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.

Implications of Environmental Stressors on Birth Physiology

Pregnant women across the globe practice in their own way of preparing for their births. with their hearts set on the best outcome for their babies. Such is the pure, dedicated heart of a mother that she easily forgets about her own needs, and often fails to appreciate the fact that taking care of her needs, in reality, helps to create the positive and safe birth that she rightfully desires. Although two separate individuals, a mother and baby are linked as one (also referred to as mother-baby dyad), therefore any stressful event affecting the laboring mother directly influences the baby [...]

Doulas and Midwives in the Current Birthing Landscape

There is a massive movement in the current birth culture that is sweeping across the gulf and the south Asian countries, and is giving birth to the need, the recognition and the licensing of professional and autonomous midwifery. The changes are happening swiftly all over and with this there is a rising need for childbirth education. With the updated international guidelines concerning various birth related outcomes, the medical birth professionals are now ready to explore the non-medical perspective and its impact in the birthing world. They are ready to embrace the existence of the role of childbirth educators and the [...]

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Our Brains vs Science: How Information Gets Processed That Either Leads Or Misleads

Let's face it. The dilemma a modern-day mother finds herself in is not fleeing from a hungry wolf to save her newborn baby, nor travelling at lengths to escape frosty winter months with her nomad tribe to find a new home that offers warmth and sustenance. It is one of the countless blessings that Allah swt has bestowed many of us with that we have safety and security of our livelihood and health. With that being said, as much as clean water and plentiful food supply accounts for the thriving of this generation, advancements in technology by leaps and bounds [...]

Stories Of Inspiration And Empowerment: AMANI Birth Changing Lives Series

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 [...]

The Messengers Of Labor

Hormones-the chemical messengers in our bodies-are one of the many facets that comprise a birth. Unseen to the naked eye, yet their effect is so profound and powerful that the course of a mother's labor can be dictated by these tiny particles. Although there are a number of hormones that play their part in maintaining and sustaining a pregnancy, there are a few renowned ones that cannot be ignored when labor contractions hit. Oxytocin: Often dubbed as the "love hormone", oxytocin's role before, during, and after labor is noteworthy. While examining human uteri (s. uterus), researchers have identified the concentration [...]

“Making Room For The Baby”: Mothers’ Amazing Bodies Adapting For Pregnancy

Of all the signs that Allah SWT has placed in this world for human beings to contemplate upon and testify the Oneness of their Lord, the growth and sustenance of a developing baby in the uterus of her mother is one of the many miracles of Allah SWT that boggles the mind. Aisha Al Hajjar, founder AMANI Birth, explains the built-in protections for the baby that are placed by Allah SWT in detail in her childbirth education program for mothers and expectant families. The inclusion of normal physiological adaptations of pregnancy in the AMANI Birth student materials not only offers [...]

Stories Of Inspiration And Empowerment: AMANI Birth Changing Lives Series

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. [...]

Charting Waters With Prenatal Testing Options [Part III]

GROUP B STREP: SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL It is a well known fact in this modern era that humans, of any array of shapes and sizes, are inhabited at all times with microscopic organisms, that both dictate either the maintenance of our health or the sicknesses that we develop. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is one of those bacterial species that lives naturally in the human body, and is found commonly in the intestinal and vaginal flora. It is estimated that of all pregnant women, 20% are asymptomatically colonized in the vaginal and peri-anal region. Despite [...]

Stories Of Inspiration And Empowerment: AMANI Birth Changing Lives Series

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 [...]

Breastfeeding Your Way To Success

10 POINTS TO HELP RESTORE YOUR FAITH IN THIS NATURAL ACT As much as we spend time creating our birth plan and choosing care providers, it is imperative to educate ourselves on the nitty-gritty details of how breastfeeding looks and works for long term success with nourishing our babies with the best form of nutrition.  Breastfeeding is an extension of the physiological process of pregnancy and birth, so as much as a mother would protect her birthing experience, it's vital to protect early days of breastfeeding as well. Safeguarding these days will not only set the tone for future establishment [...]

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