Implications of Environmental Stressors on Birth Physiology

2020-07-14T16:29:10+00:00Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

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

2020-06-06T14:01:51+00:00Tags: , , , |

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

2020-05-15T12:39:29+00:00Tags: , , , , |

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

2020-05-25T02:45:15+00:00Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

AMANI Birth Affiliate Spotlight: Nour Hafifi

2020-05-15T12:39:48+00:00Tags: , , |

AMANI Affiliate Number (Teacher #)      533342 Training Workshop Location and Date   Jeddah, December 2014 Why did you choose to become an AMANI doula/CBE? I was clueless about childbirth before my marriage and pregnancy. My only impression of birth is screaming, loud, messy, pain, pain, and more pain. When I was pregnant with my first born, all I know is that I didn’t want to feel pain or medication.   No one I spoke to believe in this idea, and my mum wasn’t helpful in preparing me although she had four unmedicated birth. She said, "It just feels like you are going [...]

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

2020-05-11T12:17:03+00:00Tags: , , |

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

2020-05-15T12:39:58+00:00Tags: , , , , |

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. [...]

السمة الربّانية في فصيلة الثدييات

2020-07-09T17:54:15+00:00Tags: |

سأوصف لكم في أول حصة دراسية في مقاعد الجامعة لعلم التشريح، ما إن دخلنا المعمل كانت رائحة الجثث واضحة مميزة! كان بالي منشغل عن الشرح، شعور الرهبة والخوف والحماس يسيطرون عليه لدرجة شُتِتْ تركيزي بمحتوى الدرس. بدأ وقت التطبيق العملي، اقتربنا منها، استشعرت قول الله سبحانه وتعالى في استفتاحه لسورة الليل: "وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا يَغْشَىٰ * وَالنَّهَارِ إِذَا تجلى * وَمَا خَلَقَ الذَّكَرَ والأنثى" ما هذا الجسد العظيم الذي اقسم خالق الكون به وميزه بين نوعين ذكر وانثى! نحن نُصنّف تحت فصيلة الثدييات ومن اسم الفصيلة يتضح الهدف؛ فإناث هذه الفصيلة يتميزون بأثداء موجودة منذ نشوء الخليقة، هذه الأثداء كانت ومازالت [...]

AMANI Birth Affiliate Spotlight: Duangphorn Saenthaweesuk


AMANI Birth Affiliate Number: 961844 Training Location: Abu Dhabi Date of Training: April 2017 Why did you choose to become an AMANI doula/CBE? I wanted to empower women. How has AMANI affected your life? I became an empowered woman. How does your work as an AMANI Doula/CBE fulfill you? AMANI Birth provides me with more confidence in addition to with my full-time job is prenatal yoga teacher. What do you love the most about being an AMANI Doula/CBE? Sharing the birth knowledge to mothers and feeling their positive energy rise. What is your birth philosophy? Birth, once it is natural [...]