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
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.
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
Marriage like any other relationship is never perfect. Even the best of marriages tumble. Most experts agree that the key to a successful and loving marriage is hard work, commitment and constant re-evaluation of our expectations in addition to how we communicate. Sounds easy enough, but in reality, it’s easier saying than doing. Speaking to …More
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
If you look at the latest movie and TV offerings, it would seem like everyone is “doing it” and doing it a lot. But according to a Health.com article, 40 million Americans are in a sexless marriage, meaning they have sex less than 10 times a year. Many Muslim couples go through the same. Sex and …More
In the book 7 Stages of Marriage: Laughter, Intimacy, and Passion, the authors note that, due to jobs, kids, TV, the Internet, hobbies, and home and family responsibilities, the average married couple spends just four minutes a day alone together. Married couples with children will often lament that spending time together as a couple can …More