pertaining to both international…
  • June 28, 2009

    Breastfeeding In Public On Okinawa

    CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE My daughter was born when we were stationed in Germany, and I always felt grateful that the society we lived in was not only accepting but encouraging of mothers who…
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