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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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 [...]

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 [...]

Sharing the Miracle of Natural Birth

By:  Aisha Al Hajjar, AMANI Birth Founder During my eighth pregnancy I was living in the Egypt where childbirth education was virtually unheard of, general anesthesia for second stage labor was still used for many cases, and elective cesareans was the trend. I felt compelled to bring quality childbirth education to the women of this region. However, I was expecting to find a lot of obstacles and I wasn’t sure if women would be interested in non-medicated, natural birth. I also knew it would be difficult to find supportive obstetricians. I prayed that my work would improve the births for [...]