The acronym “CBE” means Childbirth Educator. AMANI CBEs are certified to teach expectant parents using the 118-page AMANI Birth curriculum. Although each teacher is encouraged to bring her unique personality and creativity to her classes, all parents who register for AMANI classes should have the same core materials presented.
In short, a Doula is a professional labor support person whose goal it is to ease the woman’s journey to motherhood, insha’Allah. She serves as a source of information as well as emotional and physical comfort. Doula’s are not midwives and do not deliver babies. For more details please visit our blog post, "What is a Doula?"
Typically CBEs and Doulas are self-employed and work directly with the women of their community. Some may work in a clinic or hospital setting, but we usually try to avoid these situations, as it often leads to a conflict of interest where our true support should be of the mother, not of the protocols of the medical community. Nevertheless, doulas often interact with the medical community while serving at hospital births. We strive to provide the best support for our mothers without getting in the way of the medical team. Typically you will be allowed to attend births just as any friend or family member may. However, it’s always the discretion of the hospital management or birth team as to how many people are allowed into the birth room. In any setting where birthing mothers are typically afforded their choice of birth companions, this isn’t usually much of a problem. Of course, most home birth and birth center midwives value the presence of a doula and are most welcoming.
Once your an AMANI Birth certified affiliate, you will establish a profile page on our Find Teachers and Doulas page where you can present yourself to mothers who are browsing our site. Of course, word of mouth and client referrals are our biggest blessing! Beyond that, we have social media and the Internet at our disposal. We’ve found that blogging about natural birth has brought a lot of attention to our work and we have an active blog page on this website and welcome submissions by our affiliates. Be creative and make contacts in your local community. Tell EVERYONE you’re a Childbirth Teacher and/or Doula. Make flyers, brochures, and have business cards. As the AMANI brand becomes more established in your community, there will likely be clients looking for you, insha’Allah. Another great feature of the AMANI Birth is the Introduction section of our material. It is written such that it can be given as a free introductory class in your community. We encourage you to work with other AMANI Affiliates in your area and present these free sessions to raise awareness of your services. We have found that most everyone who attends an introductory session signs up for the full series of classes. We also encourage you to look into the birth statistics of your local community to get a grasp for the potential in your region. Additionally, consider the penetration of Muslim families in your community and compare what their options are for religiously based birthing material. With creative marketing efforts and a sincere heart to serve birthing women, we believe that you will have no problems finding clients in most any community, insha’Allah. Frankly, anywhere there are pregnant women, there is need for our services.
AMANI Birth seeks first and foremost to serve Allah (SWT). With that we truly care about the women of our communities and that starts with you, our affiliates. Our program is supportive to even the newest entrant into birth work and we will provide you everything you need to grow and develop in this rewarding field of work, insha’Allah. Our copyrighted materials for childbirth education classes are your guides to working with new parents and you’ll always have the backing of our experience in this field behind you. Together with our affiliates we are working hard to build a strong brand image in your community that will in turn support your efforts, insha’Allah. Our underlying values are of strong sisterhood. Affiliating with AMANI Birth truly is joining the AMANI Family. One huge advantage of the AMANI program is that it encompasses CBE and Doula certification into one training. You can certify as a CBE or a Doula or both for one fee. You can certify as one or the other and add the second later for no additional cost. As with all decisions, we encourage you to make istakhara (prayer to Allah to facilitate your decision and make it easy).
We are happy to welcome any woman with a passion for birth so long as she respects the religious foundation of our work. It’s important to know that AMANI Birth is founded on Islamic teachings and presents birth as a natural act of trust and worship of our Creator. This perspective is opening birthing options for our sisters around the globe. For Muslim sisters, it’s the obvious choice in their birth journey. For those of other faiths, it is a guide to supporting the birthing women in their communities with a unique view into the Islamic culture of birth. Regardless of the faith of the teacher or student, AMANI Birth is a guide to preparing for the most natural and gentle start in life for your family. Birth is birth, regardless of religious conviction and we are here to support women. Of course, our materials reference Islamic teachings along with the biological and physiological aspects of birthing. In the end our goal is the best start in life for everyone and we have plenty of non Muslim teachers and parents who are enjoying the AMANI Birth program.
Our program will prepare you to teach childbirth education and attend births. You may choose to do both or just one or the other. You decide what best suits your lifestyle and adjust your services as your personal situation changes.
Our program welcomes fathers and we believe it is in the couple’s best interest to attend classes together. However, no teacher is forced to include men in the classes. If you are not comfortable teaching men, you can opt to teach women only classes. Just realize this may limit your clientele. But there are some women whose husbands don’t want to attend anyway. So for every unique situation, there is a solution on the other side.
This is entirely up to you. One of the beauties of childbirth education is that you can make your own schedule and teach in the location most convenient for you. In many cases, that’s your own home with your own children milling about or nearby. For others a more formal location suits them well. Sometimes it boils down to community expectations and/or the logistics that are available to you. The bottom line is that it's your class, you decide where you want to offer it.
This is entirely up to you. However, we do recommend that you work with other AMANI Birth Affiliates in your region to establish some continuity and value for your services. At the same time, there is nothing wrong with offering your services as an occasional sadaqah (charity) to women who truly need it and do not have funds. This is obviously completely up to you and your family to decide.
The general fee for training is typically collected in local currency and equivalent to $800 USD. Remember, you are making an investment in yourself and your Ummah (community) and you should recoup your investment by teaching just one class, insha’Allah. Additionally, once you are registered, you will receive a student number. If you refer others to any of our workshops, ask them to enter your student number when they apply. We will credit you with 10% per deposited referral, up to 50% off for five referrals! We do offer payment options but ask that your account be paid in full at the start of the workshop. If you have special financial needs we are willing to discuss this with you further. Our goal is to reach as many women in the community as possible. Remember, this is an investment in your professionalism and an income potential for you. Don’t let money be the determining factor. Obviously we need to be paid for our service to you, but we are willing to work with sisters who demonstrate passion and special financial need.
First of all, if our intention is to seek the pleasure of our Lord through service to our sisters, our final rewards rest with Him. But that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve to be compensated for our time and efforts/work in this life. Additional noted benefits include doing gratifying work that you are most likely passionate about. Teaching AMANI Birth is an easy income for busy mothers with a flexible schedule that you control. Minimally you teach just one session per week, however, you can always offer more if your energy level and time commitments allow. Serving as a Doula on the other hand, is far less flexible and demanding in terms of births happening at all hours of the day/night. This is why many Affiliates start out as Teachers and add Doula services when their own families have grown a bit.
- You must have a command of the language of the workshop (reading, writing, verbal, understanding). Workshops are conducted in English but may be translated to Arabic or Indonesian in some regions. [We welcome volunteers who are interested in helping us translate into other languages as well.] Regardless of the language of the workshop or the materials or the expectant clientele, Affiliates who speak English do have an advantage, but there is plenty of support available in Arabic and Indonesian for sure.
- You should have a passion for serving birthing mothers.
- You must respect the religious foundation of our program (you do not have to be Muslim).
- You must be open-minded about natural birth, although you do not have to have had one yourself.
Our workshops are held in many different venues depending on the local community. This includes mosques, hospitals, universities, boarding schools, preschools, clubhouses, community centers, hotels, and private homes. You will be notified close to the date of your workshop with the details of your workshop location, insha’Allah. Classes cover 21 hours of material and are typically held on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. We ask participants to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early and plan to stay half hour late in case we run over (or like to visit).
You should dress comfortably enough to sit on the floor and do light exercises and bring a blanket or mat to sit on, along with two bed-sized pillows.
Some workshop locations provide snacks and lunches; others do not (depending on local sponsors). You will be notified of the situation of your location closer to the date, insha’Allah. If there is no food provided, we can opt as a group to do potluck or to share the cost of catering. Again this will be determined closer to the date. You should plan to bring your own food if you follow a special diet. [Please note, for classes scheduled in Ramadan there will be no food provided and “lunch breaks” will be shortened to just half an hour so we can end a little earlier, insha’Allah. If you are not fasting, you will definitely need to bring your own snacks/lunch/beverages.]
As for childcare, immobile nursing babies are always welcome. Older children are best left elsewhere so that you can focus on the workshop. However, if there is space and need, we can look into offering services by local childcare providers at an additional fee. If childcare is a necessity for you, please let us know so that we can determine if we are able to provide it for your class.
Childbirth Education and Doula Services and Training programs are not currently regulated in most countries in the world, so these trainings fall into what is called a self-certifying industry. Nevertheless, there are a number of research studies and years of experiential history of childbirth education and doula efforts which provide the requisite characteristics, knowledge, skills and tools which should be brought together to equip women to become effective Childbirth Educators and/or Doulas. The AMANI Birth program is designed to meet or exceed these self-imposed industry standards. Having said that, AMANI Birth has been granted CMEs (Continuing Medical Education Units) in some countries. It is also recognized by Midwives College of Utah as a fulfillment of their Doula training requirement and can be used to waive their Childbirth Education class if students wish to apply for the waiver. AMANI Birth is a registered provider of Doula and Health Education services in the United States. Our provider number is 1396255642 and the Taxonomy IDs used to request insurance reimbursement in the United States (for those companies that will pay for such services) are found on our About Us page.
First and foremost, birth is an act of trust and worship of our Creator. We are strong supporters of natural births in any setting (home, hospital, birth center, etc.). We teach good birth consumerism and physical/mental/emotional preparation for the big event. Afterbirth care and an overview of breastfeeding are included. Whether you are a Muslim or simply want to be more culturally competent, this course offers reference to Islamic teachings, practices and culture that makes this training unique. Besides the core curriculum of pregnancy, labor, and birth physiology and working with our materials, our syllabus combines soft skills (interpersonal and teaching skills) with practical knowledge and simulated practice set in an Islamic context. We cover teaching skills, hands-on doula skills (including rebozo), marketing and more. Come prepared to learn and have fun in a relaxed setting with other like-minded sisters who are passionate about birth!
The workshop is the first step. Afterwards (or you may do so before) you will be required to read two books on natural birth and one on breastfeeding (reading list will be provided upon registration) and answer short questions on our online learning management system about what you read. If you are already a certified CBE or Doula, then some these may be waived with proof of your certification. You’ll also be required to read the AMANI Birth book, available in English, Arabic or Indonesian on our website or also available in English on Amazon or Kindle, and in English and Arabic in all Jarir stores throughout Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and Abu Dhabi. You'll be required to answer online questions as you read, as well as submit a short report of this book. [This may not be waived.] For CBE certification, you’ll teach your first set of classes (typically 10 weeks) with close online reflection submissions and feedback from us. For Doula certification, you’ll attend your first birth (or three labors if you cannot attend the actual birth for any reason) with close reflection online and feedback from us. Then, when you’re ready, you’ll take a four-part, online, open-book exam. Once passed there is a nominal annual certification fee ($50 USD) that becomes due to process your full affiliation and you will then be granted the privilege of carrying the AMANI initials after your name, advertising yourself as a certified AMANI Birth Teacher and/or Doula, permission for use of our materials, and will be given a listing on our website. We are honored for your interest and look forward to welcoming you to the AMANI Birth Family, insha’Allah (God willing).
Often times husbands of participants sit in the workshop and they are welcomed (unless prohibited by the venue) and encouraged to attend. There is no fee and no academic work required of them. If a man would like to certify as an AMANI Birth Teacher or Doula he will be required to pay the fees and do all of the academic work involved. Although our participants are typically female, AMANI is proud to have a handful of male affiliates in our mix.
Welcome! AMANI Birth is probably THE MOST CULTURALLY AND ETHNICALLY DIVERSE childbirth education and doula training programs you will ever find! We are proud to have men and women of varied faiths, nationalities, ages, languages, races, occupations, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are one family made up of many variables and we are happy to keep it that way. 🙂
Welcome! AMANI Birth has something for everyone! In fact, our materials are easy enough for the beginner, yet packed with up-to-date evidence based materials to engage even the most senior obstetric professional. We have people in the AMANI Family who aren't married and have never given birth before, mothers who have only experienced cesarean sections, all natural birth moms, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, alternative medicine doctors, you name it! AMANI Birth truly brings people together for the sake of Allah and in service to His ummah (community). We encourage you to join us and add to our diversity.