About Sumreen Wasiq

Sumreen is a student midwife and a lover of everything books and herbs and female reproductive health. Mother to six children, she finds joy in mothering (and unschooling) her brood, as well as staying current with research in women's health sciences. If you want to talk vaginas and ovaries, be her guest! Shoot an email to sumreen@amanibirth.com and she will be happy to lend you her ear and advice.

This week, Sarah Abugosh, shares the history of AMANI Birth's inception in her own words, and adds further the importance of the organization's work and its necessity for the Muslim Ummah at large:  Tell a brief history of how the AMANI Birth program came to be? AMANI birth came to be out of necessity, due to lack of natural birth advocacy and awareness in the Middle Eastern Region especially, as well as all around the Arab and Islamic world. Unfortunately, as our founder, Aisha Al Hajjar, has experienced during her time living (and giving birth) in Egypt and then Saudi [...]

Dania Shahzad talks about her takeaways after reading the AMANI Birth book, authored by Aisha Al Hajjar: "The book was definitely very informative with a beautiful Islamic perspective on how to prepare to birth naturally. I never thought how birth and our Islamic teachings could combine so well to give a strong message about trusting the design of Allah to birth naturally. I would definitely recommend it to expecting mothers because it is very comprehensive and the approach is holistic. The most profound thing I learned and that stuck with me is how important it is to go through good [...]

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This week, Shaima Ashraf shares her fond memories of embarking on the journey of training with AMANI Birth: What was the most profound thing you learned through your AMANI Birth training journey? The most profound thing I learnt from this journey is that the natural physiological process that God has created for each woman is what is best for her and the baby and that what we see in today's medicalized world is not necessarily completely reliable and true all the time. It has taught me how to educate myself in the birthing field and to find the right resources [...]

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A thorough and captivating summary of the AMANI Birth book, penned down by Fathima Mazmi:  "Women need to take responsibility for what they brought upon them. It is their bodies and their babies. They have every right to pick and choose their doctors, birth environment, labor companions, and how they labor and birth. And most of all, their babies are amanat that Allah has blessed them with. Their birth does greatly affect the psychology of their babies' little minds. Which is why the AMANI Birth book, authored by Aisha al Hajjar, opens our eyes to aspects of pregnancy and labor [...]

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Amy Warfield shares her thoughts and reflections on the importance of childbirth education, and her experience with AMANI Birth:  Why is it important for a woman to prepare for her birth? It is important for women to prepare for birth for several reasons. First, it is so important for the baby to be properly cared for as he/she is growing inside the womb. So it is imperative the mother knows what to be eating and the impact of her diet and exercise. Also, it's important for the expectant mother to be prepared before she goes into labor so she has [...]

Stories Of Inspiration & Empowerment: AMANI Birth Changing Lives Series

REVIVAL OF MY MOTHERHOOD - A BIRTH STORY Written By: Umm Aaqib بسم اللّٰہ الرحمن الرحيم Let's start this from the beginning... A woman's role as a mother is a highly-regarded, as well as an under-appreciated one; all at the same time. In this flawed world, we verbally admit the virtues of a mother, while disregarding her instincts and choices right from the time she conceives. Pregnancy is no longer treated as a natural process of propagation of the human race. It has become a new profitable industry, which is the result of "fake" modernization of medical industries. With two previous [...]

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AMANI Birth Certified Labor & Birth Doula, Irsa Hasanbegovic, shares her thoughts about the AMANI Birth book: "Anything one needs to know about natural physiological way of body functioning in labor and birth is in this book. Those who aspire to gain knowledge and confidence necessary to have fulfilling and empowering birth experience don't have to look further. This book is a great choice. This is not a book that glorifies natural birth under all circumstances but rather it is balancing between true advantages of natural approach and sometimes necessary medical interventions. It gives necessary tools to determine when is [...]

2021-09-21T06:41:36+00:000 Comments

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AMANI Birth Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula, Javeria Sohail, throws light on some important points that are relevant to every pregnant mother:  In your opinion, why is it important for a woman to prepare for her birth? Parenting starts with pregnancy which is a blessing as well as a heavy responsibility on the parents for preparation and making decisions that will affect the birth of their child. Their tiny baby is counting on them to provide him the safest, gentlest and blessed start. Pregnancy is the best time to start exploring choices in birth so that they can make informed [...]

2021-09-14T10:12:02+00:000 Comments

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AMANI Birth Trainee, Aqsa Zia, shares her beautiful reflections:  "AMANI is all about 'Assisting Mothers for Active, Natural, Instinctive Birth'. Birth is an individual experience which stays with the mother for the rest of her life; whether the experience may be a beautiful, natural one or a painful one. The book - AMANI Birth - is a comprehensive book for all women to read through in their path of educating themselves about their bodies, the changes that happen during pregnancy, what is labor all about and how to cope with it and importance about breast feeding. It is divided into [...]

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AMANI Birth Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula, Sagal Shirdon, shares her impressions after reading the AMANI Birth book, authored by Aisha Al Hajjar: "This book is a great gift for expectant mothers. It is a comprehensive book that covers everything an expecting mother and father need to know. This book covers topics such as the physiology of labor and birth, pregnancy nutrition and exercise, risks, complications, and the importance of a mother having a supportive team where a mother feels comfortable following her instincts. This book is great for parents as well as medical professionals, and doulas. It helps birth [...]

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