About Aisha Al Hajjar, MSM, BSM, LM, CPM, AMANI

Aisha is a midwife and founder of AMANI Birth. She has eight children and works together with her husband to bring updated knowledge of evidence based practices in childbirth to medical workers around the globe. She is passionate about the parents' right to get educated, prepare, and make informed decisions about their childbirth. Childbirth should be an empowering journey to parenthood.
May Allah bless your journey to parenthood.

Heartbreaking Treatment – How Mothers Feel Matter

Another excerpt from a birth story recently received.   "My water broke...but no pains. I was relaxed as I could feel my babies movement...[and I wanted to] wait at home until active labour...starts...my mother was way too worried and we left for the hospital...still no pains. The doctor checked me, which was pretty uncomfortable and painful, no dilation she said and send me to get ultrasound and it showed that the baby was 4 kg and my water wasn't enough for her so she send me to get admitted and said if I dont go into labour they will try [...]

18 and Alone, Birth Should Never Be This Way

Below are excerpts from a recent birth story we received. They are the words used to describe an 18-year old mother's birth. "...admitted in hospital at 3 cm...I was scared after 5 cm... the nurse got agitated with my crying...it was a maternity hospital government and they woudn't allow any relatives and no mobile phone...I was scared...I heard the doctor ask the nurse to inject Pethidine...I started being in and out of disturbed sleep...a male doctor came and broke my membrane...the pain was worsening and I was immobile with the belt on my tummy and I was flat on my [...]

من هي الدولا

ترجمة مقال كتبته : عائشة الحجار يتزايد الطلب على خدمات الدولا اكثر واكثر حول العالم واصبجت معروفة بشكل افضل. والحقيقة اصبجت الدولا مطلوبة بشكل اعتيادي في العديد من الدول المتقدمة مثل امريكا وبريكانيا وايرلندا وكندا. كما انها معروفة في الشرق في سنغافورة وبروني واندونيسيا وماليزيا ونيوزيلاندا وغيرها. وحتى في الدول العربية يتواجد عدد كبير منهن في دول مثل الامارات العربية المتحدة والمملكة العربية السعودية والكويت والعراق وقطر وعمان والبحرين والاردن ومصر والحمدلله. ولكن يبدو ان اصول المهنة ومبادئها تبدو حديثة في بعض دول العالم الاسلامي مثل تركيا وفلسطين وباكستان والهند. ولذا نقدم هنا اضاءة على مهنة الدولا. اصبحت خدمات الدولا [...]

Ten Interesting Facts About Newborns

I remember people telling me, “Enjoy the newborn period; it passes so quickly.”  With our babies changing so rapidly, we often forget or miss these little-known facts of infancy:   There is a “soft spot” in their skull that does not become solid until around two years of age.  This allows their head to mold when passing through the birth canal, thus allowing them to be born.   They are able to hear in the womb and they can recognize their parent’s voices at birth.   The average length of the umbilical cord is about 50 cm. This is just [...]

What is a Doula?

DOULA services for labor/birth and the postpartum period are becoming more and more popular and well known worldwide. In fact they are becoming common-place in many developed nations such as the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, etc. Even in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Egypt there are growing numbers of doulas available, masha’Allah. However, the concept seems to be fairly new amongst the Muslim populations and in countries such as Turkey, Palestine, Pakistan and, India.  All of these countries are home to AMANI Birth Doulas, alhamdulelah. In fact, AMANI affiliates [...]

Appreciate the Last Days

Photo Credit: Naja Helal THERE are many transitions in life. Some happen subtly and leave us wondering, “Where did the time go?” The month of Ramadan is a prime example. You may find yourself looking at the calendar in amazement when there are just a few days left. You may question, “Did I do enough during the blessed month? Did I work my hardest? Will I live to see the blessings and opportunities of the next Ramadan? Have I truly earned Allah’s mercy or have I carelessly let the month slip by virtually unnoticed?” But some transitions are [...]

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