Disclaimer

I am a childbirth educator, lecturer, doula, and natural mother of eight children. This is not a medical reference; I do not proclaim to give medical advice. Anything stated here is from personal experience, research, study, and opinion. Each woman has the responsibility to do her own research, consult with her own medical team, and make her own decisions about pregnancy and birth.

Columns I Write

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
 My children and I, 2008
(Before the youngest two were born)
 
I am pleased to share that I write and edit two weekly columns for Saudi Life.  One is the Motherhood column, which is all about pregnancy, birth, and babies.  The other is the Parenting column, which is full of parenting advice from newborn to teen.  

Occasionally, I post articles of various topics on Suite 101.  I have also started freelancing for Arab News print and online media.  In addition, I have written for Midwifery Today and the Saudi Ministry of Health.  I am always looking for new venues and welcome ways to improve my portfolio and outreach.  

How You Can Help

Let me know your story ideas or send me links to relevant topics in the news.

I also enjoy sharing the work of others, be they birth stories for Saudi Birth Story, or feature articles for Saudi Life Motherhood and Parenting columns.  

If you have a story idea or an article to share, please email me at:  aisha@saudilife.net  

9 comments:

  1. MashaAllaah sis, you have a beautiful family. May Allaah continue to bless you and jazakAllaahu khair for all of your work in putting the "natural" back in childbirth <3

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  2. Salam alaikum, Ya Ukhty, Umm Abbaad,

    Jazzakallhukhair for your kind comments and dua.

    As for my "work," it's more of a passion to share a gift I feel I was given in my own life of birthing, alhamdulelah.

    May Allah reward you for you for support of my efforts and may all the readers benefit from it and be protected of any harm in it.

    Best regards,

    -Aisha, Natural Mom

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  3. awwwww lol they look so little! ma sha Allah :)

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  4. Salam alaikum, ya Ukhty Andrea,

    I know, masha'Allah! They grow up way too fast! Maybe that's why we keep having more! :)

    Masalama,

    -Aisha, Natural Mom

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  5. salam alakum,
    i have two previous c-sections, and i want to have my third child. How long do i have to wait to conceive if i were to attempt a vba2c? I attempted a vbac with my second, but the OB scared me into a c-section, and i am still traumitized by it. My second child just turned one, will it be safe to start trying to conceive?

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  6. Wa alaikum asalam,

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. May Allah heal you physically and emotionally and may you have the birth experience of your dreams the next time.

    I am not a doctor, so I cannot give you medical advice. However, most of what I have experienced is that doctors tend to recommend a two year gap between the last cesarean and the next birth.

    However, you might like to read this: http://midwifethinking.com/2011/02/23/vbac-making-a-mountain-out-of-a-molehill/

    Best regards,

    -Aisha, Natural Mom

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  7. Assalamu Alaikum, I am so excited to have found this blog. May Allah bless you for inspiring women to birth naturally. I currently live in Atlanta Georgia and plan to move to Riyadh in March I had a home water birth this year after 2 vaginal births in the hospital, followed by 4 c sections. My home birth was the most wonderful birth experience of all. I am newly pregnant again and I am planning to have another home birth InshAllah, I am wondering if you can help me in my quest for a midwife who will assist in a home birth in Riyadh.
    Shukran Tahira

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  8. Wa alaikum asalam, Ukhty Tahira,

    I am pleased you found my blog and columns useful. I’d like to among the first to welcome you to Riyadh!

    Masha’Allah, alf mabrook on the large, growing family! May Allah bless you with an easy birth and may all your children be healthy and pleasing to HIM and their parents.

    As for a midwife for homebirth in Riyadh...at the moment, it is illegal for anyone to attend you in an out of hospital setting, unfortunately. I don’t foresee any changes to that coming in the near enough future for your next birth, Allahualim.

    However, I can recommend a hospital midwife who supports natural birth. I can only pray that she can support you in your situation. If there is anyone here who can, it will be her, insha’Allah.

    I’m a student midwife and doula and would love to support you in any way I legally can.

    Please contact me at aisha_alhajjar@yahoo.com and once in Riyadh we can get together. I’ll also introduce you to a whole world of wonderful sisters here, insha’Allah.

    I look forward to meeting you, insha’Allah!

    Best regards,

    -Aisha, Natural Mom

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  9. Assalam alaikum ukhti Aisha,

    May Allah reward you in this world and the next for your efforts in your work.

    I am a student midwife in the United Kingdom at Leeds University. As part of our course we have to complete an elcetive placement. I would really love to come to Saudi Arabia to have a live experience of midwifery in the East.

    Unfortunately I do not speak arabic other than the few words as I am a muslim, alhamdulila. It would be amazing if you could direct me to someone who can assit me in doing my clinical placement in Saudi Arabia and inshallah would love to meet you too.

    I have also emailed you. Look forward to hearing from you inshalla.

    Wasalaam.
    Sister Yasmin Akhtar Shan

    p.s mashallah an amazing blog

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