Labor and birth can be a daunting experience for most women whether it is a first time experience or even a third baby delivery While giving birth is a natural process, most women are unaware of their capabilities and level of strength during labor. A doula is a well-trained professional who provides continuous support at …More
Fatima Bheekoo-Shah lives in South Africa and is a writer for the UK magazine Sisters. An avid reader and news junkie with a special interest in pregnancy and childbirth, when she is not trawling websites for the latest news, she is raising two spirited children.
Fatimah chats with a brave mother, Umm Ali, who relates her powerful and touching journey of both her sons being diagnosed with autism. Umm Ali’s journey with autism began in early 2010 when her second son was born. Her eldest son was just little over 14 months old. In hindsight, it was an extremely overwhelming …More
Sister Maryam remembers five years ago when her brother came to her after her wedding and narrated something he had heard at her nikaah . One of the guests was overheard telling another guest, “How could her father allow her to marry that man.” That man was her husband and he was an Egyptian. Sister …More
I remember when my niece was born some fifteen years ago and I was exposed to the age-old tradition of infant massage. My mother religiously went every morning to bathe her granddaughter and massage her the way she had learned from her mother-in-law. As an inquisitive young adult, I was fascinated by this and made …More
Having a water birth was not previously on my radar. Although my midwife is not the kind of person who pushes, she gently explained the benefits of a water birth and sent me home with a bunch of pamphlets. Trusty Google was another helpful tool; I turned to reading countless accounts of women narrating their …More