Letter to the Mom Who Didn’t Have a Natural Birth

by Andrea Umm Abdullah Hey. I want you to look up for a bit. Look up from the floor. Look up from staring at your hands, wondering what/why/how. Look up from your stomach, the place that held your future. I want you to imagine a friend is sitting next to you. I hand you a piece of tissue, tell you to wipe your tears, and I look you in the eye and I say, "It's okay." It really is. It's okay that it didn't turn out the way you wanted. I know you did your best. You took classes, you [...]

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 [...]

AMANI Birth Affiliate Spotlight: Nour Zaza

AMANI Birth Affiliate Number: K68250 Training Location: Kuwait Date of Training: January 2017 AMANI Birth profile: https://amanibirth.com/Nour.Zaza/   Why did you choose to become an AMANI Doula/CBE? I chose to become an AMANI Birth doula and child birth educator because I wanted a training that provided evidence-based knowledge and the cultural aspect to support families in their pregnancy journeys. I also wanted to assist families in the understanding of how the mother body works in such a miraculous way, Subhanallah. How has AMANI affected your life? The fact that AMANI gave me this perception that I need to understand the [...]

2020-10-30T18:08:15+00:000 Comments

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 [...]

Testimonial Tuesdays

This week we are overjoyed to share a remarkable testimonial from mother, Fazla Firaz, upon the birth of her baby and how AMANI Birth supported her through the different stages: "Alhamdulillah, I have been blessed with a beautiful healthy baby girl! I gave birth a few minutes after arriving to the hospital. SubhanAllah. we found out that I was already 10 cm dilated. I had been sustaining the contractions mostly at home, until the last few minutes where I was totally unaware that I was in real labor; thinking all the while that the surges were simply Braxton Hicks. But [...]

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 [...]

2020-04-08T20:13:48+00:000 Comments

AMANI Birth Affiliate Spotlight: Hussban Azem Kheder

AMANI Birth Affiliate Number: 556550 Training Workshop Location: Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Date of Training: 2016 Why did you choose to become an AMANI Doula/CBE? I have an interest in educating pregnant ladies especially with my background as a women's health physiotherapist.  I always felt something was missing.  After my first birth experience, I realized that this wasn't what birth should feel or look like.  I used to look at c-sections as "just an option to give birth" but after my birth I realized that's not how it should be and I wanted to empower myself and other mothers [...]

2020-05-15T12:40:24+00:000 Comments

معاملة مأساوية  

معاملة مأساوية ~ وأهمية مشاعر الأم عائشة الحجار - ترجمة نور سلمان مقتبس مما وصلنا مؤخرًا من إحدى قصص الولادة: "تسرب ماء الرحم... ولكن لمّا يبدأ الألم. كنت مطمئنة لأنني أحسست بحركة طفلتي... [وأردت] البقاء في المنزل حتى بداية  مرحلة الطلق النشط. ولكن أمي كانت قلقة جدًا فذهبنا للمستشفى... ولم يأت الطلق بعد. فحصتني الطبيبة فحصًا مزعجًا ومؤلمًا وأقرت بعدم توسع عنق الرحم، ثم أرسلتني لعمل فحص السونار. أظهر الفحص أن وزن الجنين ٤ كغ وأن ماء الرحم قليل لا يكفي الجنين لذا طلبت الطبيبة تسجيل دخولي المستشفى وقالت إذا لم يأتيني المخاض،فسيحفزونه، وأن نبض الجنين عالٍ فإذا ما انخفض، [...]

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 [...]

مشاركة معجزة الولادة الطبيعية

مشاركة معجزة الولادة الطبيعية عائشة الحجار - ترجمة: نور سلمان حينما كنت حامل بطفلي الثامن، سكنت في مصر التي لم يكن يُعرف فيها دورس الولادة التثقيفية، والتي كان يتم استخدام التخدير العام للمرحلة الثانية من المخاض في كثير من الحالات، كما انتشرت فيها عمليات القيصرية الاختيارية. لهذه الاسباب شعرت أن هناك حاجة لإدخال تثقيف مميز للولادة لتلك المنطقة ولكني توقعت أن أواجه صعوبات كثيرة ولم أكن متأكدة إذا كان لدى النساء اهتمام بولادة طبيعية غير طبّية. وكذلك أدركت صعوبة الحصول على طبيب مولّد داعم. كان رجائي أن عملي سيُحسن تجربة الولادة حتى لو لقلة قليلة من الأمهات والأطفال، ولم يكن [...]

2019-12-22T21:13:19+00:000 Comments
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