Birth Stories: My First Experience Giving Birth

This was my first experience giving birth. What I really felt at that time was curiosity about what might happen next. I was a little afraid, but I was totally ready for labor. I had known about gentle/natural birth since I was got pregnant and I had already begun to find out about gentle birth. My husband and I chose a midwife and clinic that supported gentle birth, near my house, as my care provider. December 8th, 7 am I saw some blood spots on my panties, but I hadn't felt any contractions yet. Shortly afterwards, we went to the [...]

During Pregnancy Protein is Key

By Umm Layth When pregnant, it doesn’t take long to realize that our world no longer revolves around us. It’s the tiny being inside of us who calls the shots now, especially in terms of our nutrition. Foods we used to have passion for become abhorred, while those we never even thought of eating become regular cravings. On top of it all, our doctors, friends, and family are presenting us with whole lists of ingredients we can’t even go near, for the health of our baby of course. And while going through this experience may be unsettling at times, we [...]

Birth Stories: From Induction to Birthing My Way

This mom shares her three quite different childbirth stories and how she labored on her own terms to achieve the birth she wanted.  Thank you for allowing us to share your birth story. My first birth was an induction at thirty-nine weeks due to the baby having intrauterine growth restriction.  My baby was measuring at about 5 lbs. 12 oz. for a week.  My doctor was concerned that if she stayed inside until my due date, she might lose weight.  It did not make complete sense to me, but I believed my doctor. I was administered Cytotec vaginally on a [...]

Birth Stories: My VBAC Success Story

This mama educated herself and achieved the birth she wanted! Thank you for allowing us to share your story. First of all, let me share with you why this birth is a big deal to me and my husband. Having gone through 2 births (one induced, intervened vaginal birth and one emergency c-sect), they were not as positive as one would want their birth to be. Thus, having this successful VBAC, I was encouraged to share my experience to tell all that it IS possible! For my first birth, I was very naïve, didn’t bother to read up on birthing [...]

Birth Stories: From a Husband’s Perspective

This dad shares how he supported his beloved wife during her intense labor and birth. Thank you for allowing us to share your birth story. Bismillahirrohmanirrohim My birth story as husband began at Thursday, 27 September 2019. On that day, my wife and my mother had already started cleaning our house. The intention was to prepare the house welcoming for our first child that has been awaited since our wedding day on 2014. On that Thursday, my wife showed laboring indication.  As usually described, there was a contraction around the abdominal area and my wife's concentration was reduced. Thus, I [...]

Testimonial Tuesdays

A fabulously honest and fascinating testimonial for AMANI Birth Book expressed exclusively by AMANI Birth trainee Zahra Siddiqui: "The AMANI Birth Book is truly a treasure; a must read for every Muslim woman, expecting or not. It is an awakening towards our instincts, our bodies, and most importantly, an invitation to trust our Creator. The book is a brutal reminder that the "norm" does not always have to be the truth. This read was more of an unlearning than a learning, because the social "rights" and blind belief in the medical system has taken us farther and farther away from the [...]

Postpartum Synchronicity Part 2/2

What is happening for the Baby: Baby is maximally dependent- Newborns are essentially in what is known as the “4th trimester."  The belief is that a newborn is born before it is truly ready to function on its own in the outside world.  Babies should go from growing on the inside of mother to growing on the outside of mother, to finish developing and to ease this transition to the outside world.  Imagine the infant’s experience in utero: it was dark and warm, he could hear mother’s rhythmic heartbeat, her almost constant movement rocked him, and baby was continuously fed [...]

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Postpartum Synchronicity Part 1/2

Knowledge of what a baby needs in its first few months of life, and proper management of expectations on the part of the mother and her support team, are essential in meeting the needs of the newborn while also alleviating the stress of the mother. Would you prefer to start motherhood by sabotaging yourself, being exhausted, slowing your own healing and not meeting the baby’s needs?  Or, would you rather set yourself and your baby up for success and look back on this time with joy?  Postpartum has never been an easy period for new mothers.  But, in today’s society [...]

Testimonial Tuesdays

A beautiful testimonial from a mother in Saudi Arabia: "Asalaamu alaykum Hi Aisha, I wanted to tell you that I ended up coming back to Riyadh for the birth of my third baby, after feeling very frustrated about hospital/doctors (policies and procedures) in Ha’il. But anyways, this morning I delivered a baby girl in the car outside the hospital ER doors. I guided myself and my husband helped me catch her. Alhamdulillah. It definitely wasn’t my plan, but I feel very proud of myself and also my husband. AMANI Birth is a blessing and I’m so glad that we’ve been [...]

Testimonial Tuesdays

A testimonial from the recent AMANI Birth CBE/Doula online workshop from Hebaa Rizeq: It was an amazing and unforgettable experience. The training was eye opening and very informative, and also very fun! I love learning with sister Aisha and all the other students I was able to connect with, from all over the world. Such an amazing program to be a part of!  

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