Testimonial Tuesdays

AMANI Birth Trainee, Aqsa Zia, shares her beautiful reflections:  "AMANI is all about 'Assisting Mothers for Active, Natural, Instinctive Birth'. Birth is an individual experience which stays with the mother for the rest of her life; whether the experience may be a beautiful, natural one or a painful one. The book - AMANI Birth - is a comprehensive book for all women to read through in their path of educating themselves about their bodies, the changes that happen during pregnancy, what is labor all about and how to cope with it and importance about breast feeding. It is divided into [...]

Testimonial Tuesdays

AMANI Birth Certified Educator, Liyana Helmy, goes down the memory lane and affectionately remembers about her birth experience: March 17th is my twins’ 5th birthday and my VBA2C (Vaginal Birth After 2 Cesareans) anniversary, alhamdulillah. I still feel the same strong sense of empowerment and confidence and achievement as the day I gave birth to the twins. Five years have passed and I still feel like I'm flying in the clouds whenever I think about that day. Jazakillahu khayr Aisha Al Hajjar for creating such an empowering childbirth course which helped me tremendously during my preparation for my VBA2C journey. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

Charting Waters With Prenatal Testing Options [Part III]

GROUP B STREP: SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL It is a well known fact in this modern era that humans, of any array of shapes and sizes, are inhabited at all times with microscopic organisms, that both dictate either the maintenance of our health or the sicknesses that we develop. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is one of those bacterial species that lives naturally in the human body, and is found commonly in the intestinal and vaginal flora. It is estimated that of all pregnant women, 20% are asymptomatically colonized in the vaginal and peri-anal region. Despite [...]

Breastfeeding Your Way To Success

10 POINTS TO HELP RESTORE YOUR FAITH IN THIS NATURAL ACT As much as we spend time creating our birth plan and choosing care providers, it is imperative to educate ourselves on the nitty-gritty details of how breastfeeding looks and works for long term success with nourishing our babies with the best form of nutrition.  Breastfeeding is an extension of the physiological process of pregnancy and birth, so as much as a mother would protect her birthing experience, it's vital to protect early days of breastfeeding as well. Safeguarding these days will not only set the tone for future establishment [...]

Testimonial Tuesdays

We all agree, birth is a remarkable event in any woman's life. Cradling her baby in her womb for the entire gestation of her pregnancy--meeting her baby in a safe and sound manner--always remains on top of a woman's priorities. As much as our energies pivot at ensuring baby's health and well-being throughout the laboring and birthing process, AMANI Birth's emphasis on guarding and sanctifying the laboring mother's birthing experience and laboring environment is equally stressed upon. After all, healthy and happy mothers make healthy and happy babies! Today, we are thrilled to include a remarkable testimonial of a client [...]

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 [...]

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