Testimonial Tuesdays

A mother all the way from Hyderabad shares her heartwarming experience with AMANI Birth: I am from Hyderabad, India. I took my AMANI Birth parents' workshop for my 5th child with doula and VBAC coach, Zehra Batool. MashaAllah, she was very informative, understanding and afterwards I even hired her as my virtual doula. Eight months back I was able to have my natural birth in a hospital, without any medications. After taking the workshop my husband and I felt very empowered and educated about the birthing process; something which we were longing for since our first child. We used to [...]

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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AMANI Birth Affiliate Spotlight: Nour Hafifi

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

AMANI Birth Affiliate Spotlight: Luthfa Khalid

AMANI Birth Affiliate Number: 452050 Training Workshop Location: Riyadh Date of Training: Riyadh, March 2016 Why did you choose to become an AMANI Doula/CBE? Having a medical background, I believed I knew everything that I needed to know about pregnancy, labor and birth. When I was planning to conceive, a good friend introduced me to AMANI, and I read their book. I registered for the course thinking what harm would it do to listen to someone talk to us about the same. I wasn't even pregnant when I registered as I was a newly married woman. When I was taking [...]

Dressing Up For Birth

By Maria Zain We live in a world that thrives on appearances. So much so, that the Muslim dress code is often torn apart in all sorts of media, by all sorts of writers. Often enough, a muslimah writer will stand her ground and describe her hijab or her niqab and explain how it was her choice to wear it. A debate will ensue. Some will ask why make a big deal, others will question her declaration of her choice – was she really free to make that decision? Whichever way you look at it, the clothes a woman wears [...]

AMANI Birth Affiliate Spotlight: Zahra Batool

Zahra has been an AMANI Birth affiliate since January 10, 2019.  She is an Indian national currently residing in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Zahra has a Bachelor of Information Technology, is a certified AMANI Birth Childbirth Educator, certified AMANI Birth Doula and AMANI Girls Facilitator. She’s also an NBM certified VBAC Practitioner Coach. She has volunteered in Al Mana General Hospital, Al Khobar from December 2018 until April 2019 to establish their in-house Natural Childbirth Department and has coached over 800+ expecting couples as a part of their team. She is currently working with them on a temporary contract as [...]

Realities of Becoming a Birth Consumer

Realities of Becoming a Birth Consumer By Umm Layth The problem with learning about the many choices we have during labor and birth is actually finding care providers who will honor the ones we want to make. And when I say care providers, I don’t just mean doctors or midwives. I mean anyone and everyone who plays a part in the care we receive. For example, just this week I learned that my insurance company, which was chosen for me by the state I live in, doesn’t cover home births. I also learned that my particular state doesn’t allow free-standing [...]

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