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 [...]

Charting Waters With Prenatal Testing Options [Part II]

•Routine Diagnostic Tests During The Antepartum Period:      A.IMAGING ULTRASOUND AND DOPPLER TECHNIQUES Ultrasound pulses, which are sent into the body and produce echoes as they bounce off organ boundaries and within tissues, are ultra-high-frequency sound waves, which extend far beyond the normal range of acoustic vibration, falling between 2 and 10 megahertz, or 2 to 10 million cycles per second. These echoes are picked up by a transducer, and further converted as scan lines on a display monitor to form a picture of the underlying tissue from the emerging pattern of these waves. Doppler techniques, that are employed [...]

Charting Waters With Prenatal Testing Options [Part I]

Prenatal Care: Viewing It Through A Critical Lens With all the technological advancements in the modern-day health care system, it's highly unlikely that there is a medical condition for which a testing option has not been developed. A myriad of screening tests are now available at the disposal of a pregnant woman today, many of which are classified as being "routine and mandatory" by care providers, making it all the more imperative that the processes, implications, limitations and subsequent results of these tests be comprehended by women, at least at a fair level of understanding. Thankfully, the tides are shifting [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]