It was four days past my estimated due date. I was relaxed and calmed as I had already known and learned from my AMANI training to trust Allah's design for birth and equip myself with knowledge. I'd had signs of early labor about two weeks prior where mild surges would come and go. I did intense exercises every morning, including squats and belly dance and a lot of juicing. That day was another routine day of labor preparation and I did not expect any signs until I saw bloody show on my undergarment. It was after Zuhr prayer around 2pm [...]
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This was my first experience giving birth. What I really felt at that time was curiosity about what might happen next. I was a little afraid, but I was totally ready for labor. I had known about gentle/natural birth since I was got pregnant and I had already begun to find out about gentle birth. My husband and I chose a midwife and clinic that supported gentle birth, near my house, as my care provider. December 8th, 7 am I saw some blood spots on my panties, but I hadn't felt any contractions yet. Shortly afterwards, we went to the [...]
This mom shares her three quite different childbirth stories and how she labored on her own terms to achieve the birth she wanted. Thank you for allowing us to share your birth story. My first birth was an induction at thirty-nine weeks due to the baby having intrauterine growth restriction. My baby was measuring at about 5 lbs. 12 oz. for a week. My doctor was concerned that if she stayed inside until my due date, she might lose weight. It did not make complete sense to me, but I believed my doctor. I was administered Cytotec vaginally on a [...]
This mama educated herself and achieved the birth she wanted! Thank you for allowing us to share your story. First of all, let me share with you why this birth is a big deal to me and my husband. Having gone through 2 births (one induced, intervened vaginal birth and one emergency c-sect), they were not as positive as one would want their birth to be. Thus, having this successful VBAC, I was encouraged to share my experience to tell all that it IS possible! For my first birth, I was very naïve, didn’t bother to read up on birthing [...]
This dad shares how he supported his beloved wife during her intense labor and birth. Thank you for allowing us to share your birth story. Bismillahirrohmanirrohim My birth story as husband began at Thursday, 27 September 2019. On that day, my wife and my mother had already started cleaning our house. The intention was to prepare the house welcoming for our first child that has been awaited since our wedding day on 2014. On that Thursday, my wife showed laboring indication. As usually described, there was a contraction around the abdominal area and my wife's concentration was reduced. Thus, I [...]
Profile: Shaima Ashraf, AMANI Birth Doula & CBE in-training, Calicut, Kerala, India. "Dream births do come true!" Disclaimer: I hereby declare, as an AMANI Birth Doula in training that I do not support/encourage/suggest/advice on performing unassisted home/car births. This was purely unintentional/accidental. An intro before we jump into the birth story. The "mommy" in the story and I are cousins and best friends since childhood. I happened to know about AMANI Birth and "Doulas" through her and SubhaanAllah look how amazingly Allah let her reap the fruits of the seeds that she sowed in me. FYI: During her last consultation with her doctor, she had only one request, to have a birth without an episiotomy as she had [...]
Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim - in the name of God, the merciful and compassionate. It was the afternoon of April 1st, 2019 when my husband and I learned that I was pregnant (the third time and this was going to be our third child). Alhamdulillah we already had an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year old boy. My husband was at work when I called him and shared this unexpected and unplanned news. He praised Allah (swt) and we accepted this blessing happily; regardless of how unexpectedly it came in our life and how busy our lives were and how we were trying to [...]
Read Part I Of The Series Here: Stories Of Inspiration And Empowerment: AMANI Birth Changing Lives Series Part II: Profile: Wahiba Naeem Natural birth experience: I found out I was pregnant with my second, seven months after the birth of my first child. I must admit though, that I was petrified after my first experience. However, I was in a different country this time around. Taking a lesson from my first experience, I started walking since the beginning of my 3rd trimester for an hour to an hour and a half at least 3-4 days a week outside the house. [...]
Profile: Wahiba Naeem Themes occurring in the birth story: Epidural vs Natural birth experience Advantages of having a Doula/support person(s) Things I did that I believed would help during my birthing experience The physical and emotional tolls of Epidural and the cascade of interventions that follow Pregnancy and birth is an experience of a lifetime and we all want it to be incredible. Who doesn't? Yet if we are not well prepared or do not have the right support, we can experience trauma like I did with my first born. And then there was the magic of natural birth with [...]
Affiliated Since March 2, 2015 Ruzaana is a mother of three Gentle Birth babies and is passionate about spreading positive birth stories. Birth was one of her biggest fears but she challenged herself when she was pregnant with her eldest to prepare herself to the fullest extent possible. She did not believe safe, comfortable, gentle births were possible, but yet she had three herself. From believing that birth is a scary risky event, she now knows better. A mother who is loved, supported, educated and feels confident without fear can have wonderful [...]